Friday, December 17, 2010

Required equipment in the Personal Training Studio

We've started shopping for the equipment for the new Personal Training studio in Oakleigh and it's all very exciting stuff.

As this is a joint venture with the Combat Academy, the place will be set up as a Martial Arts Dojo similar to their Mornington location, which suits me down to the ground. Most people who've trained with me know that I'm BIG on body weight resistance training, circuits and boxing and kickboxing drills, and it's nice to have a bit of space to move around while you're doing this stuff.

The bodyweight exercises are really essential to get people conditioned to moving through a full range of motion in natural human movements such as squats, lunges, bends (bending from the hips, for example deadlifts) and push ups. Deconditioned people who have previously had an inactive lifestyle often require some instruction and a lot of practice to be able to regain their natural ability to perform these movements, and even for quite well conditioned, relatively fit people body weight training (especially in circuit formats) can be a great and challenging workout resulting in improved muscular endurance and cardiovascular fitness.

I focus a lot on this sort of training and incorporate resistance bands, medicine balls, steps and exercise balls along with the bodyweight techniques already discussed. Of course, I still want to be able to mix it up with some good old fashioned weight training as well, especially for my bodybuilding clients, so here's the list of equipment we've ordered so far.
  • Smith Machine,
  • Squat Rack,
  • High Cable (for pulldowns, etc)
  • Low Cable (for rows, cable curls and so forth) 
  • Preacher Curl Bench
  • Leg Extension
  • Leg Curl
  • Pec Dec
  • Dumbbells
  • Olympic Bar
  • 200kg of weights
as well as cardio gear such as;
  • Treadmill
  • Bike
  • Rower
I don't really like to put clients onto cardio machines for long periods of time in a PT session... but the rower is great for cardio assessment purposes, and I'll be encouraging people to come in early to warm up on the bike or treadmill before their session.

That's all for now but stay tuned for more updates!