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What Can Functional Training do for You?

Functional training is, essentially training for your function: whatever it is you want to achieve with your Personal Trainer.

That might be getting through each day without back pain stopping you, performing your best at football or losing stubborn body fat and wearing the clothes that flatter you. Everyone’s individual goal is personal to them.

Before any of us discovered Functional training, I personally felt frustrated at only being able to get certain clients so far. Long term pains/niggles would temporarily disappear following a training session, but often return a few days later.

I wanted to give them their money’s worth and didn’t feel satisfied that I was making a permanent difference. Losing impressive amounts of body fat and increasing fitness levels was one thing, but my qualifications as a personal trainer and sports massage therapist only served to get so far in terms of actually eliminating long-term pain permanently.

When you train your body for your function, something wonderful begins to happen. My training methods now involve treating individuals as unique WHOLE beings, rather than parts or pieces of the person. My first functional training diploma enabled me to determine the cause of the pain and eliminate it through movement, rather than just treating the symptoms.

To have my clients tell me they can now get out of bed without worrying about their backs ‘going’, lift shopping bags and grandchildren pain-free and essentially live the lives they want to, is the ultimate achievement for me as a trainer.

We believe everyone has the right to a healthy and happy quality of life. One fabulous gentleman came to me six years ago, believing he would eventually need a knee replacement. Now he can’t actually remember which knee it was!

His wonderful wife had suffered hereditary high blood pressure for over forty years, following childbirth. It is now the lowest it has ever been, so much so her doctor thought the monitor had broken. Both of them are fitter and in better shape than they were ten years ago.

Southampton Personal Trainer Gen Levrant

Functional Training: suitable for any age!

We work with a variety of individuals that come to our studio for personal training and more. Some may have had little success with other health practitioners and are subsequently looking to take a different approach.

We measure our success from our clients not having to keep returning for the same problem. From working with indisputable scientific fact (gravity, ground reaction and momentum) the results speak for themselves.

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Southampton Personal Trainer Gen Preece Boot Camp

SUNSHINE!!!

Southampton sees Sun: happy times for Personal Trainers…

Such gorgeous sunshine, here’s a few reasons to get outside:

Vitamin D production: it differs to other vitamins because our bodies can manufacture it

PT Gen: personal trainer Southampton

Outdoor training + vitamin D production

with exposure to sunlight! During the winter we can become Vitamin D deficient so now is a good time to go outside, get some fresh air and get some sunlight on your bones!

Vitamin D plays many vital roles within our bodies. It may play a key role in keeping our cognitive function good as we age, as well as helping the absorption of calcium and phosphorus into our bones, keeping them healthy.

Not only this, it plays an important role in keeping us at a healthy body weight.

Stay safe and do not expose your skin to sunlight for extended periods of time without UV protection (even if it doesn’t feel too hot, we can still burn!)

So if you’re not coming to Bootcamp tonight (you can explain yourself later..) get out there and catch some rays like I did earlier when I attempted this killer fat-burning workout! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lW81BC1xgNg&feature=share&list=UUFuCUZWqvYpMo-6SGKFln4w&index=2

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Southampton Personal Trainer Gen Preece Boot Camp

Fit in five minutes whatever the weather!

Do not underestimate the power of fresh air!

Regardless of how miserable the weather may be, or even if we are blessed with a few moments of Southampton sunshine, the majority of the population spend their days cooped up indoors.

With so many of us up and out before sunrise, and home after it has set, is it any wonder stress levels, work-related absence and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) during the winter months are at their highest?

The solution?  GET OUTSIDE!

This post is by no means suggesting you risk yours or anyone else’s safety in the treacherous weather conditions we’ve had in Southampton and the majority of the country lately, but merely think how it can be used to your advantage.

Here are my top 3 ideas that my Personal Training clients have found work best for them:

Walk/Run for Function

It may sound cliché (or you’ve heard it before) but grabbing a brolly, getting out the office and briskly walking around the block even for 10-20 minutes can make even the baddest of days better.

Your mind will clear and re-focus from physically removing yourself from the environment, your mood lifted from the natural daylight and oxygen.

15 minute fat blast: Warm up by walking briskly for two minutes. Repeat the following x 4: 2 minute jog and 30 second sprint. Walk slowly to cool down, finishing with stretching.

Head for the Hills

Hill walks/sprints are a great interval training workout for the heart and lungs, allowing Get your family involved, exercising in Southamptonexertion and recovery at your own pace. Try your local park, woods or venture further, making a day of it at the beach or a national park. Vary the terrain: grass, gravel and sand all keep it interesting.

10 minute fat blast: run uphill (or up outdoor steps,) walk down and repeat. Record how many you do – and see if you can beat it next time to track your progress. Great fun for all the family so make a game of it!

DIY Boot Camp

As our Boot camp takes place outdoors and undercover, our attendees are fortunately always guaranteed fresh air whatever the weather!

Try making your own in your garden or local playground. Simple exercises like press ups and step-ups can be done on benches. Pull ups and mountain climbers can be done on climbing frame ladders.

PT Gen Levrant at Boot Camp Southampton!

PT Gen at Boot Camp Southampton!

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