- Published: 04 January 2015
Dean starts the New Year by answering some key questions..
The scales aren’t being kind to me this month and I’m struggling to find the motivation to get back to the gym. Please help?
Even the most dedicated of us relax our health and fitness regimes over Christmas and the New Year. And why not? It is a time for enjoyment and relaxation. Don’t beat yourself up about it. Just remember, your health and fitness are entirely in your hands and under your control.
Making that first trip back to the gym after a long break can be tough, but the great thing about exercise is that it rewards you immediately with those energising endorphins, so once you make the first move you’re already on your way.
To help you get your old enthusiasm back, shake up your fitness routine. Try equipment you have avoided before. Join a class that takes you out of your comfort zone, or set new time and distance targets on the machines. Reward yourself for reaching your targets too – perhaps with cinema tickets or an hour of me-time.
If you are struggling to shift pounds, remember the LC’s Shape Up Plan is a carefully designed regime of nutritional advice, exercise, weekly weigh-ins and body fat assessments that will help you get on track, and it is free as part of your membership.
My daughter is in her early teens and she is conscious about her body shape. I want to help her with her fitness but I don’t want to make her anxious about it. What do you recommend?
This is a situation many parents will recognise and it can be tricky to negotiate.
You are right to approach this with caution, but if you can help her think positively about fitness now, when she is young, you will be giving her a gift that should last a lifetime.
Firstly, if you can find an activity or two that she loves and that makes her smile then she will be exercising without realising it. That’s a major first step. Does she dance around or do Karaoke when she is with her friends? Then perhaps organise Wii parties for them.
If she likes swimming, walking the dog, or bowling, make those things regular fun, family-time sessions. When you have your mum-and-daughter chats, resolve to do them outside, while walking around the block. Small steps lead to good, long-term habits.
- Published: 13 November 2014
- Published: 06 November 2014
This year we are lending our support to Children in Need and trying to raise as much money as possible throughout the centre.
On Friday 14th November we will be holding FREE climb sessions and trying to climb the height of Wales' largest mountain Snowdon which is 3559ft high!!
So come and help us reach our goal and 'show your spots and raise lots' for this great cause.
For more information please call us on 01792 466500.
- Published: 06 October 2014
It’s new and it’s right here at the LC Swansea. We like to keep up to date and our newest class has proven very popular.
Is that a typo?
No! Ballates (not Pilates!) is a blend of ballet, Pilates and other fitness inspired movements. This class not only burns fat and calories but tones and elongates your muscles. Don’t worry, there’s no ballet experience required to enjoy this dynamic and graceful class.
What can I expect?
Throughout the class a mixture of the above are done, usually starting in the centre of the room - at times light weights are used to focus on arms and add more of a challenge to the exercise and postures. The focus of the warm-up is to align the body so the correct muscles are activated in order to hold your balance and develop co-ordination while getting the heart rate up and warming the muscles.
The next section is at the barre. Here, ballet movements are focused on and this is where the real hard work and challenges begin. The barre section finishes with a good stretch and then it’s on to some conditioning of the body and stomach. This can increase flexibility and can help ease back ache.
What do I get out of it?
As with Pilates – the list of benefits from Ballates is extensive, but to name a few…
Smoother and more toned feel and appearance to your legs
Less back ache
Improvement in the tone and strength in your arms and shoulders
Stronger stomach muscles
Sounds good doesn’t it!
So, if you’re looking for a new challenge, but one without high intensity exercise, try out one of our classes - Thursdays at 5pm - you’ll soon start reaping the rewards.
Just call 01792 466 500 or email email@example.com if you’d like to find out more. Or you could pop in to the LC Swansea – our staff will be only too happy to help.
We hope to see you soon!
- Published: 23 September 2014
We’ve all done it. We join a gym, we go to every class and gym session we can like our lives depend on it…for about a month – and then our motivation fades. What can you do? Here are some simple ways to keep you on your path to health, fitness and a better you.
- In one month, I will be able to…
- run 3/5/10k on the treadmill in ‘x’ amount of time
- attend at least 3 classes / gym sessions a week
- In 6 weeks I will be lifting ‘x’ lbs in the gym
- Within 8 weeks I will be able to get into my skinny jeans
Be realistic though, don’t say, in 2 weeks I will have a full six pack. Rome wasn’t built in a day! Set yourself an achievable target and you’ll feel energised by your results.
For this very reason we offer a free personal programme and reviews whenever you like, so you can not only set goals but check how you’ve progressed and get the advice you need to reach these.
Variety is the spice of life …
- Keep things fresh. You can still go to all the same classes, just change up your routine for the month – alternate, and throw in something new. As well as adding a variety of fitness activities to your usual routine, your body will benefit more from the use of different muscles – aiding your fitness journey.
- Try something new – a new sport, a local running group, or go out of your comfort zone and try something new like Yoga or Tai Chi.
Make exercise part of your daily life…
- Set your morning alarm 30 minutes earlier and go for a quick run to jump start your metabolism. This will leave you feeling revitalised for the day ahead. Also, you’ll feel better if you can’t make your evening class or session – you’ve already had a workout.
- Take the stairs instead of the escalator or lift at work or if you’re out and about at the weekend.
- Maybe move your exercise bike in to your living room for guilt free TV watching in the evening!
- If you can, walk to work, get off the bus a stop early or park a bit further away than you usually do. You’ll feel fresher by the time you reach work.
Get everyone involved!
- Rope your friends and family in. A walk after work. A class in the evening. A quick swim. A bike ride at the weekend. Strength in numbers and all that.
Make a motivational playlist…
- Add your favourite up-tempo songs, throw in the occasional anthem from Rocky and you’ll be away!
- Keep your music up to date and fresh.
- It doesn’t have to be all work and no play you know. Reward yourself when you feel that you’ve done particularly well at something or reached a milestone. It might be a new pair of trainers, a tasty (healthy!) treat, a visit to the Spa@LC or maybe just congratulate yourself! Positive vibes go a long way.
Listen to your body…
- It’s ok to take a break. If you’re tired, give yourself a day or 2 for your body to recover, don’t burn yourself out – if you do you’ll just be out of action for longer.
- After a day or 2 you’ll be recovered and you can get back to your fitness routine and feeling great again.
- Use your smartphone. There are tonnes of apps that you can use that help motivate and keep a log of what and how you’re doing.
- Link it to social media – boast about how far you’ve run that morning (you can even let us know at @LCGymSwansea) – you’ll soon become addicted and will want to keep it up – better your last PB and tell the world about it.
- If you’re not one for shouting it from the rooftops, how about keeping a record of your achievements and look at them when you need a bit of a boost. It will show you just how far you’ve come in the last few weeks or months.
- Try free to download My Fitness Pal or RunKeeper.
Back to basics…
- If you find your energy or commitment waning, go back to basics. Put a photo of your ideal body on your fridge, on your phone, in your car, on your desk at work – it’ll help remind you of your goals.
To the point…
- No pain, no gain! This is the most motivational point we can make. If you don’t put in the time and effort, no one else will. You’ll get back what you put in. This doesn’t mean that you have to ‘lift’ like Arnie or take part in extreme diets, but you need to work for your results. Enjoy the journey. It won’t be long before you look back with proud reflection on your achievements.
It’ll be harder the longer you leave it. Taking the odd class off isn’t the end of the world, neither is having some time off to recover, but if you miss a whole load of classes because you’re too tired or you can’t be bothered – you’re only hurting yourself. You’ll undo all your hard work. And remember with our extensive fitness classes timetable there’s always something new to try out and mix up your exercise routine! Energy breeds energy so keep it up – it’ll become second nature once you’re in a routine.
No matter how tired you are, how long your week has been, if you’re feeling stressed or in a bad mood, you WILL feel better after your workout – always remember that feeling and use it to give you a push if you’re considering skipping that class or gym session.
If all else fails remember…
….your workout can take up as little as 4% of your day. No excuses.