Manual Resistance and Stretching

At Essentialibiza we like to think that we go the extra mile to make
sure you get the very best information available about Ibiza, keeping
you up to date with the clubs, beaches, restaurants, hotels and
everything you need to make sure you get the very best from your island
experience, no matter what it may be. We understand that many of you
like to keep in shape, even when you are on vacation, with that in mind,
we have signed up with
Tim Gold Fitness, and agreed to
undergo some strenuous training on your behalf, to give you an idea of
what awaits you with two of the island’s finest personal trainers, Tim
and Leon Gold. The next few weeks will see a series of blogs and
features, giving you an insight into the true world of personal
training. First up, Tim takes us through one of their popular sessions,
manual resistance and stretching…

What kind of image do you have when thinking of Personal Training? Do you
think it is really ‘personal’ or is it just a human counting device? Well
this might be the sad truth with the majority of personal training
experiences. Professional trainers worldwide are able to use a
sophisticated training technique that makes you independent from gyms and
is truly “personal” as well as highly effective. The technique we are
talking about is called ‘Manual Resistance’ when it comes to strength
building and ‘Active Assisted Stretching’ in case you want to improve
flexibility. You simply need a mat, 2 towels and a swiss ball. Sounds hard
to believe? Carry on reading…

Every group of muscles can be worked without gym machines. Basically the
dynamic resistance workout you need for appropriate strength building
comes from the trainer himself. He provides resistance either directly on
your limbs or indirectly with towels comparable to a cable system. There
are several big advantages, which makes this training superior to other

The resistance can always be adjusted to the subjects need, eg, at the
excentric movement by releasing a muscle everyone is able to do 30% more
power than at the opposite movement. Thus resistance is altered in
different phases to make exercising more intense. Less sets or repetitions
lead to better results. It also enables a more direct interaction between
trainer and client always ready to push it a little more or to let you
stay at your individual handicap. Exercising can be a great playful
personal experience like this.

The ‘human gym’ method provides more than 40 exercises targeting the whole
body. In addition to that the ‘Active Assisted Stretching’ programme at
the end of each training session sees the unpleasant become likable. For
most people, stretching or flexibility work is at the end of their fitness
list, even though it is very important to prevent all kind of orthopedic
issues. To make it easier to connect yourself to stretching, the active
method done by the personal trainer is the best choice you could get.
Simply lie down and let yourself being stretched – it also hurts slightly
sometimes but here you cannot quit. Imbalances can be noticed and sorted
out quickly.

That overall very Personal Training experience is available on Ibiza for
almost a year now exclusively with us. Tempted now? –
Contact us
and we can arrange a free trial session to let you feel what distinguishes
us from other ‘So-Called-PTs’ – timGold stands for world-class private
fitness – always above expectations.