The side plank is a great core exercise as it forces the lateral stabilisers of the body like the oblique’s and glutes to work hard to maintain stability and alignment through the body. When you swap sides it will also highlight any deficiencies or weaknesses that may be present from side to side.
Today (18th June) the Scottish Government announced that we’ll be moving into phase 2 of the plan to get us out of lockdown and what it entails. Many of us where hoping for news around personal training and the re-opening of gyms.
**UPDATE 09/07/20 - We have a date
If you are thinking about getting started with weight training but really have no idea where to begin then this article should be your starting point. You’ll learn everything from its role and benefits to how to get started right now.
:With the current situation surround Covid-19, many regular gym goers have built makeshift home gyms are embracing home workouts with minimal equipment.
Will this enthusiasm last and will the home gyms become a hanger for clothes, disused as we slowly transition back to normal?
From my discussions with many of my current personal training clients, I’ve discovered a few key themes:
In this week’s short blog I’ll share 5 tips to maintain your strength and muscle from home.
As many of us don’t have access to the gym right now, I’ve prepared these strategies to help you maintain your strength and muscle over the coming weeks. Who knows, we might even get stronger or fitter in the process. We must use this time as an opportunity, don’t worry that you might not be able to do your favourite barbells lifts. These tips will help you potentially avoid injury, avoid losing your hard-earned muscle and strength and might develop a bit of athleticism and functional strength in the process.
I’m delighted to share with you that I’ve been selected by Origym to be honoured in their Best Personal Trainer in Glasgow Awards.
They asked me to answer a couple of questions in order to help aspiring personal trainers which I’ve shared for you below.
This week I’ll introduce 5 supplements that have benefited my training and are worth considering. I have to preface this one by letting you know that supplements should only account for around 1-5% of your overall nutrition. That means that the amount of effort you spend researching, purchasing and implementing these into your diet should be quite insignificant so hopefully this article makes that part a little easier. Likewise, you shouldn’t be spending a lot of your hard earned money on supplements, this should be going towards your food shopping budget.
In this article, I’ll share 5 benefits of having a personal trainer and coach. Some of the benefits may be obvious so I’ll focus more on the subtle things a coach can bring to your training. When you hire a coach you can allow them to take care of all of the planning, focusing your efforts solely on taking action and doing what they tell you. Good coaches will educate you on the why behind what you do so that you can start to develop an understanding and your own framework for making decisions against. Intrinsically, when you make the decision to hire a coach, you have already increased your chances of succeeding because you have taken the first step towards achieving your goal. Each day this week I’ll share another benefit of hiring a coach and what they can bring to your training.
Whether your goal is fat-loss or athletic performance, most of your gym time should be spent on large multi-joint compound movements. These movements will give you the greatest stimulus for change allowing you to get the most out of the time invested in working out.
I’m about to share how I categorise these movements giving some insight into why they are important and what you can do. You’ll notice trends in that the exercises will sit within a continuum of movement for each pattern and that the best exercise for you depends on where your current capabilities lie and may well change as you get fitter.
In this article, I’ll share 5 of the most common mistakes that I see people make in the gym. These are the things that lead to you:
They are not ranked in any particular order, they are just the most common things I see that could be done better. When I look at making changes, I try to identify what is the biggest thing that is holding me back right now or what is the smallest thing I can change that will bring about the greatest boost to my results. Doing this, we can be more efficient with our time and effort and make sure we build habits and sustainable routines. As you read these tips and decide to take action, make sure to implement only one at a time until it is ingrained in what you do before trying to add on the next layer.
Allan Young is a Personal Trainer and coach educator in Glasgow who operates Strength Coach Glasgow and is a 4x Scottish Champion Olympic Weightlifter.