New for 2013: Hire Fitness, Fitness Tips

HOW TO GET THE BEST OUT OF YOUR TREADMILL OR RUNNING PROGRAMME
We’re delighted to introduce our fitness tips, which we will be adding regularly to help keep you motivated with your individual fitness programme.  All the equipment we feature in the tips can be hired for 4 weeks or more from Hire Fitness, or purchased from Hire Fitness; just contact your local office for further information and prices:

HOW TO TONE ON A TREADMILL:  
If you’re short on time, why not try this 10 minute cardio workout.  Hire a treadmill from us – hop on, holding a dumbbell in each hand (whatever weight you’re comfortable with).  Start off with a brisk walk and use the dumbbells to do one minute bursts of bicep curls and tricep extensions.  It’s a great way to get your heart pumping and is a good all round cardio exercise.

HOW TO BUILD MUSCLE ON A TREADMILL:

Sprinting on a treadmill builds more muscle than long, slow, distance running, so why not add a few 10 – 60 second sprints to your running routine.  Slow down between each set, just long enough to catch your breath!

HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SPEED AND ENDURANCE:

To strengthen your quads, hamstrings and glutes, add some ‘Roman Chairs’ or wall sits to the end of your running routine.  Lean against a wall with your feet about shoulder width apart, then squat until your knees are bent at 45 degrees and hold for 60 seconds.  Aim to build up to 10 sets.

KEEP A RECORD:

Stay motivated by using a fitness report card.  Note down different categories depending on your goals, such as muscle conditioning, cardio, flexibility, stamina, general fitness etc and rate yourself for each using your own scoring system (eg 1-10 where 10 is top fitness and 1 is extremely unfit).  Then 2 or 3 times a year, repeat each score and see how your fitness levels are improving.  This is GREAT for motivation!