Personal Training FAQs
There are always a lot of questions when it comes to fitness. Below are answers to some of the most common questions we have received. There are obviously a lot more questions, so feel free to get in touch with us and ask away.
Where do sessions take place?
Personal training sessions take place at a location of your choice. Typically, this can be in the customers home, in a local park or at a gym. We do not work at one gym, so if you wish to use facilities at a gym near you, you will need to become a member there. Although we do gym work, we specialise in home and outdoor personal training.
What should I wear?
Clothes should be fit for purpose – comfortable and non-restrictive; Footwear should be comfortable and provide adequate support.
Are you a qualified personal trainer?
Yes. We are fully qualified Personal Trainers. Check out our About us page for more details.
What is the free Client Assessment and how do I book?
This normally takes 30 mins and is a completely free assessment that includes a health, dietary and lifestyle analysis. It will give you the opportunity to talk very openly about your goals and objectives and we can obtain the information required to create a customised training programme for you to achieve them. It helps us ascertain what exercises work best for you, and you’re most comfortable with.
When you book and pay for your first session, please select the "New Client Personal Training" appointment type which will give you an additional 30 mins on your appointment, for free so we can carry out the assessment.
What happens at the client assessment session?
The client assessment session is a health screening and goal setting meeting. You will not be required to do any exercise during this consultation. The first session is a free of charge health screening and goal setting meeting. You will not be required to do any exercise during this consultation.
The screening process will indicate a clear idea of the type of goals that you wish to achieve from your exercise programme. These may be as varied as losing a few pounds for a wedding, getting back in shape after childbirth, running a marathon, or decreasing stress levels to reduce the threat of coronary heart disease. From this we can draw up short, medium and long-term goals that we can measure, monitor and alter as appropriate. After the initial consultation the next sessions, we do some active fitness tests used for benchmarking and measuring your progress and introduce some exercises. Don't worry there will not be anything too strenuous or beyond your ability - they are scientifically designed for all levels. Based on these two sessions your Personal Exercise Programme will be written up and will begin in earnest.
I’ve struggled with my weight and fitness for a long time, how will you make a difference?
The purpose of a personal trainer is to provide a specific programme based on underpinning expert knowledge. Each client has an initial consultation discussing barriers, objectives and goals in preparation to beginning training.
The barriers to achieving your goals are just as important, so we can identify these and look at ways at overcoming them.
I don’t respond well to barked orders, what is your approach?
Our job is to motivate you and develop a customised training programme that helps you meet your goals – and not to bark orders. We will be encouraging you all the way, whilst advising you on the correct exercise postures to ensure you’re putting pressure on the right muscles.
Some people respond to encouragement, whilst some like to pushed hard; it’s all about having an honest partnership where we have an open feedback loop so you’re happy with our sessions and how we motivate you – with the ultimate aim to help you achieve your goals.
Can I bring a friend or relative?
Yes. We offer one-to-one training or group sessions. Whether it’s working out as a couple or to two friends we can offer a special price. Please ask us for more information.
What types of training do you offer?
We develop a customised training programme for each of our clients, tailored toward their wishes, allowing them to reach their stated goals in a reasonable time frame.
The types of training covered are weight loss, endurance, flexibility and stretching, as well as strength, core and functional training.
What exercises will we do, I’m worried they’ll be too difficult?
We carry out all kinds of exercises, but we’ll only do the exercises that you feel comfortable doing. Our job is to find a training programme that you’re happy with and that you’ll stick to in order for you to reach your goal.
I'm too fat/unfit/old to have a Personal Trainer?
Most definitely not! The whole idea of a Personal Trainer is to reach your own individual and specific fitness goals. People of all ages, abilities and weights have Personal Trainers and the schedules will be designed specifically to your level.
Will it hurt?
One of the main principles of fitness is that of overload ie the body has to be subjected to stress of a slightly higher level than it is used to in order for it to adapt to this new level and thus improve fitness. However, because all of the schedules are individually designed and based on initial bench-marking fitness tests on you they will be aimed at your own ability and will start off at a level you are comfortable with and from which you can safely progress. So, no - the old adage 'no pain, no gain' is not correct to take advantage of the health benefits of exercise.
What sort of people have a Personal Trainer?
Absolutely anyone, from the young to the old, the fat to thin, tall to short, fit to unfit. Everyone can benefit from exercise and everyone can be catered for. Personal Fitness trainers are no longer the preserve of celebrities and the wealthy.
How long is a personal training session?
On average they are one hour in length.
How often do I need to train?
Like most things in life, the more you put in the more you get out. The general consensus now is that people should be exercising 5-6 days a week for 30-40 minutes or more to gain significant health benefits. However, don't let this put you off. Significant benefits can be seen from three days a week and 2-3 sessions per week are sufficient for those who are out of condition.
Does every exercise session need to be with a Personal Trainer?
No. It is up to the individual. If you want us to train with you 5 days a week we can, or if you want one session a fortnight we will give you a detailed schedule of what you should be doing during the other sessions.
What type of physical activity will I be doing during a session?
Each session will start with a warm up, a mobilisation of the major joints and muscles to be used and some brief stretching. Each session ends with a cool down period and some stretching. The backbone of most types of exercise programmes is aerobic work which can include walking, jogging, running, cycling and stepping. Usually at least one to two resistance sessions per week are recommended and free weights and resistance bands are used. A popular type of session is circuit training where many different types of exercises can be incorporated from resistance to aerobic work. Basically, your schedule will be tailored to your tastes and goals and you won't have to do any exercises that you detest. The idea is to make it enjoyable and fun.
It's far more expensive than joining a gym, right?
Many people choose to join a private gym and might pay a typical joining fee of £150 plus 12 monthly membership fees of around £50 to £75 . This equals £750 to £1000. Then, for a variety of reasons, perhaps boredom due to lack of progression or maybe simple lack of motivation they stop going after only a few sessions. This is a far more expensive way to get fit and certainly less effective!
Do I need any equipment?
We can supply the equipment for most types of session including: Free weights, Fitness and Body Composition Testing Equipment, Heart Rate Monitor, Resistance Tubes, Step, Stability ball and disk, Boxing Hook and Jab pads, Agility Ladder, GPS Monitor, Exercise Bike, Skipping Ropes, Exercise Mats, Music, Etc.
If you have equipment already at home, we can help you use that and build it into your programme. We have some loan equipment we can leave with you to try between sessions, and we can also give you home equipment recommendations.
Can I only have a few sessions?
Yes you can, but for optimum results we recommend at least three months of Personal Training, although some results may be seen from six weeks.
Will exercising with weights make me bulky?
Not unless you want it to. One of the most common fears among women is that resistance training will make them too muscular. Creating muscle tissue to an extent to look over-muscular or bulky is very difficult and requires a great deal of training at heavy weights so you are constantly overloading the muscles to stimulate growth. Training for fat loss you shall not be constantly overloading your muscles to the extent that you'll gain large proportions of muscle. With a varied routine and adequate rest this is not a problem you shall need to worry about.
Where should I train?
Anywhere that is safe and there is sufficient space. It could be at your home, in your garden, at your place of work, in a public park or wherever you feel comfortable.
Can't I use the diet only approach to fat loss?
Diet is a very important part of a fat loss programme but it is by no means the full picture. You must combine a good diet with a good exercise programme, especially so you can maintain your new shape. Exercise is the factor that burns the fat and dieting alone just slows your body down which makes the body into 'a fat storer' and you therefore put on weight in the long term.
Who can you train?
We can train both males and females of any age. A free initial assessment helps us decipher your goals, and the analysis and tests we undertake help us create a customised training programme that suits your body, and a regime that you’re comfortable with.
I have an emotional relationship with food and exercises. Can you help?
YES! One thing that is unique about is is that our Personal Trainers are also qualified in counselling, so will be able to offer emotional and habit breaking support as well as your personal training. To us this is all part of the package and support for you to get the results you want.
Do I need a doctors note or similar?
All clients must complete a PAR-Q before commencing any exercise programme. This is a Physical Readiness Questionnaire which will be carried out in your free consultation, it will help to identify any health restrictions. As such we may require a letter of ‘medical clearance’ from your GP. Please be aware that your GP may charge you for this. All client information will be kept strictly private and confidential.
I can’t make the same session each week – are you flexible on times?
Yes. We totally understand that people lead busy lives and need to be flexible with different working patterns and personal commitments so we’re flexible on sessions and you won’t have to stick to the same time each week. This is why our working hours cover 5.30am – 9.00pm, 6 days a week and 8am – 12pm on a Sunday.
How and when do I pay?
We prefer you to pay via credit/debit card via our booking system, but you can if you wish, pay by cash or via a BACs transfer. All monies are non-refundable.
What if I need to cancel a session?
A minimum of 24 hours notice of cancellation is required for all appointments, so we can reallocate your session. Notice of less than 24 hours will incur full payment of the session fee. To cancel please either use the online tool, email or text us.
What if I’m running late?
If the client is late for a session the session will not be extended and will end at the appointed time. If the trainer is late, additional time will be added to the session or to subsequent sessions.