Clifton Fearon has been working as a personal trainer for the past 15 years. He co-owns the successful Enlite Fitness, and runs boot camps across London to suit every level of fitness.
Clifton has worked with Anna on his ‘Healthy Curves’ programme, which encourages plus-size women to enhance their figure through a range of exercises, including squats, press-ups and lunges. Clifton stresses that it’s important to keep physically active and to eat healthy so that you have more energy, feel fitter, happier and stronger to cope with life’s demands and reduce the risk of common diseases.
For plus-size women looking to improve general fitness and well-being, Clifton advises to focus on low impact exercises to tone and firm the body.
In Anna’s debut column, Clifton has put together three exercises which are gentle enough for beginners and will give noticeable results within weeks.
For more information on Clifton’s Healthy Curves, please contact Enlite Fitness on 020 707 84213 or [email protected] com
These 3 exercises combined together are a great way to improve your fitness, strength & firm up the whole body.
Do each exercise as a circuit, aim to do 30 – 60 seconds on each exercise 2- 3 circuits 2-3 per week.
- Shoulder Press
Brilliant exercise for toning the back of the arms (bingo wings) and strengthening the shoulders. How to perform shoulder press: Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, pull in your stomach. Use 2 small bottles of water for added resistance and slowly raise your arms above your head. Slowly lower your arms down to 90 degrees and repeat the movement again.
- The Plank
A very popular exercise which is great for strengthening the deep core muscles (stomach muscles). This exercise will strengthen your back and can help to reduce back pain and improve posture. How to perform The Plank Place your elbows directly under your shoulders and have your wrist in line with your elbows. Rise your body off the floor so you are balancing on your tip toes and that your forearms will be taking the weight of your body. Pull your belly button in towards your spine so that you feel a slight tension in your stomach. If this is too difficult to start with, you can bring your knees to the floor and hold into a half plank.
A brilliant exercise to tone up the booty and firm up the legs. Breathe in as you go down, breathe out as you come up.
How to perform Squats
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart with your feet slightly turned outwards. Keep your stomach slightly pulled in. Lower your body down from your legs and imagine you are going to sit in a chair. Push your hips back so your bottom is pushing outwards, check that your knees are not coming over toes. Lower yourself so that legs are at 90 degrees, and as you come back up lift your toes up slightly so that you are pushing through your heels.