25 January 23

Drop a dress size

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Do you have a special occasion coming up in 2023? 

Maybe you’re getting married or celebrating a big birthday and would like to feel your best for the big day? Join us at Active Northumberland and let us support you every step of the way! ​

Take it slowly, come to the gym 2-3 times a week and be patient as you work towards your goal.

Make sure you warm up properly

  • ​Start with 5-10 minutes of work on a cardiovascular machine of your choice.   ​
  • Think a brisk walk or a light jog on a treadmill, a medium intensity session on a rowing machine or a good cycle pace on a bike.  ​
  • The goal is to get your heart rate increased and your muscles warmed ahead of your main workout. 

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Using resistance machines for your main workout

Choose 3 of the 5 exercises below which use different parts of the body for a great workout.

Aim to complete 3-4 sets of 10 repetitions of the following exercises, and rest for 45-60 seconds between each set.

Be sure to choose a weight that provides a comfortable challenge as you start.

  • Leg Press

    Leg press

    A safe and simple way to strengthen your leg muscles and burn fat.

  • Chestpress

    Chest press

    A seated chest press machine targets your upper body (chest, arms and shoulders).

  • Shoulder Press

    Shoulder press

    Strengthens your shoulders and upper back. You can adjust the weight to match your workout goals.

  • Lat Pull

    Lat pull down

    Sitting to face the machine and pull down to target your back. 

  • Vertical Row Machine

    Vertical row

    Working your upper back and the back of your shoulders

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Finish off with some cardio

Hit the treadmill, bike or rower and aim to move for 10-15 minutes at a pace you feel comfortable with.

Record your total distance and as you build up your fitness, aim to push yourself a little bit more during this time and beat your previous best or exercise for a little longer.​

Don't forget to cool down!

Pick any cardiovascular machine - Treadmill, Bike, Rower – and aim to move for 5 minutes at an easy pace, to reduce your heart rate before completing your session.  


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