The Biggest Loser fitness video!
Monday 02 April 2012
We all want to lose weight, tone up and get fit. But having the time to fit in a gym workout isn’t always possible and we are finding it increasingly difficult to put fitness first. There’s been a rise in popularity of weight-loss programmes on TV and it seems we are starting to take an interest in the most effective methods to stay healthy. Celebrities have started to openly admit to working out and a more toned physique has become much more stylish than the skinny look.
Charlotte Ord, one of the personal trainers on ITV’s The Biggest Loser says: “The great thing now is that a lot more celebs are getting into weight training and you can tell that they do actually work out. Formerly the skinny thing was very in whereas now the athletic body is more fashionable.”
Charlotte won Personal Trainer of the Year in 2010 and she owns her own gym, Phoenix Pro Fitness in Surrey as well as coaching the England lacrosse team. She has lots of tips on effective weight-loss and getting into shape.
She says: “The most effective exercises you can do for fat-loss are resistance-based. That doesn’t mean you have to go to the gym and use weights, you can use your own bodyweight, which means you can train absolutely anywhere.”
Charlotte has been working with the guys at Subway, developing a range of simple exercises that you can do from home and the best part is that you don’t even need to leave the sofa to do them! Check out the videos of her taking you through each exercise below.
Although it would be amazing if we could get fit from the comfort of our home just by sitting there, Charlotte is realistic in saying that there will be some work involved if you want to get that summer body: “To see a big difference quite quickly, you need to do the exercises 3-4 times a week at least. The more you do it, the better the results. The key is to overload the body so that it constantly has to adapt.”
One of the great things about these exercises is that you can start to see a difference really quickly. “As long as you do them on a consistent basis, you’re going to start seeing results in 1-2 weeks. You’ll start to notice a bit more muscle tone and a bit of fat loss as well.”
Sounds great to us. What’s even better is that the exercises don’t take up that much time in your day and you can do them while watching TV. It’s easy to start a new regime but a lot harder to stick to it, especially if the weight isn’t coming off as quickly as you’d hoped. Charlotte has some great tips for keeping your motivation up: “The most important thing is that you have a goal in mind and you know exactly WHY you’re doing it. The second thing is to have a coach or a workout buddy to keep you going. When you start losing motivation they can remind you of your goal.”
Charlotte is a great role model to look up to because she puts her health first and ensures she eats a balanced diet as well as working out regularly. She recommends eating every 2-3 hours to keep your blood sugar levels consistent and she swears by having protein with every meal: “It keeps you full for longer and it also supports lean muscle tissue which is where the fat-burning process takes place. The more muscle tissue you have, the leaner you’ll get.”
So with this in mind, we are full of motivation and ready to hit the sofa-gym!
Check out Charlotte’s top tips for maintaining your weight-loss and boosting your confidence:
• Go to the gym with a friend or someone who knows what they’re doing to give you that extra bit of confidence.
• Have a program in mind and stick with it. Going to the gym without a program is a bit like getting into a car and not knowing where you’re going.
• Eat vegetables with every meal. They’re nutritionally dense which means they have lots of nutritional value but not many calories – perfect for fat-loss!
• When doing the exercises in the videos, start with doing 15 reps of each and do it in a circuit formation. Take a couple of minutes break then gradually increase the circuits. Move up to two sets and then eventually up to three so that you’re gradually increasing the volume of your training.
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By Lauren Sutton
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