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15 Oct

Understanding How and When to use Calorie Surplus & Calorie Deficit?

We have heard the words boundered around, however understanding how and when to use a calorie Surplus or Deficit in your diet can make the difference between maximizing fat loss and better gaining lean muscle mass.

Calorie Surplus (Extra food in the diet)

An example of using a surplus is often seen in a diet for competitive strength athletes and bodybuilders as their fundamental purpose is to promote muscle growth and strength. A surplus can be used effectively when coupled with a training program designed to reshape the body for a more leaner defined look. Diets having a surplus have shown to be superior over diets only reaching maintenance levels (balanced calorie intake) for lean muscle growth.

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An advised surplus added should be from 5-10% more than your Basal metabolic rate (daily energy needs) and should allow for the surplus of calories to be directed to growth and not stored as fat. When using a surplus, fat stores may increase, so make sure to lose fat before this is implemented If you worry about extra unwanted weight.

A surplus is specifically ideal for individuals who have trouble “putting on weight” as this would have almost certainly been due to incorrect manipulation of calorie intake and expenditure. Make sure to eat clean and make up the extra calories through high protein sources. This is not an excuse to overindulge (takeaway, high sugar foods) to reach you calorie target or this will backfire with increased fat stored.

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Notes

  • Ideal for those struggling to “put on weight”
  • Better Promotes Muscle growth
  • Quick to workout BMR+ 5-10% calories
  • Make up of high protein
Calorie Deficit (Less food in your diet)

A calorie Deficit is the most common used discipline in the fitness industry. A calorie deficit is when your body has fewer calories being consumed in your diet than is being expended from maintaining your body and the day to day activities.

Unknown to many… A small percentage of your activity will affect the overall needs of your body, as the primary calorie expenditure is to maintain the body’s state. This does not promoted inactivity but suggests that daily calorie needs will not range greatly among similar size individuals. Finding your BMR and calculating activity levels can give you a direct number to start decreasing your calories from.

Decreasing between 10-20% of your daily needs should be effective, which will usually account to around 200-500 calories .When decreasing your calories we would advise making sure you understand all the nutrients you consume in your diet first, and moving towards healthy food sources over general removal of calories, which can have severe effects on nutrition.

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A reduction of a 1lb a week, is the equivalent of removing 500 calories a day. on average 2,500 cals a day for men and 2000 cals and day for women, for most individuals is advised by practitioners due to health and safety. This technique needs to have a balance between calorie loss through exercise and decreasing calorie intake through your diet. One should not be done without the other. It is important to make sure you do not place your body in starvation mode for prolonged periods of time. Always consult Medical Practitioner when making changes to your diet for either aSsurplus or a Deficit.

Notes

  • Ideal for utilizing adipose (Tissue Fat)
  • Do not use deficits for Prolonged periods of time
  • Small percentage is lost from exercise vs BMR (daily diet needs)
  • Difficult to increase Muscle mass vs Surplus
  • Must learn nutritional content of diet before reducing “willy nilly”

Below are some videos to help develop a better understanding of your diet.

Video: Mike Thurston- Calculating your Macros

Video: James Smith- Nutrition Priorities

 

P.S If you are interested in finding out about personal training or studio hire at PT Workspace you can contact info@ptwporkspace.co.uk. In addition why not take a look at some of the personal trainers who already work with us here.

10 Oct

Food Diary of the Studio Manager at PT Workspace

Written by Nathan Drury-Ellis

It is so important when we have busy lives to use our time as efficiently as possible when preparing food, for that reason i utilize what i call “mass production cooking”. Often a meal even for one person in the evening can take between 30-45 mins to prepare and cook and so i prepare as many meals at one time as i can. This can seem obvious but often when i speak to clients that i train they never use this as a time saving tool.

Okay so every Sunday (yes the day of rest) i do “mass production cooking” for the week ahead. This is so i can take some food (in tubs) on the go that i know the nutritional value of and as we all experience it is hard to get healthy but tasty food when we are out and about in the week.

Ingredients

I genuinely put an hour aside each Sunday to do my cooking and often requires just a single trip to the shops to get a hand full of extra ingredients.

The ingredients do vary but often the basic ingredients remain the same.

  • 2kg of boneless chicken breast
  • Handful of Spinach, tomatoes, Red peppers ,broccoli, mushrooms, and often a mixed bag of frozen veg.
  • 2-3 cups of Rice
  • Tin of Black beans

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I use an assortment of middle eastern spices such as Cumin, Coriander, Chilli, Garam Masala, Paprika and often Garlic and Ginger for the chicken & the veg. You can pick from the spices that you like best for obvious reasons due to the fact i am the sort of cook that likes to get creative i am not going to place specific amounts but the tend to range between 2tps-3tps each.

Nutritional Reasoning

So for the nutritional reasoning behind these choice is simple. The 2kg of chicken is split up into 6-7 meals a week equalling between 250-300 grams per serving. This alongside a protein shake and often a some mixed nuts with another fish based meal mackerels salad, tuna etc it will total my daily protein needs of 2x my 80kg body weight so 160-180 grams of protein.

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The assortment of vegetables means i do get the recommended daily needs for vitamins & minerals. Spinach and broccoli are must haves in my book due to the high levels of vitamin A, C and immune system benefits. I could do a whole post on the benefits and make-up of the vitamins and minerals in the vegetables alone but i will keep to the main topic.

So the carbohydrates (the mix of black beans and rice) goes without saying it is important but specifically it’s needed for energy and also has positive nutrient uptake (protein to the muscles) when eating post workout.

The Cooking

  • So the cooking itself is easy and it requires little skill.
  • Dice chicken into trays and mix spices to coat and place in the oven for around 45 mins
  • Boil rice about 20-25 mins and add black beans at the end when finished just to heat up, do not forget to empty and rinse black beans!
  • Vegetables are easy and can help to create a sauce when using tomatoes it’s so simply by sauteing in a large deep pan with the other veg for around 30mins.
  • Equipment needed, large pan for vegetables and the two oven pans for the chicken. Also small saucepan for the rice.

Helpful order for cooking for vegetables:

1, red peppers, mushroom, add garlic and ginger, spices and then tomatoes and frozen mixed veg (this contains the broccoli and extras such as peas, carrots etc).

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This can cook while your chicken is in the oven alongside boiling the rice/black beans and so the food should all be ready together. It is 1 hour approx dependent on how fast you are with a knife and chopping board :).

The finished article

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Now i usually place 2-3 in the fridge to grab for next couple days and the others between 3-4 in the freezer. The freezer meals i grab out and place in the fridge after about 2-3 days for the rest of the week.

You can eat theses when you get home in the evenings or as i do take on the go to save me buying poor nutritional value foods from tesco, pret etc.

The measurements and ingredients are specific to me and my daily needs (80kg male) but it can be easily modified with switching up less or more chicken, rice etc and for vegetarians maybe quorn as an alternative.

Hope this was helpful and send me any questions or do not hesitate to comment below if i missed anything.

Happy Mass Cooking 🙂

 

P.S If you are interested in finding out about personal training or studio hire at PT Workspace you can contact info@ptwporkspace.co.uk. In addition why not take a look at some of the personal trainers who already work with us here. 

03 Oct

The internet has allowed us to access information like never before, this is no secret! The issue is being able to tell what is a load of nonsense, and what information carries legitimate weight to it. The ongoing debate around cardio vs weight training is one which has been building momentum ever since having a big booty become the latest fashion in fitness.

Now don’t be mistaken in thinking that we are not aware of the positive results weight training has all round, specially when building glutes/muscles within your routine… NO SIR the myth that need debunking is that cardio is detrimental to you having a healthy physique, that if you run you are doomed to have a flat bottom, no muscle and below average physique for the foreseeable future. Weights are good and Cardio is bad… This needs to stop! here’s why..

Cardio vs Weight Training

Cardio for one does not only come in the form of running, its rowing, cycling, hiking, swimming, HIIT and the list continues, and so when you say cardio, this is being incredibly general! Even if running is what’s implied by cardio, different forms of running such as trail running and hill sprints can be very good at working your muscles and glutes.

Second being that we all have a different genetic makeup, whilst we can to a certain degree shape/enhance our bodies by targeting specific areas through weight training and CARDIO, we may not always have the success that others have in the areas we seek for many reasons. Not everyone is born to be a natural runner, just like only few have the size and build to be as big as Arnold Schwarzenegger. Our bodies have limitations some of which you can move beyond, the rest is reserved for the elite 1% whose bodies are far superior and most likely that of an Athlete.

Cardio vs Weight Training

Thirdly we all have our own journey in fitness and so we each arrive at our destinations at different times and in different ways. So being closed minded to certain types of exercise is like not eating vegetables, they might not be your favourite thing on the plate, but deep down you know you should eat them.

Whilst ascetics can be one of the main driving forces behind exercise, the most important thing to remember is your health above all else. A diversity of both weight training and cardio should be applied to a balanced diet, not one or the other and so we really need to move beyond picking a side.

 

P.S If you are interested in finding out about personal training at PT Workspace you can contact info@ptwporkspace.co.uk. In addition why not take a look at some of the personal trainers who already work with us here. 

26 Sep

6 Fitness Pros You Should Know About!

Many of us have our loyal heath & fitness sources we turn to for information, or fitness pros which we admire and respect, follow through social media channels, magazines or blogs posts which is great. But sometimes in the world of media, ads, fads and trends it can be hard to distance yourself to see what’s real & honest when it comes to the world of fitness. Who should you really be following? Who is offering genuine advice? Is this natural or fake? good or bad for you?

So we have tracked down 6 fitness pros which we feel cut through the crud to deliver you what you need to hear from the heart. If you don’t know who they are already, get adding on your insta account!

 

Holly Active

Holly Davidson: Insta @hollyactive

Profile here

Personal trainer, Author, oh and black belt Kickboxer, Holly helps you step outside of your comfort zone and reassures you that you can to rise to any challenge. Great workout videos from an expert experienced in the field of all things fitness, no excuses just positive lifestyle changes.

 Fitness pro

FaFitsake

Lawrence Price: Insta @FaFitsake

Personal Trainer, model, writer and by the looks of it an all round nice guy! Who just wants to share his fitness experience with you in a positive way. So If not taking yourself too seriously appeals to your nature, because you were always too cool for school anyhow, then you will love this guy!

Fitness pro

Lauren Tickner

Insta @laurentickner 

Self made queen at only 21, this entrepreneur is one to watch! Having conquered growing her own fitness coaching company, she now guides others now through the snakes and ladders of branding and marketing. Lauren’s Instagram vs Reality images, just goes to show how she likes to keep it real.

Fitness pro

Themphmethod

Matt Hodges: Insta@Themphmethod

Personal trainer and owner of The MPH Method, Matt delivers fitness and nutrition blogs every day of the year. If there is a question or fad to be had, you can bet your protein shake he has conquered it.

Fitness pro

Cepersonaltraining

Caroline Edis: Insta @cetraining

Profile here

Personal Trainer fluent in Spanish ,Portuguese and French also known for pre and post-natal training. Caroline has walked in shoes of the city worker, and understands the real struggles which come with it. Proud Myth debunker and avid nutrition seeker, say hello to your happy endorphins with Caroline.

Fitness pro

FitbyFlo

Florence Seabright : Insta @fitbyflo_

Profile here

Personal Trainer, Dancer and all round happy go lucky person with a smile to match.  Flo lets you into her life, loves, trials and tribulations with the odd pieces of cake thrown in here and there. Fab fitness videos online which you can checkout alongside her vlog.

Fitness pro

 

 

P.S If you are interested in finding out about personal training at PT Workspace you can contact info@ptwporkspace.co.uk. In addition why not take a look at some of the personal trainers who already work with us here. 

19 Sep

2 for 1 Personal Training Islington…

Sound to good to be true? Well it might do, but the truth of the matter is that your eyes are not deceiving you and we are actually offering 2 for 1 on personal training. So if you have been putting off the gym because you feel slightly intimidated by the environment or have lacked the motivation to go, then now is the time to put a stop to those niggling thoughts once and for all.

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Just 5 minutes from Essex road tube station, PT Workspace is a private personal training studio which means it is off limits to the general public, leaving you to train the majority of the time in peace. Plus now you have your partner or best mate there to travel on this fitness journey with you!

Let’s face it… It always feels better to moan to someone who understand the burn! Specially when you have been put through your paces by a pro, who will give you all the tools you need to maximise progression. So go ahead and invite that one individual who is ready to get on board with making some positive lifestyle changes.

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Join us on your lunch break or anytime from then, up until 5pm! split the cost with your plus one, which works out to be only £25 per person and half the price or a normal personal training session. Winning!

To find out further information about this special offer contact info@ptworkspace.co.uk.

14 Sep

Personal Training & Studio Rental in Islington..

Conquering The Winter Months…

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We have had an amazing summer with weather this year to say the least! So it is little wonder why many personal trainers head to the nearest park with your portable training kits and TRX ropes to make the most of the long summer days and glorious weather. As a personal training studio we get it…This is why we transformed our outside space so you could have the best of both worlds! Not only to keep cool inside but have the luxury of taking gym equipment outside, which has been great for PT’s this year. Regardless we understand why parks are a hit…

As we creep into Autumn and the nights start drawing in, you have to start rethinking your options, as your clients do not want to workout in the rain or the dark at 6am in the morning (well we are yet to meet one who does). So before Winter hits us with all its glory, now is the time to start planning a back up plan! Which will see you through these tough months ahead. Where all your clients secretly want to be a couch potato on the run up to Christmas, drinking hot chocolate and carb loading.
With London having been your playground all summer you now have to find a new strategy to keep your business going whilst the weather transitioning.

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It’s not easy for personal trainers trying to find a space that has freedom and flexibility to accommodate an independent business. You have to think about…

  • Where will i take my clients?
  • How i will i afford monthly rentals? (what if you have a quiet month or have booked a holiday?)
  • Will you have to up your rates to afford higher overheads?
  • Is it necessary to go back to working full time in house at a corporate/budget chain gym?
  • How do you keep finding new clients? Or combat those you might lose?

With everything you have to think about, moving forward into winter can be very daunting, so we have some tips which might help you out along the way.

  • Start marketing yourself before winter arrives (so ideally around now) to make up for clients which you know might move on or if you need the extra income.
  • Do your research! There are personal training studio’s which take independant trainers, but they are few and far between. If you are reading this then you have already found one of them…
  • Once you have found a space to train clients, choose a residential area which you can offer your services locally, this can be your bread and butter. Let potential clients know you are in the area and available! This could be via a flyer for example. Introductory offers can go a long way in helping to generate leads.
  • If the residential area is of a high income bracket you can afford to up your rates if you need to, again do your research on the local clientele.
  • Do not wait until the last minute to prepare for winter, take action now!

PT Workspace is here to support independent personal trainers with their businesses, and if you would like help transitioning into winter with finding space to train your clients then feel free to talk to us info@ptworkspace.co.uk.

You can take a look at our very fair rental packages here.

31 Aug

What is the main reason you are not working out?

They say people are creatures of habit, and in think many instances it is easy to see why we love routine. So how come when it comes to working out, we end up breaking up with exercise?
Certainly we have all been there when life gets a little hectic, and even getting a grip on day to day basics such as cooking and cleaning can seem like a long shot, but when the dust settles the next battle seems to be a mental one. Having spoken with some of the longest serving personal trainers at PT Workspace, here are a few reasons clients have expressed behind their break up with exercise. Does it sound familiar?

  1. I’m too tied and don’t have the energy-  Sleep is incredibly important to your general productivity throughout the day. It’s no secret that many of us in the UK do not get enough sleep and so it’s important you find ways to combat this. Have a look at your diet and see if maybe you are drinking too much caffeine throughout the day or find that more energy rich foods an hour before a workout would be beneficial. The solution is not always cut and dry, but if the honest reason is motivation then you need to be real and talk with a professional like a personal trainers to address this issue.
  2. I have missed to many sessions- There really is no limit on how many times you start again, and it can be somewhat painful to know that you might need to build back up to the progress you once made. But rest assured, the greatest comeback comes from a setback, so the quicker you get going the quicker you will get there.
  3. I’m Busy- Yes it is a busy world we live in and working out is not always the main priority, however your health should at least be a priority of some sorts! It’s a known fact that exercise relieves stress and release those feel good endorphins so it’s good to make time for yourself, the world can wait an hour or two! If not try and see if you can schedule time in to your day and make exercise more of a routine to commit to.
  4. I’m Bored of my workout- Some days come more naturally than others when working out, which is why it’s recommended to switch up your routine and take a day to do something different. That could be a class or swimming or whatever keeps you feeling motivated to move. It may simply be that your exercise routine needs to change to accommodate a more challenging workout, if so speak to a professional PT who can challenge you.
  5. I’m worried everyone is looking at me- A great attraction to gym goers is that it gives you time and space to zone out, or perhaps if you get into it… Zone in. So the likelihood that everyone is looking at you is very slim. Everyone who is in the gym had a first day at some point, but if a mainstream gym is too overwhelming, explore other options, like at home personal training or quieter spaces such as PT Workspace which the general public cannot access.

If you happen to be injured then of course working out is probably not recommended, if so light exercise… But don’t feel too deflated, because when you can get back into the swing of the gym then there is always specialists avaliable to help you through injury rehab to avoid an injury recurring. As mentioned before there is no limit on how many times you can start again at the gym, because the worst workout will alway be better than the one you didn’t do!

 

P.S If you are interested in finding out about personal training at PT Workspace you can contact info@ptwporkspace.co.uk. In addition why not take a look at some of the personal trainers who already work with us https://www.ptworkspace.co.uk/looking-for-a-personal-trainer/.

27 Aug

As our Eco-Friendly crusade goes on, we have a brand new product arriving at the PT Workspace studio really soon, in the form of long lasting reusable resistance bands. Great for stretching or adding resistance to your workout, you can choose from a range of colours which indicate the strength of the band. Simple…

Easy to transport, you can literally take them anywhere including the gym! They enable you to move freely in your workout without limiting your range of motion, helping stimulate muscles and build strength. For the dedicated fitness individual we also have heavy weight cotton resistance bands which are the strongest avaliable on the market at this moment in time.Resistance bands

To find out more information, you can enquire about Zest Ldn products via email on hello@zest-lifestyle.com.

Soon to be sold online via Amazon or the Zest Ldn website as well as directly from PT Workspace.

22 Aug

PT Workspace Eco-Friendly Mission With Zest Ldn

Now you may have heard, or you may have not…But we are going to tell you anyway because we are very proud of our new partnership with Zest Ldn and the beautiful new top-of-the-line bottles which you now see floating around our studio.

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This year we made it our mission at PT Workspace to remove all the plastic cups from our water fountains, in order to cut down on waste and take a more eco-friendly approach to the way in which we run the studio. Instead personal trainers & clients can now buy these stylish reusable bottles to fill up their water when they come to train. With all new products your heart skips a beat every now and then, but the feedback from the PT community has been fantastic, because it can keep liquids cool for up to 24 hours! Great for summer training days…

They also look rather impressive, don’t you think?

For every bottle purchased money will go directly to charities supporting the environment. BONUS! If this sounds like your cup of tea or super chilled bottle of liquid should i say, then head on over to the website or Amazon page to find out more.

Thanks for Reading

 

PT Workspace Team

 

P.S If you are interested in finding out about personal training at PT Workspace you can contact info@ptwporkspace.co.uk. In addition why not take a look at some of the personal trainers who already work with us https://www.ptworkspace.co.uk/trainers/.

10 Aug

Challenges You Face as a Personal Trainer…

For those of you just starting out in the fitness industry the likelihood that at some point in your career you will face these challenges is high, and for personal trainers already established it will seem as all too familiar reading this post. However once you know what the challenges are you can then start planning how you are best going to conquer them.

 

Here are a few to get you going…

 

The Constant need for education: The fitness industry is ever evolving with new breakthroughs in science and biology alongside the fashionable trends which come and go. So even though you may not always believe in the fitness trend which has come around, you still need to be able to execute knowledge and understanding with your clients. Education is key to keeping your skills up to date and being seen as an expert in your field.

Client Base: Finding the right Client base can be incredibly difficult when establishing yourself. You have to take into account the area in which you are based, what type of clients you want to attract, how much will your targeted client base pay, making sure this client base has the motivation to invest in their own fitness and constantly marketing yourself to reach your target clients. So it can feel somewhat like a hard nut to crack but once you’ve cracked it you will be golden.

Setting an example: As a personal trainer looking in shape is incredibly important, your clients look to you for guidance and motivation, often aspiration too so you need to lead by example.. Keeping in shape is a challenge all on its own, but when your profession is based on it the stakes are a lot higher. You wouldn’t trust a hairdresser with bad hair after all…

Standing out: Over the last decade the number of PT’s avaliable has almost doubled and so the market has become saturated with personal trainers, not all of them very good either. So you need to elevate yourself above every other Tom, Dick and Harry out there professining they can do the same thing. Find your USP (unique selling point) and market yourself accordingly, you have to invest money in to get money out, whether that is in social media, your website or local advertisements.

New clients: A good personal trainer essentially works him/herself out of a job. Health and fitness is a lifestyle change. Once a client buys into that change, it becomes a habit. When a client becomes self-reliant, a trainer is no longer necessary. So it is important that you are regularly taking on new clients to combat those who will eventually leave you.

Location: There are many difficulties when it comes to finding the right location, especially as many gyms will not allow you to train your clients at their premises. It then becomes easy to get stuck working in-house at a big corporate gym working for peanuts. Thankfully thats where PT Workspace comes in, supporting independent PT’s with space to train clients. Don’t worry if we are not in the right location as we will be expanding soon and hopefully coming to a location near you. One less challenge to worry about…

As a personal trainer despite the challenges you face, your passion and drive to consistently make a difference will go a long way in changing people’s lifestyles. However you will need to be able to consistently learn, market and grow your business for it to be a success.

 

P.S If you are interested in finding out about personal training your client at PT Workspace you can contact info@ptwporkspace.co.uk. In addition why not take a look at some of the independent personal trainers who already work and market themselves with us https://www.ptworkspace.co.uk/trainers/.

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