Personal Training Rocky lV Style

2013-08-23 08.29.45Thanks to Brum Faves, I took full advantage of the offer of a free personal training session with Pete Baldwin. Despite being a pretty active person (a drummer, fan of walking briskly everywhere, hyperactive, neuorotic, waver of arms, killer elbows), I wanted to refresh and address a few issues such as changing up my physical routine, issues such as stretching, a few back problems and my irregular sleeping patterns.

The personal training session was a most excellent call! I met with Pete early on a Friday morning at Brewsmiths in the Jewellery Quarter.

Clutching a small orange juice in one hand and a bottle of water (undrunk until the exercise began) in the other, the first part of the session was a handy chat and questionnaire about my lifestyle, exercise, diet and what I want to get out of the sessions. It was a really in-depth starting point through which Pete was already firing back with a bunch of suggestions and ideas before the exercise had even begun. I was very attentive to what he was saying.

After about 20 minutes, we were out for a gentle jog along the canal and around the Gun Quarter before arriving back in St. Paul's Square. There I was introducing to a bunch of really useful exercises.

At those moments where I felt tiredness creeping in, I thought of Rocky during the training sequence in Rocky IV and that most legendary soundtrack by Vince DiCola. I wasn't alone in thinking this. As Pete was getting me to do some weight type training exercises involving his rucksack, he even said, this is "very Rocky IV".

Any reference to classic cinema which offsets the pain of physical exercise is a good thing!

An hour after the training session, I received a Personal Training Summary including great tips to deal with the issues raised: mobility exercises to deal with my posture, how to get more adequate sleep etc.

I would recommend Pete highly for his expertise as well as infectious enthusiasm. Not only that, he does the exercises with you. He's not a general like many PT's can be and he's also vehemently anti-gym, believing that your body weight is the weight that you can use to get fit.

Thanks to Brum Faves for posting the offer. I will take up Pete's services again for sure!

For more information on Pete, take a look at his training video.

By Tim ‘walking coffee bean’ Wilson.  Creative Action Man, Head Boffin at IndieLove, Drummer and Coffee Drinker. Follow at @timmy666

Photos: Birmingham Favourites

6 Cool Tips For Fitness In The Heat

Advice from Pete Baldwin

Exercising in hot weather puts extra stress on your body. If you don't take care when exercising in the heat, you risk serious illness. Both the exercise itself and the air temperature increase your core body temperature. To help cool itself, your body sends more blood to circulate through your skin. This leaves less blood for your muscles, which in turn increases your heart rate. If the humidity also is high, your body faces added stress because sweat doesn't readily evaporate from your skin. That pushes your body temperature even higher.

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Whether you're running, playing a game of tennis or going for a power walk, take care when the temperatures rise. If you exercise outdoors in hot weather, use these common-sense precautions to prevent heat-related illnesses.

  1. Increase your fluid intake. By consuming hydrating liquids throughout the day, prior to, during the activity--every twenty minutes--and after exercising, you will prevent dehydration and regulate your body temperature. Dehydration is your worst enemy. If the weather is hotter or more humid than you’re acclimated to, drink more fluids, even if you aren't thirsty.

  2. Adjust the schedule of your exercise regimen. The prime schedule for exercise is before 10 a.m. or after 3 p.m., especially if the temperature is rising and humidity is high.

  3. Wear appropriate clothing during your workout routine. What you wear makes a difference while exercising in the heat. Light-coloured, loose-fitting materials that reflect the sun are recommended. Wear sunscreen with a high SPF value to guard against sun exposure.

  4. Refuel your muscles with nutritious foods. It's just as important to monitor what you eat as to increase your fluid intake. Heat often decreases the appetite, but it's imperative to consume plenty of fruits, vegetables and grains.

  5. Know when to quit. Pay attention to the warning signs of your body. If you begin to feel the effects of heat exhaustion, immediately cease your exercising and find somewhere to cool down.

  6. Check the weather forecast before you start your workout. If there's a heat advisory, meaning high ozone and air pollution, you might want to take your workout indoors. Try swimming during the summer; it is an ideal exercise routine if you have difficulty in the heat.

What's your summer fitness regime?

For more information on Pete, take a look at his training video.

Photo credit: Pete Baldwin except centre: Cristian Moscoso.