Unleash your inner warrior

Mick Turner and Steve Hampson
Mick Turner and Steve Hampson

Most people will agree that they would like to get fitter - but the next question is trickier ... how are you going to do it?

Newspapers and magazines are full of the headline-grabbing claims about the latest get-fit-quick gimmick. No wonder people are confused.

In a very broad sense, any exercise is better than no exercise. The trick is to find something that works for you – and that fits in with your lifestyle.

So the real question boils down to what form of exercise delivers the best results in terms of all round fitness gains in the shortest time.

Circuit Training is a great way of improving your mobility and building your strength and stamina.

Almost everyone interested in getting fitter wants to tone muscle and burn fat at the same time.

The best way to do this is through circuit training – a form of body conditioning or resistance training consisting of a number of simple exercises performed for 30 or 40 seconds and then repeated.

Once a sequence of one exercise has been completed, you move on to another simple exercise – and so on, until you have completed around 10 separate exercises.

When one circuit is complete, you begin the first exercise again to start the next circuit.

The time between exercises in circuit training can vary – but is generally short enough to maintain the overall aerobic nature of the session.

Circuit training has been around for years but it still forms a key element in the fitness programmes of world-class athletes, such as top-flight rugby league players.

If you look at the physical demands of most team sports football, rugby, hockey they are all require short burst of activity like sprinting, jumping or tackling with periods of recovery.

Circuit training is an ideal way of incorporating these demands into a sports specific workout and it delivers the best results even if you just want to improve your overall fitness.

A good way to monitor your improvements is how quickly you can recover from one exercise and are ready to put the same effort into the next.

Many people are put off by the current fashion for punishing group exercise classes where people end up crawling out of the gym on all fours.

This is not necessary to achieve good levels of fitness.

Warrior Workouts caters for all levels and abilities of fitness. We have some members who are preparing for Ironman events alongside people that are returning to exercise after a long lay off.

Our sessions are as difficult as YOU want to make them. It’s up to you how hard you want to push yourself.

Two experienced trainers supervise each session, so we monitor our novice or beginners carefully to make sure they are adopting a good technique and go at a sensible pace.

But novice trainers or people with health conditions should take precautions.

One other major benefit of Circuit Training is that sessions can include a wide range of exercises ensuring that every session is different and presents new challenges.

But we all need to remember that our bodies need time to rest, adapt and recover.

We are not machines, so if you push yourself relentlessly beyond sensible limits, you just increase the risk of injury and burnout.

Rest days are not just important – they are crucial.

WARRIOR Workouts offer regular sessions on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (6.30pm-7.30pm) and Saturday mornings (8.0am-9.00am) at Central Park, Montrose Avenue, Wigan.

The sessions are open to anyone aged 15+ and provide workouts for all fitness levels.

They cost £3.50 per session.

They are also available for bespoke team sports and individual strength and conditioning deliver for all sports.

Sessions are designed and delivered by leading fitness and conditioning professionals:

n Steve Hampson played full-back for Wigan for between 1983-1993, and for Great Britain between 1987-1992.

He has worked on the Wigan coaching staff and as fitness conditioner for Sale Sharks, Lancashire County Cricket Club, and Great Britain RL team.

Mick Turner is a former Royal Marine and was head of strength and conditioning for Wigan and Warrington Wolves.