• Fitness Truths: 5 essential fitness rules

    By The W10 Team
     

    There are more systems, methods and approaches when it comes to exercise than ever before, all promoting different slants on the best and most efficient way to get in shape. Especially with summer on our doorstep, it’s hard not to get distracted by the latest fitness “trends” in the media.

    But how different are all of these different training methods and which one will work best for our specific requirements?

    Once you cut through the smoke and mirrors and boar down into the foundations of all of these programmes the effective ones are all based on the same underlying principles.

    And for me, these are the top five you should look out for, whatever system and method of training you go for.

    Purpose

    If you are serious about getting results, you need to train with a specific goal in mind. At times we all feel the need a to just mix it up and ‘get a sweat on’, but if we do this every time we workout, we are likely to see limited results over the long term. We need to avoid the march of futility, by setting the right goals and focusing on a plan to get there.

    Pick a goal and train for it.

    Quality

    Any successful training programme or method will have movement quality at its core. Resistance training is likely to be beneficial for us all, but we must develop technical proficiency before we pick up the weights and start doing lots of reps.

    Always ensure quality (of movement) before you increase the quantity (weight, reps and sets). Too many approaches and methods ignore this, which will make our training less effective and increase our risk of injury.

    Functional

    The term functional is one of those fitness buzzwords which most of us have absolutely no idea of the real meaning. To decide whether something is functional or not, consider these three points:

    Does the movement resemble the activity itself?

    Is it producing force in the same way?

    And, is it working your cardiovascular system in the way that you need it too?

    Exercises that tick these boxes could be deemed functional, or more simply, make you fit for purpose.

    Efficiency

    One of the keys to long term results and exercise adherence is efficiency. Too many programmes have adopted the ‘more is better’ approach, which is not necessarily the best way to get in shape over the long term. The key to a good workout is the challenge the body to do more that it is used to. This doesn’t mean though that we need to annihilate the system in order to get good results.

    The key is to stimulate the system with the minimum effective dose, which will deliver continued results over time.

    Continuity

    The truth is that exercise can be boring and for most of us in general fitness what we really want is exer-tain-ment, in order to keep things fresh and engaging. I get it, I am not different, but the reality is that too many of us make too many changes, too often.

    Planned variations are essential we you want to challenge our body to change, but change for changes is sake is not necessary. The trick is to keep the mainstays of your programme, such as resistance training, pretty constant, whilst varying other areas, such as your conditioning, or cardio, elements.

    If you still feel confused about the best training method and system for you or if you’d like to try out what we do at W10 then click here to get started with our 30 day trial today or send us a message if you have any questions to hello@w10performance.com

 

You Might Also Like

 
Quick Browse
    • How to stay motivated in the winter

      How can I stay motivated to exercise during the winter months

       

      We don’t blame you for losing your motivation to exercise during the winter. With it being so dark by the time you leave the office after work, it’s hard to get fired up to do little more than cosy up with a glass of vino on the couch. Plus, with autumn well and truly here […]

      Read More
    • Over 50's fitness

      Training in your 50’s compared to your 30’s: does anything need to change?

       

      Can you delay or even reverse the ageing process with exercise? There’s no hiding from the fact that our bodies ultimately deteriorate with age. Everyday tasks become more of challenge and we don’t have the same energy that we used to. Without intervention and physical exercise, the body won’t perform as well as it once […]

      Read More
    • Training with back pain

      Can exercise banish lower back pain?

       

      Do you suffer with lower back pain? If so, can anything be done to alleviate it? It’s estimated that 2.5 million people in the UK experience back pain on any given day. That’s a shocking figure, but the good news is that movement can often alleviate the problem. Although it must be movement that’s managed […]

      Read More
    • Total Body workouts London

      Why you should focus on full body workouts

       

      There are many benefits to full body workouts, which is why we focus on this style of training at W10. There are a variety of ways you can structure or split up your workout routine and quite frankly with the amount of information out there at the minute, it can become overwhelming for anyone to […]

      Read More
    • Do I need a gym to get in shape?

      Do I need a gym to get in shape?

       

      What kind of shape do you want to get into, and how do you define “shape”? These are the first questions you should be asking yourself before deciding whether or not you’ll need a gym. What is it that you actually want to do, and what do you actually enjoy doing? These are important questions […]

      Read More
    • Is stretching really that effective?

      Is stretching really that effective after a workout?

       

      Or does stretching actually slow down the recovery process? We stretch for lots of reasons: Because it feels good, because it’s part of our pre-workout routine, because a muscle is stiff and we think stretching will fix it. But most of what we know about stretching—and thus the ways we use it—are based on wishful […]

      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