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Strength training and why it’s brilliant

Strength training is incredible for your health with benefits including better brainpower, stronger bones and reduced risk of disease. Read on to find out more, including how to join a brilliant at-home strength and fitness course designed by a Surrey fitness expert.

The ultimate exercise programme will be a good combination of strength training and fitness. Aerobic training, as we well know, is great for a healthy heart, weight loss and general wellbeing.

But strength training is hugely important too – especially for women, and especially as we get older. It’ll increase your muscle tone and definition, build strength and fitness, and improve endurance. And that’s just the start – benefits also include a reduced risk of diabetes, cancer and heart disease, decreased stress levels, stronger bones and a boost in brainpower.

Lucinda Newman-Jones is a personal trainer and fitness industry expert based near Guildford who is passionate about helping women access high-quality exercise programmes that are safe and teach the correct techniques. She’s designed a five-week online strength and fitness course – called Thrive in 5 – which is aimed at busy, working women. This is fuss-free fitness at its best.

Lucinda Newman-Jones, director and trainer at Fitness Runs in the Family based at Bramley near Guildford.

The course is fully structured with a simple workout timetable which you follow at home, but it’s also super flexible so you can do the workouts at any time on-demand – or you can swap, skip or repeat a workout according to your own schedule.

Lucinda strongly believes that when women thrive, the family and everyone around them also thrives. She’s a huge advocate of exercise as a form of self-care and a powerful tool for each of us in looking after our own physical health and mental wellbeing.

The Thrive in 5 courses are not focussed at getting women to lose a load of weight or becoming super trim and lean – it’s all about the benefits you’ll gain from consistent, regular exercise. Of course, a toned and trimmed bod are likely to be an added bonus – the icing on the cake, if you will.

** And five reasons to sign up to Thrive in 5 **

Helps limit sarcopenia Or, to me and you, the process where muscle is lost as we get older. This muscle loss can lead to weakness (or frailty), decreased bone density and reduced energy levels – so basically strength training will help to keep you feeling younger.


Reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes Strength training helps to regulate your blood sugar levels, improving the way the body processes sugar by absorbing blood sugar and putting it to use during exertion.


Helps with weight loss Strength training builds muscle, which increases your metabolism. A higher metabolism means you will burn more calories throughout the day, even at rest. As women age, our metabolism naturally slows down, so strength training will help to rev up your metabolism.


Boosts brainpower Research shows that greater levels of strength can help to slow the degradation of the brain’s white matter which helps the brain to operate more smoothly. Put simply, it means that lifting weights can help improve your memory and in some people it can help slow the symptoms of dementia.


Better posture Weight training will strengthen muscles in the back, shoulders and core which will help to improve your posture. And if you suffer from lower back pain, you’ll also benefit from as stronger back and core.


There are three Thrive in 5 courses to choose from: Strength and Tone, Power and Sculpt and Thrive in 5 Express. Each course offers five online workouts each week for five weeks. The workouts are coached in real time, with coaching through every rep of every set, and instructions on posture, core engagement, alignment, body positioning and what you should feel (and crucially, what you shouldn’t be feeling).

I’ve already signed up for the next Thrive in 5 course – I’d love you to join me on my journey, or you can follow my progress – and make sure I’m not slacking off – on Instagram @muddysurrey 😄

You can also follow Lucinda on Instagram: @fitnessrunsinthefamily

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