Strength training needn’t be daunting or require lots of expensive equipment, especially with summer on the way.
Rowan Cheshire, double Olympian freestyle skier and fitness trainer, is on a mission to motivate and inspire men and women to become a stronger, better version of themselves both mentally and physically, through a love of fitness. Here she offers her top tips on getting the most from your summer training:
- Go weight-free: A lot of HIIT workouts can be done without a gym and equipment. Focussing on body weight exercises is not only a very effective way to engage the whole body but it can be much safer than weighted exercises, particularly for gym newbies who might not have access to a personal trainer.
- Invest in resistance bands and small equipment: Resistance bands and ankle weights can help improve outdoor training sessions. Using bands to activate your muscles at the beginning of each session will help you to target specific muscles and get better results. They can be used as a warm up or to advance your body weight exercises.
- Sign up to outdoor classes: Classes such as yoga and Pilates are great to do outdoors or at home. Plenty of research shows the benefits of exercising outdoors – particularly for our mental wellbeing. Yoga and Pilates are vital practices for helping to prevent injuries. Keeping flexible and training your core muscles are so important and what better way to enjoy classes than outdoors on a sunny day?