Mental Toughness

 

I used to love training when I was in international sport. I was fortunate to be able to train with some of the best trainers in the world. The physical training was never an issue for me, training after school and 8 hour days at weekends was great. But when my sport took on a whole new level I needed to up my game. A trainer in the USA took me under her wing and started to train me as they do in the US.

Six weeks I was there and man was I sore.  I was exposed to working with some of the finest artistic athletes, learning to do what they did and how they achieved so much. That’s when I was taught about Mental Preparation Techniques. It is a training area rarely visited and understood in terms of its benefits, not only to sporting performances but to anything you are trying to achieve really.

Mental Toughness

“Once an athlete has mastered all the physical and technical qualities required to be successful on the international circuit, then success becomes 10% physical and 90% mental”

From personal experience I was shown in the USA the value of this technique and once you know how to train your mind to use it correctly.  You will be amazed at what you can accomplish. It is a great tool to focus on when recovering from an injury too so that you don’t become over focused on the injury.

If you are not achieving the results you want from your current training regime, you may need to look at this because having the skills to accomplish a move and then drilled time and time over is one thing, but how can you be sure you will be able to pull that move out of the bag when it counts the most- in the performance arena, on the big day-

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For more details and a full down load visit http://www.virtual-healthclub.com/mental-preparation-for-sports-specific-training

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Golf – How to improve your game and practise situation

Are you playing to the best of your ability?

Do you need to loosen up to improve your golf swing technique and your game?

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Well did you know that mobility exercises and stretching are key in developing your game as is being able to focus. It’s not how much time you spend practising that improves the game it’s the quality of the practice situation when you are there that counts.

Practising a good warm up preparing your muscles for what they are about to undertake is a good place to start.

Being able to put your mind in the right place is also relevant to the point that you can practise as if it were a tournament and deliver like a winner as you start to raise your own bar.

Shoulder flexibility, upper and lower back mobility, being able to rotate and move your torso independently from your hips will all improve your game.

Like any other great sportsman or woman these exercises are to be practised before going onto the driving range and fall part of the process.

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News: VHC launches Skype Personal Training Service

Virtual Health launches Skype Personal Training Service.

Virtual Health was initially for those individuals who are embarrassed to go to the gym and who were time poor. However, after much nurturing and managing the highs and lows of business, this week I have launched a new personal training concept “Personal Training” through Skype.

Some of our old clients have been in touch this week and live outside the UK or are not in our area and wondered how I could help them as we have previous training history and they didn’t want to train with anyone else or was unable to find the suitable trainer.

Skype seems to be our solution to staying in touch on scheduled training and keeping my valued clients in good shape.

So when you have a moment take a look at our re branded site at http://www.virtual-healthclub.com and or drop me a line on email: info@virtual-healthclub.com

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Checking your state of health and why it remains important.

Health Assessment
Staying healthy can delay the onset of chronic disease

HEALTH ASSESSMENT. 

Why it is important and what to expect.

Before embarking on any exercise program it is paramount that you undertake a health assessment whether you are on medication or not.In the world of personal training we are governed by a code of practice and have a “duty of care” to our clients in order to make sure you are safe and as free from risk as possibly.

 The health assessment follows the initial consultation

 What is a health assessment and what does it report?

A health assessment is a measurement of approx 10-12 key indicators of your personal state of health.

They range from blood pressure readings to a variety of tests including body fat measurements, flexibility just to name a few.

The benefit to you is that a health assessment can provide key information and can detect health issues that may prevent the onset of chronic disease such as a stroke.

So, if you are thinking of engaging with a personal trainer this is what you need to know from the health assessment before you start an exercise program.

  •  Blood pressure test

Normal blood pressure for young people 120mmHg/80mmHg and changes with age to approx 140mmHg/90mmHg any higher than that there needs to be referral to the GP

It’s a known fact that exercise raises blood pressure and is linked to stroke. A responsible trainer will never compromise neither you nor them, but will insist on a health check before prescribing or embarking on any exercise program.

  • Peak flow measurement ( tests lung capacity )

This involves blowing thru a tube for a reading three times and averaging for the score and again if the lung capacity is too low exercise may be impaired.

  •  Waist and hip ratio.

Measures waist and hips circumference. Too much weight around the waist can lead to health problems.

  •  Height & weight

Body Mass Index (BMI) is the relationship between weight and height that is often associated with health risks.

Note

Some sports specific individuals who have a higher ratio of muscle to fat such as Rugby players have a tendency to fall into the obese category of Body Mass Index scoring when being tested.

  •  Stretch assessment.(tests lower back and hamstring flexibility)

Hamstring flexibility or the lack of it, can affect one’s exercise capacity due to their short length so problems may arise with cardiovascular training. Training adaptations are required.

  • Core strength assessment.(tests the strength of the deeper core muscles which aids postural strength)

The core area is the area of the body which runs from the shoulders to the hips.

  •  Body fat & hydration assessment ( non invasive testing and immediate reporting)
  •  Full range sit up assessment ( if appropriate)

This assessment tests superficial stomach muscles “the one’s you can see- hopefully”

This test maybe inappropriate for some clients, especially those with reduced flexibility, back complaints or have hernia.

  •  Press up assessment ( if appropriate)

This assessment tests the strength of a variety of muscles in your upper body  and core.

  •  Back  Mobility Assessment ( required for mobility and CV, Cardio vascular training).

 (If appropriate) means that if the trainer believes the test is going to impair the training the test can be bought in at a later date once you have acquired the skills for that test. However, much does depend on what you are trying to achieve from the program. The trainer will make a decision. The results of the assessment will give you a base line in terms of a starting place at that given time and date.

Remember, that without testing or measuring you will never know how much you are improving or what is changing in relation to body composition and your own personal health.

Our assessment will show you just that!

 Exercise prescription also available on request and please don’t be offended if I send you to your GP for further testing should the results dictate.

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Love your curves.

Jane believes that it’s ok to be curvaceous, shapely and toned but a change of body shape can come about by a mere change in your job, from being active to a sedentary desk job. But all that aside being active has more benefits than just losing and maintaining you weight.

For all those Jane has worked with who have been on a diet are now fatter than ever, if they worked why are we so fat, apart from being fed up and miserable and put chronic stress it puts on your heart which is un maintainable is a psycological nightmare.

Starving yourself of what you want only increases your desire for it, whether it is food related or another topic. It has been made clear to Jane over a period of time that not all people have the correct understanding regarding the difference between slow release sugars like fruit and refined sugar such as sweets, cakes and biscuits and alcohol which have a direct impact on your waist line that are highly addictive?

The more of these foods you eat the bigger your waist line will become and the more of them you keep eating to get your fix. People choose to wear baggy cloth’s instead of fitted one’s so is it a wonder we lose a sense of this feels tight and I better do something about it.

So the question is

For what reason are you so addicted to sugar and do you know how to change it, address that and be honest with yourself and you might stand a chance?

Healthy is not just defined in terms of body, nutrition and exercise the two missing components are your emotional health and your Psychological health and for some it includes spiritual growth.

Weaning yourself from sugar is like trying to stop smoking, it is really difficult without plummeting into low mood due to nicotine stimulating effects on your brain, the same happens when you try to wean yourself from refined sugar.

In her opinion, rapid diets may be the only option if you have to undergo surgery as the risk of not losing weight prior to a major operation may result in serious consequences but this is usually a directive given by the doctor.

If you lose weight too quickly and the fat in your body falls out of the cell the result you are left with is saggy skin and the only option is surgery – Nip & tuck and at a huge cost, not only to you but a huige financial one to.

Exercise is a part of a healthy life style as is nutritian, spirituality and emotional health.

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Hydration- check it out

DID YOU KNOW?

In a study of some of our clients, their excess body fat has been due to their lack of hydration. Hydration should be around 55%-60%.

If you are not properly hydrated it may result in you not functioning or performing at your

best and left unattended too can cause serious harm to you and your body. Excess body fat can lead to chronic health and disease, so ask your trainer to measure your hydration levels and make sure you are in the range.

It will also help you lose weight under a controllled plan and exercise

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Exercise for older people

Most of the older clients I train in health and fitness lessons, do so because they wish to remain healthy, independent and fit in their later years. However more importantly they wish to stay as mobile and flexible for as long as they can. They like to make sure they are doing the exerices correctly.
It is important to them that they remain independent, in their own home as long as possible and are able to still stretch up to the cupboards and tie their shoe laces.
You can only do that if you do not lose your mobility and flexibility.
Remaining active in older age helps to keep you moving, mobile, independent and socially interactive and more importantly confident.

 
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Personal Training for Mental Health

Using Personal Training as a tool to help individuals with Mental Health problems has shown me Jane Cooper , that it’s the key to encouraging them to take better care of themselves and helps balance their energy.

Personal Training for Mental Health especially in todays climate is an essential tool to Pshycological well being. Any one can develope a mental health problem. It may arise from a marriage breakdown, depression, alzheimers disease, abuse or emotional turmoil. None of us are immune and some of the strongest individuals fall the hardest.

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Exercise and stroke recovery

Exercises for stroke are usually prescribed by the Occupational Therapists at the hospital. The first 3 months are paramount to your recovery. Once you have regained your physical abilities its important that you regain your confidence.

Most individuals have a confidence melt down after a stroke and having your blood pressure taken regulary is a stroke preventative measure we can all do, in order for each of us to stay healthy. Normal blood pressure range 120/80. Know your numbers.

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Exercise and blood pressure

Exercising on blood pressure medication actually requires you to exercise under specific guidelines. 

If you are not on medication and your bp is raised, lowering your stress levels and walking might help.

If you are on medication, you may also be wondering why you are stuggling to lose weight, well that’s probably because blood pressure medication caps your heart rate at about 110bpm when exercising. So for weight loss you would need to focus on a good diet and walking for 45mins to about an hour. It’s more about the longevity for fat loss 3 times a week.

It is inappropriate to stop taking the medication that the Gp has prescribed unless he states otherwise.

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Testimonials
When I fell and hurt myself at work, you took care of me and I realised just how much you know about the body. I thought I had a problem with my knee which I found out later with you that the problem stemmed from by back- You are better than my doctor.
Mrs Norm