Why it works
I train people who want to lose weight, women who want to tone-up and men who want to bulk-up, business men who want to run their first marathon and sportswomen who want to improve in their specific field. I train a whole range of people. They come to me because I offer:
Expertise – I am an athlete and I will train you like an athlete. Personalisation, periodisation and progression will all be built into a structured plan designed specifically to compliment your strengths and tackle your weaknesses.
Motivation – When you’ve been, plugging away, working hard and giving your best to an exercise routine for 3 or 4 weeks their is nothing more demoralising the getting on the scales and seeing little or no change. What’s the point You think to yourself, before giving it up and going back to your old habits. As your trainer, I will be there to focus on the positives. To point out that you’ve run 2 miles in week 4 when you could barely run half of that in week 1, that your resting heart rate is already lower than at the start of the program, your blood pressure is now within reasonable boundaries or to simply point out that if nothing else, you’re looking great.
Experience – I run upwards of 20 mile distances as a matter of course. And remember, I couldn’t run for 30 minutes 5 years ago. I now think nothing of putting on my backpack and running a marathon on a Saturday morning. I’ve trained my body to do what Brendan Foster commentating on the London marathon will tell you is the limit of human endurance. It’s not. I’m not a gifted runner (see my blog!) but I run the marathon distance at least once a month with no problems whatsoever. It’s the skill-set I’ve developed to allow myself to do that I can teach you too.
A Partner – No matter what I’ve been doing for the rest of the day, I’m going to get as involved in our session as possible. If we’re running, I’ll be running with you, if we’re boxing, watch out for my wayward left hook, if you’re doing weights, I’m going to demonstrate correct form and technique. I am not a trainer who is going to follow you around a gym, daydreaming and checking out my competitors biceps.
Empathy – I’ve said it before and I ‘ll say it again: I used to be fat and lazy. And I changed all that. It wasn’t easy but it wasn’t as hard as you think it might be either. When you’re looking at shifting three and a half stone and you go for one run and feel awful afterwards, all you can see is the mountain in front of you. You need patience and self-discipline and occasionally someone working with you who has been there and done it for themselves to help you climb this mountain, one step at a time.
Sense of Humour - One of the reasons I am a personal trainer is to distract from the fact that deep down all I really want to be is a stand-up comedian. This might become evident during our sessions.