Although we provide personal training at home (no need for that expensive gym membership that you never use and that just makes you feel guilty) we also get personal training clients outdoors as often as possible. Not only is this better for the soul, but you burn more calories in the outdoors if it’s cold, feel better mentally after being surrounded by greenery and nature, and see lots more of the world too!
Training outdoors with a personal trainer might just involve getting outside in the garden (we can also train clients inside), but there are lots of good venues that we use in the Maidenhead area too that are both pretty and effective for our personal trainers. Braywick park is a much under used purpose built athletics track, as well as having a sandy long jump area and a large green space in the middle. There are also lots of footpaths very nearby, leading to the river Thames and also various streams. I have trained quite a few PT clients here, and it’s great tyo be outside even when it’s raining-you get that Sylvester Stallone feeling like you are in a trailer for Rocky 11.
The river Thames also provides a great location for sessions with a personal trainer in Maidenhead. The towpath goes all the way from Windsor up to Boulters Lock and then on to Cookham and Marlow. This is where Graeme Green wrote Wind in the Willows, ratty and friends’ escapades being based on this beautiful riverside area. Running intervals on the towpath are a great way to get the anaerobic system fitter as well as taking in some wildlife!
Maidenhead also has the benefit of being quite hilly, I was doing some hill runs with my personal training client H just this morning, although I think I might have enjoyed it a bit more than her. Further up Castle hill running almost along the A404 is the Thicket, a beautiful meadow that is particularly pretty in spring when the wild flowers come up. This area is really good for both CV and resistance training, so long as you don’t mind the odd dog walking spectator or horse. Kettlebells seem to put them off (the horses, not the personal training clients).
There are also lots of other smaller green spaces, and of you are thinking about getting some personal training sessions then don’t underestimate the opportunity presented by your garden, no matter how small. Even little steps can be a challenge if done in the right way and decks/paving areas are great for free weights, stability ball exercises and kettlebels. If you want to know where we cover for personal training have a look on the “where we do it” page, and for which trainer covers which area look on the “meet the trainers” page.