Why Should I Run? Kicking off 2020 the right way!

Different exercises all boast various different health benefits, but running remains one of the most effective ways of enhancing your health and fitness. With the new year looming in, why not consider running to achieve fitness goals?

Running is one of the most popular ways to stay fit, but with so many different exercise that you can take part of, you may be wondering “Why should I run?“.

Here at Altered Images in Bromsgrove, our gym offers a wide range of activities and exercises that can help you get fit. Our gym facilities enable runners to be able to train for their own personal goals – whilst benefiting from the on-going professional support from our highly experienced fitness instructors.

So, why should I run?

Running offers a wide scope of physical and mental benefits including:

  • Helps reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in life
  • Tones the buttocks and thighs quicker than almost any other exercise
  • Feel-good endorphins are released which help counter stress, make you happier and improve your mood
  • Helps you sleep better
  • Helps keep your bodily functions regular!
  • Helps improve immune cells to fight infection
  • Can improve your mental alertness
  • Can boost your sex life!
  • Gives you more energy
  • Gives you great fitness and endurance
  • Burns lots of calories
  • It’s inexpensive
  • Speeds up the metabolism
  • There are lots of choices – different distances from short sprints to marathons and different training techniques from multi terrain, interval training, multi-speed training, endurance runs, hill efforts to name a few.

Health and fitness advice in Bromsgrove

If you’ve got questions like “why should I run?” that need answering, speak to one of our health and fitness experts today. Head to our website for more information about our gym facilities, or call? 01527 874395 to speak to a member of our helpful and friendly team. At Altered Images Gym in Bromsgrove, we are proud to go the extra mile to help you reach your fitness goals.

If you enjoyed reading this article you may also like to read our previous post on What wine can I drink?

Free Weights Gym | Altered Images Gym in Bromsgrove

Looking for a free weights gym??Not only does our free weights gym in Bromsgrove look great; it’s great for your body too. Free weights exercises are incredibly beneficial which is why we’ve invested plenty of money into our equipment.

When it comes to working out with free weights, it’s important you know exactly what you are doing. With this in mind, our team of Bromsgrove fitness trainers are here to offer you expert fitness support throughout your entire training regime.?

Why should you go to a free weights gym?

Going to a free weights gym provides many different benefits. Free weight workout routines can vary and can cater to those of all fitness levels.

The benefits of free weights include:

  • Improving balance –?using free weights can massively improve your balance and decrease any imbalance issues you may have. You can target specific balance problems by using the weights on certain parts/sides of your body. Free weights allow you to be able to load both sides of the body equally too.
  • Strength gains – by decreasing imbalances, any weak sides to the body can grow stronger. As free weights require more control and balance when using them, muscles can gain more strength faster.
  • Prevents injury?– exercising with free weights helps to stabilise your muscles. Muscles play a vital tole in keeping joints in place and supporting the overall body. Therefore, keeping them strong helps to prevent injuries.


Free weights equipment in Bromsgrove

At our free weights gym in Bromsgrove, we have plenty of safe and high quality equipment to support your fitness goals. Some of the equipment includes:

  • Steel dumbbells up to 50KG
  • Fixed barbells from 15KG to 50KG stored on a rotating carousel for member convenience
  • 1500KG of new weight plates
  • 500KG of new Bumper plates
  • Olympic Barbells
  • A variety barbells in different shape and sizes
  • Shock absorbing floor with mirrors and LED colour themed lighting
  • Olympic lifting zone
  • Over 10 weight machines?
  • Decline abs bench, decline dumbbell bench, Pakulski bench, sissy-squat stand, plus two regular adjustable benches


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Altered Images Gym

Our design here at Altered Images is open and spacious. This enables more freedom with compound & functional exercises using the dumbbells and barbells, cable machines, and body weight exercises. Our new Watson plate loaded machines enable you to work with you body’s natural plane of movement to maximise muscle contractions during your workout.


Call us Today

If you would like to know more about our free weights gym, head to our website today. Or, call 01527 874395 to speak to a member of our helpful and friendly team.

If you have enjoyed reading this blog you may also like to read our previous post on Personal Trainers in Worcestershire.

Drinking wine whilst losing weight | Everything you need to know

Michel-ChapoutierWhen I talk to people about their weekly Food Diary (such a simple, yet immensely powerful tool we use for Weight Loss Success) we inevitably get onto the delicate subject of alcohol.

A short wine weightloss guide

Here at Altered Images, we like to consider ourselves as experts when it comes to creating weightloss guides. After looking into this topic in more depth over the last 3 or 4 years I now feel far more confident in passing on what I have learnt and also sharing my own experience of being able to enjoy a glass of wine regularly whilst still managing to lose body fat, shed pounds and ultimately control my weight effectively.

Understanding how wine is made has also helped, thanks in large part to Antony Davis of the Mentzendorff Wine House, who hosts regular, highly informative?wine tasting events at Altered Images.

The simple key is the Residual Sugar (RS) level of the wine which means that a wine you feel has a deep, rich flavour may have reached that “finish” by the use of added sugar, as opposed to the longer but natural preparation process to achieve a smoother finish and taste.

So, can you drink alcohol and still lose weight?

As some general advice, if you find a wine with an RS level of 10 or below, there is no reason why you can’t enjoy a glass of that wine every evening with your dinner and still stay on track with weight loss. ?I know this is absolutely true as I have followed this same system myself where I changed my breakfast routine, eliminated high-sugar content carbs (white rice, white pasta, white bread) in favour of lower- sugar content ones (lentils and pulses) yet still ?had a glass of Pinot Noir or Sauvignon Blanc with dinner.

My first two grape varieties (Pinot Noir & Sauvignon Blanc) were used as more of a generalisation at the start of my understanding of sugar levels, however what I have learned subsequently is that when wine is made properly – and not rushed to the supermarket – it tends to be aged correctly; the inherent flavours are allowed to ‘finish’ so they taste smooth, full, fruity even ‘cheeky’ but all done naturally without the ‘air-brushing effect’ sugar often has on wine. This widens the number of grape varieties you can enjoy as long as you apply the sub 10 RS rule.

Low-sugar wines

Typically a number of non-supermarket wines (made more traditionally following the Lunar or Biodynamic approach to producing) tend to be a little more expensive. For instance varieties like Chapoutier’s entry level wines are in the region of ?8-?9 per bottle and have featured in our?most recent?wine tasting events?and these are low sugar and eminently drinkable!

What this demonstrates is perhaps not surprising. If you look at many French people, they don’t tend to be particularly overweight yet they still enjoy wine on a daily basis, so perhaps the key is what wine they are drinking, rather than the fact they are drinking wine at all?

My personal opinion is a resounding YES and I’m sure many of you will be pleased even relieved to hear that!

If you choose the right wine with a lower Residual Sugar content (ie under 10) you can enjoy your wine AND still remain healthy and lose weight.

PS – For anyone interested to learn more about Lunar Wine Production or Biodynamic Viticulture (to give it it’s proper name) and which wine producers use this method, ?Google and Wikipedia are a great source of information and you will see Chapoutier mentioned and indeed Chapoutier have a very good website with information about Bio wines.

Contact us today

If you’re looking for a weightloss guide, or you would like to find out more about health and fitness plans, head to our website today. Our Bromsgrove gym is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels – and our experienced fitness experts will create you a fitness plan that is perfectly tailored to your goals.? If you enjoyed reading this article you may also like to read our previous post on how running can be fun.