Make 2020 The Year To Get In Shape With Altered Images Fitness Trainers

Working out with a fitness trainer is a great way to kick start 2020. Now Christmas is over, some of us will be faced with that familiar urge to embrace a healthier lifestyle this year. So, what better way to do that than with the support of an experienced and fully qualified fitness instructor. At Altered Images gym, we have a team of fitness trainers who are ready to dedicate their time to help you reach those all-important health and fitness goals. Our gym in Bromsgrove offers new, innovative and exciting opportunities to keep fit and enjoy yourself whilst doing so. We understand that every individual will have different preferences when it comes to exercise which is why we aim to be as versatile and as flexible as we can with our services ? so that we can offer something for everyone.

Our Fitness Trainers at Altered Images

Every fitness trainer who works with us here at Altered Images shares our passion for health and fitness. Our fully trained professionals are experienced with training people of all ages and abilities. Therefore, rest assured you will receive however much support you require to reach your goals.

Meet Laura Caswell ? one of our fitness trainersFitness Trainer Laura Caswell

Laura Caswell is one of our top fitness instructors. She is a fitness enthusiast who decided to turn her passions and hobbies into a lifelong career. Laura has always been into fitness. However, after having children she took some time off from her own gym routine. In 2014 she was getting married, so Laura began focusing on health and fitness again and realised she?d forgotten how much she missed training. She decided then that she didn?t just want to do it as a hobby, but as a career too. Since completing her fitness instructor qualifications, Laura hasn?t looked back and we are proud to have her as part of the team at Altered Images gym. Laura loves helping people reach their goals and runs a series of different fitness classes to help people achieve this.

Exercise Classes in Bromsgrove

There are over fifty different exercise classes at Altered Images. Our experienced fitness instructors in Bromsgrove run all of these. Laura runs Kettlebell-Fit, Cardio Pump, Metafit, Boxercise and Aqua classes, and she?ll happily guide you through at your own pace until you feel comfortable and confident in what you are doing. Our fitness classes are created for everyone to enjoy. This means whether you are just starting out, or you are an experienced gym-goer, you will fit right in.?

Contact Altered Images today

Are you interested in kickstarting your year with new health and fitness plans? If so, contact Altered Images gym today. Head to our website for more information on our fitness classes services, or call 01527 874395 to speak to a member of our helpful and friendly team.

If you have found this blog helpful, you may wish to read our previous blog on Body Balance Classes.

Hot Yoga Bromsgrove

Our Hot Yoga Bromsgrove classes consist of a simple Yoga practise taught in a hot environment. Including Yoga postures and sequences with a strong focus on breath and alignment.

Starting in March we will be offering 30 minute classes for participants to acclimatise, and 60 minute classes for those who are acclimatised, with the studio heated to approximately 35 degrees.

Practising Yoga in the heat has many benefits:

  • Facilitates muscles and joints opening more deeply than regular Yoga classes.
  • Can burn up to 50% more calories than a typical Yoga class and can reduce body fat.
  • Improves flexibility, strength and balance.
  • Reduces risk of heart disease and regulates metabolism.
  • Reduces stress and anxiety, improves mood.
  • Cleanses impurities from the body.
  • Boosts the immune system.
  • Improves skin health and complexion.
  • Calms the mind and can improve sleep.



Participants must hydrate before, during and after the class.

Please bring a towel and water bottle.

Please wear lightweight fabrics.

Hot Yoga is suitable for beginners.

Not suitable for pregnant women or under 18?s.

If you are looking hot yoga in Bromsgrove then look no further than Altered Images. Call us on?01527 874395 today to find out more.

Check out our previous blog post on why people have personal trainers

Looking for HIIT Classes Near Me?

If you are finding yourself Googling ?HIIT classes near me? then look no further than Altered Images Gym. We provide a wide range of fitness classes in Bromsgrove, including HIIT classes. As a gym that is passionate about welcoming as many people as possible, we also have a dedicated ladies only gym too. Altered Images Gym in Bromsgrove is perfect if you are looking for a gym with a great atmosphere, committed staff, and passionate gym-goers.?


HIIT classes near me – getting started

After finding ?HIIT classes near me? you may now be wondering how to get started. Before writing a program for a member, one of our trainers will always ask what you want to achieve as a result of the program. We?ll also take note of how many times a week you can get to the gym.?


Bespoke training plans

We provide a precise program for our members as well as making sure they are exercising with the correct form, method and effort level. A great start, fast forward 6 weeks to the program review and we will re-take any measurements taken on the initial ‘Health check’ but also the trainer will ask;

  1. How are we getting on?
  2. Is this working for you?
  3. Should we adapt or change anything on your program?
  4. Are you moving towards your goals?


Why choose HIIT classes?

Now no matter how good the trainer is, not 100% of members can their fitness goals. The number 1 reason for this? Time! You may have had a plan of coming 3 to 4 times a week but time and life in general can get the better of you. The solution for this is high intensity interval training, otherwise known as H.I.I.T. You only need about ten minutes, and most of that is warming up, resting and cooling down. Sound good? Okay so let’s explain precisely what it is and how it works.


How do HIIT workouts work in comparison to other workouts?

  1. You have continuous cardiovascular training where you’d be on your machine, let’s say a bike, pedaling at a pace that you can maintain for a long period of time whilst gradually tiring yourself out.
  2. Then there is interval training, here instead of cycling at a steady pace you might take a moderate minute working slightly less hard but then a faster minute pushing yourself harder. You might repeat this cycle for 20 to 30 minutes.
  3. Finally let’s look at H.I.I.T. Again, for comparison, imagine you’re on the bike once more, this time we want a stark contrast between the slow period and the working period. The slow period wants to be more like rest, just make sure your legs are still turning, this period could typically be 40 seconds to 120 seconds. Then the working period is your maximum effort, every single last drop of energy and power in your body explosively peddling on a high gear for 20 seconds. You’d only repeat this cycle a maximum of 6 times, if managed 6 intervals well done, now consider making it harder by increasing the gear rather than pushing to do more intervals. if you can manage more than 6, 20 second maximum effort bursts, consider if it were truly your maximum effort, do you need to up the ante?


HIIT – the benefits

The fitter you get the harder it becomes, because you can push harder. This is why this type of training is different. The purpose of the extended recovery interval is to allow the muscles to recuperate just enough to enable them to perform the high octane and explosive power necessary to achieve the desired effect.


Time saving workouts

  1. H.I.I.T. burns 6 time the amount of calories when compared to steady state, continuous cardio. Great, what else?
  2. H.I.I.T. will elevate your metabolism for 24 hrs, maybe more, who doesn’t want to be burning more calories while they sleep!?
  3. H.I.I.T. will increase muscle tone and strength, the bonus here is that every pound of muscle you gain, you’re effectively adding 50 calories to your resting metabolism.
  4. H.I.I.T. will increase the intensity of exercise you can sustain for longer periods of time. For example you might be able to run a 3km race and sustain an effort level of 80% of your maximum heart rate (80 % MHR), currently if you push up to 85% MHR you’d have to stop and walk after a minute or two. there is evidence that regular H.I.I.T. will help you sustain higher effort levels for longer.
  5. H.I.I.T. will reduce your heart rate and blood pressure by increasing your cardiovascular fitness.

When performing H.I.I.T. it is especially important to have a cool down phase, a few minutes of easy exercise until you’re heart rate has reduced its BPM. So once you finish your last interval, keep moving but reduce the difficulty level and speed.?


HIIT in Bromsgrove

At Altered Images gym in Bromsgrove we want to help you achieve your fitness goals. Call us today to arrange a visit on 01527 874395. To find out more about HIIT classes near me, or any other exercise classes in Bromsgrove then head to our website today.?

If you enjoyed reading this blog you may also like to read our previous post on Aquafit Classes.


Yoga in Bromsgrove | Yoga Classes at Altered Images

Looking for yoga in Bromsgrove??We offer many different exercise classes at Altered Images, including yoga classes. Our gym was established in 2014, and is dedicated to providing health and fitness services. We support all members of the community, of all ages and abilities. We are focused on promoting and supporting the principles of staying fit and healthy. Additionally, we’re always looking for new ways for you to achieve this. Our aim is to offer a quality sports and leisure service that those of all ages and abilities can take advantage of. We take pride in offering these services at extremely affordable prices.

The Importance of Exercise ? Beyond the Physical Benefits

As most of us will know, exercise is important for physical health. Ensuring you stay fit throughout all the stages of your life has been proven to increase your lifespan. It also reduces the amount of health problems that can occur as you get older. Exercising regularly keeps your heart and other muscles in good shape and helps to keep you at a healthy weight. However, in addition to the physical benefits that a workout can give your body, it can improve mental health too.

Exercising helps to release endorphins – sometimes known as ?feel-good? hormones. These reduce the perception of pain and trigger feelings of happiness and euphoria. This is especially beneficial for those who are suffering from anxiety, depression or confidence issues. Regular exercise has been proven to improve your mood, reduce fatigue and increase your energy levels.

Exercise Classes at Altered Images

Our gym focuses on getting everyone from all walks of life active, healthy and enjoying fitness. We strive to create a positive, relaxing and friendly environment that you can exercise in. Our team are incredibly supportive and approachable. We work with a wide variety of fitness professionals so that we can appeal to everyone. They help us to offer services and facilities that are tailored to an all-manner of ages and abilities. You can socialise and build confidence with our yoga classes. At the same time, you can benefit from being trained by a professional. We’ve got lots of classes on offer – including yoga classes, pilates, circuits, spinning, Kettlercise and high impact training. You’ll be sure to find something that you’ll enjoy with over fifty classes to choose from.


Yoga in Bromsgrove

If you are looking to take part in yoga in Bromsgrove, then look no further than Altered Images.?You can improve and enhance both your mental and physical health with Yin Yoga. We’ll take you through some simple yoga poses during the class. Our instructors will guide you through the breathing control and body strengthening methods. Also, we’ll be working out with a calming soundtrack in the background. Yoga classes can help to reduce stress levels and improve mental well-being. If you’re looking to try something different, we also have Hot yoga classes too.

Contact us Today

So, if you’re looking for ‘yoga classes near me’, and would like to find out more about yoga in Bromsgrove, then head to our website today. Alternatively, you can call 01527 874395 to speak to a member of our team.

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Join in our Les Mills Barre free taster classes!

Monday 4th Mar 12pm & 5.45pm? |? Tuesday 5th Mar 10am? |? Saturday 9th Mar 11.15am – All 30 minute sessions with Vicki Morgan!

Les Mills Barre Classes in Bromsgrove

LES MILLS BARRE? is a modern version of classic balletic training; a 30-minute workout designed to shape and tone postural muscles, build core strength, and allow you to escape the everyday. Incorporating classic ballet positions, with modern music, LES MILLS BARRE is a combination of cardio and strength with high reps of small range-of-motion movements and very light weights.

If you’re seeking a different style of training or a new kind of self-expression, you will love LES MILLS BARRE. Without the traditional barre to support you, the muscles supporting your body?s stability and strength becomes the focus. It may look beautiful, but don?t underestimate the burn.

Give us a call to book your spot

So if you are looking for a Les Mills Barre class in Bromsgrove then look no further, give us a call today and we can book your place in our taster classes. Call Altered Images Gym and Spa on 01527 874395.

If you enjoyed this post you may also like to read our previous post on our new Hot Yoga classes in Bromsgrove.

Yoga Wellness Weekend Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th Feb 2019

Join us for our yoga wellness weekend at Altered Images Bromsgrove this 23rd and 24th of February. We have a wide range of taster classes for you to try and all at an introductory price of just ?3 ( free to DD members).

Saturday Taster Classes*

  • 09:30 – 10:30 Tai Chi Michelle
  • 10:30 – 11:30 Remedial Pilates Phil
  • 11:30 – 12:30 Hatha Yoga Linda
  • 12:30 – 13:30 Yin Yoga Debs
  • 13:30 – 14:30 Hot Yoga Rachael
  • 14:30 – 15:00 Meditate Relax Rachael

Sunday Taster Classes*

  • 09:15 – 10:20 Ashtanga Yoga Debs
  • 09:30 – 10:30 Hot Yoga Rachael
  • 10:30 – 11:30 Tai Chi Michelle
  • 10:30 – 11:30 Yin Yoga Debs
  • 11:45 – 12:45 Remedial Pilates Phil
  • 11:45 – 12:30 Aqua Yoga Jenny
  • 12:45 – 13:45 Vinyasa Yoga Laura

* Terms apply on booking our taster classes

Hot Yoga

Hot Yoga is a Yoga class practised in a hot, humid environment. Doing Hot Yoga you will sweat more, which triggers the body?s natural detox response flushing out toxins from your skin. The extra heat will allow you to bend further increasing your flexibility with much less risk of injury. Hot Yoga helps to reduce stress and anxiety and when practised regularly can help improve sleep patterns.

Tai Chi

Tai Chi is a graceful form of exercise performed as slow focussed positions in harmony with deep breathing. Take part for improved balance, better mental health, reduced joint pain and come out of the class feeling calm, relaxed and wonderful!

Ashtanga Yoga

Ashtanga Yoga is a more vigorous style of Yoga with postures (asanas) held for 5-breaths alternated with a Sun Salutation to keep up the pace of the class. Ashtanga is practiced as a continuous synchronised flow of breath and movement and is great for core fitness.

Remedial Pilates

Remedial Pilates is an advanced style of Pilates specifically designed for people with chronic mechanical back pain. Exercises are developed and adapted for each individual focussing on problem areas in the lower back.

Book Now to Join Our Wellness Weekend

Booking onto our taster classes is essential as there are limited spaces for our wellness and yoga weekend Bromsgrove so please do give us a call on??01527 874395.


New research from the Les Mills Lab reveals how immersive fitness technology can help you work out harder than you think you are.


If you want to get fitter faster, with less discomfort, then embracing immersive fitness technology could be the way to go.


Thanks to the team at the Les Mills Lab we now know that combining audio-visual effects with a structured workout can be a great way to foster long-term fitness success ? news that?s particularly good for those who struggle to maintain a regular exercise regime.


The research, published in the?Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise?journal, shows how using technology to create an ?immersive? fitness experience increases satisfaction and decreases the rate of perceived exertion for new exercisers.


Led by Dr Jinger Gottschall at Penn State University, the study compared exercise intensity, satisfaction and perceived exertion between an audio-only cycle class and Les Mills? immersive cycling experience THE TRIP?.


THE TRIP combines cinema-quality video with a dynamic soundtrack to create virtual unique audio-visual worlds, giving riders the sensation of ascending steep glaciers, sprinting around digital velodromes, diving underwater and even speeding through ancient Greece. You can get a sense of this amazing experience here:


The study involved newbie exercisers completing eight audio-only cycle classes and eight sessions of THE TRIP. The researchers measured time spent in the two maximum heart rate zones (80-90 percent and 90-100 percent) and measured the rate of perceived exertion, satisfaction and enjoyment immediately after each class.


While the intensity of the workout was consistent across both formats, the rate of perceived exertion was significantly lower for the THE TRIP workout. Basically, the exercisers found the immersive cycling easier ? even though it wasn?t. What?s more, they found THE TRIP a more satisfying exercise experience overall.

Bryce Hastings, Les Mills Head of Research, believes the immersive nature of THE TRIP offers the perfect combination of engaging distractions, helping exercisers reach vigorous intensities without the perceived effort.

?THE TRIP is the perfect way to hit heart rate zones and get fitter faster without the discomfort of intensity.? Bryce Hastings

?The convergence of technology, exercise science and creativity creates a workout experience like no other,? says Hastings. ?In a 40-minute multi-peak cycling workout you become lost in a journey through digitally-created worlds ? it takes your motivation and energy output to the next level and you?ll burn serious calories.?

?There?s no chance of clock watching,? says one rider ?I can sustain efforts much longer when I?m chasing an avatar or following a visual cue. All of a sudden, I?m pushing my body to maximum intensity, but barely noticing. And, I want to come back and do it again.?

?I got so lost in the visuals that I had no idea how hard I was working until I saw the pool of sweat below my bike when the lights were turn on ? super cool!? Daniel, THE TRIP rider

Keen to learn more?

Discover the inspiration behind THE TRIP and how its creators turned an idea into the cutting edge of exercise by following this journey into THE TRIP development.

At Altered Images Gym and Spa we have a wide range of facilities and fitness classes for you to enjoy. Please don’t hesitate to give us a call on?01527 874395 and we can book you in for a free trial.

If you enjoyed reading this article you may also like to read our previous post on Should you be working out more?


Forget spending hours excessively exercising, we?ve got more evidence that maximising?the time you spend working out won?t fast-track your fitness. It?s quality over quantity that gets results.


Now more than ever in human history there are tons of options for working out. In spite of that, there are now also more obese people, more injured people, more people with poor body images. And the answer we hear most often is that we need to work out more, but is that really the case?


A recent study looked at three groups of individuals doing the same workout, varying the speed of the exercise. For example, one group did a chest press for two seconds on the way down and four seconds on the way back up; another group did 10 seconds on the way down, 10 seconds back up. Every group did their workout to momentary failure. The shorter duration exercisers did more reps than the slower exercisers, but all of them spent approximately the same length of time under load (about 90 seconds).

Quality over quantity workout

The researchers found no significant difference in strength gains between the three groups, even though the slowest group was only doing 1.5 reps of each exercise. You read that right: ONE AND A HALF reps at 30 seconds each way.


In another study three groups of experienced lifters were put through the same regular workout, with the only difference being the volume of exercise: one group did a single set, the second did three sets, and the third did five sets. They all used a weight that took them to momentary failure after about 8 to 12 reps. The researchers found that all the participants experienced the same strength gains, even though the single set only took about 17 minutes to finish, and the five sets took about 70 minutes to finish.


If you work out to the point of momentary failure, you will get stronger, regardless of how long you work out.?


Both of these studies confirm what we?ve known all along: it?s not quantity, it?s quality.

In both studies, the key was reaching momentary failure; if you get to the point where you experience momentary failure, you will experience strength gains, regardless of the length of the workout.


This is one of the reasons I love Les Mills BODYPUMP. During a BODYPUMP workout each muscle group is given anywhere from three to six minutes of isolated work. Whenever I take the class as a participant, I focus on maintaining perfect technique every rep and I select a weight that takes me to momentary failure by the time the workout for each muscle group is done. That?s been the recipe that I?ve used to get stronger and accomplish my goals.


Keen to learn more about the risks to too much exercise? Read about how to identify the signs of overtraining here.


Alex Hernandez?is a North Carolina-based BODYPUMP and LES MILLS GRIT trainer who also teaches BODYCOMBAT, BODYJAM, and BODYBALANCE. He is a proponent of purposeful training to improve movement and performance, embraces the idea of the?unsteady state, and as a master trainer for Trigger Point Performance, he regularly shares his expertise in self-myofascial recovery. He is also a mechanical engineer.


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At Altered Images Gym in Bromsgrove we run Les Mills classes as part of our weekly class timetable. Come along and join in with our trainers to reach your fitness goals. To arrange a visit give us a call on?01527 874395 or?email us?today!

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Tai Chi classes in Bromsgrove ? Kick starting 2019 the right way

If you are living in Bromsgrove Tai Chi is a great way to kick start a healthy 2019. Lots of us make New Years? resolutions that involve a healthier lifestyle and exercise classes near you in Bromsgrove could be the key to seeing these resolutions take shape throughout the year. Here at Altered Images gym, since being established in 2014 we have been on the lookout for new and innovative ways to adapt and maintain a good fitness regime. People of all ages want to stay fit so we want our facilities to welcome anyone who wishes to exercise ? regardless of their age, ability, and experience. We want to support every individual who comes to us with a fitness goal which is why we have worked hard to establish a wide range of fitness classes that appeal to individuals from various fitness backgrounds.

Tai Chi in Bromsgrove

Our Bromsgrove Tai Chi class welcomes people from all walks of life to learn and engage in the ancient martial art. Tai Chi was originally developed as a martial art in the 13th Century China, however, it is now practised as a health-promoting exercise all over the world. Tai Chi combines relaxation and deep breathing with flowing yet controlled movements. It can improve the mental and physical wellbeing for everyone but in particular, has been proven to reduce stress, improve posture, and increase muscle strength for people over the age of 65. Our Tai Chi classes in Bromsgrove can be adapted to suit anyone?s needs and are taught by a fully trained professional who will offer you any support you need to achieve your goals.

Learning Tai ChiBromsgrove Tai Chi Classes Michelle Baker

In order to make sure you reap the full benefits that Tai Chi can offer you, a highly experienced Tai Chi teacher runs the classes here at Altered Images. Michelle Baker has been practising Tai Chi since January 2000 so with nearly two decades of experience, she can teach it to classes of many mixed abilities. Michelle will always adapt any moves necessary to ensure everyone can take part in it and enjoy themselves too. Michelle describes Tai Chi as ?calming, relaxing and at the same time energising and revitalising? – she wants as many people as possible to reap the benefits that Tai Chi can provide for your body and your mind. By attending exercise classes such as Tai Chi, you can learn a new form of exercise at your own pace and with the support of a dedicated expert. We?ll ensure the environment you practice in is a calm, welcoming and friendly one that enhances your motivation and keeps you aspiring to reach your goals.

Find out more!

To contact Michelle for more information about her classes, you can visit her Facebook Page at:?Michelle@taichiwithmichelle or her Twitter account at: Michelle@chi_with


If you would like to find out more information about Bromsgrove Tai Chi or other fitness classes, head to our website today. Alternatively, you can call 01527 874395 to speak to a member of our team.

If you have found this blog helpful, you may wish to read our previous blog on Dance Workouts.

Fitness Instructor of the Week – Jenny King

If you are looking for a fitness instructor in Bromsgrove then look no further than Altered Images gym. Our gym in Bromsgrove is dedicated to getting people of all ages and abilities to share our passion for health and fitness.? We?ve got all sorts of trained professionals on-board with our team to teach you new, innovative and exciting ways to keep fit and healthy. We encourage everyone to enjoy keeping fit but we understand that everyone enjoys exercise in different ways. While some like to head straight into the fitness suite to complete their workout solo, others enjoy the social aspects of exercising with fellow members and an instructor; which is why we also have a wide range of fitness classes to offer you ? all of which are ran by fully trained fitness instructors.

Fitness classes at Altered Images Gym Bromsgrove

We have over fifty different fitness classes to offer our members. There is plenty of variation to choose from, including Body Balance, Kettlercise and Circuits, which means that no matter what your interests and abilities are – you?ll be able to find something for you. Whether you?ve done that type of exercise before or you are trying it for the first time, our classes welcome everyone and you?ll fit right in with our friendly fitness instructors and fellow classmates.

Fitness Instructors in Bromsgrove

We are proud to work with some of the best fitness instructors in Bromsgrove. All of our instructors are highly experienced and are incredibly passionate about what they do. They are there to guide you through the fitness classes and support you in achieving your goals.


Instructor of the Week – Jenny King

fitness instructor in Bromsgrove


Our Instructor of the Week this week is Jenny King, who has worked in the fitness industry for fifteen years. Jenny has always been incredibly passionate about fitness ? which first started off as her hobby. As her passion for keeping fit grew, Jenny decided to pursue a career in it and now proudly teaches Body Balance, Pilates and Yoga here at Altered Images. She enjoys the fusion of the mind, body, breath and music, and will gently guide you through all of the classes she teaches that are aimed to enhance both the physical health, and mental well-being. Speaking about her enjoyment of the classes she said ?I enjoy seeing the results and improvement in my participant?s fitness and confidence.? ?Her classes are aimed at those who are looking to de-stress from day-to-day life, tone up their bodies, and become more flexible.

Contact us today

Jenny?s Body Balance class is on every Wednesday at 10:30am. If you would like to find out about any other classes which are taught by our friendly and supportive Bromsgrove fitness instructors, head to our website today. Alternatively, you can call 01527 874395 to speak to a member of our team.

If you have found this blog helpful, you may wish to read our previous blog on Water Exercise.