After 16 years working in marketing, a move out of London, two children and a definite change in my body shape, I decided that ultimately a change in lifestyle was required.
For four years I had invested in my own personal fitness using personal training and a good deal of self determination. I definitely became fit but for a long time my pre-baby body shape still eluded me. No one I dealt with in fitness gave me any real lifestyle advice beyond the hour I was paying them for and none of them seemed qualified to give me the simple, constructive food advice that I sought to really get my old pre-baby weight and shape back...and let's face it, food is half the battle!
So, I decided that I would like to help people like myself. People who had gone through the experience of changing shape - whether through having babies, a sedentary job or just through the ageing process and metabolic slow down. People who want their fitness and their shape back. So, I embarked on two years of studying to firstly become a gym instructor then personal trainer and nutritional advisor.
Kate Carroll | The Body Architect
According to a study at the University of California, having a personal trainer pushing you to your limits dramatically increases your chances of success. Their three month study compared the success of those using a personal trainer to those who self trained.
Those with personal trainers saw a 42% increase in muscle strength compared to just 19% among their lone trained colleagues. They also increased muscle mass by 3.3lbs (1.5kgs) compared to the self-trained participants who saw no change at all.
Ladies may be thinking why would I want muscle mass? The answer - because lean muscle mass is where you burn the calories. And, the female hormone 'oestrogen' means that you're never going to look like Arnold Schwarzenegger... that's unless you're female bodybuilding and adopt the strict lifestyle and diet that goes with it. So ladies, don't be afraid of working towards muscle...its what keeps you looking toned and helps you burn more calories.
The Body Architect proposition is "Intelligent training and nutrition by design" and that is exactly what we deliver. Tailored, relevant fitness training specific to your needs and abilities. So whether you need to:
your programme will be tailored specifically for you and comes hand in hand with clear and simple good nutritional advice to reset your eating habits to achieve a healthy weight and lifestyle.
The Body Architect is a fully qualified Master Personal Trainer
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The Body Architect Studio offers a fully equipped, private fitness space to meet your cardio and resistance needs. For high or low impact cardiovacular exercise we offer use of a treadmill, spin bike, step, boxing equipment and a body length trampoline.
(currently the only one of its kind in this country and on trial at The Body Architect Studio!)
For muscular development, there is a range of different types and sizes of weights and resistance equipment suitable for women and men. They include a range of dumbbells, barbells, body bars, kettle bells, medicine balls, suspension trainers(TRX) and resistance bands. Our weights start from 2kg and increase up to 50kg.
For core stability we also have stability balls and a BOSU.
Our space is ideal for the inexperienced exerciser or someone who just wants to workout in privacy. But if you'd prefer to train in your own home or even outside, we can do that too. It's up to you.
**Please note - Dependent upon location, pre-advised travel expenses may apply.
Our approach to training differs from any other trainer. We look at far more than just your fitness.
Before we do anything we review your posture and ensure your body is posturally correct and your body is symmetrically functional.
We carry out a number of different fitness tests to quantify what level of fitness you are and what level of strength you have. This allows us to build a good level of understanding for your programme.
We review your alignment and work hard to realign your body to ensure your are not overcompensating on either side. Before we embark on any fitness programme we make sure you are properly aligned.
We review your current BMI (body mass index) to establish your body composite (Fat, muscle, water retention). Once we know this we can agree on what needs to change and how to structure your programme.
The Body Architect provides you with her top tips and advice to keep you on your toes and aware of new and exciting opportunities for you to learn and try.
We all know that all calories are not created equal. Some are much better for us than others but do you know what a 200 calorie snack might look like? Or, in exercise terms, how long it would take you to work it off?
We all know the 'press up' is a challenging body weight exercise but did you know that this simple but effective exercise works your chest, shoulders, arms and abdominals.
Did you know that it takes more calories to eat and digest a piece of celery than there are calories 'in' celery. If you find celery a 'tough' eat then don't be frightened to add a nice dip like Humous. It transforms it.
Here's what our clients have to say about their experience.
"As someone who exercises regularly, I was becoming frustrated with the lack of results and felt I was stuck in a rut. I asked Kate to help me and she was able to put together a tailored exercise program and dietary advice. The exercises are totally different to what I normally do and they are fantastic; I really feel like I am pushing myself out of my comfort zone and can feel the benefit and results. I would thoroughly recommend investing in some "Kate" time; she is always positive and honest - and works you hard!"
"The Body Architect has identified and rectified muscle weaknesses that have been there for more than 20 years following an injury...weaknesses that have not been picked up by other PT's. I feel straighter, fitter and younger than I have since my 30's. I can't believe the magic that she has worked in a very short space of time".
"I've had a gym membership for years. I'm not overweight and I consider myself pretty fit, but, didn't feel I had the athletic toned form I was looking for. I wanted a PT who knew how to visibly change my shape. The Body Architect made my arms look so good they were a talking point with the other school mums. No dress looks bad when you have great shape!"
"As a person who has struggled with exercise all my life, training with The Body Architect has transformed my attitude towards keeping fit. One-to-one training sessions are tailored to my personal needs and fitness goals. She is knowledgeable and encouraging while offering a safe and fun environment within which I achieved results. In a short time frame I feel healthier than I have done for years."
"In the short time I have been training at The Body Architect Studio, I have noticed a significant difference in my core strength, which after three children was particularly weak. I feel the commitment to my progress has been a personal one, which suits my needs and abilities. Although I was nervous initially about one-on-one training, I find her warm and friendly manner quickly got me over this and now I see it as a real positive."
"In only 10 weeks, The Body Architect has done more for me than 5 years at the gym. From the initial assessment the Body Architect has crafted and driven a fully personalised program that delivered improvements across my weakest areas while, importantly for me, keeping me motivated. Through a variable and adaptable program with clear explanation of exercises and their purpose, The Body Architect has delivered clear results over and above my expectations. The fun and friendly approach of The Body Architect makes every session, however tough, very rewarding.
I can highly recommend The Body Architect."
"I started to work with The Body Architect because I wanted to lose weight and had tried unsuccessfully via the usual list: expensive gyms, Weightwatchers, personal trainers, fad diets etc. These did nothing and just made me miserable. Kate's approach to training, health management and weight loss is just perfect! The Body Architect is what I've been looking for and never found. Kate is a 'no nonsense' pro who supports and encourages the best out of you. Each session is different and challenging and yet also somehow fun. She has done wonders for my weight and my confidence."
Review our approach to your health and fitness and see what it is that we do differently to achieve results time and time again for our clients.
"Karen says...I started to work with The Body Architect because I wanted to lose weight and had tried unsuccessfully via the usual list: expensive gyms, Weightwatchers, personal trainers, fad diets etc. These did nothing and just made me miserable. Kate's approach to training, health management and weight loss is just perfect! The Body Architect is what I've been looking for and never found. Kate is a 'no nonsense' pro who supports and encourages the best out of you. Each session is different and challenging and yet also somehow fun. She has done wonders for my weight and my confidence." "See what The Body Architect did with me below"
To see how well perception of fitness matches reality, lets look at one of our clients, Karen. She is a 41 year old mother of two who has competed in triathlons and considered herself to have a fairly good base level of fitness but, felt her weight had slowly crept up over recent years and she wanted to know how to do something about it. Karen undertook some simple health assessments and fitness activities designed to get an overview of her current health and fitness and, to help set her weight loss goals:
It's coming up towards the end of the year and the time for the post Christmas excess new years resolutions. More people join a gym or embark on a fitness programme at the start of a new year than at any other time. But guess what, by March most of them have given up! Continued self motivation being the main reason.
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