• Featured in Womens Health & Fitness: "Health Boosters"

    By The W10 Team
     

    WHealthFitnessFeb

    In the first of a new series of masterclasses, pro-trainer and owner of W10 Performance gym, Jean-Claude Vacassin reveals the smartest ways to help your health.
    Exercise means different things to different people: it can help with weight loss, a healthier life or completing a race. Over the next few months, I’ll show you how to tailor your exercise regime to reach your goal. This month, it’s how to maximise your health.

    BALANCE YOUR BODY

    Structural health is key to longevity and long-term results. Muscles, connective tissue and bones all impact on how your joints function and, if you train hard, you need a balanced body to stay injury-free. Do single-leg exercises to balance your left and right sides; lower-back moves to counterbalance strong abs; and add glute and lower abdominal exercises to balance the pull of your hip flexors.

    MONITOR YOUR ENERGY LEVELS

    Recovery is as important as training and you need to learn to listen to your body. A structured programme is a great way to ensure progress, but understand that this is a moving target and can be tweaked. The best way to monitor your energy levels is to ask yourself ‘how do I feel today?’ Do you feel physically and mentally prepared to exercise? If the answer is no, do something tomorrow after a rest day.

    PAY BACK WHAT YOU TAKE OUT

    Training hard doesn’t mean you can eat whatever you like. Sure, you’ll be able to eat a few extra calories and enjoy the odd treat but, if you ask more of your body, you need to ‘pay it back’. Intense exercise requires more nutrients, such as protein, vitamins, minerals and adequate hydration – you need to consume these or you’ll run out of the raw materials you need to train and recover. Junk food just won’t cut it.

    CYCLE YOUR PROGRAMME

    You can’t do the same things and expect different results. Your training should go through cycles. This might be as simple as a lighter training week in every four, or doing three weeks of strength training followed by three weeks of cardio work. It’s important to change the pace and focus of your programme to help yield better results in the long run and reduce injury risk.

    INCLUDE ACTIVE RECOVERY

    Rest days are more effective when they’re active. Plan a light jog or recovery swim, or do some additional mobility and soft-tissue work. These lighter recovery days will help your body repair from harder sessions, plus you can include important corrective and pre-habilitation exercises (preventative training to stop a problem before it happens).

    3 MOVES FOR MAXIMUM HEALTH

    1. OVERHEAD SQUATS
    Increase mobility and strength

    Stand with feet wider than shoulder- width apart and toes turned out slightly. Press a barbell overhead with a wider than shoulder-width grip. Squat down as far as possible and return to standing.

    2. TURKISH GET-UPS
    Test your body in multiple places and boost shoulder health

    Lie on your back with you left leg straight and right knee bent. Press a kettlebell into the air with your right hand. Keeping your right arm straight, drive up through your right leg to come onto your left elbow and forearm. Continue to drive up, lifting your hips, then sliding your left leg under you in a low lunge with the weight above your right shoulder. Continue to rise up to standing.

    3. HILL RUNS
    Work your heart and lungs and encourage a shorter stride, reducing knee stress

    Find a long, steady incline. Sprint up the hill and run steadily downhill.

    Contact us on 0203 489 5428 or drop us an email on info@w10performance.com to find out about training at W10 Performance.

 

You Might Also Like

 
Quick Browse
    • Hydration how much water should I drink

      Water: How much should you drink a day?

       

      A bit like nutrition, we’ve heard it all before when it comes to the importance of hydration, but it keeps being highlighted for very good reason – hydration is key for all of us (and sometimes it's good to be reminded of this) Hydration plays a pivotal role in both fat loss and muscle gain,

      Read More
    • 6 common ways to get injured in the gym

      Six Most Common Causes Of Gym Injuries

       

      Unless you subscribe to the fantasyland of diet pills and six pack shortcuts, then consistency, enjoyment and effectiveness are going to be the three pillars your exercise programme needs for it to be successful. Injury however, is a sure fire way to screw up all three of these in one foul swoop. It doesn't have

      Read More
    • Health and fitness magazine feature strong in 6 moves

      Strong in 6 moves | Health And Fitness Magazine Feature

       

      In the first of a new series of workouts from top PT's, trainer Amy Darch offers a time-saving, total-body workout Do you seem to spend hours in the gym and still not see the benefits? You need to take your workout back to basics with a more targeted approach. Enter Amy Darch, trainer at London’s

      Read More
    • Is W10 the right gym for you

      Is W10 the right gym for you?

       

      We often get asked why W10 is different to other gyms. Our intention is not to blow our own trumpet here or to rubbish other gyms, that’s not how we roll, but we do want to offer a little insight in to what we do. You can decide for yourself if it sounds “different” to

      Read More
    • W10 Ibiza training camp

      W10 5-day fitness retreat in Ibiza

       

      Thank you to everyone who came along to our 5-day fitness retreat in Ibiza last month, what an amazing trip with a great bunch of people.   This was our last "adventure club" of the year but if you missed out this time, don't worry, there will be many more...such as our Mount Kilimanjaro adventure

      Read More
    • Getting your first dead hang chin up

      Why you should aim to get your first strict chin up

       

        There are many benefits of chin ups (done properly). We could go on about the importance of this exercise all day, but we’re going to give you the top 5 benefits and also a few tips on how to progress up to them. Working towards getting your first strict, dead hang chin up is

      Read More

Start Your 30 Day Trial Today

If you’re ready to make a change, you can start now. Register online and book your first session today.

Start Today

Set up in 2009 by founder Jean-Claude Vacassin (a regular health and fitness contributor to the Daily Telegraph) the W10 Performance gym is located in West London at 202-208 Kensal Road, London W10 5BN. W10’s Gym memberships offer personal training, nutrition advice, yoga, boxing, HITT and other functional fitness classes. They also have physio and sports massage practitioners onsite. They are proud to offer a high level of fitness to residents and local workers in Kensal Rise, Kensal Green, Queens Park, Willesden, Kilburn, Harlesden, Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill, Kensington and Westbourne Park areas.

 

Find us The Basement, 202-208 Kensal Road, London W10 5BN

Call us on 020 3489 5428