Fat Loss & Muscle Building Training Tips

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We have put together a few tips to help you get the most out of your gym sessions, these tips can be tweaked to help burn fat or pack on some muscle.

 

Hydrate

A major component of a diet plan includes adequate water intake throughout the day. Water, a key component for detoxifying the body and assisting with the metabolising of the foods eaten, should never be neglected, especially during humid conditions. When training, water is valuable in that it hydrates the muscles, keeping them strong and full, while ensuring nutrients flow freely throughout the body to promote growth. Water also has a major positive effect on fat burning and will encourage feelings of fullness, which will discourage the tendency to eat junk food.

 

Eat At Least 2 Hours Before Training

Eating in the hours before training is one of the keys to a great workout. Without sufficient nutrients, most notably carbohydrates, energy levels for training will not be optimal. I have personally found that eating one hour before training will provide more energy than eating two hours out. Try both approaches to find what works best for you. This diet plan is structured in such a way to ensure that you benefit from a pre-workout meal.

 

 

Eat Post-Workout

Like pre-workout nutrition, post workout feedings are similarly important. Unlike the pre-workout meal, where energy production is the intended outcome, post workout nutrition will ensure that energy is replaced and protein is supplied to the muscles when they are most receptive to its positive effects. Many training experts go as far as to say that the post-workout meal is the second most important feeding of the day, after breakfast.After intense training the muscles are typically depleted of carbohydrates, leaving a 30 to 45 minute gap for replenishment. Protein is also rapidly taken into the muscles at this time.

 

Never Neglect Breakfast

Breakfast being the most important meal of the day has become somewhat of a cliché, for good reason: it is a critical time to supply the body with the nutrients it hungers for after what is essentially an eight to10 hour fast (hence the name breakfast; break-fast).

 

Breakfast Is The Most Important Meal Of The Day.

After you wake up in the morning it is especially vital that breakfast is eaten; the size of this meal is large in comparison to subsequent meals for that day because it not only replaces carbohydrate that has been used during training and depleted during sleep, but will restore protein balance to assist fat loss and muscle recovery. Occasionally meals will be missed (this is inevitable for most people who live busy lives). Ensure that breakfast is not one of these.

 

 

 

Drink Tea & Coffee Without Sugar & Cream

If you drink tea or coffee, it is best do so without all the extra calories added sugar and cream provide (a small amount of milk should do no harm). It is surprising how many people have the perfect diet but compensate for the lack of simple sugars in this plan by consuming eight to10 teaspoons of sugar during their daily coffee breaks. Doing this can add an additional 160 calories per day of the worst type of nutrient

 

 

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How To Get Fit For Summer

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Summer training starts now, not 4 weeks before your beach holiday.

If you want to enjoy the process of getting in shape whilst doing it in a non extreme way (yoyo dieting) you need to devote all your efforts in formulating a plan from now. Allowing yourself enough time to shape up for the summer months will allow you to have the odd slip up along the way and it not to be too detrimental, but if on the other hand you’ve only allowed yourself 4 weeks this can be a problem for many of us.

 

The Goal

Many people fall short when setting out on achieving a fitness related goal because of a few variables, specificity, time, intensity plus a few more.

The goal is to understand your goal and the various ways to conquer it. If you’re new into fitness then why not hire an experienced personal trainer to help you along your way. Ensure your training plan has structure, far too often I see individuals walking around the gym aimlessly, if you are struggling for motivation or know how just ask. When it comes to your actual workout plan choose exercises that are specific to your goal, if fat loss or a body transformation is the aim then place compound moves ahead of isolation exercises like bicep curls.

The Plan

Try keeping training long, training long is a perfect motivational tool as you can keep track of how your weights have increased or your speed during interval training. Now we all love the idea of getting summer fit so as well as a workout plan make sure you plan to attend the gym and show up! Prioritize your workouts, set reminders and events in your diary; make them as important as your work meetings or events.

The Workout

Now along with the tips above we have created a lower body workout that will help you get In amazing shape for the summer.

 

Lower body workout

 

 

Exercise                                Sets/Reps                   Tempo             Rest

A1 BFE Split Squat                   4×8-10                         3010                   30

A2 Trapbar deadlift                  4×8-10                         3011                   90

 

B1 Drop Lunges                           3×8-10                         2010                   10

B2 Incline Leg press                  3×15-20                      3010                   90

 

C1 Farmers walks                      3x30m                           xoxo                     0

C2 Reverse sled Pulls                3x30m                          xoxo                 120

 

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Body Transformation

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What our Clients say, another great 12 week body transformation 

I searched around for a few different providers for 12-week body transformation courses, and Tirrel stood out from the beginning. He is friendly, knowledgeable, supportive and tailored a plan and approach for me based on my background. I think one thing that really helped was his ability to read how things were going and what type of person I am, to try and keep the program straddle a balance between pushing me as far as it could, but not being unattainable. Really great trainer, program and also a top guy. Couldn’t recommend enough

 

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I Lost 2 Stones In 3 Months

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“I have tried many personal trainers in the past but never had much success. Tirrel was recommended by the friend who had also faced a similar issue so I thought I’d give it a go for my wedding. He helped me every step of the way including the diet and exercise. I lost 2 stones in 3 months and reached my best ever weight. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a true body transformation. He will guide you every step of the way and ensure you don’t lose your momentum and motivation.”

 

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The training was intensive and pushed me to my limit and that’s what I wanted

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I was looking for an 8-week intensive transformation program and visited a number of gyms around London to find the right trainer for me. A number of factors made me choose Tirrel; he’s easy to get on with and has an infectious positive attitude, he clearly knew his stuff, was clued up on nutrition and his prices were sensible.

 

We discussed the goals I had in mind and he worked out an evolving program over the 8 weeks covering sessions with him and sessions on my own. He added a nutrition plan to this which included an array of natural supplements that I admittedly had little knowledge of beforehand and now wouldn’t go without. 

 

For me the training was intensive and pushed me to my limit and that’s what I wanted. Despite the hard work it was hugely enjoyable and I recommended a friend of mine to train with Tirrel – a clear indication that I was happy with how it all went! The results were great and also the knowledge that I gained through the 8 weeks on both exercises and nutrition made it even more worthwhile. I’ll be back training with Tirrel when I return to the UK.

 

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Keeping Fit On Business Travels

 

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learn how to keep fit when traveling with work

 

 

Fitness Business Travel

 

The Fitness Business, now many of you may think that while travelling with work your health regime should stay at home. Well those days are now over, with the right planning plus a little thinking outside of the box, being unhealthy during business travel can be a thing of the past.

Working in The City Of London as a personal trainer I have many clients that travel frequently for business matters, some may stem longer than two weeks at a time, so I have a wealth of experience in overcoming this particular scenario.

 

Here I have devised a few things you can easily do to help keep you on track with your fitness goals.

 

 Breakfast

Try to have a protein and fat based breakfast; this will get you energized for the day ahead. A protein based breakfast will slowly raise blood sugar levels, this in turn will help you avoid making bad food choices when breakfast is usually missed.

Here are a few of my favorites

  • Omelette
  • Greek Yoghurt
  • Smoked Salmon and Avocado
  • Whey Protein shake with a handful of nuts

 

All of the above can be easily prepared by you or by the staff hotel.

 

Airport

Steer clear of the goodies section, not buying the crap is half the battle won, instead opt for a less calorific option like unsalted nuts. if that is not enough sit down to a low carb high protein meal to keep you ticking over.

 

Meetings

Meeting can tend to drag on a bit so remember to keep well hydrated, throughout your day aim for 1.5-2.5 L OF water. Now on to the dreaded sandwiches, just don’t eat them! Do away with the bread and eat the filling, people may look at you funny but believe me its worth it.

 

Hotel

There is always time for a quick workout to burn through some calories, Aim to use the hotel gym or do a workout in your hotel room. Below I have created two workouts you can easily do with minimal equipment in your hotel room or at the gym. Book session into your diary just as you would a meeting, make them a priority, you’ll be surprised at how many more session you get under the belt.

 

Fitness business Room Workout

 

Exercise                       Sets/Reps             Rest

 

A1 Split Squat          3×10-12                     0

A2 Bench Dips          3×10-12                   60

B1 jump squats        3×10-12                     0

B2 Reverse Crunches   3×10-12             45

C1 Lunges                 3×8-10                      0

C2 Press ups          3×8-10                       40

 

D1 Glute Bridges           3×8-10                   0

D2 prone T with           3×8-10                   35

External rotation

 

 

 

Fitness business Hotel Gym Workout

 

Exercise                         Sets/ Reps       Rest

 

A1 DB squats                  5×15-20           0

A2 latpulldown              5×15-20           0

A3 Walking lunges        5×15-20           0

A4 Incline Chest press 5×15-20         120

 

Fitness business and Nights Out

 

If nights out can be avoided please do but if you need to socialize try to limit booze to a bare minimum. Boozing can easily turn into to a calorific extravaganza, so aim for just one glass and that not one glass every night, I’m talking the whole trip so choose wisely! At dinner you cant’ go wrong with meat alongside some veggies or a nice salad, job done!

oh and no dessert

 

I hope these tip help you sustain all your hard work thus far, happy travelling

 

 

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