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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AN EXERCISE CONSULTANT – not your conventional trainer

AN EXERCISE CONSULTANT – not your conventional trainer.

Jane Cooper runs virtual-healthclub which is her own business working in the health care profession as a personal training consultant and is qualified and many areas of health amongst other things.

Working with people and helping them take better care of themselves is only part of her criteria in being useful to her clients.

Client retention being that of over 1o years she definitely has something going on. However, exercise and teaching people how to exercise safely and confidently is what she is all about but make no mistake if you are training for an event or a completion she is the girl who can help you gain the edge over your opponents.

She used to be in international sport herself. She was on Team GB in the sport of Baton Twirling which masters the arts of rhythm, hand eye co-ordination, skill, drill, dedication and determination. She also knows how to prepare you for the performance of your life, bringing to the fore her positive mental attitude and mind training techniques.

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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


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.


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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Get you body fat tested with Personaltraineressex

With the right information you will lose weight

A quick qay to test your body fat is with our non invasive machine which produces various health results such as Body Fat, Lean weight, and Fat Mass.

You will receive a receipt with all your results logged on it including how dehydrated you maybe, and your calories perday. Dehydration has a direct chorrelation to fat stores and the feeling of being fat. From my experience most women I test feel fat but the test results show that they are not fat. But they are dehydrated. By raising their hydration levels and making adjustments to the foods they eat over a period of time they feel less bloated and fat stores reduce when I re test them.

Many women link exercise to being thin, instead of it being an enjoyable part of their life.

If you are confused about what to eat and would like a health assessment with me feel free to contact me on  07801 287 213 or email me thru’ the following sites



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Are you fit for business?

Personal training for individuals at the leading edge of business

Jane loves working in the Gym with business owners who understand the importance of keeping in good shape, raising their energy which has a direct correlation to their own performance as the boss.

Personal training with Jane once a week has allowed them to deal with difficult staff and challenging financial times. She brings to their sessions techniques in how to focus, drill and improve their concentration which are all issues that need addressing apart from mood and lack of energy initially.

A great business man or woman takes the lead from the top. 

A great business leader knows what they want and where they are going. Jane’s approach and demand for performance, deliverance and no nonsense has raised her clients levels if fitness for business apart from the other health benefits they gain.

Great for them, great for business, great for me. A win win situation.

Are you fit enough to lead your business? Want to get in shape to deal with everything that running a business entails? Contact Jane 07801 287 213

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Poor digestion?

As a personal trainer and always on the go, I have always had to keep a keen eye on the types of foods I eat on the run, in order to maintain a healthy digestive system. If my digestion is not in great working order I am grumpy. I don’t like feeling bloated or emotionally out of sorts. A sluggish digestion will do that, for sure.

Eating foods my body can digest easily and fill me up are foods such as Bannana’s, soft non acidic fruits but more importantly eating every 1 1/2 – 2 hours help me to work out others the best I can.

Fluid and movement are also a major contributory factor. Further ways to improve digestion to follow later.

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Confidence is one of the major reasons why we believe in personal training on a one to one basis. We can lose our confidence in so many ways,the list can be endless.

Using personal training can help you realise that if you exercise with the right personal trainer who understands you or has any level of understanding in relation to what you are or have experienced just may hold the key to help you become more confident.  A little encouragement goes along way.

Here at Virtual Health we believe that most people, can do some form of activity or another and the key for us is to find what they enjoy. Some individuals should have been working out along time ago but for one reason or another believed they could not do it. That was until they trained with us.


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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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Mrs T
I am 88 years old, tried to move the sofa in my flat and hurt myself, thanks for gently manipulating me and putting me back together
Mrs T