Sunday, October 31, 2010

Personal Training and Group Fitness In Brunswick

Hi again guys and girls out there in internet land!

In case you missed this, here's the final instalment from a series of videos I made last winter, which demonstrates my style of training and some of what you can expect in a session. I'm a big fan of bodyweight resistance and circuit training, and as you'll see it's a great workout!

Of course, this is just one form of training. We can also do some boxing, kickboxing, or hit the weights at Doherty's Gym. 

With just one month to go until summer hits, it's time we got started! Give me a call or email now!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Toning Up Exercise Program

I was thinking, and talking about this with some other trainers as well. Most new clients when asked for a goal or reason for beginning an exercise program will tell you they are looking to "tone up". But what does this mean, and how do you do it?

Well, I wrote an article answering these questions. Click below to read it!

How To Tone Up In The Gym

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

What makes Personal Training good value for money?

This is a good question that I think is probably on the minds of anyone considering hiring a Personal Trainer or joining a Group Fitness progam. Different trainers have different approaches, different facilities and equipment available, and widely varying pricing.

So lets look at value for money in Personal Training; and how to know that you're getting it.

#1 Are you getting results?

This point covers a few areas. Is the program suited to your goals and level of ability? If the program is too hard / advanced, or too easy / not challenging enough you will probably not see great results. A good trainer should be able to create a program suited to your individual needs. Regardless of how much or how little you pay, if the program is not tailored to produce the results you are not receiving good value for money.

#2 Are you enjoying yourself?

A trainer or a coach's job is to push you a little! Different people respond better to different sorts of encouragement, and the trainer's job is adjust to your personality and find the right way to help you to perform at a higher level than you might have thought you were capable of. So, the trainer is there to make you work hard! With that being said, the experience should be enjoyable and leave you eagerly looking forward to the next session. If you're not having any fun, you're not going to feel quite so good about parting with your hard earned money.

#3 What is your trainer's goal?

This is a big one. I like to think that most people working in this industry are genuinely interested in helping people to improve their health, look and feel better and be happier. I believe this is true, but how can you tell? In my opinion this comes down to one word; "homework". If your trainer gives you exercises, programs or activities to continue with between sessions, you'll know his (or her) motivation is to see you achieve great results as quickly as possible, not just to keep you as a client for as long as possible.

#4 This one is up to you.

If you really want to be getting the most out of your program and therefore the best value for money possible, you need to stay active between sessions and make sure you eat right! Your trainer will point you in the right direction, but it's up to you to keep moving.

Monday, October 25, 2010

How do i stay so motivated?

I'm often asked how I stay so motivated, and I get quite a few compliments from people telling me how much they admire my level of commitment and dedication to training and exercise. It's always nice to get a compliment, but I'm not so sure people should be so impressed by simply taking an hour a day to do something I enjoy, look forward to and am passionate about. To me, that's what life is all about! 

On the other hand, probably just as often (if not more) I'll get a bit of a lecture about how I push myself too hard, put too much pressure on myself or whatever, and I should allow myself to have a day off from training and eating right, and just relax and get some take-away instead. I suppose this is probably well intentioned advice, but it always annoys me a little because it makes no sense to me to take a day off from doing what I love. There are scheduled rest days in my program, and some days you have other obligations that get in the way of training, or you need an unscheduled rest day for some reason, but to just take a day off for no reason and sit around bored instead? As my friend likes to say "Do you think Alexander The Great took a day off from being The Great?"

Not to mention, as a professional Personal Trainer it's important that set a good example to my clients and practice what I preach. I need to look the part as well, so slacking off and getting out of shape is NOT an option if I want to be able to pay my bills on time!

Having a great life is all about doing something you enjoy, that helps you to be the person you want to be, every day. Even if you're not interested in sports, and don't have a competitive spirit, doesn't everyone want to look feel their best, full of energy and vitality? Fitness, exercise and physical activity is the vehicle towards getting the best out of life.

Introducing, me.

Hey everyone.

My name is Dave Hargreaves and I am Personal Trainer working out of Doherty's Gym in Brunswick, and also Doherty's Gym in Melbourne CBD.

I'm a vegetarian, but not one of those annoying preachy types, so I can train people who eat meat as well. I love weight training in particular, as well as boxing, kickboxing and martial arts training.

Previously I've worked in the I.T Industry as well as Corporate Security and Crowd Control in a variety of public events and licensed venues. Some of you might even recognise me from playing guitar in a few bands over the years.

This blog will be all about fitness, training and being motivated and enthusiastic to make you life the best it can be!