Frequently Asked Questions

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Why do I need a Personal Trainer?


If you’re self-motivated, familiar with exercise and have the self-discipline to keep to a training plan then maybe you don’t. However, there is much conflicting and unreliable information about fitness published, costly gym memberships often end up being unused (I know from personal experience!) and most people who want to change deeply embedded lifestyle habits find it difficult without support. Certified personal trainers have the expert knowledge, skills and experience to give you the best chance of success in achieving your fitness goals.  


How are you different from other Personal Trainers?


Although there are many good personal trainers, there have been concerns about the variable quality of instructors employed in the industry. As a member of CIMSPA (see the ‘About me’ page) my qualifications and on-going professional competence to practice have been suitably endorsed. I also bring a unique life experience quite different from those who have been in the fitness industry for most of their working lives. I can truly empathise with the difficulties my clients may have in breaking out of a sedentary lifestyle. And having experienced the benefits of personal training myself I’m passionate about sharing what I’ve learned with others. The results really can be life changing.


Is exercise safe for me?


There are inherent risks associated with exercise but these are usually far outweighed by the potential health benefits. If any concerns are highlighted during the initial health screening you may be advised to consult your doctor before commencing the exercise programme. Otherwise, I will design a programme for you which minimises risks and builds solid foundations before progressing to more challenging workouts. 

How are you managing the risks associated with Covid-19?

All commercial gyms and exercise studios should be following the relevant guidelines to reduce the risks. Whether or not these measures are effective will depend on how well they’re implemented and whether or not you’ll still feel able and motivated to go to the gym or group exercise class. For more information on Covid-19 risk management please see here. 


What ages do you work with?


I normally work with clients aged 18+, subject to satisfactory completion of the health screening process.


When are you available to train me?


My normal hours are 7.00am – 8.00pm, Monday – Friday. I aim to provide a very flexible service so you can train when it’s most convenient for you; before or after work, around work shifts or flexibly during the day. Subject to reasonable notice, appointment changes can be made without charge.


What do I need to bring to an exercise session?


Clothing should be comfortable, allow you to move freely and not irritate your skin. The basic requirements are a pair of sports shorts/tights, a lightweight top and a pair of trainers / tennis shoes with sports socks. Female clients may also wish to use a sports bra which provides more support for exercises involving significant movement. You'll need fresh water in a drinks bottle (750–1000ml) and a sweat towel is recommended. 


How do I pay for my training?


Payments should be made in advance for each block of training (minimum of 4 sessions). I prefer online bank transfers or Standing Order but can also accept cash or cheques. 

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