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Video 25 – 5min Video with Home/Office Neck & Back Stretching and Loosening Exercises

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Check this  5-minute Trial Video with a few different neck and back stretching and loosening exercises below.

A few of my morning Pilates Class participants asked me to create a simple video that they can do at home, during the August 2018 class break.
The video will give you a few useful ideas and a routine that you can do in your own time.

Feel free to share this video with anybody who sits the whole day, or most of the day in an office, on a desk or computer needs some relaxing and stretching.
You could do those exercises also as an easy
(1) morning loosening sequence or routine,
(2) in between during the day as a work break or
(3) as mentioned above as a break from your desk or computer.

Please let me know what you think of the video, what is the sound quality like, can you see me clearly etc.?
Depending on feedback I hope to record a good few similar videos with more ideas for simple and easy to do stretches and other exercises.

And remember to share this video with someone who you think would benefit from those stretches etc..
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It just takes 5-minutes, and you will feel so much after doing them.
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Thanks
_ Martin
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Get 50% off my next *Online-Video-Course* …. just fill out a short 3 Questionnaire / Survey

Save 50% on my next Online Video Course. All you need to do, to avail of a 50% discount, is to fill out the short survey (3 Questions) below. I plan to co-create my next Online-Video-Course with the course participants over the coming weeks and months (June, July, August 2018), so you “the course participant” get the best possible value out of doing the course. You might have a look at my initial Online-Pilates-Video Course, that I created in Summer 2017 (this is a Mixed Level Course).

Please take a few minutes to go through the questions. Thank you – Martin

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Video May 2018 – availability – Men Only Pilates Classes in South Dublin, Ireland

A new set of Mens Pilates, Core Strength and Flexibility Classes starts during the week of Monday 7th of May and Monday 14th of May 2018 in the greater South Dublin area, Dublin 14, Dublin 16 and Dublin 18.

The classes and courses run in eight-week blocks. There is generally a maximum of 8-10 participants per class, meaning the classes are rather small and this allows me to offer a good degree of individual attention. Benefit from 16 years teaching experience, I worked with hundreds of individuals of all ages mid/late teens to individuals in their 90s, busy mums, business owners, desk-bound office workers, retired people, various groups and individuals from sports like rugby, GAA, soccer, tennis, long-distance running and golf.

View the video below for class details, check my full exercise and fitness class timetable here or contact me if you have any further questions or to book a class.

Martin
(Personal Fitness & Health Coach / Trainer, Nutrition Coach read more here)

Video Explained – Mens Pilates, Core Strength & Flexibility Classes in South Dublin, Ireland

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In the “Explained – Mens Pilates, Core Strength and Flexibility” Video below I talk you through:

1. What one of my “Men Only Pilates and Core Strength” class entails.
2. What the benefits of these Pilates Classes are.
3. What Pilates and other fitness and exercise equipment we use during those classes.
4. What I want you got get out of the classes.
Find a full fitness and exercise class timetable with all current classes I’m currently teaching here.
.Contact me with any question you might have or to book your course or trial class.

Martin
(Personal Training, Nutrition & Health Coaching, Fitness and Pilates Classes since 2003)

Park, Outdoor Toning & Fitness Classes in Leopardstown Dublin 18, South Dublin in May 2018

A quick reminder re the Monday Morning 10am-11am Toning and Fitness class in Leopardstown Heights, Dublin 18 in South Dublin.

Join AnytimeContact me – before you come along to make sure the class is and that it is suitable for you.  We do a mix of different types of exercises during these Park / Outdoor Conditioning classes in Leopardstown (close to Sandyford).

Find more general information about these exercise classes in South Dublin here.

Martin

Review Lidl CRIVIT® Exercise Bars Unpacking and Assembly in South Dublin (Calisthenics Bar, Parallel Bar)

Earlier in the week I bought a set of Lidl’s CRIVIT@ Exercise Bar in South Dublin, Stillorgan,
which I unpacked and assembled earlier today (video to follow).

Review of Lidls Exercise Bars Parallel Bars Parallelettes Calisthenics Bars South Dublin IrelandThe Exercise Bars come with
(1) a small manual (four pages in Englisch, the rest of it is written in various other European languages).
(2) The two main horizontal bars and two t-shaped feet for each horizontal bar.
(3) 12 screws, 12 washers.
(4) One Allen-key (wrench – the phrase used in the manual) to screw everything together,
meaning you don’t need any other tools to assemble the exercise bars.

Review Lidl CRIVIT Exercise Bars by Martin Luschin Unpacking Assembly in South Dublin Parallettes Gymnastic Bars 3The bars
(1) are very easy to put together, it only takes 5-10minutes maximum.
(2) are sturdy and easily hold my weight 80kg (around 12 stone, 8.3 pounds) 
(3) are designed for a maximum body-weight of 130kg (per manual)  
(4) the horizontal part of the bars are padded with soft, thick bands to make gripping the bar more comfortable.
(5) have rubber feet to prevent unwanted sliding or moving around.
(6) measurements, dimensions are: 78cm high, 65cm wide, 47cm deep

Review Lidl CRIVIT Exercise Bars by Martin Luschin Unpacking Assembly in South Dublin Parallettes Gymnastic Bars 4I used the bars at home for various exercises on a thick carpet and outdoors on a stone patio. The bars didn’t move or slide on neither surface, which makes them safe to use.
There might be some restrictions for certain exercises depending on your height (I’m 5 foot, 9.3 inches or 176 cm) and could just about do tricep dips, without my bent knees touching the ground. The same applied to a “pull-up, rowing motion”, where I was just two or three inches, a small bit more off the ground when holding on to the bars with extended, straight arms.   

The manual shows you seven basic exercises with two simple pictures for each exercise and a very very short description of each exercise (mentioning the starting position and the end position for each movement).
The exercise description doesn’t get into to much detail and if you haven’t done those type of exercises it won’t be of much value for you.

The exercises include (I changed the names of the exercises, as the exercise description are not very descriptive, they are rather confusing in my opinion. It read a bit like a non-fitness person wrote that manual, very odd).
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(1) Tricep-Dips (strengthening & toning arms, triceps, a bit core)
(2) Straight Leg Raises (from a static holding position, core/abdominal strength, legs/quads toning and a bit arm strength)
(3) Raised Push-up (strengthening chest/pecs, a bit the arms)
(4) Knee Raises (from a static holding position, )
(5) Hip-Lift (glutes, buttocks strength/toning, a bit back/core strength)
(6) Rowing Movement (only one version, straight legs – back strength, arms/biceps strength and toning)
(7) Straight-Arm Side-Plank – Static Hold with lower leg lift ( shoulder stability and strength, oblique / core strength, adductors).

Conclusion:

Personal Trainer South Dublin Foxrock Deansgrange Cabinteely Leopardstown Sandyford-Stepaside Stillorgan Dublin 18 D16 D14Lidl’s Exercise Bars are solid and sturdy, easy to assemble and for €34.99 you can’t really go wrong (except if you are rather tall, as you might not be able to do some exercises without your knees or legs touching the ground).
I would definitely recommend these exercise bars, having used them a three four times in the meantime. 

I plan to post various short exercise videos in the next few weeks and months demoing different movements and exercises with these bars.

I looked up various other Exercise Bars, Parallel Bar and Calisthenics Bars on www.amazon.co.uk (make sure that the supplier delivers to Ireland, as not every Amazon.co.uk supplier delivers to Ireland, but you might try to use services www.parcelmotel.com ).
Most comparable bars were much more expensive on www.amazon.co.uk, prices ranging from £34.99 to £54.99 or more, plus you would have to pay postage and packaging as well.

I hope you found this review useful. Let me know what you think and if this review possibly made it easier for you to make a decision whether to buy or not buy these exercise bars.

Thanks Martin

*New – Toning, Weight-Loss & Fitness Course in Sandyford, Leopardstown, Dublin 18


Do you want to (1) Tone-Up, (2) Get Fitter and (3) Slimmer?… then join my new – Toning – Weight-Loss and Fitness Class in Sandyford Community Centre, Dublin 18, beside Lambs Cross, just of the M50 exit 14.
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The course starts next week, Wednesday 10th January 2018, 7.45pm-8.45pm.
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It runs for 8 weeks and gives you the tools and knowledge to get into your own exercise, fitness and health routine and habit to make 2018 your fittest and healthiest year yet.
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Check the video above for more details or read all the Toning, Weight-Loss and Fitness Course details here.
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Martin

Video No. 17 €50 Prize Draw Winner Announcement – Personal Training, Fitness Classes in South Dublin

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And the lucky winners are ….
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a big Thank You before I announce the two lucky winners of the €50 vouchers for a Personal Fitness Training Session or local fitness, Pilates and exercise classes in South Dublin.

I really appreciate you taking time to fill out the survey as your help allows me to identify what you are interested in and what questions you want to have answered. I plan to answer some of your questions in additional short videos and will use your other suggestions to create a online fitness and health course.

My first course will be available to all who filled out the survey at a discounted introduction price. Any kind of feedback will be more than welcome, so that the quality of the course(s) can improve over time.

…. and finally the two winners of a €50 Fitness & Exercises Vouchers are:
(1) Paula Lonergan, Stepaside, South Dublin, Dublin 18
(2) Karen Doyle, Sandyford / Leopoardstown, South Dublin, Dublin 18

Congratulations to both of you. I will be in touch early next week. You can either use the €50 voucher yourself or pass it on to a partner, relative or friend.

Your’s in Fitness & Health
_ Martin

Here a link to my current south Dublin based Fitness & Exercise Class Timetable.

Be in to Win €50 Survey 04/2017 – Winner Announcement – Fitness, Exercise, Pilates & Nutrition Videos

Personal Trainer South Dublin Foxrock Deansgrange Cabinteely Leopardstown Sandyford-Stepaside Stillorgan Dublin 18 D16 D14A BIG Thank you to all of you for taking the time to fill out the short – 3 question Fitness, Exercise, Pilates and
Nutrition Survey re * Online Courses & Classes *
in the last few days.

Here are some of the repeatedly mentioned questions and comments .You might spot your own questions or comments below ( no names are mentioned here). I hope to address some or all of them in the coming months in my general fitness, exercise and health videos, blog-posts or answer them as part of various online courses that I’m planning do create.

Congratulations to the following three *Winners of a €50 Voucher* which can be used towards:
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(1) any type of fitness & exercises classes I’m teaching
__ (Classes are currently taken place in Sandyford Community Centre, The old Court House, in Rathfarnham – off Willbrook Road,
__ Glencullen Community Centre, Taney Parish Dundrum) or for
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(2) Personal Training Sessions (in the Dublin 14, Dublin 16, Dubln 18 area or withing 10-15min commuting distance to Leopardstown or Sandyford).

>>> Winner No. 1 – * Yvonne W., Churchtown, Dublin 14

>>> Winner No. 2 – * Padraig D. – Churchtown, South Dublin

>>> Winner No. 3 – * Ena A. – Glencullen, Co. Dublin
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  1. How often per week should I do the exercises at home, beside the actual exercises in the class? Exercise Frequency
  2. What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga?
  3. I would like to know more about core strength. I sometimes get stretches confused with strengthening exercises. For example all the time when I was doing what I thought were strength exercises for quads, it was actually stretches!
  4. I’m 69 and have good health, what do I need to do stay that way as I enter my 70s.
  5. I get confused about what foods are good to eat before or after exercising i.e. Proteins, carbs, good fats like avocado. Specific information on these would be helpful.
  6. (similar to no. 4) During exercise and Pilates what food and drinks are best to aid in muscle recovery the quickest?
  7. (I really like this one and will definitely answer it in a video or blog-post)
    Time is a big factor, possibly ideas on incorporating exercise into normal daily activities.
  8. I’d like to know more about how diet that helps reduce inflammations. (This is another one I will comment on in the future).
  9. I would like to know what type of food you should eat when excising.
    For your strength and the portions you should eat.
  10. What effect do different exercises have on the various areas of my body.
  11. I would like to learn more about core strength exercises and would love to have something to take away and work on in my own time outside of the classes. (that is something I want to cover the online videos in the future).

Quote No. 2 Dr Mark Hyman “Think about it, if there is a health food section … “

Quote 2 Mark Hyman Think about it if there is a health food section in the grocery store what nutrition-coaching personal training south Dublin Martin LuschinMore food for thought. This time from Dr. Mark Hayman quote: “Think about it, if there is a health food section in the grocery store, what does that make the rest of the food sold there?”.
He one of the few doctors and physicians I follow online,  worthwhile following.
Martin

 

Be in to WIN – two days only – this survey is now live Saturday 7th January 2017

Survey Fitness Exercise Pilates Nutrition Personal Training in south Dublin with Martin click here take part in my short 3 question surveryTake part in this short online survey (only three short questions) to “be in to win” a 8 week fitness, Pilates, exercise course, a personal training session or an online coaching session (valued between €50 – €120).
Click to read more and fill out the survey (only open Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th January 2017).
Martin

 

Quote No. 1 – “Get comfortable with getting uncomfortable.”

https://www.facebook.com/YourHealthHabitCoach/To help you to keep focused and achieve your goals and ambitions I’m going to post motivational quotes or snippets of books and other resources I’m reading on my website and *Your Health Habit Coach* facebook page.

Feel free to e-mail me other quotes or articles, links to books and other resources, that you think are worthwhile sharing with other and I will post them here or on facebook.

Martin

“To progress, to get results, to succeed, to thrive, to triumph you must … get comfortable with getting uncomfortable.”

A Happy, Successful and Healthy New Year 2017 and thoughts on a Year Review

I wish you and yours – “a Happy, Successful and Healthy New Year – 2017”.

We are just back from a brief wintery holiday break in the sunny, yet freezing south west Germany, the Black Forrest – Baden Wuerrtemberg (think Black Forrest Gateau yum, Cuckoo Clocks, Mercedes, Porsche, Lake Constance etc.), see pictures below.

A happy successful and health 2017 from Martin Luschin in South Dublin Ireland, Your Health Habit Coach planning ahead for 20172016 was a very eventful year for myself and those around me, filled with varied memories of excitement, happiness, fulfillment, but also frustrating and sad moments, as some of those who were close to us passed away. During the break I took time out to write a year review (in mind-map format), assessed what happened, reflected, remembered exciting, relaxing, sad, emotional, breathtaking and happy moments.

 

 

 

 

 

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And started to plan ahead for 2017,
where I envisage further changes to my private and work life e.g. (1) regular time out with my partner, friends and loved ones, (2) more deep and focused work enabling me to create some of the following, (3) online video fitness and nutrition courses, (4) a regular in person nutrition course in Mount Merrion Parish Centre, Stillorgan, (4) other online fitness and health projects, (5) reading more an reading varied, (6) following the notion of “Less is More” (less distraction – more focus, less in person courses – more (some) online courses, less drifting – more clarity etc.).

Give a Year Review a go, jot down what happened and reflect on the good and not so good. You might start with things that happened at certain location, things that are related to certain individuals or groups of people or your could structure it month by month. See what works for you. I prefer a mind-map format, as it allows the mind to quickly jump from one thought to another thought and you are not forced into the structure of grammar and sentences etc. (which often slows down the our thinking) you can kind of let your mind free-wheel.

Schedule three or four 30-60min blocks to do your 2016 *Review. it really frees the mind and will then allow you to look ahead and plan 2017 to make it a successful, happy and healthy year.

Try it out and make 2017 a year to remember !

Martin

Video 14 – Warm-Up Exercise Roll-Down with a Push-Up

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Video No 14 Warm-Up Exercise Roll Down Push Up Martin Luschin South Dublin Ireland Personal Training Nutrition Health Coachingin Video No. 14 you are going to learn a very simple, yet effictive “Warm-Up Exercise”. It’s easy to do and I will show you a few different variations in the video (from Beginners to Intermediate Level).
The “Roll-Down with a Push-Up” combines back / spine mobilization and looseing with a upper-body warm-up (shoulders, chest and arms) plus adds a stretch for your hamstrings and calves (back of your legs) as well.

You don’t even need a mat, just a bit of space.

This exercise can simply be added to other warm-up exercises like neck, back, shoulder and spine mobillization moves, a bit of foam-rollering, some dynamic stretching etc..

Always do a 8-10 mintue warm-up routine, as this prepares the body for your main workout and aim to make the warm-up exercises specific to the exercises you plan to do.

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Enjoy, let me know how you get on and send me an e-mail with questions you have in relation to this exercise.
Martin

Video 12 – 10min Neck, Back, Shoulder Loosening & Stretching Routine

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In Video No. 12 I’m showing you a 10min “Neck, Back and Shoulder Stretching” Routine. This includes various standing and seated stretches. You could do the program e.g.

  1. first thing in the morning after waking up, to loosen your body after a good nights rest.
  2. as a office desk mid-morning or lunchtime break
  3. as a evening routine after work or a long day at the desk to stretch those tight neck, back and shoulder muscles.
  4. maybe when driving long-distances as a mini break
  5. what else could you use this routine for …… ? Let me know.


The stretches and exercises are very simple and can be done anywhere. You don’t need any special equipment or props, nor do you need to change clothing – simple – quick and easy !!!

You will see a few seated stretches being done in a office chair, just to give you some ideas what can be done to stretch your back, spine and shoulder area and reduce tension in that area, as it gets tight for most of us when sitting for hours on a desk.

Aim to do some or all of these exercises at least once a day, ideally twice a day. Maybe get your work colleagues to join in and do it as a team activity or break. Taking a few minutes out will give you a mental break and boost your alertness and productivity.

I generally recommend to
(1) set a fixed time at which you do this stretching program e.g. mid morning 10am or after your lunch break at 1.30pm. The main goal is to establish a routine, something you do at set times and days. Ultimately you want to do this without having to think about it, without any conscious effort – your posture will thank you.
(2)  Schedule it in your diary at the beginning of the week, it only takes 10min.
(3) Get your work colleagues to join and make is team activity or do it together with you partner or spouse.
(4) ask yourselfWhat is different after doing this stretching routine?” – “Which body-part loosened up or is more relaxed after the stretches?” – “What are the benefits of doing this?”

Enjoy, let me know how you get on and send me an e-mail with your questions.
Martin