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Perform Fitness Family Nikki G's Fitness Story

When I initially started training at Perform I believed I was just signing up to lose a bit of weight and get a bit fitter. However, looking back it was actually much more than that.

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Perform Fitness Family Alex G's Fitness Story

Honestly, I’d never set foot in a gym until 2015. I joined Perform properly at the start of 2018 as a way of building on work I had already done to lose eight stone. Before then walking had been my main form of exercise.

I later joined another gym and did one session a week, as a way of keeping the weight off and ensuring I didn’t get complacent. Although I had made progress I still felt tired and miserable a lot of the time, so I decided to start training properly. I wanted to push myself a little harder and find support from like-minded people.

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My Fitness Story Laura F

There were a few moments that made me realise I needed to start exercising. My stressful job as a teacher was consuming my life. Exercise was always recommended because it provides an outlet and releases endorphins, but I found it hard to fit in around work.

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Fitting Fitness into Your Life

Usually we think that getting started with a new exercise and nutrition regime is the hard bit, as we discussed in a recent blog. However, experience and chatting to our members can tell quite a different story. It’s fitting fitness into your life that’s the real challenge for many of us.

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ways to start exercising again

It’s the time of year when people are searching for simple ways to start exercising again. Whether it’s the end of the indulgence that summer brings or the start of the new school year for parents that have been rushed of their feet over the holidays, getting back into fitness after a break away isn’t easy.

If finding the motivation to get started wasn’t enough, chances are – when you do take the plunge and try to kick start your regime – exercises feel awkward and anything cardio is an absolute killer!

Here at Perform our members are all ordinary people with very different lifestyles and unique needs, but there are some universal ways to make getting back on track easier and more enjoyable. Here are our top four tips:

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2 Most Common Postural Issues We See

 

So there are 2 major postural issues I see with nearly every client that comes through the doors here at Perform.

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5 Ways Single Leg Training is Better than Squats!

 

Do you do enough single leg training when you are in the gym?

 

Odds are (especially if you are male), NO!

 

Everyone loves the big movements, the squats, deadlifts, leg press etc. But in an era of poor hip mobility, bad squat mechanics, bad lower backs, muscle imbalances and injuries galore this isn’t always the best way, or the most effective.

 

Here are my reasons why you should have at least one single leg movement in your program every week:

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Modern Day Warm Up

May 11, 2016

Gone are the days of a 5 minute jog on the treadmill for your warm up. This non specific method genuinely doesn’t do much more to prepare you for your training other than literally ‘warm you up’.

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Fasted cardio is the concept of training in the morning, usually low intensity cardio like walking etc. before consuming any food. The theory is that the lack of glycogen present as a fuel will encourage the body to turn to fat stores, mobilising more fat and burning more.

This is why many trainers and fitness enthusiasts have turned to this approach for increased results.

However, this myth of fasted cardio effectiveness has been disproven across several studies.
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For me there are too many men following the adapted body building programs from years gone by found in health and fitness magazines and delivered by poorly educated trainers.

These programs prioritise body part splits as their training methodology, usually something along the lines of: chest and biceps; back and triceps; shoulders with the majority skipping leg day. Yes many body builders train this way and always have done, and yes they get results from this (to a degree). But have you?

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