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Here are some questions and answers dealt by Philippe Davis, Personal Trainer at Fit4Less Catford.
Philippe in his own words:
“I first started training 17 years ago when I became stressed out by what was happening at home and work life. I used training as a means to blow off some steam as well as a hobby. I quickly found the rush of endorphins and the change in my physique through training naturally gave me a bigger and better focus for my life. I later realised that training towards a goal gave me a better focus on other aspects in my life from working in the field of mental health through to competing at national level for natural bodybuilding. Training has given me confidence and focus to achieve my goals and this is something I wish to share with you.”
For the last four months, I have been going to the gym regularly and working out religiously. My main aim is to lose weight but it doesn’t look like I am shedding any at all. When I exercise, I do a bit of cardio exercise followed by weights but still, I haven’t been able to see much positive results. Is there any advice you can give me?
To get results from training would consist of intense resistance training. This should not necessarily involve heavy weights but higher rep range of 15 to 20 reps with short rest of 30 to 45 seconds in between sets and training for a total of 45 minutes. This can be accompanied by a 25-minute cardio workout which will help you burn optimum fat.
I always get confused about what to eat before and after my workout. I’m also not sure when to eat before exercise – an hour, two hours? How about post workout as well – big meal or small meal?
It depends on the workout that you are going to do. If it is a leg workout for example, it’s best to eat slow burning high carbs up to the day before the workout and leaving your last meal between 1.5 hour and 2 hours. A leg workout tends to put high demand on the body and can be very taxing on the body. And if you still are digesting any food while doing a leg workout, it could make you feel really sick. If you you are undertaking any other workout, the best thing to do is to eat at least an hour before training
Are there any sets of exercise that can help me lose my belly fat without affecting the other parts of my body too much? I don’t want to lose my curves by shrinking my breasts and bum and I have been told that too much cardio may just do that. What’s the best way to achieve a perfect balance between cardio and resistance or weight training?
Yes, cardio is important. I’d advise you to train with resistance weights first then do cardio afterwards. However, the longer you do your cardio the more fat you will burn. If you go longer than 45 minutes, your body will start to burn your muscle instead of fat as muscle tends to take up more energy. Your body requires more energy to be used to maintain efficiency – in other words, muscle is not needed when going long distance but fat is essential.