Fast-food Fitness.

A lot of gyms/studios/trainers these days claim to be offering the full-package to their clients; skill, strength, power, endurance, mobility, 6-pack abs and a Kim-K booty. Not only that, they claim to deliver such amazing results in 30-45 minutes of training – wow, where do I sign up?!

These fast-food fitness sessions are usually classes, typically circuits with kettlebell swings, box jumps and burpees, set at the mercy of an interval timer. Like the name suggests, this type of training doesn’t have much substance. Sure, you’ll sweat a lot, get your heartrate up and burn calories but if you’re hoping for any real development in skill, strength, power etc. you’re gonna come up short.

It’s easy to see why this type of training is popular; it’s quick, varied and by the end of the session you’re drenched in sweat and feeling accomplished. Some people respond well to this type of training but the majority of people don’t. These classes simply cannot accommodate for individuals with different skill and strength levels, and more often than not the people taking part aren’t able to perform complex movements, at a high intensity, effectively and safely. Performing a complex movement at speed can disguise weaknesses. If not corrected, these weaknesses can lead to injuries and that 30 minute, high intensity session could halt your training progress for weeks, even months.   

In reality, building skill, strength and power requires consistency, patience and strategy – knowing where you are, where you want to be and how you’re going to get there. The best thing a trainer can do for their clients is be honest and manage expectations, not giving them false hope – I guarantee, if the trainer has any significant skill, strength or muscle development, their training isn’t based on kettlebell swings and burpees, sweating through Gym Shark gear for 30 minutes.   

Interval training can be a great addition to your programme, adding variety and fun to your workouts. However, it’s important to stick with movements and weights you’re very comfortable with when performing at a high intensity. Otherwise, a short HIIT session could have long-term consequences.

Ask, what can your trainer do for you?

Shopping for a PT isn’t as easy as say, getting a haircut. We all know what a bad haircut looks like (well, most of us do).

A good haircut can be the difference between continuing to see a barber/hairdresser every 4-6 weeks for the rest of your life or wearing a hat everywhere for the next 4-6 weeks.
Now, what do you think is more complex, changing your hairstyle or changing your body?  - not just your body, your eating habits, sleeping pattern, alcohol consumption, knowing whether your hips internally rotate excessively during flexion weaken the structural integrity of your squat?!
I thought so.
Finding a good trainer isn’t as easy walking into a gym and picking what looks good. Personal trainers are usually their own billboards, an example of what they can do with the human form. However, you don’t want a trainer that cares more about themselves than they do about your progress and remember, typically, at the side of every Olympic stage is an out of shape coach cheering on their athlete.
There are many different styles and avenues to pursue in the fitness world. What works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another and unless your trainer is flexible (mentally) you may find you’re being pushed in the direction that works for them rather than what’s best for you – after all, “personal training” should prioritise individuality. 
So it’s not just about finding a good trainer, it’s about finding the right one. No trainer is practiced in every fitness discipline. It’s important to work together with a trainer to improve weaknesses, build on strengths and work towards YOUR goals – otherwise it’s just a waste of time and money.
A trainer’s role is to educate, not dictate. Most people probably don’t want to spend the rest of their active life paying a trainer to tell them what to do. The best thing a trainer can offer a client is their knowledge and experiences, helping them build confidence through training while understanding the science and method behind the exercise.  

Fitness IN MOTION

Established in 2018, IN MOTION was created to maximise movement potential allowing people to increase strength, mobility, co-ordination and confidence.  

IN MOTION is designed to encourage movement - ditching the conventional gym formula: restrictive machines and wall-to-wall treadmills, allowing for a more creative and open space to train.
The studio houses a range of specialised equipment, taking inspiration from different practices - gymnastics to weightlifting, yoga to athletics - creating a space of unlimited potential and variety.

 

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"The human body loves to move, it's what we're designed to do."

 


 

Limiting what your body is capable of leads to a decrease in strength, mobility and coordination. In the UK, most adults spend upwards of 7 hours a day sitting down, leading to immobility, lack of foundational strength and poor calorie expenditure. Not limited to physical benefits, moving is fun and can help improve mental health reducing anxiety and depression.
Under the guide of our coaches we want to help you move better – efficiently and safely – move more – increase strength and mobility – and move forward – learning new skills and challenging what you think you’re capable of.