Body Image & Self Love - Part I

Body Image & Self Love - Part I

My first full length Body Image & Self Love webinar went live yesterday here - Https://www.facebook.com/groups/1557607774283914/

It was amazing and I've had some great feedback.

Below is a little extract of what it's all about. If you are:
- Struggling to lose weight
- Trying loads of diets to no avail
- Fed up of being in pain
- Frustrated by your body
This is for you

To watch the webinar, please request to join this group - Https://www.facebook.com/groups/1557607774283914/

Forgive Your Body

Forgive Your Body

Struggling to change your diet? You try, but it always ends up going back to square one?

Fed up with your body? Frustrated by aches and pains? Wish it looked different?

Well, this is for you... 

 

Split into two parts - some hugely important learnings from my journey

Amy @ The Warrior Programme

 

Why Willpower Isn't Enough

Why Willpower Isn't Enough

New video for you - really important for you to watch this if:
You're trying to make changes with your diet
You want to feel your very best
You're concerned about putting on weight


Crucial part of my journey that I couldn't have got here without:

Work At A Desk & Achy Lower Back?

Work At A Desk & Achy Lower Back?

If you sit at a desk for 8+ hours a day, your bum is likely literally turned off! This is probably a big reason behind your lower back pain and/or achy hips. Turning it back on is crucial and here are two exercises that you can do to start to fix it!

If you'd like to find out what more you can do, click below: 

Me & The Warrior Programme

Me & The Warrior Programme

Hi everyone,

I’m Amy and I’m the owner and head trainer at The Warrior Programme in Bristol. I used to be a corporate insurance broker, but I decided that the stress, bureaucracy and desk-life weren’t for me. I studied Law at university and used to spend 12+ hours every day sitting down, at a desk, a car, sofa, and I put on a lot of weight.

So, I understand your stress, frustration and the aches and pains that you push to the back of your mind. I get that you’re extremely busy, with a million demands on your time every day, but that you know that you need and want to take care of yourself. I love making that easy for you, so you don’t have to spend hours in the gym, or worry about what to eat. You don’t have to put up with aches and pains, stress and poor sleep.

I know there’s a million things on the market too, but don’t worry, I’ve done the leg work to find out what works, so you don’t have to.

I love helping people grow more into their mould, as opposed to the one we’re all supposed to fit into. After all, that’s what being a Warrior is all about – feeling strong, confident, capable and in control.

I don’t believe in weighing or measuring people – instead, we track your progress via what you can do and how you feel. You are vastly more than a number.

This is what makes The Warrior Programme different and why my Warriors carry on training with me.

If this sounds like a good fit for you and what you’ve been looking for, then get in touch with my today. I offer all new clients a free taster session, with no obligation or hard sell, just an opportunity to see if it will work for you.

To book your free taster session, just drop me a message on this page with your email and mobile number and I’ll get you booked in.

Please feel free to share this with your friends too.

Amy

On Your Way to Feeling Like a Goddess...!

On Your Way to Feeling Like a Goddess...!

I love yoga - for its strength and flexibility development and the emotional and spiritual side too. I discovered this pose - goddess pose - and I love it, so thought I would share it with you all.

How To Use A Foam Roller

How To Use A Foam Roller

Heard of foam rollers before, but not sure what to do with them? Here, I walk you through my top 3 rollers to have, plus the key movements I recommend to relieve any aches and pains and to get the most out of your training.

amy@amynewtonpersonaltrainer.co.uk
www.amynewtonpersonaltrainer.com

How To Improve Your Back Flexibility

How To Improve Your Back Flexibility

Sick of getting a stiff, achy back? Want to feel more flexible and supple? Check out my quick back flexibility video with a few stretches to incorporate into your daily routine to make a difference.

By Bristol-based personal trainer, Amy at The Warrior Programme. 

www.amynewtonpersonaltrainer.com
www.facebook.com/amynewtonpt

How To Get Stronger On Your Bike

How To Get Stronger On Your Bike

Last week, I was due to be talking at an event for the lovely Bike Science but the Bristol traffic with three accidents had other plans! So, instead, I've recorded my talk - about how to get stronger on your bike - for all to watch.

If you're a cyclist who wants to get faster or cover more mileage, making sure you're as comfortable and injury-free as possible, this is for you. If you're a person who just wants to get stronger, fitter and works a desk job at the moment, this is also for you!

Any questions, please don't hesitate to message me!

 

 

What's the point of strength training?

What's the point of strength training?

You'll hear me talking about strength training a LOT! Why? What will I get out of it? Will I get big and bulky? What's so good about it?

Well, I'm here to answer some of your questions!

I Want To Be More Flexible!

I Want To Be More Flexible!

Keen to get more flexible? Keen to move easier, run faster? Maybe even get closer to doing the splits?


Then, you need to look at improving your hip flexibility. What does that mean? Sounds a bit technical! 


Look no further, this a 7 minute video I've made for my clients recently that I'd love to share with you. It walks you through some of my favourite hip stretches :)


Obviously, if we're not currently working together, I can't prescribe which stretches you need personally or how long to hold them to get what you need, but follow the general guidelines and listen to your body :) 

What is the point in exercising anyway?

What is the point in exercising anyway?

Interesting title, for a blog post from a personal trainer! 

We've all thought it, me included - I'll always be this size, I'll never be able to do that, I don't have time, I'm not that kind of person, that isn't me. So, I thought I'd share today why I exercise, me personally - I'm not a genetically-skinny person who can eat whatever they want and stay the same size, or an exercise obsessed person - I'm somewhere in between, probably like you.

Have a watch:

How can you make time? How can you make it a priority?

That's the first step - decide, allot the time then you're halfway there!

Until next week,

Amy

How To Avoid Putting Too Much Weight on at Christmas

How To Avoid Putting Too Much Weight on at Christmas

Christmas is upon us, as are office parties, social gatherings and lots of delicious food and drink which we all want to partake in. And why the hell shouldn't we?! 

I'm a personal trainer and I will DEFINITELY be saying 'yes' to many mince pies and prosecco! It's a season for enjoying, socialising and making the most of and I'd love to give you a couple of tips today to help you get through it with minimal damage!

Hope that helps! Any further Christmas questions, I'd be delighted to help - drop me a message at amy.newton@hotmail.co.uk and I'll get back to you asap.

If you sit at a desk, this cannot wait

If you sit at a desk, this cannot wait

Do you sit at a desk? If so, this cannot wait.

I sat at a desk for 8 years, minimum 8 hours a day, then cycled home (kind of sitting), then sat on a sofa for a few hours. I was still an active person, or so I thought. I went to the gym a few times a week, did a lot of cycling.

Six months ago, I got up and left my desk and started to spend more time standing. I thought, all the effects of the desk - achy shoulders & back, tight chest, sore bum - would just vanish. How wrong I was. I've had to work really hard to get rid of the symptoms, partly because I didn't know what they were. It's very hard to spot problems and their root in yourself.

So, I struggled for months trying to fix them and feeling like I was chasing my tail. Then, I asked the experts, found out what the problems were and then I learned how to fix them. If I'd have just cut out the middle man consistently earlier, life would have been a lot easier.

I implore you to take your desk seriously. We are not meant to sit down as much as we do. This will have an impact on you, it's just a matter of time. I thought I could avoid it, but I couldn't.

You need to make your life a more active one - move more basically - and if you're having any symptoms, get them looked at by the experts, by someone who's seen and felt it before. It will make life so much easier and you can nip it in the bud. Leave it and it will get worse, I'm really not going to dress this up.

So, achy shoulders, feeling tired, stressed, sluggish, bored, unfit, lacking tone... all of these things can be fixed, and need to be, before they develop into something you don't want even more. I wish I could have told me that and I would have listened. 

If I can help one person learn from my mistakes, they were worth it. For example, one of my clients suffers from achy shoulders and tight hips from sitting down. We've been doing a lot of work on this and she recently had a ten day session gap. When she came back, she said to me 'it's coming back, I really need these sessions'. So, a combination of our sessions, my knowledge of what she's dealing with, and her working on her posture and sitting less, her pain and stress is going away. 

If you're suffering from any daily discomfort, feeling tired, stressed out, sluggish, bored or just generally unfit, I'd love to take that feeling away from you and leave you free. If that is you, head to my contact page and tell me what's going on. You'll feel a load off and I'll get straight back to you with some ideas.

Until next week,

Amy x

What is a Warrior?

What is a Warrior?

What is a Warrior? What does it mean in our modern day? 

Sick of feeling stressed out?

Sick of feeling stressed out?

Fed up of feeling like you're being used by the world?

Sick of feeling like you don't have any time?

Desperate to have some time for yourself?

Warriors know when to push and when to rest. Warriors know when their tank is almost empty and when to re-fuel. Warriors know when enough's enough. 

My first trolling experience!

My first trolling experience!

I never thought I'd experience a troll but I was wrong! How did I deal with it? What did they say?

What my desk did to me

What my desk did to me

After just 5 years' of office work, the effects of sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day, slouching & stressing out were remarkable. 

Training your body and your mind helps 'real life' get better

Training your body and your mind helps 'real life' get better

Exercise is very often a magnifier of our biggest struggles in life, and also a place to test and train ourselves. If you find something hard in 'real life', it's likely it's also having an impact on your exercise routine. For example, if we find it hard to commit to things, we are unlikely to commit to exercise. I see exercise as a training ground - if we can develop and enhance the skills we're lacking as a part of an exercise routine, we can then easily transfer them to our day to day lives. 

No. 1 is CONFIDENCE. If we feel under-confident,either in how we look or what exercise we should be doing, this is going to massively impede our progress. 

If you don't like how you look, you'll likely approach exercise from a place of self-loathing - via faddy diets or going all out for a week, then getting frustrated at a lack of 'progress', meaning you stop and go back to square one. 

If you're unsure what you're doing, you'll likely wander around the gym trying things out, but not really committing to it and it most likely won't last long. 

Either way, you end up remaining static - i.e. not where you want to be. With some help from me, this changes - your confidence soars and you start making progress.

One of my clients now doesn't dread events for weeks on end, she knows she can fit into her dress and looking at the photos afterwards isn't quite as terrifying.

Would you like to improve your confidence?

Do you find yourself repetitively neglecting your needs or treating yourself badly? Are you at the bottom of your to-do list?

Number two is SELF-ESTEEM - one of the biggest holders back in exercise and in life. 

If you don't like yourself, you're going to approach it all the wrong way - trying to get fast results, not sustainable, trying to make yourself smaller as quickly as possible, with no interest in the journey, just the end result. 

If you don't love yourself, you'll likely not take the right recovery time, not allow yourself some peace or some rest, which means you'll get stressed and burned out and possibly even become ill or get an injury. Not fun.

Instead, if you approach eating and exercise from a place of liking yourself, you'll get better and more sustainable results, and you'll enjoy the journey. It becomes part of your life, rather than being something you hate.

Many of my clients came to me trying to eat as little as possible, living off sugar, never having found any exercise that they enjoyed or could commit to. Now, they eat more, they have fun with exercise and they're healthier than ever.    

Are you a go-getter in your day to day life, ambitious and driven, but have never quite got there with your exercise and eating routine? 

Number three is DETERMINATION. With everything in life, you need to set a goal, plan it out and stick to it. I'm not going to bore you with SMART goals - basically, just make it simple, certain and specific - for example, I want to achieve a full pull up by 1st December 2016 or I want to go two full days without eating any foods with added sugar by 1st November 2016.

Pick something you really care about, that you really want and then go for it. The more determined you are, and the more you KNOW that you will achieve it, the likelihood of it happening is vastly improved. 

YOU CAN DO IT!

Do you make a new year's resolution, go to the gym 3x a week for a fortnight and then give up, either because you got bored or because you weren't getting any results?

Once you've set a goal that you really want, you need to commit. Ask yourself, how much do I want this? How much will changing this change my life? How much is it worth to me?

Whether it's losing weight, toning up, de-stressing or getting more energy - what does it mean to you?

Very simply, in the below photo, I'm working on increasing the flexibility of my hips - this is important to me for health reasons (you need to balance strength and flexibility) and sporting reasons - I'm big on cycling, which can make the hips tight. I practice pretty much every day - I know it's going to take time and I won't always see any progress week on week, but I want to do it. 

What do you want to change the most? Are you willing to commit to it?

If you'd like some help getting started, you know where I am.