K West Hotel & Spa’s Personal Trainer, Clifton Goldson (who has trained the likes of Calum Best, Made in Chelsea’s Proudlock, and England and Southampton footballer Ryan Bertrand) has shared his top tips with us for achieving fitness goals and how best to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle.
Don’t be Afraid of the Weights What’s the secret to achieving the highly-desired dancer physique? Step off the cross trainer and pick up a pair of kettle bells. Whilst cardio develops overall fitness levels and stamina, using weights in compound exercises – such as squats and burpees – is the key to building long, lean muscle mass. Clifton advises high repetitions of back-to-back exercises using a low weight, followed by 30/60- second rest.
Defining Targets and Measuring Results Do you want to feel fitter? Or look great on the beach? Whatever your aim, it’s vital to set targets to stay motivated and to measure your progress. Steer clear of regularly using the weighing scales and instead quantify your progress using a measuring tape or before/after photos.
Enjoy the Process Fitness is a 50% physical, 50% mental challenge, so it’s important to enjoy what you do. Wear comfortable gym-wear as you’re more likely to exercise for longer, and don’t forget your headphones if music is your big motivator. Clifton advises to always finish your training with one exercise that you really love, as you will leave the gym feeling great on a post-workout high.