What does a typical personal training session involve?
This varies according to individual goals, but a typical 45 minute session in the studio will start with a
5-10 minute warm up either on the treadmill, exercise bike or dynamic movement. The aim being to gradually warm up the muscles to be used, raise the heart rate and lubricate the joints in preparation for the main activity, thus preventing injury.
The main section may include:
I have visions of personal trainers shouting and making me do 20 more press ups. Is it true?
I can’t speak for others, but Professional Fitness has a philosophy of ensuring a holistic approach is taken to training clients. Goals are set, lifestyle reviewed, recommendations and suggestions made, motivation and encouragement provided without fail.
Shouting is not needed or appreciated!
Your commitment to give 100% means you will achieve your goals with hard work, consistency and a desire from within.
I am recovering from an illness / injury or have an on-going medical condition. Can I still attend for Personal training and group training sessions?
A full health screen is required from everyone who wishes to train with Professional Fitness.
You may wish to discuss with your care provider: GP, consultant, nurse, physiotherapist, osteopath etc. before booking.
Please do contact me to discuss further, as training has many positive benefits and can enhance recovery with a carefully designed plan. Adapting and offering alternative exercises where necessary.
Safety is of paramount importance, unsafe exercises will not be given. Know your limitations and ensure you regularly update me on your condition, injury or illness.
I may ask for written consent from your GP or your health provider if deemed necessary – this is for your safety and clarification of personal health conditions.
What do I wear and bring to sessions?
Depending on whether training takes place indoors or outside, dressing comfortably is a priority. Do not wear restrictive clothing. Ideally tracksuit bottoms, leggings and a t shirt or specific sportswear will be fine.
Ladies a supportive bra is essential I recommend Shock absorber.
Trainers are incredibly important, ensure they have good cushioning and support – you don’t need to buy new but correct fitting prevents injury.
Specially designed innersoles moulded to your feet can be purchased to fit into your current trainers.
Always bring Water or diluted juice to every session
Outside training, what shall I wear and bring?
Dress for the weather. As above but several layers are better than one thick one.
Breathable light weight jackets, rain or shower proof and gloves. If training takes place in the winter a small head torch is recommended. NB: also bring a small old towel.
I have just had a baby what can Professional Fitness offer?
If you are less than six months postnatal, please see Keep mums fit website for more information.
Your postnatal body should be respected therefore correct, progressive training and specific classes are recommended. Regular Pelvic floor daily exercises are recommended
I am a former Midwife with 20 years experience and a level 3-specialist Ante/postnatal trainer I have been training for over 10 years.
You are in safe hands
Classes and personal training can be offered from 6 weeks following a normal delivery.
I have no childcare, but want to book Personal training sessions. Can I bring my child/baby to the Studio?
Babies stay still (car seat or baby ring) toddlers and older children don’t! So if you know your little-one will not settle then please don’t bring, find alternative childcare if necessary.
You will be distracted and you may not complete a full session.
Please be aware the Studio is small, and not designed for active inquisitive little-ones. Equipment will be out during the session.
You may wish to have Personal Training at home instead. Please discuss.
Different dieting Schedules
We are all individuals with different backgrounds, needs, and lifestyles.
So when it comes to choosing a plan we have to find one that works with this in mind.
Throughout this programme you will need to have the patience to figure out the best one for you.
The best one is the one, which works not just to get you to goal, but one, which is manageable for life and will be the blueprint for creating new habits for a healthier lifestyle.
Scary I know but through trial and error you will find the one.
I will not (so don’t ask me) give you a ready-made body builder’s weekly menu of food you must eat with a shopping list –This is not how I rock and Roll or my philosophy.
Instead I am here to support you to find your path the right path to long-term success and one, which you have had to work hard for.
Not everything in life comes easily, and my most successful clients are the ones who choose for themselves, who recognise that a quick fix set meal menu is not the answer and through trial and error ups and downs, illness, holidays, family celebrations and frustrations have worked on their own weekly menu, their own shopping list, found time to exercise and navigated their way to success.
The end result is one of pride and an inspiration to others who ask what’s your secret?
Fasting schedule (NOT SUITABLE FOR ALL)
Calorie and Macronutrient counting (THIS IS A MUST AT THE BEGINNING OF THE PROGRAMME)
What do these have in common?
A REDUCTION IN OVERALL CALORIE INTAKE – BECAUSE THIS IS WHAT MATTERS.
Finding a plan to suit you is the most important factor - being open to all options is a must until you find what works for you.
Is weighing every week compulsory?
NO …If weight loss is your goal then weighing every week is initially important but its very individual and often other methods are just as effective. For example:
Measurements using a tape measure, or an item of clothes you try on every week are great motivators.
Body fat % using callipers – when you combine eating the right food macros with a calorie reduction and exercise, muscles grow and body fat reduces. We measure 6-8 weekly.
Photos – visually seeing yourself change is encouraging, even if the scales don’t move! I love watching people’s reaction, as photos don’t lie.
I ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO TAKE PHOTOS.
How often do I need to train?
Depending on your goals between 1-3 times a week depending on availability and realistic time frames.
If you are a beginner, member of a gym or are self motivated to exercise alone once a week is fine.
If however you have a specific goal for example increase strength and want to lift weights then 2-3 times a week is ideal.
What else can I do if I can only attend PT sessions once a week?
I encourage all of my clients to vary their workouts. I teach a variety of classes throughout the week and there are offers included in packages when you pay by direct debit.
Attend indoor circuits (seasonal) legs bums and tums,321,body blitz boot camp (seasonal) or join Lodgemoor running group.
Other types of exercise encouraged include Yoga, Pilates, stretching, boot camps, boxing, weight training HIIT sessions, cycling.
Is Body Blitz Boot Camp for women only?
No, men are welcome, mixed training always spices the sessions up! Men are competitive and equally so are women!
Exercises are designed for all. Men tend to have more upper body strength, but women generally have greater core strength.
What age is Body Blitz Boot Camp open to?
Any age depending on personal health history.
I have a children’s fitness teaching qualification therefore I am happy for children to be involved and teenage girls and boys to attend.
Adaptations will be made where necessary. * Please NOTE under 18s cannot attend without parental written permission being obtained first.
I can’t get on to the 3-2-1 class, I love the idea of exercising for only 30 minutes, what can I do?
This is a very popular class and many girls don’t leave. Currently, it is only available on Wednesdays 7pm or 7.30pm.
There is often a waiting list and when a space becomes available you will be contacted.
In the mean time try any other classes.