National Fitness Day

Did you know that the 25th September is National Fitness Day?

National Fitness Day is all about raising awareness of why it’s important to keep fit and active so we thought we’d get into the minds of the Fitness Team here at Supersonic Fitness and find out what motivates them to train and pick their minds for some top tips about how to stay motivated when you’re first starting out with exercise.

Damian Manning – Fitness Coach and Personal Trainer

Why do you exercise?

I’ve been going to the gym for 15 years. The gym is a huge part of my life and I thrive off seeing progress. Many of my best memories have been in the gym training with my friends.

Why do you have a passion for exercise?

Over the years I have had many different goals. For the past 2 years my passion has been strength training and numbers on the bar. My favourite exercise is between the squat and bench press as they are my more impressive lifts. I get such a buzz out of loading up a bar, standing back and looking at what I’m capable of lifting.

Are there any exercises you don’t like? 

Timed exercises or anything high intensity for a long duration of time. In my mind I like to count numbers of reps, what I have done and what I have got left to complete.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out with a new exercise regime?

Find something you enjoy doing. You are for more likely to stick to it and put the effort in to progress.

Josh Davies – Fitness Coach & Personal Trainer

Why do you exercise? 

Healthy body = healthy mind! Training hard and often means I feel fit and strong and ultimately more confident and happy.

What exercise do you enjoy?

Picking up heavy things and more recently cycling.

Are there any exercises you don’t like? 

Running and jogging for sure.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out with a new exercise regime?

The most important thing in exercise is consistency. Take the smallest steps possible and give yourself credit at every step.

Charlotte Hallam – Fitness Coach and Class Instructor

Why do you keep active? 

I love to keep active because of the endorphins it releases, nothing beats the feeling of a hard workout. Doing a workout is important to me physically as I want to make sure that I lead a healthy lifestyle but it also helps me to keep a positive mind. Any time I start to feel low a walk in the countryside sorts out my mood instantly!

Do you have a favourite exercise?

Classes have to be my favourite style of exercise. Being able to go to a class such as DancerBody15, have fun and laugh at the face I cannot dance at all is a great way to enjoy exercise without feeling like it is a chore. I do have strong love for Super60, Pump and Spin, being able to do them in an environment with other people makes me push myself so much more than going it alone.

Are there any areas of your fitness you need to improve?

My weak point is definitely my flexibility! Yoga is an activity I avoid at all costs even though I know it is good for me!! I love the idea of Yoga and I know I should go due to the benefits for both my mind and body but unfortunately I’m one of those people who feel like they haven’t done enough if they don’t work up a sweat in a class. I know this is far from the truth as Yoga does involve a lot of hard work, I just haven’t managed to talk myself round to this concept yet! Maybe I should try our Vinyasa Yoga class?

What advice would you give to someone just starting out on the exercise journey? 

My love for exercise started from doing Artistic Roller Skating and Trampolining when I was a teenager and then I got into classes. I found that exercise classes were a great way to try out different ways which you can exercise the body. Starting out in exercise can be a minefield with the amount of information and advice out there, but the class instructor takes out the guess work for you and makes sure you’re doing the right type of exercises to achieve the results you want. I have also found that classes are a great way to boost your confident in the gym and a great way to meet training buddies too!

Rebecca Jones – Fitness Coach & Class Instructor

Why do you exercise?

My love for dance has meant that I have always been active from a young age. This has made exercise a huge part of my daily lifestyle, without it my mood drops and I feel sluggish. The endorphins released from exercise help me to feel positive and motivated. I also like to keep active for my health and fitness – healthy heart, happy mind, happy life!

Do you have a favourite exercise?

My favourite exercise will always be some form of dance. I find that when I dance I forget about everything else that is going on in my life and I will always leave the room feeling 100% happier. I also love Barre, Yoga and Pilates classes.

Are there any exercises you don’t like?

I’m not a fan of long distance running and I don’t like battle ropes!

What advice would you give to someone just starting out on the exercise journey? 

Be patient and consistent! Find an activity which motivates you and makes you feel good – exercise is hard so you need to enjoy it!!