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Who is this program for ?

  • Are you new to weight training and want to understand how to get strong or get big?
  • Do you want to learn how to execute exercises correctly and be more efficient with your time in the gym?
  • Do you play a sport and want to improve your physical performance?
  • Receive 1-1 or small group coaching (more cost effective).

Why should you join?

  • Learn to lift correctly and safely.
  • Learn the foundations of strength training and muscle building.
  • Training programs tailored towards you and your goals.
  • Personal bespoke nutrition plans.
  • Get coached from an ex-professional athlete and current sports science student and personal trainer Tim Jeffers.
  • Train in clean and safe private gym.

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Soma Fitness COVID 19 Virus Prevention Protocols

We cannot wait to welcome our clients back into our gym. The team have been working hard to produce protocols in order to keep the environment of the gym as safe as possible. Every month the team at Viroclean will be giving our gym a deep sanitation to keep Soma a virus free enviroment. As a private facility focusing on personal training we can manage and have control over making sure all surfaces and equipment are clean and sanitised before any of our clients use them.

Here are a few more protocols we will have in place:

  • We will be leaving 15 minutes in between clients to clean and sanitise equipment, handles and surface areas. We ask clients to please be slightly flexible with us so that we can keep this in place and to be on time for their sessions.
  • On entering the gym please make your way to one of the hand sanitising stations to sanitise your hands before you touch any equipment. Hand sanitising stations will be located at the front section of the gym and at the back section of the gym feel free to apply as often as you feel comfortable.
  • Cleaning procedures for every evening have been put in place 6 days per week after each operational day for sanitation. This will mean we cannot conduct any training sessions past 9.30 pm MON – FRI & 7 pm SAT.
  • Our coaches will be equipped with gloves and visors for any close contact spotting. We will give you a choice if you wish your coach to wear them for the whole session. Please contact your coach prior to let him know what you wish them to do so, we have all the PPE available on site.
  • We will not be performing any assisted stretches with clients that which will require contact, all stretching routines will be demonstrated by your coach with the coaching cues required. (so, there is no getting out of stretching off at the end of your session).
  • If a coach requires to demonstrate technique to you on a piece of apparatus or equipment, prior to the demonstration your coach will then sanitise the equipment before you go to perform the exercise for yourself.
  • Coaches will be washing their hands before, during the middle and end of every session if they are not wearing gloves, Gloves will be replaced after each session if they are required to wear them.
  • Your coach will allocate you to either the front or back entrance to enter the gym if in doubt just press the buzzer at the front of the gym your coach will let you know if to come in through the front or through the back.
  • We please urge if any clients are suffering from any symptoms please let your coach know and do not attend your session.

What can we do for you? – Video

Our personal training coaches here at Soma Fitness can help you overcome all the problems you need solving around your health and fitness goals. Our coaches can help take care of all the areas that require you to succeed:

– Structured training programs tailored toward your goals and your lifestyle.

– Bespoke nutritional plans to fit your requirements and your goals.

– Coaching of correct exercise execution, training is a skill it’s not just about throwing weights around, make your workouts more efficient and effective.

– Improve lifestyle habits that may be hindering your progress.

– Build confidence within your body.

– Feel stronger and healthier.

Contact us to book in your FREE consultation with one of our coaches

 

Client Success Story – Paul Richards Moto Racer Gets Back On His Bike

Paul Richards began his coaching journey with his personal trainer at Soma Fitness originally for some strength and conditioning for his moto racing. After having an accident on his bike and sustaining bad injury, he worked with us to rehabilitate himself and he decided to retire from the sport. After getting back to pre injury condition Paul achieved his body composition goals and is now stronger more muscular and leaner than ever and is back racing his bike again. A true success story that we have been honoured to be a part of here at Soma. If you would like to achieve more, improve your physique and overall health contact us and book in your FREE consultation with one of our coaches.

CLIENT TESTIMONIAL – DAKOTA DITCHEVA – WORLD CHAMPION THAI BOXER & MMA FLYWEIGHT CHAMPION


Dakota Ditcheva has been performing her strength and conditioning at Soma Fitness to improve her athletic ability. Dakota is a tremendous athlete and in the time she has been training with our coaches here at Soma she has picked up an MMA title and we hope to work with Dakota and help her become the strongest athlete she can be and eventually assist her to get into the UFC and become a UFC champion.

Quarantine Resistance Training Tips

 


“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” Charles Darwin

Not being able to go to the gym has forced us to use initiative and be adaptable. The more you’re able to adapt, the more you’re able to thrive.

I’ve enjoyed changing my usual workout routine, adapting a high volume, low intensity approach and getting creative with different exercises and workouts to stay healthy and in shape. I’m going to explain how you can do the same.

When deciding how to periodise a programme (depending on the clients’ goals) two main factors are taken into consideration; volume and intensity.
Volume refers to the amount of sets and reps performed in a workout and intensity refers to the load (weight) used and rest periods in the workout.
Volume and intensity have an inverse relationship. Meaning as one increases the other decreases or vice versa.
For example, if you are bench pressing a heavy weight, say 90% of your 1 rep max, the intensity is high. You can’t perform more than a few reps with this weight because it is so heavy and therefore the volume is low.

As gym equipment isn’t available to most, it is difficult to increase the load used, therefore we must increase volume.

Additionally to this, following the principles of progressive overload, will help to provide new stimuli and force the muscles to ADAPT. Progressive overload is the systematic increase in training frequency, volume and intensity in various combinations. This also helps to avoid the principle of diminishing returns, which suggests monotonous volumes and low frequency of exercise variation can leave an athlete stagnant.

Ways to vary your training:

Increase Reps
Exercise Tempo
Rest Periods
Take exercises to failure
Exercise variation
Uni-lateral exercises

Increase Reps:
As mentioned above, increasing reps increases the overall volume of a workout, essentially meaning we have done more. When looking to vary or increase the difficulty of your sessions, I would recommend to firstly increase the amount of reps you perform, before looking at other ways to change your workout.

Tempo:
Performing exercises at varying tempo’s is a good way of challenging the body and offering new stimuli. Firstly to understand why we vary tempo it is important to understand the different types of muscle contractions.

There are 3 types of muscle contraction:
Concentric phase (upward motion, where the muscle shortens)
Eccentric phase (lowering motion, where the muscle lengthens)
Isometric phase (a pause or hold at any point in the movement, where muscle length doesn’t change)

Manipulating the tempo at different stages of a movement, (for example a slow eccentric lowering of 4 seconds whilst performing a press up) creates time under tension (TUT). The greater a muscle’s TUT, the greater its potential growth stimulus is.

In contrast, more ballistic and explosive exercises (such as a broad jump) that implement the use of a rapid eccentric and concentric phase can potentiate power.

Rest Periods:
Shortening rest periods can be an effective way to increase intensity, however only if you can still perform the required number of reps. For example, if your target is to perform 12 reps of press ups over 4 sets and by the last set you can still comfortably reach 12 reps, then shortening rest periods in between sets can make this more difficult.

Recommended Rest Periods:
Training Goal              Goal Repetitions
Muscular Endurance   30s or less
Hypertrophy                  30-90s
Strength & Power         2-5mins

Taking Exercises to Failure:
This doesn’t mean taking the exercise to failure on the first set, as this will affect our ability to recover for the remaining sets and we won’t be able to perform as many reps overall. We can use what’s known as “reps in reserve” to judge this.

For example, if we are performing an exercise with a target of 12 reps over 4 sets, then the first two sets you might feel you could have completed another 2-3 reps in the set (reps in reserve). Then on the 3rd set you feel you could have only completed one more rep, then ideally we want to reach absolute failure on the last set, where you couldn’t have performed any more reps.

Exercise variation:
This involves changing an exercise for a given muscle group. For example, there are many variations of a squat that challenge the lower body:
Sissy squat
Sumo squat
Squat jumps
Narrow stance squat

It is recommended to vary exercises every 3-5 weeks depending on the individual.

Uni-Lateral Exercises:
Uni lateral exercises are single leg or single arm movements, such as lunges, single leg squats etc. Uni-lateral movements help to maintain a balance of strength between opposing muscle groups and right and left sides of the body, which reduces injury risk.

These are also a great option when performing bodyweight exercises as they are generally more taxing meaning less load needs to be used.

A final note to finish on is that while its not ideal gyms are closed, research has shown that we won’t lose as much “gains” as you may think.

One study has shown that resistance trained individuals (aged between 20-35) that trained 3 days per week, over 16 weeks and then were reduced to 1/9th of that over a 32 week period, retained the strength gained over the 16 weeks (with only a slight reduction at the final time point). And the muscle size gained was also retained.
Bickel, C. S., Cross, J. M., & Bamman, M. M. (2011). Exercise dosing to retain resistance training adaptations in young and older adults. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 43(7), 1177-1187.

We can take from this that maintaining size and strength doesn’t take much so quarantine shouldn’t affect your body composition too greatly!

If you’d like home resistance exercise and workouts ideas, then head over to the Soma Fitness YouTube channel, or contact me on:

Insta: tim_jeffers
Email: tim-jeffers@hotmail.co.uk

60+ Resistance Band Exercises (VIDEO)

Resistance bands are a great tool to increase the difficulty level of any exercise when you have the knowledge of application. Resistance bands are also portable and can be used anywhere, I personally take a bag of resistance bands with me whenever I go on holiday so I can get some physical activity done and really challenged my muscles without the need of weights or a gym .
Another great thing about resistance bands compared to a dumbell or a barbell is that the resistance increases as you stretch the resistance band this accommodates the tension throughout the whole movement allowing you to maximise the contractile ability off your muscle at the point where if using a dumbbell the tension would drop off.
resistance bands are easy to access and very affordable. I hope you enjoy the video and please if you do like the video please click like on the video and feel free to share with any family or friends.

RESISTANCE BAND EXERCISES

1. Squat
2. Front Squat
3. Band Behind the head squat
4. Zercher Squat
5. RDL – Hips
6. RDL – Hamstrings
7. Single leg RDL 1
8. Single leg RDL 2
9. Single leg RDL 3
10. Good morning
11. Zercher Good mornings
12. Banded Spilt Squats 1
13. Hip hinge with band on hips
14. Bulgarian Split Squats 1
15. Bulgarian Split Squats 2
16. Swings
17. Glute bridge
18. Single Leg Glute Bridge
19. Frog Bridge
20. Lateral walks
21. Resistance band press ups wide grip
22. Close grip press ups
23. Resistance band pec fly
24. Resistance Band Floor Press
25. Floor Press with broom
26. Single Arm External Rotations
27. Double Arm External Rotations
28. Lateral raise
29. 10 o’clock, 2 o’clock Frontal Raise
30. Frontal raise
31. Bent over single arm rear delt fly
32. Shoulder press
33. Single arm shoulder press
34. Punch press
35. Cuban Press
36. Upright row
37. Seated Row
38. Seated single arm row
39. Bent over row
40. Single Arm Pull Down
41. Single Arm Pakulski Row
42. Straight arm Pull down
43. Face Pull
44. Face Pull to Y Press
45. Pull Aparts
46. Supinated Pull Aparts
47. Single arm tricep extension
48. Double arm Tricep extension
49. Double arm bent over Tricep extension
50. Skull Crushers
51. Hammer Curls
52. Bicep Curls
53. Reverse curls
54. Concentration Curls
55. Preacher Curls
56. Pallof Press
57. Saxon Bend
58. Banded Dead Bugs
59. Kneeling abdominal crunch
60. Side Bends
61. Banded Chop
62. Banded Rotation

62 Resistance Band Exercises Video

If you feel like your training has become stagnant since the lockout a number of our clients have been keeping the momentum going by doing one on one virtual personal training sessions using Zoom or FaceTime. If you would like any help in getting an effective training schedule organised, please contact us.

Wishing you all a very happy Easter weekend, Stay strong, stay positive, keep active, and don’t eat too many Easter eggs.

Much Love,

Stelios

AT HOME EXERCISE PROGRAM – MOBILITY AND BREATH WORK

MOBILITY ROUTINE

A daily mobility routine is strongly recommended for anyone who wants to get the most out of their body and performance. We all focus on getting stronger and fitter and mobility often gets neglected. I would suggest going through a mobility routine before every training session that you participate in. You can also do this on days where you do not train as active recovery.

1) Squat to stand 10 reps

2) Hamstring Stretch 10 reps

3) Groiners/mountain position Internal into external rotations 10 per side

4) Groiners/mountain climbers 10 per leg

5) Cat cow 10 reps

6) Shoulder blade retractions 10 reps

7) Pec Stretch 10 reps

8) Lat Stretch into Cobra 10 reps

9) Prone Dynamic Blackburns into handcuffs 10 reps

10) Frog Stretch 10 reps

11) Pigeon Stretch 10 reps per leg

12) Trunk rotations 20 reps

13) Lying Side Thoracic Rotations 10 per side

BREATHING EXERCISE

Sit or lay down in a comfortable position, either on your back, in a chair or on the floor with your legs crossed.

NASAL BREATHS

INHALE for 5 seconds

HOLD the inhale for 5 seconds

EXHALE for 5 seconds

HOLD the exhale for 5 seconds

REPEAT THE PROCESS FOR 5 MINS

You can build up too 10 mins and you can do this (I personally do 8 minutes in the morning and eight minutes in the evening when I jump on my magnetic resonance mat):

– First thing in the morning which helps energise you for the start of your day.

– After a workout which helps get your body into rest and recovery mode and shifts your nervous system from sympathetic into parasympathetic.

– Before bed again shifting your body into rest and recovery mode and getting you into your parasympathetic nervous system.

– When you are feeling stressed and anxious, when we are stressed or anxious our body is in sympathetic fight or flight mode doing some deep breathing and following this breathing protocol helps to shift your body into parasympathetic rest and recovery mode.

Mobility and breathing exercises when done regularly and within a weekly/daily routine, Will carry over on everything you do throughout the day and any physical endeavours that you may participate in. You really feel the benefits when you stop doing the routine for a while you will then realise how much of a positive impact it has on you.

Let me know how you guys get on and if you have any questions please let me know.

FULL INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO

13 Tips to stay strong through the Corona pandemic while in isolation

After speaking to several clients and friends I hear that a lot of people are feeling the isolation and are going a bit around the bend.
I have put together a few tips I can really help you through these next few weeks, these are good habits to use within everyday life also.

1) Gratitude – Write down three things you are grateful for each day with pen and paper or on your notes on your phone, or even just in your head.

Here is what I am grateful for today: I’m grateful, that the sun is shining, I am grateful that I get to exercise today and I am well enough to exercise, I’m grateful for the extra time I have to read the pile of books that have been accumulating that before all this I would never have time to read. I could go on all day the are always things that we can be thankful for how ever tough life gets, picking 3 is a piece of cake.

2) Exercise – you have so many options: Go for a run, go for a walk, if you are lucky enough to have training equipment or a gym at home get that training session in, if you don’t have any training equipment at home follow our at home no equipment workouts. Our coaches are offering remote training services where we can train you through Zoom, Face Time or Skype, contact us to book in for a session if you are lacking motivation or need help laying out and organising your routine. Right now, we have a lot of time on our hands so there is absolutely no excuse not to be exercising unless you are unwell.

3) Sun light – Try and get at least 20 minutes of sunlight directly onto your body each day now the days are getting longer are we are no longer having to work inside an office get outside get sun light directly onto your body absorb that vitamin D that your body has been craving all through the winter.

4) Morning Light – Don’t let your phone be the first light your eyes see first thing in the morning now we have time to go outside and allow our eyes to absorb the natural morning sunlight play which does wonders for our circadian rhythm this will help you feel less stressed help balance out your hormones and also help you get a really good night’s sleep.

5) Breathing exercises – During these worrying times it is natural for our body to be in a sympathetic stressed state breathing exercises really help put our body back into Para sympathetic where we can be in a relaxed state of recovery. On Saturday I will be releasing a video with a mobility routine and a breathing exercise routine but if you would like to get on it straight away here is a little template for you: try to inhale through the nose and out through nose when you inhale, inhale as deep into the belly as you can try and inhale for five seconds, at the bottom of the inhale hold for five seconds then exhale for five seconds at the top of the exhale hold for five seconds then inhale again try to repeat this for at least five minutes and build yourself up for 10 minutes. I promise you; you will feel amazing when you add this to your daily routine.

6) Mobility – Do some form of mobility every day when you get into the routine of doing a mobility routine everyday your body will feel loose and amazing it will help with all the resistance training that you do are there any sport related activities that we do like running or cycling etc.

7) Learn something new – Use the spare time to try and advance your skills in a certain area it could be learning a new language, reading a book that you’ve not had time to read, Or even learning about a certain subject that may help you with when you go back to work. If you can’t think of anything, I challenge you to learn following three things: meditation, breathing and mobility. You may ask yourself why I chose these three things the reason is that I know how much of a positive impact it can have on anybody in any situation.

8) Play games – Growing up in the mid-80s and 90s I remember playing a lot of games, get the chess board out, get the family together and play a board game, Try not to spend the whole day in front of a screen as it’s very stressful for the body and is a major disruptor of our circadian rhythms. If you play games is great for the mind it stimulates pathways in the brain, improves creativity and it’s also a lot of fun.

9) Cook recipes with the family and eat together- Get the whole family together and cook together, get the kids involved if you have children eat the food you have made together as a family. this time we have now is very precious make the most of it be together with whoever you live with and get creative. Maybe try out some of our Soma Fitness recipes and send us some pictures.

10) Plan for when all this is over – create an action plan off what do you want to do when all this is over. This could be a fitness related goal, business goal or even a family reunion with family members we have been isolated from. Don’t wait till it’s all over to start planning, plan now and review it as the weeks go by you might add some things or change somethings take 30 minutes each day of alone time to think and reflect about your plan. If you have a fitness goal speak with your coach communicate with each other and start planning so you are ready to rock and roll once all of this is over.

11) Watch a comedy – Laughter is such a powerful medicine, instead of watching intense programs on Netflix put some comedy on and get a good dose of laugher into your routine.

12) Help someone- this doesn’t mean you have to go out and physically help someone unless you’re caring for an elderly relative then yes of course, this could be just picking up the phone and calling someone but you may know is alone at this moment in time or doing a food shop for an elderly neighbour, or connecting with an old friend that you haven’t spoken to in a while.

13) Eat healthy nutritious foods – We have time on our hands to plan prepare most of our meals use this time positively try to eat nutrient dense foods including fruits vegetables and good quality meats. The more nutrients in the body the stronger the body and the stronger the immune system. Don’t use this time to overindulge and drink alcohol in excess this will not positively impact your health or your immune system.

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I hope these tips help and if anyone else has got anymore tips or ideas please let me know and send me an email of what you have been doing with your free time and we can post a weekly accumulation what everyone has been doing and bounce ideas of each other.

Wishing you all a great day!

AT HOME EXERCISE PROGRAM – DAY 5 – FULL BODY

SUPERSET 1

A1) Bulgarian Split Squats x 8-15 reps per leg – tempo 4:2:2:1

A2) Back Widow x 8-12 reps 1:1:1:3

SETS – 3
REST – 60 seconds

SUPERSET 2

B1) Dive bomber press ups – 8-12 reps (regression from the knees) 2:1:2:1

B2) Glute bridge off the couch – 2:1:2:4 x 10-15 reps

SETS – 3
REST – 60 seconds

SUPERSET 3

C1) Bodyweight Lateral Raise 8-12 reps per side 2:1:2:1

C2) Alternate Leg Forward Lunges x 30 reps 4:2:1:1

SETS – 3

REST – 60 seconds

SET 4

D) Superman’s 12 reps 1:1:1:4

SETS – 3

REST – 60 seconds

FULL INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO
How to structure your week of at home training:

Monday or Day 1 – Full Body Resistance

Tuesday or Day 2 – Cardio & Core

Wednesday or Day 3 – Full Body Resistance

Thursday or Day 4- Cardio & Core

Friday or Day 5 – Full Body Resistance

Saturday or Day 6 – Mobility & Breath work

Sunday – Rest and Recovery