Hard­core work­outs: Safe or dan­ger­ous?

Re­al­ity TV star Kate Wright, broke her arm dur­ing a tough fit­ness ses­sion

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We’re all for a high-in­ten­sity work­out – it gets the blood pump­ing, the body mov­ing and the en­dor­phins flow­ing. For­mer TOWIE star Kate Wright, 27, is also a fan, reg­u­larly shar­ing her in­spir­ing yet bru­tal work­outs on In­sta­gram. But she’s out of ac­tion right now thanks to a bro­ken arm she sus­tained dur­ing a bleep test.

So how do we keep our­selves safe dur­ing a hard­core work­out? ‘Re­duce risk of in­jury and fo­cus on do­ing the ba­sics well,’ ad­vises per­for­mance coach Loui Faza­k­er­ley. Don’t panic if you’re a bit of a gym novice. Re­sis­tance ma­chines ‘can be a good place to start as they have fixed ranges of mo­tion which can help guide you through the cor­rect move­ment’.

Loui adds, ‘If you haven’t got any ex­pe­ri­ence with free weights or aren’t con­fi­dent us­ing them alone, seek the ad­vice of a qual­i­fied per­sonal trainer.’

And re­mem­ber, sus­tain­able re­sults take time. ‘The take-home mes­sage is to learn the ba­sics, take a steady, per­son­alised and pro­gres­sive ap­proach – and gains will come!’

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