What Makes Us the Best Personal Trainers in Leicester?

There are many benefits that come with having a personal trainer. It is one of the surest ways to keep your fitness goals alive. With a personal trainer, you’re able to have supervision and accountability which ensures that you stick to the program. With all the benefits that personal training has to offer, they can only be realised by having a competent personal trainer and the best of the best. That is what we offer. Here is what makes us the leader in personal training in Leicester.

Expertly Trained

Most personal trainers have had a fitness background and a love for training which is what they monetize and offer their experience to their clientele. At UrbanFit, we believe that other than our passion and experience in the fitness industry proper training is essential for the best results and better safety standards. Our trainers are trained by the European Personal Training Institute and you can rest assured that you will be able to get good results and be at the care of an able trainer.

Qualifications

Our lead trainer is highly qualified with a level 3 personal training qualifications. He also has a variety of other qualifications which include a level 2 suspended qualifications for adults and children, a level 2 fitness instructing qualification for movement training, and even has a football coaching level 1 qualifications. Whether you want a trainer for yourself or your child, you can rest assured that we have the qualifications to take good care of you and help you achieve your fitness goals regardless of what they are.

Personalised approach

One of the stand-out factors about fitness is that one approach can never work for two people. We understand that. We take the time to sit down with you and understand what you would like to achieve. We then draft a multi-pronged approach to help you achieve the goals we have in mind. With our personal approach, we have been able to enjoy lots of success with our clients. Just as different as you are, we also try to find a fitness approach that will help your body and allow you to get your desired approach.

Professional

Personal training is a field that requires a lot of professionalism. You need to be able to assure your clients that they can trust you to deliver, show up on time and give them value for their money. They need to be treated in a respectable and firm manner that shows them you’re serious about your work and helping them achieve their goals. This is what we are about. We are as serious with our clients as we are with our services.

Friendly

We understand that not all clients will walk through our doors with the same muscular ability and coordination. We take the time to teach you the best poses and form to adopt while taking on the different workout. Our friendly and approachable nature makes it easier for you to ask questions and corrections which is why we are always there by your site.

When looking for a qualified personal trainer, you want to get value for your money. Someone qualified that understands how to help you achieve your goals while keeping his expectations realistic and helping you to stay motivated. This is what we are about!

Be sure to read our local best 7 places to visit in Leicester, some good gems!

Best Student Places to Visit in Leicester

As a student, your biggest attraction to Leicester would probably be academic oriented. Other than the high quality of education from world-class universities, there’s plenty more that you can enjoy while in Leicester as a student, our student Leicester guide will compliment this read. Whether it is academic and scientific themed parks, open nature or simply looking for some fun with your friends, Leicester has plenty of places that you can visit, of course, you are always welcome to our personal training gym in Leicester! Here are some of them.

National Space Center

If you’re looking to quench your thirst for information, learn new things and get a whole new experience, then you have to visit the national space center. It is a great place to be on a fun day out when you’re looking to bond with your friends and also ideal for a hungry mind to feed. With six different galleries, you will have plenty to occupy your time while here. Some of the galleries include a 42-meter high rocket tower, Sir Patrick Moore’s planetarium and space suits. You will also be able to catch a glance at the satellites. On a lucky day, you may also be to see some aliens. If you’re looking to have fun without depleting your funds, this is a great place for you to consider.

Abbey Park

You have hard a stressful day at school. You have finally handed in your assignments and simply want to get somewhere and forget yourself for a while and indulge nature. Abbey Park is just the place for you. Whether you’re looking to have some alone time or come with some friends and just spend time talking to each other, this park is the place to be. With plenty of nature and fresh air, time will fly while you’re here.

The park is complete with a river and plenty of lush green fields that are absolutely picturesque even from a mile away. The two parts of the park which are demarcated by the river host the Cavendish house on the west while the east is filled with park life. You can also enjoy other activities like boating, bird watching and also flower arrangements. The park is free and while you may have to pay to take part in some of the activities, you can always come here to stroll without spending a dime.

Leicester Castle

Whether you’re new to Leicester or you simply want to learn more about the locality and its history, Leicester castle will offer you just that. The building was used as a courthouse along time ago and while here, you can stroll out to see the castle yard, the general castle remains, the great hall and the castle garden. It is a great source of information if you would like to impress your peers and family with what you have learnt about Leicester.

Leicester bustling community is a hive of activity. There is no shortage of activities that you can take part in whether as a pass time or looking for information and an opportunity to learn. All you have to do is make sure that you carefully pick out your preferred destination to suit the mood that you’re in.

How Did Leicester City Win the Premier League in 2016

I am lucky to offering personal training sessions in Leicester, yes Leicester, the city that won the premier league! I also wrote a blog post on the best 7 places to live in Leicester which is a good read. Going into the 2015 – 2016 Leicester City’s odds to win the Premier League was a paltry 5000 – 1. Simply put, there was no chance they would have won the league. Yet, by the time the league was concluding, the Foxes had the trophy in the bag much to the dismay of the fans and the soccer fraternity. How did they pull this off? Could it be that they had gotten so lucky so many times or was it a carefully choreographed plan that saw them reap big in a very short time? Here are some of the factors that could have helped Leicester pull of the biggest underdog miracles in the history of soccer.

The usual top 4 tumble

Over the past 20 seasons, the premier league trophy has been won by a total four teams. These are Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City and most recently Leicester City. After the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, and the failed attempt of David Moyes, Manchester United went into full rebuild mode. Chelsea, on the other hand, was reeling with a lack of ideas after the sacking of Jose Mourinho.

The teams that would have taken up the void were Tottenham and Manchester City. However, they were either too complacent or confident in the squads they had at the time. This presented Leicester with the chance to swoop in and get everyone with their pants down.

Diamonds in the rough

Someone in the Leicester scouting team did a great job of scouting some great diamonds in the rough that over delivered and developed pristinely to fit the routine of the club and the performance. Jamie Vardy, Riyadh Mahrez and N’golo Kane who played an integral part in the win came in at a combined $20 million. The management and ownership of the team were able to work wonders with their shoestring budget and with their good coaching, young players that were not worth much came in handy to bring in the trophy.

Staying healthy

One of the greatest upsets in any sporting franchise is the inability of players to stay healthy. Injured players force the management to make some tough decision and greatly change the chemistry and coaching strategies. While the ‘Big Four’ struggled to keep their star players healthy, the ticking cogs of Leicester were always in action. The attacking line-up missed utmost 2 games while the central defenders only missed one game each. Whether this was a stroke of luck or proper planning and execution, it got Leicester the chances and the players it needs to bring home the trophy and bring it they did.

Leicester City made an already proud city even prouder. They wore the hearts of their fans and their determination to deliver with the right traction allowed them to finish their campaign seven points clear at the top of the table. While the win was never anticipated and neither was it expected, the fact that it happened despite all odds is what is impressive about Leicester. It is a great experience to see such a young and talented team work so hard to deliver unbelievable results and Leicester did just that.

How to Quickly Recover From Muscle Soreness

Regardless of how fit you are and how well you train in a group or alone, you can never be ready for all challenges. There are some that will be more intense than others which will typically leave you with plenty of muscle soreness. It is an experience that most people hate and one that makes your days ever so slow. However, you don’t have to be held back for much longer. If you’re looking to bounce back fast and get back to your normal life, then here are some tips that are quite effective and will help you recover faster from muscle soreness.

Hot and cold showers

You probably know how hot and cold compresses work especially for injuries and hot and cold showers work in almost the same way. Hot and cold showers are great in helping to reduce inflammation of the muscles and improve the flow of blood for faster reconstruction and healing. You don’t need to spend the entire day taking showers. Just take your normal 10 minutes shower but alternate between hot and cold water every 20 seconds for cold and 10 seconds for hot water.

Massage

Massaging has plenty of benefits to the body and the muscles in particular. Other than relieving tension, it can also help to relax the muscles, improve the circulation of blood and it is also very relaxing. Even though a massage can be costly and time-consuming, it is always a good idea to make an exception and have one especially when you’re going through a tough time and feel stiff all over.

However, given the discomfort that comes with muscle soreness, you want to make sure that you’re attended to by a person who understands what is needed. Foam rollers are also a great way to get around muscle soreness but require quite a bit of energy to use properly. However, this can be somewhat uncomfortable and the benefits are somewhat limited.

Curcumin

Curcumin is a popular spice that is commonly used as a spice in India. It is derived from Turmeric. If you’re not up for a massage or even a hot and cold shower and would rather sit back and relax as you wait for the wave of soreness to pass over, you might want to try the benefits that Curcumin has to offer. It is an impressive anti-inflammatory and delivers great results. However, to have the full effect you need to take about a gram a day over several days. It doesn’t make much sense to have that much in food so you might want to consider using capsules.

It is also worth mentioning that while most fitness buffs love popping the occasion Ibuprofen or other NSAID (Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Medications) pills, to avoid muscle soreness, it is not entirely advisable. These natural methods work great and are effective with no side effects at all. On the other hand, using NSAIDs especially before working out can affect your stomach lining and cause other gastrointestinal complications. With these methods, you will be able to get rid of muscle soreness fast and bounce back to your fitness program. The hard thing is staying motivated when training, be sure not to rest for too long!

How to Get Fit While Watching TV

Let’s face it, TV is one of the things that we rarely ever get tired of. If possible, you could do everything while watching TV. This is why even broadcasting of fitness sessions has become a big thing over the years. Lucky for, there is more than you can do to get fit without having to entirely sacrifice your TV time.

Characterise

Remember how you used to pick your favourite character on TV as children? You can use the same approach here. If you’re watching a game on TV, you can assign different players different workouts. IF say player X gets the ball, that’s a crunch, if Player Y gets the ball that’s a side plank and so on and so forth. You will still get to watch the whole game and at the end of it, you will be completely worked out. Just make sure that you assign exercises to the whole body and be faithful to each and every one of them.

The best thing about this approach is that it doesn’t have to be a sporting game. You can also assign exercises to TV characters of your favourite show, series or movie.

Sporting event exercise session

Another great way to work out while watching TV is during a sporting session. Once you have your game all set up, set aside the couch and in its place, you can have an elliptical trainer, treadmill or a bicycle trainer. You can choose one team over another. When that team has the ball, you increase the intensity and speed of your workout. When the possession goes to the other team, you slow down. This is a great way to work on your cardio and endurance.

Movie workout sessions

If you’re planning to work out while watching a movie, the approach has to be a bit different. You don’t want to overwork one part of your body by characterizing so the best approach is to have physically active workouts. In this case, depending on the movie you’re watching, you can decide to perform certain workouts when certain scenes are played.

Let’s take an action movie for instance. Every time you see a gun, that’s 10 push-ups. Every time there is an explosion, that’s 10 lunges and every time you see a police car or a flying object like a helicopter, you can decide to do shadow punches. By using this approach, you will have plenty of time to watch the movie and break a sweat.

These workouts are not limited. You can switch them out as you please and even increase them to address every other scenario. If it’s athletics, you can pick your favourite guy and decide that if he wins, you have an hour on the treadmill or any other trainer and an extra hour for any other position after the first.

You don’t really need to have a gym or hire a personal trainer. If you don’t have the time, you can choose different ways to work out and incorporate fitness into your daily life. One of the ways you can do this is by bringing your workout to your TV watching time.

Exercising Tips for People that Hate Working Out and Lazy

While a great well-toned body has become the measure of health and fitness in the current era, working out for such a body is not everyone’s cup of tea. Nonetheless, even if you don’t like working out, there are tips that can help you make the process more bearable other than the fact that you will have a great looking body thereafter of course.

Take a class

Taking a class has many perks. Some of these are the fact that there are so many people around so all the focus is not on you. The class also has an instructor and all you have to do is follow. This allows you to enjoy the comfort of looking like you know what you’re doing. The best thing about a class though has to be the fact that not everyone is at the same pace. There are those that are having it easier than others and those that are completely gassed out. In a class, you will have time to learn at your pace and build your stamina but make sure that you’re not complacent if you want the best results. Our circuit training classes are a good choice, there a number of benefits with circuit training.

Start by building endurance at home

It is usually very embarrassing to appear fatigued and out of gas showing everyone how unfit you are. Unfortunately, there are not tips and tricks on how to hide this. Your body will always tell the truth. However, you can hide this by starting to build your endurance at home. That way, when you’re joining a class, you have some level of fitness that will allow you to get the results you want with the embarrassing huffing and puffing.

Dress appropriately

With everything that you have to worry about, the last thing you want is to have your own clothes get in your way. While loose clothing might feel like a great idea, they are not. They can easily trip you while you work out and they can also make it hard for you to see your alignment and movement during the workout. If you pick the right attire, your muscles will be tighter throughout the course and in the long run, you will have better results.

Go to the gym at odd times

If you still have problems with other people seeing you struggle, then picking out times that other people would not typically go to the gym would be a great way to have the gym all to yourself or have to share it with the least number of people possible. This is also a great strategy to allow yourself get more comfortable and acquainted with the materials and machines and you also get more time with the trainer to help you with your postures and movements.

Pick a workout you enjoy

It is bad enough that you hate working out and having to workout will definitely be a battle for you. However, if you pick a workout that you at least enjoy, it can make the whole situation more bearable. If not, you can also try and incorporate workouts you like and those you don’t like. Here are a few home workouts to get you started.

Other great tips that can make working out more bearable for you if you don’t like the process is trying to take a friend to motivate you while you work-out. It is always good to have a plan to allow you gauge your results and the progress you have made. Having a plan will also allow you to have an endpoint and something that you can always look out for.

Household Items That Give You a Great Workout

One of the greatest excuses that most people, have for not working out is lack of equipment – We hear this all the time at Urban BodyFit. While it is a valid concern given that exercise equipment is not entirely cheap, it is should not be the reason for you to work out. There are plenty of body weight exercises that you can try out that are very effective and if you would prefer to have aids, then your home has plenty of them as you’re about to see.

Stairs

If there is a set of stairs in the house, your workout sessions are about to get a new lease of intensity. The most basic is the calf workouts that require you to stand on the stair with the ball of your feet with the heel hanging at the back. You can place your hands on the rails for support and balance and then lift your feet up as if to tip-toe then back down and repeat.

If you would like to work on your fitness, try loading up a laundry bag full of laundry and a container of detergent and try to race up and down the stairs a couple of times. This will help you create a cardio workout pretty fast.

A wall

The size of the wall does not matter. Just about any wall is fine. Backup to the wall and stand with your back towards the wall and your feet at shoulder width. Place your upper back on the wall and assume a sitting position or a squat. Make sure that you achieve a 90-degree angle at your knees and assume the position for 60 seconds. This is a great exercise for your core and for toning your legs.

Kitchen Table

Before you can try this workout, you have to make sure that the kitchen table is sturdy and that it will not move. Place your hands at the edge of the table and move your feet back so that your weight is on the table and make sure that your feet and hands are at shoulder width. At this position, lock your core and lower your chest towards the table and hold then push back. This is a great general body workout and can also be carried out using a chair, couch, the kitchen counter and even a stair.

Laundry basket

This can also be a very handy piece of household items that can help you get in shape in no time. Get that laundry basket and fill it with clothes and a detergent container and use it to perform deadlifts.

You can also use the basket to tone your glutes by placing the basket between your legs and reaching down to it while keeping your back straight and picking up the basket and taking it back down.

Chair

You can use a chair to work on your triceps. Just place your palms with the fingers facing forward on the chair. You can decide whether you would prefer to have your knees bent at 90 degrees or straight and lower your glutes to the ground and then press through the palms to get your body back up.

Your house is a gym full of equipment. You just need to be a little creative to identify different ways you can use different items to build your body and these are a great place to start. If you are not motivated, be sure to read our 5 tips to stay motivated when working out!

4 Signs that Indicate You Need to Change Your Work out Routine

The biggest problem most people usually have is staying in their comfort zone too long and hence foregoing the results that come with switching things up. Once you find a workout routine that you’re happy with, most people will tend to stick with it way past its time. Knowing when to try something new in your workout routine is very important and will help you continue with a good level of results. There are signs that will usually pop up to let you know that you need to change things up but in most cases, we never notice. Here are four of those signs.

  1. The workout has become boring

What seemed so interesting at first now needs you to get in the right state of mind, keep reminding yourself that you need to get back on it and it is not as exciting as it was. Everything has become very boring. Just like anything else, sticking to one workout routine will make it boring with time.

Changing things up does not usually mean that you will have to change out the whole routine. It can be as simple as bringing some music with you or tagging a friend along. If that does not work or works for a short time then you find yourself in the same fix again, then it is definitely time to change the whole routine. Have you looked at trying boxcerise? There are a number of benefits with boxercise!

  1. You have hit a plateau with your results

The biggest challenge with using one workout is that you always work the same muscles. At some point, with the same intensity and work out times, you’re going to hit a plateau and you will no longer get the results that match the work you’re putting in. The body is an interesting phenomenon because it has the capacity to adapt to these exercises which is why change is vital.

You can start by throwing a different variety into the existing routine like increasing the speed, length of workout times or resistance of the work out and if that doesn’t work out, you always have the option of trying out an entirely new routine.

  1. You’re more sore and tired after the workout than before

This can be the most confusing sign to decipher. Most people believe that if a workout is making you tired then it is still working. While that might be true to some extent in other cases, increased fatigue from the same workout means you’re overworking yourself and the workout is not good for you at the time. The body is able to repair and rebuild during the rest periods and without enough rest time, you become weaker instead of stronger. It does not necessarily mean that in this case you have to change everything up, but you will definitely need to add more rest time to your routine.

  1. You don’t find challenge in the workout anymore

This is very straightforward. A workout is supposed to be challenging. This level of difficulty is what helps to build the body and work on toughness. If it is no longer challenging then it is not helping you in any way.

It is usually good to have a trainer who can help with switching things up every once in a while and at Urban Bodyfit, we can help you with that.

4 Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight

When it comes to losing weight, there is a lot of misinformation why people are not able to lose weight. There are quite a number of reasons why weight loss could be becoming elusive to you. In most cases, people are trying to sell you a product or a service that will help you lose weight, in other cases people could be knowingly or unknowingly repeating wrong information they could have learned from online sources or in school. Knowing why you’re not losing weight is very important which is why I want to set the record straight and share my top four reasons why you’re not losing weight.

  1. You’re not eating the right food

When it comes to food, you’ve probably heard of the diet sodas and diet foods that are purportedly meant to help you lose weight while in fact, they might be helping you to pack more pounds instead of losing. Another misconception that is commonly touted is the absolute importance of calories when losing weight and that weight loss is about the deficit between the calories you take and the amount used.

The food you eat has a lot to do with weight loss. The functions and essence of 1200 calories of soda and an equal amount of calories from spinach is very different. While soda calories will spike insulin levels causing the body to store more fat, spinach is filled with vitamins and minerals that are essential to weight loss.

The diet of an average American is mainly composed of processed food instead of real foods like our grandparents call them. Organic, vegetables, organic oils, wild seafood, starches and organic foods are essential when you’re trying to lose weight. When trying to lose weight, you’re better off eating more vegetables than cereals and starch.

  1. Lack of enough exercise focusing on weight loss

It is important to understand the science behind losing weight and how over exercising and stress can affect your weight loss goals. During stress, your body is high on Cortisol which makes losing weight very hard. As opposed to the notion that cardio is the best way to lose weight, it is actually resistance training that can help you lose more weight. If you’re looking to lose weight, deadlifts, circuit training and heavy lifting are among the best workouts. Boxercise training also scores highly in terms of losing weight.

You only need to make sure that you work as hard as possible but only for short durations. While working out, remember to always listen to your body.

  1. Not getting enough sleep

Who thought that sleeping could actually help you lose weight? By sleeping, you give your body ample time to heal itself. The effect of losing weight is achieved while you sleep after hitting the gym. In fact, there are studies that have been released that show that people who sleep for less than six hours a day lose less weight compared to people who sleep more than 8 hours a day.

  1. You’re not drinking enough water

Water plays a myriad of roles in the body and one of them is bumping up the rate of metabolism. A slight increase in dehydration can lead to symptoms like headaches, muscle cramps and even dizziness and slow down metabolism. To allow your body function optimally, you need sufficient amounts of water. You need to drink more water when it’s hot outside, when you’re exercising and when you take alcohol or caffeine.

If you’re looking to achieve your weight loss goals, these tips will help you on your way. Contact Urban BodyFit Today!

How to get Your Summer Body in 3 Months

Getting in shape for the summer and for that bikini is a process that takes hard work, the right diet and dedication to working out. As hard as that might sound, it is even harder to accomplish and actually get the work done. But, worry not. At Urban Bodyfit, we have the perfect solutions that will help you get in shape for the summer. We know each of our clients is unique so we have unique options to help you tone down and muscle up!

1-2-1 Personal Training

If you have been to a public gym before, then you know how intimidating that can be. It is even worse if you’re out of shape and you don’t feel comfortable with your body. With 1-2-1 personal training, you can have a more personalised approach to getting fit and you have more attention dedicated to you to help you achieve your results with better ease and more time. There are plenty of options that you can settle on but one thing is for sure. You will have a keen eye looking out for you, motivating you and assisting you whenever you need it. Why should you go for the 1-2- personal training?

  • Other than just being able to get in shape, with personal training you have a professional that is guiding you in terms of exercise and healthy eating and making sure that everything is above board. You will find that the process is less overwhelming for you and your goals become more achievable.
  • Your progress is tracked and tweaked according to the observations made so the exercises are more beneficial to you and to the process.
  • You will have all the equipment and resources at your disposal for a fraction of the price. No need to invest in your own equipment and make it more expensive for you to get into shape.

Circuit Training

If you’re really intent on getting your summer body in 3 months, then circuit training is the best approach that you can use. A mixture of HIIT, weight and resistance training, this is a gruesome program that will shed those fat pockets, torch the calories and help you get a great tone. There are plenty of benefits that come with Circuit Training that you might not find elsewhere like;

  • It is time-saving – if you find it hard to schedule time for working out, Circuit training will certainly help. Because of the intensity of this type of workout, the workout times are short but the results are significant. You don’t need to get a chunk of your time off the schedule.
  • Works your entire body – You don’t need to pick workouts for each part of your body. With circuit training, your entire body will be sculpted in one move. If you have precise goals, the trainers can tweak the workouts to help you achieve exactly that.
  • Better results – a great looking body is fine but a high capacity cardio to go with that body is excellent. With Circuit training, you will be able to achieve both without dedicating more time.

Don’t let excuses hold you back. It is possible to get that summer body just the way you want it. There are various options that are available and all you need to do is pick one that works best for you.