Do I have to be injured to train with you?

Absolutely not! Whilst injury rehabilitation is one of my specialisms, my overarching aim is to help people move as well as they possibly can for the life they want to lead. For example, if you’re new to running, we might focus on ensuring you have the necessary mobility, stability and strength in your lower limbs and core, so that you can remain injury free and can run to the best of your ability. If you find that your upper body mobility is too limited to get your arms over your head in some exercises, we’ll incorporate movements to address this into your programme. If you just want to get a bit fitter / stronger / more mobile / train for an event / become a Ninja Warrior, we can do that too!

Are you a physiotherapist?

No, I’m not. I’m not qualified to diagnose injuries or attempt to determine the source of any pain you might be experiencing. I always recommend visiting your GP or physiotherapist / chiropractor / osteopath if you have any undiagnosed pain or injury.
What I can do is work alongside your practitioner to bridge the gap between the treatment they give you, and maintaining or developing your mobility and strength whilst rehabbing your injury.

What experience have you had?

Having worked in some large commercial gyms, I moved to an incredible private facility, which had injury prevention, rehabilitation and functional physical health at its heart. I was part of an integrated team that delivered programmes developed in conjunction with a Lead Sports Injury and Rehabilitation practitioner. We received weekly training from highly accomplished strength & conditioning coaches, as well as physiotherapists and chiropractors.
I was fortunate enough to experience working with young children, all the way up to clients in their 80s, some of whom had injuries and illness ranging from chronic lower back pain, to knee replacements, to autoimmune diseases. I've accumulated over 1500 hours of 1:1 training experience and continue to develop my knowledge with continued professional development courses, seminars or reading every month.

There are many personal trainers out there, why should I choose you?

I completely understand that it’s a difficult decision to make, given all the information and grand claims floating around the internet. After all, your precious time, money and body are at stake, so it’s not a decision to be taken lightly. Anyone can give you exercises to make you tired / out of breath / sweaty, to feel like you’ve ‘worked’ - that doesn’t necessarily make a good coach. I care about how you move, and want to make sure that your body can continue to do all of the things you want it to, for as long as you need it to. I put an emphasis on quality movement, not the kind that will leave you broken and crippled for days after your session. I also recognise that our sessions are about YOU, not me. It really doesn't matter how many pull-ups I can do, what my 5km time is, or how awesome my instagram photos are, if I can't truly listen to you and understand where you're coming from in order to help you in the best way possible.

Why should I spend my money on personal training when I can exercise by myself?

You can indeed exercise by yourself… and you should! My aim is to give you as much advice and motivation as possible, to help you move your body in a way that benefits you most.
I can:
- identify and address any issues with technique, to help you avoid injury and get that most out of your training - assess your movement patterns and advise you on corrective exercise
- develop a programme that helps you to reach your goals whilst taking into consideration your lifestyle I’d like you to think of employing the services of a coach as an investment in your long term health - I don’t know about you, but my health is priceless.

Lots of other personal trainers offer to help with weight loss or body-shaping goals - why don't you mention this anywhere?

Weight loss (or body fat reduction) is an extremely complicated process, and dependent on so much more than just exercise. It is a combination of energy input (i.e. your diet), energy output, plus other metabolic factors such as hormone balance, stress, sleep, etc. Whilst a lot of personal trainers do give nutrition and diet advice, I believe that this is best left to the professionals in this area, like registered dieticians and nutritionists. My aim as a trainer is to work with you to discover what your body is capable of, and to help you find types of movement that you enjoy and that will benefit you. For many of my clients, body fat reduction has been a natural consequence of becoming more active and enjoying what their bodies can acheive, treating them better as a result - but it isn't my main focus.

Why do you offer free group sessions; aren't you good enough to ask for payment?

Oi, cheeky! Whilst there might not be such a thing as a free lunch, there is a free running group. I love my job because it allows me to encourage people to move their bodies more and reap all of the wonderful associated benefits. I do, however, understand that cost can be one of the many barriers to physcial activity, so if I can do my bit to remove that barrier, everyone's a winner. That's why I offer a free running group and also work for the wonderful OurParks organisation.


Where will we train?

Many of my clients like to train in the privacy and comfort of their own homes. We don’t require much space and you don’t need to provide any equipment, as I bring everything with me.
If you’d prefer to make the most of fresh air and open spaces, we can train in your garden or at a local park. I also have access to a private gym in south Kingston.

What should I wear?

I’d recommend wearing exercise clothes that are sweat-wicking (i.e. not pure cotton). Lycra is a good option, but that doesn’t mean they have to be tight - you need to be comfortable when you’re moving. If we’re working in your home, bear in mind that there won’t be air conditioning, so you’re likely to warm up quite quickly. Conversely, if we’re outside, it might take a while to get warm, so wearing a few layers is a good plan.

I’ve never worked with a coach / personal trainer before - what can I expect?

Advice, questions, direction, motivation, laughter, some ‘homework’, a sense of achievement, amongst other things!
We kick things off with me getting to know and understand more about you: your activity likes/dislikes, how exercise does/could fit into your lifestyle and how you currently move (the functional assessment). I’ll then use this information to develop an exercise prescription for you (based on the type of programme you’ve chosen).
I’ll always explain the general content of the programme to you, plus why I’ve decided to include certain exercises and their aims, but you can ask me questions about anything at any point.

Do I need to have a certain level of fitness before I can start personal training?

Not at all. The benefit of personalised coaching, and my approach of always conducting a thorough initial assessment, is that we can determine your specific starting point. Everyone starts at a different level and our sessions will be tailored to your unique needs and starting point.

What sort of exercises will we do - I’m worried they might be too difficult?

All exercises will be tailored to you - your starting point, your goals, your needs, and your likes & dislikes (to a point!)
It’s possible that you might find some exercises challenging, and you do need to challenge yourself to develop and make positive changes. However, it is never my aim to make them so difficult that you can’t do them or become demotivated - that totally defeats the purpose.

After personal training sessions I’ve had before, I was so sore that I couldn’t walk for days afterwards! Will this be the same?

I'm not going to lie; if you’ve not exercised for a while - particularly strength training - it’s possible that you will have some muscle soreness after our initial sessions. That said, I will always ease you into things gently if it’s been some time since you’ve done this type of training, or if you’ve never done it before, to minimise the likelihood of excessive muscle soreness. I do not believe that the measure of a good exercise / workout is how screwed you feel or how sore you are afterwards. Any idiot can make you sweaty or sore - that doesn't mean it's doing your body any good.


Are you flexible with the days and times we can have our sessions each week?

Yes, I have an element of flexibility if you can’t commit to the same day or time each week. We can discuss this in our initial session.

How much notice to I need to give you to cancel a session?

As much time as possible would be great!
I ask for notice (a phone call or text message) of: - at least 12 hours in advance of the start time of the session, if the session is due to start before 10am or after 7pm, and - at least 18 hours in advance of the start time of the session, if the session is due to start between 10am and 7pm to either cancel or reschedule.
If you give less notice, the session may not be able to be rescheduled, but will still be counted towards the total number of sessions that you’ve had.

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