A personal expression

WHY WORKOUT? What exercises and equipment can I use to change my shape and get fit? When will I have time to exercise with my busy schedule? Where will I be able to train? How often and how long should I workout? Have you ever asked yourself any of these questions and never actually received a satisfying answer? Well, that’s all about to change. Over the next 12 months, I will endeavour to give you my personal expression to these taxing questions. This column is about capturing the essence of what personal training is all about – being personal!

Studying personal fitness training at the British School of Yoga (BSY) in the UK allowed me to develop an approach to personal training that is based more on the principle of balance and harmony than on the often used method of “push through the pain barrier”.

Too often, we rush gung-ho into our workouts, with scant regard for all the other aspects of our personalities. For example, our preference for music, the type of clothing we wear and the type of atmosphere we enjoy socialising or working in. All these factors shape our identities and our projected personalities, so why don’t we take them into consideration when we decide to improve our wellbeing?

Working out should be about expressing what we want to achieve, experiencing the benefits of that workout and, finally, exceeding all the goals we set for ourselves in the beginning – and, in the process, actually enjoying it!

I have worked in the fitness industry for more than eight years and have seen many different trends come and go. Some have stayed the test of time and some have withered away and died. I will be showing you some tried and tested exercises, some even going back as far as the 50s (they may be oldies but they’re goodies). There will also be pictures showing you some of the latest equipment on offer and some that is cost effective as well as highly beneficial. You will find programmes geared to get you into shape for those long summer months, as well as a section combining exercise and travel.

Before I head off into the world of fitness, a word of caution – never, under any circumstance, attempt any of the exercises or programmes I will show you without first consulting your doctor about whether you are healthy enough to undertake any form of workout.

Well, all that’s left for me to say is, do drop by and see what I have in store for you in the upcoming months. It’s going to be a fun and exhilarating experience. So, bottoms up, chests out and breathe…

• If you have any questions you’d like me to answer, send me an e-mail at personal.x.pression@gmail.com or call me on 961 847 575.