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Personal Training

I specialise in personal training and programming for those over 40. Over the last 13 years, my client base has aged just like I have and so my education and coaching practise has had to focus more on our demographic. 

As we age, training patterns change due to many reasons but typically include lack of time, family commitments, work and the stresses, strains and curveballs that life throws at us.

Things have become even more complicated of late due to the pandemic with many cancelling gym memberships as they are no longer travelling into the office every day. 

For some, working out at home is easy but for others, it’s very difficult. And even though many have more time due to a shorter commute which is now a case of walking into another room, people are suffering from posture related pain, weight increases and also an exercise paralysis of sorts, because of not knowing what to do or where to start. 

However, there is something else that started at the back of our minds in our 40’s and is slowly, but surely making its way forward and that is thinking about our health and how we may function physically and mentally into older age. 

Historically, cardio based workouts have been recommended by medical professionals with the obvious aim of looking after our hearts and this is important but it neglects to build strength. Proper strength. As we age, we lose Type II muscle fibre quicker than any other muscle or connective tissue, and it this that accounts for our loss in strength and size. 

Let’s put this – cardio over strength hypothesis in another light and ask yourself, ‘when you are 80 years old, what do you consider to be more important, being able to run 15 miles or pick up your grandchildren?’

More and more scientific data is emerging, especially over the last 10 years that people who maintain more muscle mass/density and strength into older age live longer. This is because they have stronger tendons, ligaments and bones. They have better proprioception (your body’s ability to sense movement, action, and location), balance, and coordination and so are less likely to fall. 

This is important because with the elderly, should they fall and break a hip or knee, for example, it isn’t necessarily the fall that kills them but is the catalyst that accounts for their demise because of their altered life. One in which they become immobile put on weight and lose independence which greatly affects mental health.

You may have many questions which is why I also offer a health & fitness planning service. Think of it as a financial planner. You have your ‘financial advisor’ of ‘PT’ but then you have a financial planner that really goes to work on how your money can work for you and your family as best as it can as you age and beyond. 

This is what I do. I lookout your life, what you are capable of doing. I push (relatively) to make you accountable and provide you with a strong foundation you can continue to grow into old age. 

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