Fit For Summer: Stationary sprints
In his third Fit For Summer column in the series, 30-year-old personal trainer Adam Pugh, based at Impact Boxing gym, in Brocksford Street, Fenton, demonstrates 'stationary towel sprints' – a gym move which hits all the big body muscles and should help get your whole body into bikini shape, as it targets your hamstrings, quadriceps, gluteus (buttock) muscles, your core muscles, chest and shoulder muscles.
Adam says: "Stationary sprints are the closest you can get to doing running sprints outside. It raises the heart rate, pumps the leg muscles and the feeling of effort is almost the same. This exercise preferably needs to be done on a laminate floor."
1. Get down on to the floor into a sprint position, placing two hand towels, tea cloths or dusters under each foot.
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2. Then, alternating each foot, slide the towels/feet alternately forward and back, as if sprinting, but this is carried out on the spot.
3. Try to set yourself a time target for the exercise, doing as many 'sprints' as you can within that time, then try to increase this by up to five minutes each time.
Adam's note: If you are suffering from any recent injuries, illness or joint conditions, please consult your GP before undertaking a new exercise regime.
Adam is YMCA Level 2 and 3 qualified and has been a personal trainer for 10 years.
He runs high intensity 'Caveman & Cavewoman' classes at Impact Boxing every Monday and Wednesday, and will offer Sentinelle readers a free personal training taster session.
Please ring to book beforehand.
For more details, contact Adam on 07794 868187.