Your Beach Body's New BFF
He moved from London to Dubai just a couple of months ago but with five years training experience, Daniel Wells is already racking up the clients! And as a certified level 3 Personal Trainer qualified in GP referrals, boxing, circuits, spin and outdoor training as well and as an advanced nutrition qualification, you can be sure you’re in great hands!
Info: From Dhs250 per single session with bulk offer available, 050 871-0388, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.regime.ae
Have you seen a difference in fitness levels between clients in London and in Dubai?
In terms of fitness levels it doesn't really matter where you are in the world – there are so many types of people from all walks of life with hugely different fitness levels and goal.
What would you say is the biggest fitness faux pas someone can commit?
The biggest faux pas for me would be the slow and low approach to cardiovascular exercise. You will see much more beneficial results from a 20 min HIIT (high intensity interval training) session than spending 40 minutes on a treadmill at a slow pace.
What’s more important, exercise or diet?
If you want to live a long, healthy and happy life it's really important to get both in check. If you're looking to get lean and have a great physique then it's going to be a good diet that gets you there. You can train to your heart’s content but if you don't eat right, you won't get the body that you want.
Talk us through your hourly sessions – what would you say is most important to focus on?
It totally depends on your goal but HIIT will always play a part as 95% of people I train are wanting fat loss - and quick! HIIT is an array of different resistance training techniques and the best bit is that there's so many variations so the sessions are never tedious.
How many times would you need to train a week to see results?
You can and will see amazing results in a short space of time training 4-5 times a week with a good nutritional programme. You can see results training less than that, but I would recommend that as the optimal amount to see results quickly.
The most common excuse to not work out is time. What would you say to someone who says they are too busy to exercise?
I have had many clients in the past who have struggled finding the time in their busy schedules. Once you convince them that it's something that they need to do, they’ll thank you and never look back. It's a fact that people who exercise are happier, more productive and suffer less from stress!
Dan’s Top Tips!
What? Walking lunge with a bicep curl
How? “This full body exercise mainly works the glutes, hamstrings, quads and biceps. Stand with feet shoulders’ width apart, step forward staying on imaginary parallel lines and take the rear knee down to the ground but don't touch. With the bicep curl, keep your elbows tight to your abdomen. Follow through with the other leg. Go for 3 sets of 15 reps.”
What? Bodyweight row
How? “This is a great exercise that helps build a good core and strengthen your arms and back. This can be done using dip bars, bench press bar in the gym or even a bench in the park. Lying on your back, grab hold of the bars with your arms fully extended and pull your body from the ground, keeping your elbows fairly tight to your abdomen. It’s also import to keep your head back in a nice neutral position.”
What? The Plank
How? “Everyone knows and either loves or hates the plank! It's a great exercise that works the core. Lay on your front with your elbows underneath your shoulders and your forearms running parallel. Lift your hips from the ground keeping your body in a nice flat neutral position. Hold for 1 minute. For a harder workout, take one foot off the ground an inch and alternate the feet until you fall.”
How? “Boxing is a great way to get the heart rate pumping and release some of that stress. It's also great for toning arms, shoulder, back and working the oblique’s that run down the side of you abdomen giving you a great shape. It's always important to keep knees soft, core tight, and gloves either side of that chin.”