Fitness Planning

To plan to adapt is to plan to change and progress.

~ M.L Adams

Adapting and changing your training programme is almost as important as the training programme itself. If your training plan stays the same, you will also as you will reach a certain point in your progress and then remain at that point until adaption takes place.

So how, and how often should you change your training plan to ensure you progress?

Here are 5 tips to help you plan for programme adaption and change.

  1. Aim to change every 6wks -3 months, preferably no longer as at this point your body will be used to your current programme.
  2. Get proper guidance from a personal trainer or instructor so you can ensure the programme is right for you.
  3. Make sure you enjoy your programme as well as find it challenging too. It’s important to enjoy yourself as you progress and make exercise a part of your lifestyle.
  4. Try different ways if you haven’t found what works for you. For some people they prefer classes and for others gym, everyone is different so find what works for you. There is something for everyone.
  5. Work on all parts of your fitness to see full and faster progression. Cardio, resistance and flexibility training are all equally important and help you progress easier and quicker when done together.

I hope you find these helpful. Please get in touch with any queries you may have regarding training plans and progress.

5 Top Reasons to get a Personal Trainer

Anyone who has had a personal trainer before can testify to the benefits of having one and the additional progress you make in doing so. For those of you haven’t tried Personal Training or are thinking of doing so again, here are 5 top reasons to get a PT.

  1. Increased Motivation- Having someone there not only guiding you in what to do but also encouraging and supporting you undoubtedly increases your motivation. This is crucial and a huge benefit from PT as lack of motivation is a common reason for people to avoid exercise.
  2. Increased Accountability- Having regular appointments with a personal trainer each week means you are accountable to someone for your exercise plan and this is a huge addition to your motivation and ability to build a positive habit with exercise.
  3. The Correct Training– Personalised to you and your goals. As you and your trainer will have gone through your goals and you training will be set around your needs. Your training will then be suitable and personalised to you, taking all of your needs in to account. This is much better than coming in to the gym and not being sure what to do and you will achieve results much faster and with focus.
  4. Continual Progressions– In addition to the above you will notice that you are always and continually progressing in your sessions and therefore never get bored either :).
  5. Sessions are Adaptable – As you are working with your pt and they get to know you well, they are able to adapt with you and make sure each session is enjoyable and what you need on that day and in that moment.

A lot of people wait until January to get a PT, however now is a great time to consider trying it as you will get ahead of the rush and also build your metabolism up to burn more calories overall in time before Christmas. So why wait..? Discover the benefits of PT and book a session today!

3 Fundamentals of Self Defence

Understanding self defence is something important for every one of us today living in the unpredictability of modern society and the increasing likelihood of unfortunate attacks.

For this reason I have put together the following 3 fundamentals, so that it may be helpful to some in this respect.

  1. StanceHaving a good stance is important for emitting a strength and confidence in yourself. Your positioning projects out a type of energy where attackers may be much less likely to attack when you emit a strong sense of self confidence.

2. GuardHaving a guard is a sense of readiness, where you have a ready and prepared mindset for whatever may occur.

3. ObservanceThis is a state where you are observant of all the small things around you and what action to take and not to take. It is not wise for example to walk under a dark underpass at night by yourself or be glued to your phone whilst walking along. These small things can make a big difference to the potential of an attack.

Stay on track of these small things and they can make a big difference to your life and safety. Don’t put yourself in difficult situations or allow yourself to stay in those that are harmful in the long term.

Self defence is not just about street attacks it is also about what you allow in your day to day life and communications. Therefore take the best care of your self and put yourself first where you have to.

For more info and training in this area please get in touch.

Top 10 Reasons to Love to Move

With over a third of the population leading sedentary lifestyles, and this having dramatically increased over the last two years during lockdowns. Its important to consider why to Move and potentially find the joy and love to Move.

The importance of movement is far more than just aesthetic reasons. Here are just 10 top reasons to Love to Move.

  1. Improved Mood; Many people have suffered from a lower mood and noticed an increase in anxiety since the lockdowns. Regular movement however will noticeably improve mood and reduces anxiety. A very worthwhile reason to move more and find the joy in moving.
  2. Improved Focus and Concentration; Good Concentration and focus is a skill that can be improved and developing a movement practice can be a very effective way to do so, as you focus on building new skills and have to apply attention in doing so.
  3. Improved Coordination; Good coordination is another skill that can be learnt and improved upon and developing on movement patterns such as boxing, skipping and many more can dramatically help with this.
  4. Self Discovery; As you build on your movement practice you also discover much more about yourself. Where your skills and limitations are and where you can build on and improve.
  5. Adaptability; As you learn about yourself and grow in your practice you also develop your ability to adapt. Your body grows and adapts, and your mind will too as you find new and more innovative ways to move.
  6. Functionality; Good movement is important for everyday functionality. Much more than we give it credit for, often until something goes wrong. Without good movement patterns even everyday tasks can become difficult.
  7. Feel Free and Move Easily; When you build on your movement practice in a holistic way you will begin to notice that everything becomes easier and you move much more freely as your overall strength, fitness and flexibility improve.
  8. Deeper Connection; This can be to yourself, others and even to nature itself. As you begin to move more you connect more with your innate way of being and then become more in touch with your true self, others and nature.
  9. Improve fine dexterity; as you focus more on your movement practice you begin to refine in to smaller movements also. This helps with the more fine dexterity movements as well as more complex patterns.
  10. Energy and Vitality; Developing a vibrance and Vitality for life can have a lasting impact on all areas of life. Improving your overall work and home life as you move more, you will have more natural energy and your possibilities can become endless.

I hope you have found this post useful and it may inspire you or someone you know to move more. For more info or a consultation on how you can improve your overall movement practice, please get in touch.

All the best in Health and Happiness

Miranda 💗

Training Progressions

When setting out on our training journey we often start with a goal. Our overall goal may be something like to lose weight or compete in a race and along the way we can hit many milestones before achieving it.

What can often happen however is that we achieve much more than we set out to achieve and it is these results that make the journey to our goal and the training itself so valuable.

For example on the journey to losing weight you can start to feel much better in yourself and also have more energy to complete the daily tasks in life. Difficulties such as joint pain and stiffness can also improve as well as many other improvements.

Often before we see the outer changes the inside changes first. Our blood pressure and blood sugar levels get lower and overall mobility improves and these are in some ways far greater, as being important factors in your daily life and overall wellbeing.

It is important to note these small progressions on the way as these are what can keep you going and maintaining daily exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Focus on the small steps and you are well on your way. Keep going and you’ll achieve more than you ever thought was possible.

‘It’s the small steps that lead to big success and that success is unique to you’

~ M.L Adams

Stay focused on the joys in your training 💗

Miranda

The many benefits of Chi Gung

A regular chi gung practice can have immeasurable benefits for your health and wellbeing. Helping to balance out any areas of deficiency by encouraging the natural flow of chi throughout the body.

Being a gentle form of exercise it is suitable and helpful for a wide range of health conditions. Benefiting the mind and body by clearing out old stuck emotions and stagnant chi.

With regular practice you will feel more energised and supple and as old emotions clear, people often find a lot of health difficulties also go over time.

With the mind and body being so interconnected, as emotions get stored and energy gets blocked, this can lead to health problems such as fatigue and much more. Chi gung can be a powerful way to begin to clear this energy as it helps to reverse illness and maintain health.

Clearing toxins, keeping the organs healthy as well as joints and tendons in a supple and strong condition. This in turn improves mindfulness, gives natural energy, clarity, creativity and improved focus.

The list could go on but the only way for you to truly know is to find out for yourself. If you would like to try chi gung and discover the many benefits for yourself, please drop me a message below and I’ll get back to you with our dates and times.

Be free with Chi 🙂

Miranda

Trust in your Art

To find a way of self expression is of great importance yet also of great importance is the way an art expresses itself through us. Its a delicate balance of the two.

Each art we may practice has its own unique process and journey to take us on, so allowing it to work its magic is as equally important as it is for us to express ourself through the art.

‘The Heart is in the Art’

By allowing the art to take us on its journey we not only discover its magic but discover hidden depths and strengths within ourselves that we would otherwise miss. We just have to trust in it.

By adding too much to the process or taking too much away we don’t allow the process to work. Just imagine trying to make a painting without the paint.

Therefore have your tools, be the paintbrush and simply allow the art to express itself through you. You might just discover things you never thought you could do.

Let the art be through you 🙏💗

Where there’s a will there’s a way

Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.’

~ Arthur Ashe

In fitness training, as long as we have the will to get started, we can always find a way. There is something for everyone.

It is common in the fitness world to hear excuses such as; ‘I dont have enough time’ or ‘I dont like the gym’ and many more.

However no matter what the reason and however genuine, there is always a way and method that you can find to begin improving your fitness.

It is simply a matter of experimenting, the best way to get started is to simply begin. Try out different things even for just 15 minutes a day and see where it takes you.

Nowadays there are many more options such as our online courses, classes and many of them adaptable for all.

There are indoor and outdoor training methods and if you struggle with motivation there is the option of personal training and coaching, as well as online videos to keep you going.

There is always a way to suit everyone and of any ability or taste, and once you’ve found it, all you need to do is practice regularly to improve.

Find what suits you and what you enjoy, then simply add it to your routine just 3 times a week to get started. This will make a lot of difference from which you can build up from.

This is the true magic of training, it is just the getting started and keeping a routine that is difficult in the beginning, then the momentum will take hold and keep you going to greater and greater joys to find 🙂

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The pros and cons of framing

Just what is framing and how is it used?

It is essentially having a pre-set idea of how something is, or will be and how this can work either for or against us.

Framing is something we can do often and also have done to us, yet often without realising it.

It is something that marketers often use to sell or to convince us of an idea.

So what can we do about this, and how to make it work for instead of against us?

These are some of the pros and cons of framing;

Pros;

Can be used as a motivational tool to achieve results.

Can be used to focus more specifically and cut out the things that distract you.

Cons;

Can be used against you to form certain beliefs that you would not otherwise have or chosen.

Can cause you to lose sight of true reality and what is in front of you.

I have unfortunately witnessed and experienced the use of this first hand and can say for sure its not a nice thing to have used on you, however unfortunately this happens, so awareness is key. If you notice your thoughts and focus are being directed in a certain way that takes you away from your truth, turn the other direction. 🙂

However once you are aware of its use and if you choose to, using preframing or reframing can certainly help you when its in your hands. For example before you go to the gym if you set the intention of it being an awesome session then you will be far more likely to have one.

Just ensure this skill is in your hands, preferably not the salesmans 🙂

Enjoy trying it out and stay aware always.

Miranda 💗

Empty your Cup

Bruce Lee famously stated, ‘Empty your cup’

What did he mean by this..?

Perceptions past or other, cloud our judgement and cause us to see things not as they are but due to whatever the perception colours it with.

To empty the cup is to have a blank slate and see things as they are with nothing added to it.

This may be with people in our life or any other circumstance.

The more colours or frames we have added the more we are not really seeing what is and this limits not only ourselves but those around us, through the projections we put upon them.

Therefore to truly free your mind, empty your cup. See things and people simply as they are here and now.

All projections are illusion and only limit us.

There only is what is, and within this all exists.

Create your way 🙏