Why?

Why should you train like an athlete?
Jumping outdoorsFor many of you, exercise is a fundamental part of choosing to live a healthy lifestyle.  Yet time is precious.  So what kind of exercise is time efficient and effective for people who work hard and lead busy lives?

Athletes don’t exercise to get pumped or exhausted.  They train smart.  They do what they need to do to hit their goals for each session.  Then they eat, they rest, they spend time with family and friends.  And so should you.

Unless you’re training for a specific sport or event that demands endless bicep curls or hours on the step machine, you should spend your valuable time on training that develops functional fitness – the exercises that enable Olympic weightlifters to clean and jerk more than twice their bodyweight above their head are the same that’ll enable you to lift your children into your arms without straining your back.  The exercises that enable a highdiver to slice into the water like a knife are the same that will give you great body awareness and fantastic posture.  The exercises used by an elite triplejumper will help you climb stairs, hills, even mountains.

One of my key goals is to educate people about the right way to train so they get the results they want faster, with less risk of injury or boredom.

Why should you train for strength?

With the average person living an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, resistance training (i.e. freeweights, bodyweight, kettlebells, etc) is not necessarily about ‘bulking up’ but is essential for both women and men for promoting better bone density, lessening the risk of osteoporosis in the future.  As well as this, adding lean muscle reverses many of the symptoms of ageing and raises your body’s resting metabolic rate, which means you’ll burn more calories, lowering your levels of body fat even when you’re resting.

Why should you train cardiovascularly?

Not just for winning the Tour de France, but for being able to run for a bus or walk up a flight of stairs, you need healthy lungs and heart to transport the oxygen and nutrients in your blood around your body.

These methods work.  I know this because I’ve used them not only on clients but also on…. myself.

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