Welcome Nicole Vignola to the Personal Space team

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Stu and I are thrilled to welcome personal trainer Nicole Vignola to Personal Space. She hails from London, and as well as working with us she will be studying the fascinating subject of neuroscience at Bristol University for the next few years. Nicole says: Hi everyone! My name is Nicole and I am very delighted to say that I have just started working at Personal Space as a personal t...
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Encouraging or Discouraging??

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I’ve noticed more recently on my social media, a number of posts talking about Personal Trainers and body image. The discussions were based around what a Personal Trainer should look like, and what it represented to prospective clients. One trainer was told that “clients should not go with him because he didn’t have a six pack”. It was inferred that as he didn’t, his knowledge wasn...
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Half term shenanigans!

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Half term is nearly upon us - well, it feels like it, because of all the organising to be done ahead of the actual week in order for smooth running of children's and adults' work and activities. Depending on the ages of one's little ones, childcare arrangements can be tricky but essential if you are planning to do at least a little work and exercise. Mine are both now at senior school so leavi...
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Consistency!

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Some good progress from a number of clients this week, and here is where consistency is critical! I’ve realised through my work and personally, that to achieve, long term, whatever your goal, you need to make it a habit and something you can stick too. I’ll be honest here. I’ve done a number of 3 month body change challenges (in fact I even won one), but actually the biggest challe...
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Early rewards for new exerciser

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My new client, (NC for short) has had two personal training sessions with me. Walking, gardening and fishing aside, he has not exercised in many years. We have discussed his lack of mobility, posture deviations from ideal and his stiffness, which is of no surprise. During the week between NC's first and second visits he performed daily dynamic stretches, pelvic tilts on a ball, Cat/Cow, sup...
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Love / Hate….

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[caption id="attachment_2894" align="alignnone" width="300"] Going off track, it happens sometimes, even to me, and please understand it’s only human for it to happen, we are not all super heroes! (Well mostly not 😉) Why does this happen? What can you do? In lasts weeks blog, I wrote about carrying on with your goal journey, despite barriers/pitfalls along the way! The t...
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Suits you sir! (And madam)…

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Wow! Here we go then, January nearly over!! Due to the gym I belonged to, closing down, I have now got another membership locally. My clients are often surprised that I use a different gym, and not my own facilities. Of course I do use ours, but much prefer to train elsewhere. I love my work and love my gym, but I prefer to train anonymously elsewhere. I’ve always done that....
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Something is better than nothing

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'Something is better than nothing' is a perfect saying to use regarding exercise and other healthy behaviours. Individuals whose typical mindset is of the 'all or nothing' style have difficulty believing that it is okay to do half a workout, or to eat a healthy meal in the evening when they've already had a sugary snack earlier in the day. "It's Friday already and I've not exercised all week, ...
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Fixing that flat tyre!

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Nice steady week this week. It’s great to see all my clients slotting back, right into the groove! I’ve noticed that while most clients had time ‘off’ over Christmas and New Year, it has only taken most of them just a week, to get right back on it and feeling good. For those still working through their New Years resolutions, don’t worry if you have gone off track a little. The a...
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