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Supplements

Many Personal Trainers make a secondary income by selling various dietary supplements to their clients.

After all, it appears to make sense. Your PT must think that you need to take a supplement, or they wouldn't sell it to you, would they?

I've always regarded the selling of supplements by PT's as a serious conflict of interest. If your PT earns money by selling supplements to you, it's in their interest to try to sell you as much as they can.

Do you actually NEED a supplement, or have you been told that you need it simply to boost your PT's bottom line?

Sometimes, clients DO need to take some kind of supplementation. The additional demands of a training program means that your body requires more nutrients in order to develop. If you don't get this from your regular diet, then supplementation makes sense.

If I think that a client needs a dietary supplement, I research on their behalf as to where they can get it for the best price.

At no time do I ever make money from selling them.

 
 
 

'Guaranteed' results?

I see plenty of PT's and PT companies stating that they offer 'guaranteed results' to their clients.

How realistic a claim is it?

Can they really 'guarantee' that client can get the results that they ask for in the time frame that they expect it?

The answer is a resounding 'no'. There are simply too many variables in the equation for them to be able to guarantee anything.

The 'guarantee' is little more than a play on words. Any physical change at all can be deemed to be a 'result', no matter how small. It's nigh-on impossible to start an exercise and nutrition program without seeing some amount of change. Whether that change is anywhere near what the client expected is another matter entirely.

The fact of the matter is that much of a client's progress is out of the hands of the PT. Even if I see a client 5 times a week, that's only 5 hours out of a total of 168 hours that make up a week. That leaves 163 hours where it is up to the client themselves to stick to an exercise program or to follow a diet plan.

Yes, some clients have the willpower to follow a program to the letter. Others may find it more difficult. Everyone is an individual with their own strengths and weaknesses. A good PT recognises this and knows that some people require more guidance and encouragement than others.

'Guaranteed' results belong in the world of the snake-oil merchants and television info-mercials.

They have no place in the world of personal training.

 

 

Personal Training should be just that; PERSONAL.

For that reason, I no longer take classes, nor do I run bootcamps. I decided some time ago to leave group sessions behind. The 'one size fits all' approach simply doesn't work for me.

It's easy to stand in a field and bark instructions to what is, basically, a simple circuit class. That's why so many PT's choose to run bootcamps these days!

One-to-One personal training is massively more involved.

As well as technical and practical knowledge, an effective Personal Trainer needs maturity and life experience to be able to empathise with and understand the demands faced by a client in their day-to-day lives and the effect this has on them physically, emotionally and mentally.

My work is about understanding the behaviour of my clients, really getting to know what makes them tick. Every single one of us is unique, that's what makes my work so exciting and rewarding.

My aim is to ensure that their personal training sessions, between session workouts and nutrition programs are both realistic and effective within the framework of their everyday life.

It's both pointless and disheartening for a client to be given an exercise or nutrition regime that is simply impossible for them to follow. It is infinitely more productive and motivating to have something that you can realistically do and do well.

Something that has been designed specifically for YOU.

This is the very ethos of personal training and the very thing that makes classes and bootcamps, ultimately, limited in their effectiveness.

I take pride in every aspect of my work, which is why I want the very best for my clients.

 
 

 

For me, studying personal training alone wasn't enough.

I wanted to take a more holistic view to health & fitness. One that was focused more on total wellbeing than simply being able to run further or faster or lift more weight.

This led to my study of nutrition, deep tissue massage, Indian Head massage and Reiki, so that I can offer my clients a complete, multi-faceted package rather than just exercise alone.

Regardless of whether you're looking to lose weight, tone up, tackle some medical issue or simply want to feel better, this 'total' approach has the emphasis on the long term, rather than being a simplistic, short-term solution.

Of course, some clients just want to concentrate on the fitness aspect. That's fine, but the other services are there should they want them.