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Core, Clitheroe's Ross Preston on getting your abs out
Ross Preston
Ross Preston admits to liking a beer and Revels!

If your idea of a six pack is something cold with ring pulls... then jog on.

Because everyone has one insists Ross Preston, a personal trainer who has his own studio in Clitheroe.

"We're all born with a six pack," he says, "It's just some people choose to cover theirs with fat."

As people prepare to tone up for the summer, Ross who has just finished filming his own fitness TV show says we can all get a flat stomach.

"Anyone can make it happen with the right attitude."


His advice for getting rid of flabby abs? "Shed the calories and show it off. Stomach exercises obviously help with better definition."

While Ross' washboard stomach has come at a price - he avoids foods like chips and chocolate as well as refined carbohydrates like white bread, pasta and rice and fizzy drinks - he still has his treats of a beer or two and Revels!

The twenty four year old - whose clients include a professional golfer and budding footballers - says the best investment we can make is in our health. "It always seems much more valuable after we lose it."

He says you don't have to become a permanent fixture in the gym to get fit; nor does it need to cost a fortune. "Anything is achievable if you set your mind to it. One of my female clients lost 1.4 stone in 6 weeks doing two 30 minute sessions a week."

He says personal training isn't just for the rich and famous. "I have a mixture of clients; some are out of work and on benefits, some are stay at home mums while I also have businessmen and women, professional sportsmen and women as well as the wealthy."

As well as individuals, Ross also works with businesses who reap the rewards of having a fit workforce; he cites benefits of improved productivity, staff morale and a reduction in sick leave.

Ross Preston
Drinking water or fluid when you eat dilutes the stomach acid preventing all the nutrients to be digested. So when you eat something good leave drinking to at least 15 minutes before and after eating. When you're being naughty, drink whilst you eat.

Quick fix

He stresses the importance of a healthy diet, too. "Good nutrition is the foundation to your success. I believe it to be at least 70% nutrition and 30% exercise."

Ross provides a personalised nutrition guide for his clients but points out it isn't a diet or quick fix, "it is something they can adopt for life".

He also recommends taking a minimum of a good potent multi-vitamin supplement and says you should soon notice illnesses are less frequent.

"It's almost impossible to have the perfect diet and take in enough nutrients every meal of every day. So backing it up with vitamins covers you," he explains.

"They need to be potent because the ones you see with 100% recommended daily allowance (RDA), have nowhere near enough of what you need."

Ross has always been sporty and played football and swam competitively but realised he wasn't going to make a living playing either. So he did the next best thing... and now coaches sportsmen and women amongst others.

He says it beats a 9 to 5 job. "I love it, I'd go crazy cooped up in an office.

"It's great to be able to help people achieve their goals and it is amazing to see how much happier people become when they are healthy.

Ross adds: "The endorphins released when exercising really boost self esteem."

Thirty minute high tempo fat fighter

*This is an example workout for a beginner with no equipment:

For a five minute warm up, utilise the weight of the body to functionally prepare the muscles and joints for the exercises that will be used e.g. body weight squats, lunges, jumping, twisting, etc.

Main exercises:

Squats x 20
Step-ups on to step or bench x ten each leg
Lunge with a rotation x ten each leg
Walking plank x 15
Vertical jumps x 15
Side plank with rotation x ten

Using all these exercises in a circuit, with 5-10 seconds rest in-between exercises. Perform circuit as many times as you can in 20 minute.

Cool down five minutes:

Sat down, relax using long static stretches.

*You should check with your doctor before you start a new exercise regime.



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