About Karl Henry

Karl Henry Personal Trainer

Karl Henry is one Ireland's most recognised and leading personal trainers. He is well known for his role as the leading fitness expert on RTÉ One’s Operation Transformation since it began.

He is a regular contributor to the Irish Independent every Tuesday. He has successfully published four books to date, including Real Results with Karl Henry, Bums Tums and Bingo Wings, The Slim Solution and his most recent book Beach, Bums & Tums. He is currently working on his fifth book which will be published in 2018.

As well as doing personal training, writing and media work, Karl also specialises in Corporate Fitness and Wellness. From one off lectures to full corporate health and wellness solutions, Karl works with some of the top companies across the country to deliver solutions that last and programmes that work.






Karl's Top 5 tips:

1) Build a healthy lifestyle plan that you can sustain. The plan needs to fit around your lifestyle to work in the long term. Schedule your sessions in each week and try to stick to your schedule as much as possible.

2) You need to hit your talk test point when you exercise, getting slightly out of breath but still able to have a conversation. This helps you to get the very best benefits from your session. 

3) Surround yourself with likeminded people: Aim to create a network of healthy and positive peo-ple that you associate with, this will improve your chances of staying healthy in the long term.

4) Don’t forget to reward yourself when you hit your targets. Targets are fantastic; we all need them but don't forget to pat yourself on the back when you hit that target!

5) Have fun: Above all, exercise and health should be fun, engaging and enjoyable. By making it fun, it increases your chances of staying healthy in the long run.


The Couch to 5K.

Your key pointers/advice for runners hoping to complete the Couch to 5K plan.

1) Start slow and build up your fitness and your speed as the training goes on. Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day and the best way to improve your fitness safely, is slow and steady.

2) If you are finding it tough, why not surround yourself with a group of likeminded friends, helping each other to stay focused and stay determined, even through the cold winter months.

3) Aim for non-cotton based clothing, the dry fit and fit dry clothing will be far more comfortable and far more beneficial to your session as it makes it more enjoyable.

4) Remember, if you find the training too tough or uncomfortable on your joints, you can always switch to fast walking, which will be just as beneficial but make sure you walk fast enough to get slightly out of breath to get the benefits.

5) Accept that there will be weeks that something happens or something gets in the way of one of your sessions. Try not to dwell on this fact, just deal with it, move on to the next session and don't worry about it.

6) 5k is a great way to improve your health, it’s just tough enough but also challenging, anyone can do it and it will make an incredible difference to your body, your mind and your health.

7) Believe that you can do it .You will have doubts, but just follow the plan and you will be amazed at what you can achieve!

8) Don’t wear anything new on the race day; aim to run your first full 5k in the very same gear you have trained in, this will make your event more comfortable and more enjoyable too.

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