US to open the business that already has 100 members. Based in the Fratton area of Portsmouth, Jack Plummer Gym is the first in what the owner believes will become a chain. Jack, 30, has invested a large sum in the venture that puts emphasis on psychology, nutrition, lifestyle and mental health. It has been designed so users never feel uncomfortable and there is a strong US-style customer service culture. Jack said I spent six years in LA, playing football and studying for a degree in Kinesiology at the University of California Irvine – a wide-ranging subject centred on sport. After graduating I built up a business as a personal trainer specialising in helping women. When I decided to return to Portsmouth I wanted to open a gym that included all the elements of modern training that I had learned. Jack Plummer Gym is especially designed so people always feel welcome – I meet all interested new members face-to-face and show them around. Nothing is intimidating and we can cater for highly experienced gym users as well as complete novices. It’s a friendly place and everybody talks to each other. As well as having top-of-the-range equipment we look at the whole structure of the body and include nutrition, supplements, lifestyle and mental health. The speed at which we reached 100 members really surprised me – it took just two weeks - but word has got around very quickly. Another success has been our women-only seminars on a Monday night at which I explain how the equipment works and how they can use the gym for the best results. Women’s seminars have been hugely popular “The aim is to create even more jobs and then open a chain of gyms.” Membership of Jack Plummer Gym is also highly competitive at just £25 a month.
Lift Yourself | Laura Hoggins Penguin Life Thursday 25th July 2019 9780241385913 Trade Paperback | £14.99 It’s time to ditch the quickfix diets and step off the cross-trainer. There's another way to get results and feel empowered, and it's all about lifting weights and developing your strength. In Lift Yourself, Laura Hoggins, a qualified personal trainer and expert in strength training, takes you on an honest journey of her struggles with body confidence and discovering lifting - from being a self-conscious, cardio junkie who was
a slave to the scales to a strong and empowered strength and conditioning coach who is training for life - not for Instagram. In the book, Laura discusses how to sustainably pursue health and fitness, whatever your goal may be. To enable to the reader to gain an understanding of the benefits of strength training, not just physically but mentally too, breaking down the ‘gymtimidation’ and dispelling myths on getting strong, ready to embark on their own strength-training journey. None of which include licking broccoli, spending days on the treadmill, being a member of a hi-tech gym or buying the latest equipment. With the opportunity to not only improve your strength but also your life by following Laura's ten strength commandments, this book will look to improve your body confidence and leave you feeling empowered and energised. Because visible abs does not necessarily equal health, she asks you to find YOUR version of fitness and reminds you, there are no disadvantages to being strong. Nothing looks as good as strong feels. Born and raised in Surrey, Laura Hoggins developed her passion for lifting after discovering CrossFit over five years ago. Inspired by the community of individuals whose priority was athletics and not aesthetics, Laura quit her office job and moved into fitness full time to share with others what she discovered. Now a fully trained coach and personal trainer, Laura delivers her own concept class, LIFTED, at Ministry of Sound Fitness which focuses purely on strength development, form and technique. Laura has over 18,000 Instagram followers and has worked with British Weight Lifting, Women in Sport and This Girl Can to spread a campaign that she supports that 'strong is not a size'. She rewrites the rules of fitness and truly is an ambassador of ignoring the stereotype and focusing on YOU, without comparison to others. Team Lifted Laura also has an exceptional community and hosts a private FB group ‘TEAM LIFTED’, of over 250 highly engaged participants, which readers of the book are invited to join. Laura posts in this group regularly and shares information on her upcoming projects and events. They are a group of individuals (men & women) from all over the UK and afar who inspire and educate each other, and share elements of their journey with each other. The book shares some inspirational insights into how they too changed their lives via getting strong. From Lift Yourself – Technique School In this chapter, Laura takes us through an essential range of functional compound movements; how to master the movement pattern, ensuring you are moving safely and encouraging control of execution by engaging the correct muscles. Below is an example for the King (or Queen!) of compound movements, the Deadlift, an effective but relatively technical exercise that requires the correct form to truly be beneficial: For each exercise (supported also by YouTube videos) Laura will take you step by step through: What is it? How to do it. Which muscles are you working? Great for . . . (why it’s beneficial) August 2019
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