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  • Lets talk about fitness

    Posted on 22nd January 2012
    Welcome   I hope you enjoy reading these fitness blog posts, please join in the discussion.   Here you will read a lot of articles about fitness. About food, weight loss, athletic performance, science, experience, motivational stories, tools and ideas, new and old methods of training, new and old fitness equipment and techniques. Muscle, bone and sinew, hope, sweat, will power and reward. We are based in Wimbledon and some of the articles will be about local places,people and experiences but on the whole, the articles will be relevant to anyone who has an interest in fitness.   I would be very grateful, if you would join the conversation and give me your thoughts and opinions, tell me about your experiences.   To do this you have to register a user profile. (So that this blog does not become a place for spammers to post crazy links to weird stuff.)   If you have any problem doing so or if you would like to get in contact directly with your question or comment please just use the contact form, or email me directly.   Enjoy the articles – Look forward to hearing from you.    

    DNPT Team Exercise Videos – Andy shows some great functional exercises

    Posted on 15th October 2019


    Functional or integrated exercise is crucial to keep the body ,well….functioning properly


    These sorts of exercises keep the workout interesting too (and more fun/appealing ).They can be good calorie burners when more of the body is tasked at the same time.


    Lots of benefits to physique , performance and function.


    Andy’s personal training sessions are always demanding and always v integrated for functional strength. 


    So many exercises fall into the same repetitive path of motion and while this strengthens the body it can have the consequence of reducing its functional ability to stabilise and express forces in more natural 3 dimensional ranges – such as you would while climbing, dancing , fighting. If the same muscles get stronger and stronger but only in the same anatomical pathway – such swart/deadlift/kettle bell swing all being a straight hip drive…. then mobility can be reduced and other dysfunctions introduced  


    The core acts as a junction for forces form lower and upper body periphery and at the same time stabilises and anchors the body for safety and to fomr a solid base for the expression of forces on the environment ( floor or pull up bar for example ) or external objects ( bar or Handle for example)


    Functional strength exercises like these are common in sessions at DNPT 

    DNPT Team Exercise Videos – Side Tuck and Hold

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    This exercise is an abs exercise.


    Its important to ensure that the weight of the legs is not held on the hip flexors – the core should maintain enough tension to keep the neutral shape of the spine and the effort should be felt front and centre abdominally , there will be some sensation at back and hips – but if you feel most pressure at back and hips then your core is not holding the position

    Benefits form 1:1 coaching – its great exercise done right



    Like all abs exercise a good coach will train you how NOT to use your hip flexors as the dominant muscle group



    #personal #training #wimbledon #abs #core #sw19 #sw20 #raynes park #physique #fitness #exercise

    Dan Newman Personal Training wishes you happy new year for 2016

    Posted on 31st December 2015
    Happy new year to all in 2016 Now a team of 10 PTs with 2 gyms in Wimbledon and a 3rd on the way in 2016 we have thrived because we provide the trainers that work with us an environment to thrive in and we protect our high standards as though our reputation depended on it 🙂 We don’t do lots of social media or digital broadcast of our thoughts and achievements as frequently as many do , preferring to keep our concentration on the job at hand rather than the social media broadcasting but in 2016 we are likely to get a lot more vocal with our digital life and will be launching regular videos and workout content. For now the  best way to reach us is still directly.  

    Jan 2013 Our resolution

    Posted on 10th January 2013
    To be the most professional Personal Training service anywhere To provide a better service than any 1 trainer alone could provide with excellent support and client care To get each and every client their best possible result To enjoy it

    What is your safest and most exciting maximum ?

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      Something I seem to have been talking to people a lot about recently are the variables that go into how your body responds to exercise and how each individual reacts to the same stimulus.   Some key variables would be Goal: Weight loss, muscle gain, athletic performance or general health and wellness ? Mode: What exercises are you doing Set Intensity: How close to your maxcimum is each set of exercises Rest between sets: This one is obvious right Volume of exercise: Both in the session and across the week. Frequency: How often do we exercise (Lifestyle, work and time available often dictate) Food: Quamtity, quality, variety, frequency, portions Sleep: Again fairly obvious – are you sleeping well Toxins: Most relevant is – are you out on the lash pretty often? Recovery: Food, sleep, stress, and pro-active recovery strategies such as days dedicated only to warming up, mobilising and stretching. Age, Hormonal State: The above variables might need adjusting according to the exercisors age. This is largely due to hormones and rate of recovery – but any hormone treatments, or states such as pregnancy, menopause – constant high levels of stress, or constant lack of sleep are also relevant.   Genetics: Your own personal response to exercise   When we make a plan it’s fair to say that each individual has a different list of the above.   The goal basically sets what sort of exercises we want to do, but after that, how many times a week you can reasonably be expected to make time for exercise, age and opportunity for recovery will start to dictate the actual approach.   Once we get under way with a good plan, there are a lot of things for your trainer to keep an eye on if we are going to have successful outcome. Most importantly the only options available to us are those with an acceptable level of risk – that means if you can’t make time to be pro-active about recovery, then we will have to include some of that in our hour or stay shy of your maximal performance.   We want you to work at your safe maximum all the time – and as often as possible, eat well and recover well. You are are largely in control of how hard and how often that actually is.   Lets imagine that your desired result is at the centre of a large block of stone and you are hitting it with a pick everytime you exercise.You could reach the triumph at the centre quicker by hitting it more often, or harder or both more often and harder.   Too little exercise that is too mild will still get you somewhere eventually and it will be a lot closer than if you do nothing – but if you want to reach the triumph in the centre of the block in 12 weeks then hitting it often enough is going to be important and so is hitting it hard enough.   The body has a level of tolerance to exercise – it can work out at a more gentle level more often and remain safe, or workout hard with adequate recovery. Every individual is going to have a different tolerance for how hard they can hit it, and how often.   What’s most important to know is how hard or often is too hard and too often – because all exercise carries risk, so we don’t want to be recklessly increasing that risk – ie you want to chip away and reveal the triumph as quickly as possible but it’s essential not to break the pick when you’re halfway there.   Its easy to focus on the workout, but you’re only looking at half the picture if you’re not looking at the recovery.   Assuming all is well, some clients retain muscle tension more than others, or require more/less/different food for the same result. Part of this is genetics but a lot is lifestyle, stress at work, how you sleep whether you spend your day hunched over a laptop or behind a wheel, or on you feet.   Basically your training plan takes something that is hard to you now and makes it easier and easier as you become fitter and stronger, once its easy you can do it more often and maybe a bit more hard again and recover well enough to continue with effective and regular strikes at the rock face. Eventually what used to be dangerous to do becomes very safe and you get to chop into the stone and pull out your result with ever increasing effectiveness   And what dictates how hard, how often and in what way you should hit the block are all the variables at the bottom of the list above – age, sleep, food, pro-active recovery, stress, lifestyle.   Some of that tolerance is genetic but lot’s is about whether you sit behind the wheel of a car most the day, sleep well, eat well or booze a little or a lot.   Our trainers will be taking all of the above into account when they lead your overall plan and take your session. Not everyone has the opportunity for great rest and recovery or regular low intensity workouts where they are pro-active with recovery – if that’s you and your lifestyle means you want to get the most out of the little time you are able to make for exercise, it’s even more important that your PT is professional enough to be considering all the variables when deciding if you should be doing more or less or differently.   Your body doesn’t care about your job, or how little time you have to sleep well, eat right etc – so it’s important to have a PT that can help you manage those things, and understands what your safest and most exciting maximum is.          

    A week in the life of DNPT

    Posted on 8th July 2012
    a week persoanl training in wimbledon

    TRX Exercise Technique -

      Another good week at DNPT – The Merton Abbey Mills gym keeps on rocking. The riverside location here has no equal, along with the cafe’s on hand and scenic running routes – there is no more inspirational or motivational place I can think of in all of London to have a gym. This will always be the spiritual home of DNPT, even when we open the second building. There are lots of weddings getting close or having gone by already and lots of new clients with exciting goals and new journeys ahead, while others go through their original goal and look for new ones.     Vicki – I’m very very impressed with your regular 5k running ! Nothing less than awesome how you managed to fit that in alongside your maniac work schedule ! Hope you’re enjoyng the weekend.     Only a few of my favorite sessions this week…   Andrew made me laugh as always the whole way through, a good start to my Saturday morning, this session began in a low energy but we built up a circuit, cracked on through that and broke a PB on the  2000 metre row none the less. I’m still laughing about the ‘finish him’ Mortal Kombat moment.     Jeff broke out of basic compound moves, and exercises to do at his gym, into a solid functional workout at my gym and accounted for himself well – nice work.     Cristina did some awesome sprints on wednesday and a solid 5k run on the Saturday before.   Nidhi – Really good glute and hamstring work, plus run, box,run,box, run, box (Was nice to see Sahil too)   Chris (Trainer) taught nick the kettle bell swing and Nick did great with that – good to see Chris’s skills in action since he newly joined us.   Matt (Trainer) always does cracking sessions, which I always enjoy watching when I’m there at the same time. Saw a new exercise of his I will definately be using. He and Andy J are progressing nicely and getting close to a step change (Andy – are you running ?)   Rachel is on fire ! Great deadlift technique.   Dan and I got into the Bulgarian Bags, which will help his judo through the grip workout alone, along with the olympic lifting for explosive power. If we can get your work, rest schedule and nutrition sorted then all will be ticking along nicely. (good luck with university visits)   Krupa – Your endurance is very impressive – Thanks also for introducing me to your brother – looking forward to it all, the steady beginning and the full on training to come.   Laura – Always a pleasure – You are nuts turning up at 6.30 on your day off work but I salute you   Jailesh – Lots of fun as usual – good progress with Biceps and DB Press…It’s all about reducing the rice and bread now.   Sam – I know I’m your PT but I think you may also be my business advisor 🙂 thanks for all the fun and the advice – excellent ‘muscle selection’ during the abs.   Jacob – Because you took the dumbbells on holiday with you and did the workout session while away !   Maria – It’s been a pleasure enjoy your holiday and see you in September.   And everyone else – for anyone who didn’t get mentioned – thanks for everything – I always have a great time with you, and I’m very grateful for the opportunity you all provide me to make a living doing what I love. Thank You – and see you all again next week !      

    Rain Can’t Stop Play – Personal Trainer with Gym in SW19

    Posted on 1st May 2012
      Not everyone loves the rain. I do love the rain. At 6am though when I’ve got another 4 sessions before midday – I don’t mind being indoors at the gym.  
    Personal Training indoors

    Only get wet if you want to

      It doesn’t matter whether it can be inspirational to work out in the rain – it’s awesome to have the choice – especially when your session is at 6.30 am or your client has to go straight to work after.  
    DNPT Gym in SW19

    Dumbbell rack, Vibro plate and cable system doesn't travel well

        If you know me you will know I don’t mean this in a smug way…I get no greater joy than getting the end of the week and having a full client list that are hitting their goals, and so, as much as I like the rain, I have been watching the rain and thinking to myself how glad I am to have  my own private gym to offer my clients.   If you want to build a good habit and change your lifestyle them the less obstacles and the more consistency the better.   I’ve met my clients here each morning and no one has had to miss a workout – and everyone’s goals are right on track – that’s the last few weeks – every morning. There is no way that this would be true if we didn’t have the gym.   Regardless of the UK weather, I think a gym is an essential part of a PT’s armoury. I don’t think they have to use it all the time, but they have to ALWAYS be doing the session both the PT and the client want to – without compromise. I’ve got client’s I almost always train at home but every now and again they come down to the gym for something we just can’t do there. This week though,  at 6am in the pouring rain – it’s been better than great to have.   If you’re a Wimbledon or Wandsworth local, that needs to take your training out of the rain and inject some diversity and excitement – come along and say hi, I’ll make you a hot cuppa and show you the facility.   Dan        
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