WORKING WITH ME
Do I have to be injured to train with you?
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.
There are many personal trainers out there, why should I choose you?
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.
- identify and address any issues with technique, to help you avoid injury and get that most out of your training
- develop a programme that helps you to reach your goals whilst taking into consideration your lifestyle
Lots of other personal trainers offer to help with weight loss or body-shaping goals - why don't you mention this anywhere?
Why do you offer free group sessions; aren't you good enough to ask for payment?
WHAT TO EXPECT
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.
What should I wear?
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.
BOOKINGS & CANCELLATIONS
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:
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.