Category: Personal Trainers
On Bank Holiday Monday 4th June, the Alive Team joined in with the fun and activities of the Hove Lions Carnival at Hove Park. Thousands of local people attended the event, and luckily the heavens didn’t open up to drench us all! We had a great time meeting local people and telling them all about Alive; many people were drawn to our stall by some fun posters designed by Joseph from our sales team, which put Alive’s own spin on spreading the news about our classes!
Truly “keeping it in the family”, we had Kate, the sister of our lovely receptionist Bryony, come down to do some wonderful face-painting for the children, and several mums and dads were surprised to hear we have a crèche!
Throughout the day, there were a host of attractions in the main arena, including a fitness demonstration from one of our competitors, dog shows and a bird of prey display! To end the day, our very own Barry Randall took to the stage and got the crowd engaged in a fun and uplifting Zumba demonstration.
As always with Alive, fun was had by all … we can’t wait for next year!
As Toby has been on his holidays, we asked Personal Trainer Matt Dunn to step in and give us his tip of the month!
Spring in your step!
As March draws to a close its hard to believe that summer hasn’t arrived early. The spring weather has been unseasonably hot and Brighton and Hove seafront and beach has been busy with locals and tourists alike. The sunny weather is an incentive for many to move up a gear with their exercise routine in order to look and feel their best for the summer.
Most people like familiarity and routine which can lead to a training plateau if you are in the habit of doing the same exercises every time you come to the gym. If you want to stimulate change in your body then you have to approach your training differently – change the order of the exercises in your programme or substitute new exercises in place of familiar ones. Speak to one of our personal trainers about designing a new programme in order to overcome an exercise plateau and maximise the results of your effort in the gym.
One of the best ways of introducing variety into your exercise routine is mixing classes in with your gym work. As the evenings are getting lighter and the weather has been so warm and dry we have decided to take some of our classes outside onto Regency Square – weather and participants permitting! If you are a class regular, why not try a completely new and different class or add a gym session into your weekly routine and use some of the equipment, you’ll be surprised at how the variety can promote positive change!
On April 15th 2012 Brighton is hosting its 3rd Marathon with people competing from all over the world. We catch up with our very own PT and Marathon Man, Joe Addison who will be competing this year, first at Brighton and then in the London Marathon one week later. There is a twist… Joe will be running barefoot! Joe started training for the Marathon in 2008 and ran the London Marathon in 2009. However due to knee problems switched to barefoot running and has already run 3 Marathons plus lots of shorter distances, shoeless for various charities. Joe explained that when he was a ‘shoe’ runner, he used to suffer quite badly with runners knee and IT Band syndrome and his research led him to barefoot running. Since he discovered barefoot running, he suffers much less aches and pains and is also faster over 5k, 10k and marathon distances and hasn’t looked back since! This year Joe will be raising money for Macmillan cancer Care in memory of his Dad who passed away in 2010. If you would like to sponsor Joe and support this very worthwhile charity then you can go to: www.justgiving.com/barefootaddison or text BFJA80 and the amount (eg £10). Good Luck Joe!
Personal Training Benefits
The benefits of exercise are widely documented and using the gym is a great way of enjoying them. Whether you are coming to the gym to improve your fitness, change your body shape, improve your energy or relieve some of the stress of modern life. Personal training at Alive can make that experience more effective for you!
Using a personal trainer is a great way of helping you achieve your goals safely and effectively. At Alive we have a team of highly experienced personal trainers available to support you in getting the most out of your time in the gym.
Our trainers offer a free consultation to find out about you so you can work together in a relaxed environment to discuss your goals and come up with a challenging realistic plan on how to achieve them whatever your current fitness level. There is a wealth of conflicting information out there and ours trainers can work with you to tailor your training to suit your individual needs in an enjoyable and effective way. We believe that if you are enjoying your exercise you will put more in and get more out of it!
Why not work with one of our personal trainers to get more from your gym sessions PLUS mention this newsletter and receive £5 off your first session! You can approach Toby, Matt or Jenny directly or ask at Reception for more information.
By Matt Dunn
The human soul, each of us will recognise its existence as well as its mystery. There is in each of us that infinite ability to be touched, to be inspired and overwhelmed by wonder. There is also in each of us a driving force that strives for significance, yearns for intimacy, longs to know and to be known. Such is the power of the human soul. Each man is an individual, made for a purpose, with the capacity to enjoy the miraculous experience of being human. We find personal well-being not through self-seeking but by giving of ourselves to others.
Spiritual fitness is achieved through exercising out capacity to care for and help another person. Too often we are victimised by cultural existence that our work be the sourse of our greatness and purpose. We are taught to measure our success by the money that we earn, the promotion that we achieve or the material goods that we possess. The health of our soul depends upon exercising our abilities in service to others. As we give ourselves away we find purpose and spiritual fitness.
A healthy soul needs to exercise a close loving relationship. Intimacy means being vulnerable to another person experiencing your true self. It means being entrusted with the same self-disclosure made by someone else. Intimacy is one soul touching another. It is the lover listening to and acknowledging his lovers deepest concern and feelings…
Alive have moved with the times and will be uploading videos with ‘trainers tips’, classes, events and much much more…
We have a first ever video of the wonderful Jenny Dunn (Wonder Woman) give an all important tip of her brand NEW Kettlebell Class… so go and check it out.
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Skiing is a great and exciting hobby to have. However a week away skiing can often end in sore limbs and bruised bottoms. Skiing involves muscles you never knew you had. If you are planning on skiing this winter, our personal trainers have the means to prepare your body for the demands of skiing. It a good idea to start this programme as soon as you can because you can’t practice skiing before you’re on the snow, not only that many of us ski only a few times a year, so we don’t have enough consistency to keep our bodies conditioned for it.
Get your body ready with this ski fit ready program by Jonathan.
Start on the x-trainer using the x-train aerobics program; choose the level that you like to work with for 10-20 min.
Next squats 2-4 sets of 8-15 reps
Lunges 2-4 sets of 8-12 reps
Chin up 2-3 sets of 8-15 reps
Dips 2-3 sets of 8-15 reps
Wobble board squats 2 sets of 8-20 reps
Gym ball wall squats and static hold 2 sets of 8-20 reps
Gym ball crunches
Row machine or stepper for 10-30 min at moderate intensity
Finish with a good long stretch session.
Lets hit the slopes!