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Exercise Equipment & Kit … Rather The Lack Of

For people wanting to lose weight, the equipment needed is minimal. Many think that pumping iron and using all of the equipment available in the gym is going to make them lose weight. This is somewhat correct as strength training boosts your metabolism, however, it is not the fastest or most effective way for weight loss.

As a personal trainer in Abu Dhabi I want to share some tips with you about exercise ‘without’ the need for multiple pieces of exercise equipment. In fact, the most effective way to lose weight is to perform short bouts of intense exercise and believe or not, equipment is NOT necessary!

The goal is to elevate one’s heart rate to 70-90% of their max heart rate as well as performing full body movements. Hitting the desired heart rate goal means that your body is reacting to the exercise, creating an ‘afterburn’ effect, where the body burns significantly more calories than it would performing regular weight training exercises. Not only does it keep the heart rate up but it also boosts muscle and strength development.

Working Out ‘Without’ Equipment

Working out without equipment can be considered a much more efficient way to exercise. Some people can be intimidated by a gym environment, especially ‘newcomers’, thus working out in one’s own home will enable them to feel relaxed and comfortable, meaning they will physically benefit much more.

A lot of people that are new to the gym or exercise continue to work out without really knowing what they are doing (this is where a personal trainer in the UAE can really help) This will not help them achieve the results they want and will be less motivated to continue a regular exercise program.

People are enticed to use the resistance equipment as this seems the easiest option, however, they are less likely to benefit from this as their form and technique could be drastically wrong. This could further lead to ineffective workouts and serious injuries.

Gym workouts can often get monotonous and tedious, resulting in the gym-goer quitting as quickly as they started. In contrast, a bodyweight workout has a vast variety of exercises which can subsequently reduces boredom and break any sort of mental or physical plateau that you may be experiencing. Having a personal mobile personal trainer in Abu Dhabi or Dubai that can come to your home or meet you in your local gym can be the answer to these problems!

Lose Weight, Build Muscle & Strength

Finally, body weight exercises are so appealing because they are accessible for all; whatever age, shape or size you are, everyone can participate! Performing exercises without equipment is arguably the most effective way to lose weight, and it can also help build muscle, strength and increase definition.

If you’re looking for this particular goal, learn from a qualified fitness professional about how to workout from the comfort of your own home! The number one reason people workout is to see results and since the majority of body weight exercises involves compound (full body) movements, it is likely to see quick and visible gains.

Examples Of Body Weight Exercises

Adam Howlett Personal Trainer Abu Dhabi PushupsAn example of a body weight exercises consists of:


    • Squat variations – e.g Jump squats
    • Press up variations – e.g. spiderman press-ups
    • Sit up various – e.g. V-crunches
    • Star jump various – e.g.  Power star jumps
    • Planks
    • Lunge variations – e.g. Jump lunges

If you would like to change your lifestyle for the better and learn more about implementing a specific, EFFECTIVE program without the use of equipment, which is still fun and enjoyable then do it, meet with a reputable licensed, insured personal trainer in the UAE and start making changes today.

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Personal Training Sessions Using Rowing Techniques & Machines

Being a Personal Trainer now for almost 6 years I’ve worked in several gyms. Technique is something I see in a lot of gyms that is often questionable, usually down to a lack of knowledge about the particular exercise being performed and/or machine being used. Technique is one of the most important aspects of training to consider during your workout: firstly to make sure your training is effective and secondly to make sure you stay clear of injury.

Using A Rowing Machine Correctly

The Rowing Machine, in particular, is one of those exercise machines that I see people misuse. The Rowing Machine isn’t just for seasoned rowers, it can be used by anyone aiming for overall fitness. Rowing works most of the major muscle groups in the upper and lower parts of the body. As the Rower requires so many major muscles to work it is a very effective way to raise your heart rate and increase your oxygen uptake. The Rower also burns on average 600 calories an hour, therefore is great for fat loss and toning. Just look at the physiques of professional rowers to understand how good this bit of equipment is for overall health and fitness…. if performed correctly.

Good Rowing Techniques

Personal Training Rowing Machine


To start reaping the benefits of the Rowing Machine, I have put together a step by step guide to good rowing technique.


  1. Set-up: The foot straps should go over the widest part of the foot. You should be tucked up as close to the foot plate as possible, bottom on calves, on the balls of your feet and arms outstretched.


  1. Resistance: Bring the resistance down to 4 or 5. The stroke is a fluid whole body movement. This is more effective than setting it to 10 and using brute upper body strength.


  1. Stroke: Starting with the pull, you should straighten your legs followed by the body and arms. Come back to the set-up position at the same time (legs and arms). Think: legs straight, arms straight and back in together, repeat. Aim for a stroke rate between 20-25. This may seem slow but will make you concentrate on good technique.


  1. Chain: The stroke should be smooth, with the chain running level from the machine to just under the rib cage.


  1. Rhythm: Once you have mastered the stroke, you should think about the rhythm. The stroke should be a powerful and strong pull up the slide and a slow recovery back down to the set-up position.


  1. Tips: Push hard from your toes, pull strong with your arms, rock back slowly and squeeze your shoulder blades together. Return to the set-up position slowly.

A Highly Beneficial Piece Of Exercise Equipment

Make the most out of rowing during your personal training sessions in Abu Dhabi and start using these techniques. Get your heart pumping and lungs working. Reduce your risk of injury and enjoy a highly beneficial piece of equipment.

Further useful information on using rowing machines with diagrams can be found on the following link:


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Choosing the right fitness equipment for your personal training needs & fitness goals

One of the many benefits of being a Personal Trainer in Abu Dhabi is you have an option of training clients with equipment they have either never seen before or feel too intimidated to use.

I have always had a great love of training with free weights – as I had the opportunity to be a Figure competitor a few years ago, the love for it grew even more. There was a great satisfaction seeing how my body changed on a weekly basis and it was a pleasure proving the myth wrong that women who train with free weights become bulky or look ‘manly’.

Each Personal Trainer has their own training style and some equipment that’s their ultimate favourites. Mine are using free weights, resistance bands and basic boxing skills (or shadow boxing) coupled with body weight exercises.

Resistance Bands

Resistance Bands Personal Trainer Abu Dhabi, Dubai, UAEWhen seeing this piece of equipment for the first time, many clients quietly giggle and wonder how this long piece of elastic would ever benefit them physically but to their surprise – it works just as well as free weights and many ladies don’t feel as intimidated using it as they would performing exercises using free weights.

A few of the many benefits of using Resistance Bands are as follows:

  • It’s small enough to fit into your handbag or suitcase should you be travelling
  • You don’t need a lot of space to perform exercises
  • Economical
  • Resistance Bands come in a variety of resistance (light, medium, heavy) and you can adjust the resistance
  • You can complete a full body workout in less than 30 minutes (and still break a sweat)
  • Assists with flexibility, range of motion and boosts your stamina

It is important to add variety to workouts as our muscles get accustomed to exercises fairly quickly – that is why adding a few Resistance Band workouts between sets can challenge your muscles.

Basic Boxing & Shadow Boxing Personal Trainer Workout

My female clients absolutely love getting their frustrations out on a set of punching mits. Teaching them the technique of basic punches gives them a feeling of liberation and also they never thought that punching a mitt a few times would actually make them work up a sweat.

Their training routine will usually consist of a combination of punches coupled with a few body weight exercises, example: Jab / Jab / Left Hook / Right Uppercut / 10 jump squats x 5 sets (these can be performed whilst boxing with gloves or even shadow boxing.

The reason I enjoy this workout is because there are no rules with regards to boxing combinations – I get to choose what combinations I would like my clients to perform and boxing is a great way to burn fat as the exercises are performed at a high intensity.

Free Weights For Personal Training Sessions

My ultimate favourite is training clients on free weights or performing some basic aerobic movements whilst holding a set of dumbbells is a killer of a workout too.

personal training sessions in Abu Dhabi with free weightsWhilst using free weights I always encourage my clients to focus on keeping their core tight and standing upright to ensure they don’t use their body for momentum to lift a weight or perform a specific exercise.

Free weights have many benefits like building strength and increasing stability because they use their stabilizer muscles to perform exercises.

Technique is crucial when performing exercises with free weights – not using the correct technique can be very harmful as you could either seriously injure yourself or you will finish your workout feeling that you have not benefited at all. When using heavy weights, it’s important to ensure there is a person who can spot you – a spotter will ensure you are keeping correct form and aid you when those last few reps are almost impossible to complete.

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