I am dieting and I have lost over two stone but my tummy is hanging around. I have avoided the gym so far because I am self-conscious about my weight, but will exercise help me shift my tum?
A healthy diet full of vegetables, good levels of protein and healthy fats, and low in sugar should help you continue to lose weight all over, so keep up the good work! It is very important for you to take up regular exercise to reinforce that good work - and including weight-bearing exercise in your regime will help you to burn more calories, even when you are at rest.
Please come in and talk to one of our instructors who can help draw up a tailored fitness plan for you including some cardio and some weight-bearing exercise, to help you build muscle. I know you will find the LC a welcoming place to work out.
Exercises designed to tone the abdomen and core can help – why not join our Ab Blast class on a Wednesday at 7.15pm or Monday at 6.30pm? Or if you are an LC member you can sign up to our friendly and supportive Shape Up Plan lifestyle club for free.
But it is only when the weight goes that you will see those tightened muscles emerge – so keep setting your weight loss goals and celebrate your successes so far!
What are the best exercises to help me develop a six-pack? My diet isn’t perfect but I am a gym regular. Still, I can’t seem to change my mid-section.
For some the six pack seems to be the holy grail of fitness aims. I blame David Beckham! There is no magic formula for developing your abdominal muscles. They respond to the same stimuli as other muscle groups. So you need to do fat-burning exercise, targeted exercises using weights and, most importantly you need to adopt a healthy diet with enough protein to help you build muscle. Muscles won’t show if they are covered with a layer of fat, so good diet is essential.
While many people are used to using weights to build arms, shoulders and legs, they tend to ditch them in favour of crunches and sit-ups when it comes to the abdomen. This is a mistake. Using weights will help you with your midriff – try kettlebell windmills, weighted twists and press sit-ups – holding a weight across your chest while performing a slow sit-up.
This Saturday (16th January) the LC team will be in the Quadrant shopping Centre from 10:30am-3pm. Come and see us and bring your kit for a range of FREE spin classes in this unique setting.
Whether you like 90's classes or rock there is a class to suit everyone - check out the full list of class times here.
See you all there...