Summer fitness programmes


As a Master Trainer one of the most important aspects of my job is to help people improve their personal knowledge about fitness. What I find works best is encouraging clients to ask me as many questions as possible, but what’s even more important is that they also feel able to question my methods.

In the world of health and fitness there are few absolutes, and even those truths we believe to be incontrovertible must remain accountable to an evidence-based approach. However, many people tend to take matters of fitness instruction and physical endeavour at face value, rather than critiquing them in a proof-based approach. I suspect this is one of the reasons why there can be confusion around many different aspects to fitness.

Keep your wits about you

Exercise is not a place for blind faith or mindless training, so if you develop doubts about the summer training programme you have signed up to, don’t be afraid to air them. Of course, it is to be expected that a boot camp will work you hard, but military fitness specialists have moved beyond mindless punishment as the path to physical fitness, and if this seems to be the rationale, don’t be afraid to speak up.

Engaging with the programme rather than just throwing yourself into it is important. Indeed, your mindset is key to achievement, as well as being essential in developing your physique. How you think is more important than what you think or believe, helping you evaluate the instruction you receive.

Applying common sense and logic to any fitness endeavour will provide better and more efficient results. This is integral to achieving a higher level of health and fitness, helping us to better engage with our bodies. In the short term positive results are possible by just blindly follow a training program, but by applying some level of thought to it and developing it through an open mind, the risk of injury can be reduced while continued progress into the future becomes much more likely.

So, whatever the boot camp or programme you may sign-up for this summer, don’t be afraid to ask questions about whatever you are being instructed to do. It should be safe, enjoyable and bring results!

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Alex is a registered Master Trainer and Nutritional Advisor with Level 4 qualifications in obesity and diabetes. He is also a strength specialist and a Ni Dan in Shotokan Karate.

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