Gareth is featured in the ‘Your Wedding’ Magazine February/March 2013 issue

Gareth has recently been featured in the February/March 2013 issue of the magazine ‘Your West Midlands Wedding’ in an article focusing on ‘looking your best for your wedding’.

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Our First YouTube Video!

Here is the first video for our new Ashplant Fitness You Tube channel.  The first of many!

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A Woman’s Week at the Gym – Joke

A client sent me this joke and it made me laugh, so I had to share.  It obviously doesn’t describe the Ashplant Fitness personal training experience! icon smile A Womans Week at the Gym   Joke

Dear Diary,

For my birthday this year, I  purchased a week of personal training at the local health club.  Although I am still in great shape since being a high school football cheerleader 43 years ago, I decided it would be a good idea to go ahead and give it a try.

I called the club and made my reservations with a personal trainer named Christo, who identified himself as a 26-year-old aerobics instructor and model for athletic clothing and swim wear.

Friends seemed pleased with my enthusiasm to get started! The club encouraged me to keep a diary to chart my progress.
Started my day at 6:00 am. Tough to get out of bed, but found it was well worth it when I arrived at the health club to find Christo waiting for me. He is something of a Greek god– with blond hair, dancing eyes, and a dazzling white smile.  Woo Hoo!!

Christo gave me a tour and showed me the machines.. I enjoyed watching the skillful way in which he conducted his aerobics class after my workout today. Very inspiring!

Christo was encouraging as I did my sit-ups, although my gut was already aching from holding it in the whole time he was around.

This is going to be a FANTASTIC week!!
I drank a whole pot of coffee, but I finally made it out the door. Christo made me lie on my back and push a heavy iron bar into the air then he put weights on it!  My legs were a little wobbly on the treadmill, but I made the full mile.  His rewarding smile made it all worthwhile. I feel GREAT!  It’s a whole new life for me.
The only way I can brush my teeth is by laying the toothbrush on the counter and moving my mouth back and forth over it.  I believe I have a hernia in both pectorals.  Driving was OK as long as I didn’t try to steer or stop. I parked on top of a GEO in the club parking lot.
Christo was impatient with me, insisting that my screams bothered other club members. His voice is a little too perky for that early in the morning and when he scolds, he gets this nasally whine that is VERY annoying.
My chest hurt when I got on the treadmill, so Christo put me on the stair monster.  Why the hell would anyone invent a machine to simulate an activity rendered obsolete by elevators?  Christo told me it would help me get in shape and enjoy life.  He said some other shit too.
Asshole was waiting for me with his vampire-like teeth exposed as his thin, cruel lips were pulled back in a full snarl.  I couldn’t help being a half an hour late– it took me that long to tie my shoes.
He took me to work out with dumbbells. When he was not looking, I ran and hid in the restroom.  He sent some skinny bitch to find me.
Then, as punishment, he put me on the rowing machine– which I sank.
I hate that bastard Christo more than any human being has ever hated any other human being in the history of the world. Stupid, skinny, anemic, anorexic, little aerobic instructor.  If there was a part of my body I could move without unbearable pain, I would beat him with it.
Christo wanted me to work on my triceps.  I don’t have any triceps! And if you don’t want dents in the floor, don’t hand me the damn barbells or anything that weighs more than a sandwich.
The treadmill flung me off and I landed on a health and nutrition teacher.  Why couldn’t it have been someone softer, like the drama coach or the choir director?
Satan left a message on my answering machine in his grating, shrilly voice wondering why I did not show up today.  Just hearing his voice made me want to smash the machine with my planner; however, I lacked the strength to even use the TV remote and ended up catching eleven straight hours of the Weather Channel..
I’m having the Church van pick me up for services today so I can go and thank GOD that this week is over.  I will also pray that next year my husband will choose a gift for me that is fun– like a root canal or a hysterectomy.  I still say if God had wanted me to bend over, he would have sprinkled the floor with diamonds!!!

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Graze: A healthy snack alternative

 Graze: A healthy snack alternative

As a Personal Trainer I am often ask by my clients what I would recommend as a healthy snack alternative. I often suggest foods such as nuts, seeds, fruit, etc. However sometimes these foods are not always freely available in the office, in the car, at service stations or even in the home. So the unhealthy alternatives such as crisps, chocolate, pastries, sweets and biscuits are often calling!

Recently I have come across the website who deliver healthy snack boxes direct to your door. I have just received my second box (see picture below) and I have to say I am very impressed!

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They have over 100 different food choices. I have just requested a random selection of foods (apart from olives!) to be sent to me each week. There is a selection of foods including dried fruit, fresh vegetables, nuts and seed mixes. You can go through each of the foods and rate each one with a ‘bin’, ‘try’,'like’, ‘love’ rating. All the foods come with a detailed leaflet of the nutritional value of each individual food you receive. The majority of the foods are healthy, snack-size and taste good! Ideal for a busy professional, or anybody that is looking for a healthy snack alternative.

To get a better idea of the service, you can try it for free! Just click the link below to receive your first box free. If you decide that the service is not for you, you can easily cancel after your first box without spending a penny. However. I have been convinced after the free trial and will continue to receive the boxes.

 Graze: A healthy snack alternative

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Gareth talking wedding fitness in ‘Your Wedding’ Magazine!

Ashplant Fitness were recently featured in the April/May 2011 issue of the magazine ‘Your West Midlands Wedding’ in an article focusing on ‘getting fit for your wedding’.

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Arthritis – no barrier to exercise

Arthritis sufferers often think the condition they are stricken with means that exercise is not for them but that could hardly be further from the truth, says one Birmingham based fitness expert.

October 12th marks World Arthritis Day 2008, which is aimed at raising awareness for the disease with its ‘think positive’ campaign.

This campaign acknowledges that arthritis sufferers hit many obstacles through their daily lives, which can negatively affect their mental state.

However by thinking ‘positive’ there are many things that can be done to improve the quality of their lives, including exercise.

It is estimated that 1 in 5 UK adults suffers from the disease, which can strike at any age; 12,000 children and 27, 000 people under the age of 25 are affected.

Symptoms such as joint pain, stiffness, fatigue an impaired mobility are common, but Birmingham Personal Trainer Gareth Ashplant, of Ashplant Fitness, says exercise can have a hugely positive influence on anyone suffering from arthritis.

“Health and fitness is a subject matter that is reported upon in the news almost everyday, whether it is the growing obesity issues or the latest celebrity who has gained a substantial amount of weight,” he says.

“However exercise is not only about being super slim or super muscular, it can also considerably improve the quality of life for many individuals suffering from health conditions, including arthritis.

“To give a real life example, a 40-year-old client of mine, who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, has experienced phenomenal improvements as a result of introducing an exercise regime into his life.  He has gone as far to say that ‘exercise has given me my life back’.”

Two years ago, prior to starting an exercise regime, the client suffered with great pain, Mr Ashplant explains, and on some days he couldn’t even get out of bed and often used a walking stick to move round.

This pain, discomfort and inactivity also had an effect on his mental state, leading to a state of depression and lack of motivation.

“He has admitted to me that exercise was his last chance, to try and combat the symptoms of this condition and improve his quality of life. Well, two years down the line…and it worked.

“He exercises regularly, with two personal training sessions and his own training every week.  There have been vast improvements in flexibility, mobility, strength, mood and no more need for the walking stick to get around.  He is often performing exercises with 16kg dumbbells, balancing on fit balls and he now has the target of climbing mount Snowdon.”

Such benefits of exercise can occur with any able-bodied individual, but for arthritis suffers movement can often equal pain, so therefore excess movement is often avoided.

However, movement in a controlled exercise manner can improve the strength and mobility of limbs and often decrease the occurrence of pain. Before starting any exercise fitness advisers recommend sufferers consult their GP and talk to a physician or qualified fitness professional to set them on the right road.

“Arthritis sufferers should be encouraged to take up the ‘think positive’ campaign and not let this condition control your life,” Mr Ashplant concludes.

“Try exercise – it may just improve your mental state, it may just improve your mobility, or it may just completely improve the quality of your life forever.”

Gareth is the owner of Ashplant Fitness, a mobile personal training company, offerring effective exercise to clients across Birmingham, Solihull and the West Midlands.

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