Workouts from top personal trainers
In a recent issue we ran a UK trainer face-off feature. Here are innovative workouts from three of the PTs who took part in it.
Mark Bennett, senior wellbeing adviser at Nuffield, Moulto
'I’ve put together a ViPR workout that will burn fat, improve your cardio and build muscle with moves like the leopard crawl, woodchop and lateral toss. It’ll bump up your heartrate and increase your metabolic rate for around six hours after the workout.'
Go for 20 reps each of:
- Leopard crawl
- Active lateral toss
- Row to uppercut
Janet Malinowski, creator of LA Fitness' Dance Fusion workout
'It would have to be an intense combination of high-intensity interval training and plyometric work – an all-rounder for cardio, conditioning and core strength. The exercises below are one set – perform each one consecutively, rest for two minutes and repeat for a total of four sets. This will always be intense. '
Four sets of:
20 Clap press-ups
20 Scissor jump
20 Plyometic sit-ups
John Williams, campus training coach for David Lloyd
'I’d recommend a ViPR workout – if you don’t have one in your gym, you can do a lot of the moves with a sandbag or powerbag. The one I’ve put together consists of three mini-circuits geared towards reconditioning, vitality and performance. You can easily blast through it in 17 minutes.'
- 20 steps Staggered stance with medial tilt
- 20 Step over squats
- 20 Step with lateral shift
- 10 Step thread the needle
- 10 Squat thread the needle
- 20 Lateral shuffle with tilt
- 10 Front carry to deadlift
- 10 ViPR flip
- 20 Shovel drill
- 20 Anterior step with uppercut
- 20 Ice skaters
- 10 Cylinder lift
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From 2008 to 2018, Joel worked for Men's Fitness, which predated, and then shared a website with, Coach. Though he spent years running the hills of Bath, he’s since ditched his trainers for a succession of Converse high-tops, since they’re better suited to his love of pulling vans, lifting cars, and hefting logs in a succession of strongman competitions.