Running is the most popular form of exercise in the world, with the number of people taking part in running events growing massively all the time. From a health point of view this is great news, yet many of those slipping on their running shoes for the first time are less than sure of the best way to get started, while even those who have experience need a little help to take their training to the next level.
In this exciting new book, personal trainer to the stars and former international sprinter Matt Roberts brings his considerable fitness experience to bear on the subject, presenting a number of his highly acclaimed running programmes for you to follow at home.
Get Running includes the basics from good running technique, goal setting and motivation to schedules, preparation and how to deal with injuries and strains. You'll find the low-down from Matt's team of coaches and health experts as well as the best advice on running shoes, clothes, accessories and gadgets, and where to buy them. Everything from fun runs and charity runs to clubs, competitive racing, marathons and ultra-distance events around the world are covered.
So whether you are preparing for your first 5km charity walk or you are trying shave time off your marathon personal best, Matt Roberts' Get Running will provide you with the guidance and inspiration you need to propel yourself ahead of the pack.
I WILL MAKE YOU FIT FAST
By setting very clear, very precise targets set against a distinct timeline, Matt gives his clients purpose and direction and, crucially, gets results - every time!
In this exciting book, he encourages you to think like a celebrity, presenting two of his highly acclaimed fitness and diet programmes to follow either at home or in your gym. The first, a 12-week plan, allows time to radically change your body in all ways - sculpting your shape, stripping fat and increasing fitness levels dramatically. It will leave you thinner, stronger, fitter and more energised.
The second, a 2-week 'blitz' programme, is something that he uses with clients when they are in the final two weeks of training before their big moment. It is intensive, and it will make you push yourself to a whole new level, but it will give you the opportunity to lose those inches fast. Throughout both Matt advises what to eat, and sets out aerobic and resistance training programmes guaranteed to deliver optimum results.
It is this unique combination of exercise and diet that makes Matt Roberts' personal training diary approach revolutionary.
Whether you are preparing for your wedding day or simply aiming to get yourself into shape for the beach in the summer, this book will ready you for your own red carpet moment – providing the structure, the programme, the expertise and the guidance to help you to reach your intended goal and fulfil your potential.
FIT FOR YOUR SHAPE
Matt Roberts, one of the world's leading personal trainers and best-selling health and fitness authors, has devised a revolutionary new approach to exercise which promises you incredible results in just a few months. This book is all about getting Fit For Your Shape. Matt has identified four very distinct body shapes, apple, pear, tube and hourglass, each with very specific characteristics and needs when it comes to keeping slim and toned.
The first part of Fit For Your Shape helps readers decide which of the body shapes best describes them, and is packed full of useful information, hints and tips. This section not only tells readers what they should be doing but very importantly, what they should avoid too. As ever, Matt completes the section with some crucial goals for each shape and a lead in to the workouts that will best achieve them.
THE PHA WORKOUT
Ever wished you could halve your workout time and still achieve a fantastically toned physique? Want to improve your fitness and see a noticeable physical difference within 6 weeks? Well now you can with Matt Roberts latest book. The PHA Workout (Peripheral Heart Action) published by Dorling Kindersley, promises incredible results in a fraction of the time. In this new book, Matt details how to eliminate weakness from current, conventional workouts and highlights how PHA can help lift fitness levels to new heights in the minimum time. Written in Matt's easy to follow, comprehensive style he guarantees that if his PHA Workout is followed correctly, results will be clearly visible within 6 weeks.
Matt has used the principles of the PHA Workout with his clients and has achieved amazing results. This research inspired him to write The PHA Workout, so everyone can benefit from this amazing new approach to exercise. The first section of the 'PHA Workout' introduces the technique and illustrates how PHA can increase your metabolic rate by elevating the heart rate to an optimum level. The PHA Workout then divides itself into four unisex, gym workouts with easy to follow, step-by-step exercises. Following each PHA Workout, Matt includes a comprehensive Q&A section, answering all possible questions readers may have. Matt has also added additional exercises that can be followed whilst travelling, so that you will be able to work out wherever you go. Matt has used the PHA Workout on his clients, achieving excellent results.
'The workouts that I have with Matt using his PHA methods are great for me as I have limited time and want results quickly.' Amanda Holden
'What appeals to me about Matt's PHA System is that I am able to get a tough, effective workout in half the time it would normally take. Because of my busy schedule this style of workout is ideal for me.' Melanie C
MATT ROBERTS' FAT LOSS PLAN
Fat-loss is the most common goal of those starting a fitness programme which is why Matt Roberts created a book dedicated to doing just that - Fat Loss Plan. This book is a motivating day-by-day eating and exercise plan dedicated to helping you lose unwanted fat and create the kind of body you have always desired. Longer, leaner, fitter and more toned.
In this motivating easy-to-follow plan, all the thinking has been done for you. In terms of exercise, all you need to do is find about an hour four days a week, to follow Matt's recommended exercise programmes. Matt also highlights the importance of finding three rest days each week so that your body has the chance to relax, re-energise and consolidate the benefits of the workdays.
To avoid any kind of boredom setting in, Matt provides a structured and progressive programme of aerobic workouts and resistance routines. All exercises are illustrated with full-colour step-by-step photography and clear instructions.
90 DAY FITNESS PLAN
'Do you feel your best? Are you happy with the shape of your body? Do you spring out of bed in the morning, or do you roll onto the floor with a thud? How motivated are you to achieve new objectives in your life? Are there things that you used to do that now seem much more difficult?' Lets face it, not many of us can say that we honestly feel in great condition or that there isn't a time we can remember feeling better.
Matt Roberts believes that just a few simple changes to the way you eat and the way that you exercise can make all the difference to the quality of your life. This books encapsulates his unique approach to exercise, nutrition and detox into a comprehensive, easy-to-follow 90 day fitness plan – perfect for you and I! Matt originally created his plan to fulfil the needs of his celebrity clients, including Sting and Trudie Styler, Mel C, Natalie Imbruglia, Faye Dunaway, Naomi Campbell, Tamsin Outhwaite and Amanda Holden, as well as international athletes like Darren Campbell and the movers and shakers in the worlds of media and finance. He created a plan that would motivate his clients with realistic goals without intruding on their lives, and one which could still be followed when they couldn't get to see him. Matt Roberts' 90-Day Fitness Plan allows you to create your own personalised detox and training programme. Probing questionnaires about exercise, diet and lifestyle assess your state of fitness and each of the 5 phases of the plan can be adapted and tailored to your own needs and goals. Getting fit has never looked so good or been so fun!
FITNESS FOR LIFE MANUAL
Fitness and the whole concept of healthy living is becoming increasingly confusing. Every week we are bombarded with the details of a new celebrity diet, faddish exercise craze or the opening of a new-state-of-the-art gym and so it is little wonder that we don't know where to turn for advice. Enter fitness guru Matt Roberts and his fantastic book Fitness for Life Manual – an absolute must-have for all those wanting to find sound, comprehensive advice on every aspect of healthy living. This fitness bible explains how the body works, how it benefits from a healthy diet, looks at all different types of exercise including classes and even analyses in detail some of the most popular diets. It also guides you through the maze of buying gym equipment for the home and gives advice on choosing a personal trainer – essential for anyone about to rush off to sign up at their local gym.
Fitness for Life Manual then goes on to set out a range of 20 goal-driven, specially tailored programmes. These programmes target different goals from losing weight, build muscle, improving tone through to getting back into shape after pregnancy or even running a marathon. Each programme is supported by sound nutritional advice to enhance its effectiveness. With over 90 individual exercises profiled in the book – all demonstrated with step-by-step sequences – Fitness For Life Manual is a superb information source and excellent reference guide for anyone interested in getting fit and leading a healthy lifestyle.
BUMS AND TUMS (MINI BOOK)
Amongst Matt's many female clients, he has found that bums and tums are the area of the body they are most concerned about and are also the area of the body that stores fat naturally - and where it's hardest to shift it from.
However, flattening your tummy and shaping your bottom needn't be hell as with the correct combination of exercise and nutrition, a tired, slack behind can be turned into a pert, peachy posterior and a waist that's gone AWOL can be brought right back into line! Matt's two workouts combine advice on the right techniques, tips on healthy eating, detoxing and getting rid of nasty cellulite.
MUSCLE UP (MINI BOOK)
Go to the gym on a regular basis, but can't understand why you're not building mass? Matt comes to the rescue, helping to create biceps that bulge and a chest that impresses.
The exercises in this book encourage you to work on shoulders, chest, arms and back – all with a good technique, which often makes the difference between creating a body that's big and balanced and one that's strong but not necessarily the shape you're after.
Matt also shares his knowledge on what to eat to aid 'muscle-rebuilding', and will also steer you through the murky world of supplements.
SIX-PACK ABS (MINI BOOK)
Six-packs rank high on the wishlists of most of the men who visit Matt's gym, probably because they act as a benchmark of how fit and strong you are.
In reality, you can do as many sit-ups as you like, but if everything else you're doing is not quite right, the chances are high that your newly toned muscles will remain hidden under a layer of fat.
The secret lies in a combination of 3 elements, information on which can be found in this book – a programme of intensive exercises, a healthy, well-balanced diet and a cardio training routine that burns calories fast!
THIN THIGHS (MINI BOOK)
When a man puts on a few pounds, he gets love handles; but when a woman gains a bit of weight, it usually all goes to her hips and thighs.
So, Matt has created two special workouts for all these women that can easily be done at home and without expensive equipment.
Simply set set aside 30 minutes every other day, stick to Matt's workouts, and fantastic thighs really can be achieved.
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