Abount Me, Contact Info & Prices

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ABOUT ME:

Qualified Personal Trainer – REPS Registered and fully insured.

Body Combat, Body Attack, Metafit and Circuits Classes & Gym Instructor.

G.P. Referral Specialist.

Regular Guest on Lifestyle MK (Secklow Sounds Radio) Listen Here

MY CLASSES:

Brio Leisure – EPSV, Ellesmere Port & Northgate Arena, Chester.

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CONTACT ME:

If you would like to ask a question or make a comment or suggestion – please contact me either by completing the form at the bottom of this post, or send an email to :

robb.onecontact@gmail.com

Please include a contact number if you would like a call-back.

PERSONAL TRAINING:

Update December 2016 – I am sorry but I do not have any PT slots currently available.

I am based in Chester, however as a mobile PT, I am able to complete training sessions within your home, workplace, park or a local gym if preferred.

I cover a 10 mile radius of Chester – this includes Ellesmere Port, Conah’s Quay and Wrexham…  however if you are unsure, please contact me.

I also offer distance, online training – providing weekly  programmes via email, instruction videos and nutrition analysis and guidance, as well as Skype if required – further details available upon request.

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PRICES:

Robb One – Price list July 2015

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Testimonial – AT

Received a lovely recommendation from one of my client’s via Linked-In.

Thank you so much Audrey – it was great to work with you and so pleased with your results and improvements!  Looking forward to working with you again in the future.

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10 Tips on How to find a GREAT Personal Trainer.

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Finding a Personal Trainer is a bit like dating……

You want to find someone who understands your situation and health needs and with whom you can build trust and have a fantastic professional relationship with. It can be a bit of a minefield!  You can’t just use Google and pick the first PT that takes your fancy and think it will be a success.  So to help you find a PT that is the right one for you – here’s some tips on helping you to find your ideal PT.

1. Write a “shopping list” of what you would like in a PT.

Do you want a male or female PT? or are you not fussed on what gender they are? Do you want someone who is quite strict or easy-going and chatty? Is there a particular exercise style/type you like eg. Military, Fun, Aerobic, Strength….? What environment – Gym based, home, outdoors? How many sessions per week/month? Duration of session? Budget? Do you have specific medical or sport needs? Would you prefer online training and advice?

It’s a lot easier to find what you want when you have an idea of what you’re looking for first!

2. Ask friends/colleagues/your gym.

It may be that one of your friends knows of, or has used a PT – they may be able to provide you with a bit of information about them, possible costs, and whether they would use them again. A personal recommendation is invaluable. It doesn’t mean that they are the ideal match for you but it is a good place to start.

3. Use the Register for Exercise Professionals.

REPs in the UK (or international equivalent) are a professional body that provides a system of regulation for instructors and trainers to ensure that they meet the health and fitness industry’s agreed National Occupational Standards.

Searching your postcode they can provide a list of registered instructors and PTs in your area and will provide confirmation of their qualifications, a personal profile and contact links.

By using REPs you can be assured that a registered individual has gained relevant qualifications and training, meets the REPs professional and ethical guidelines and is more importantly, insured.

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4. Check their Online presence

Once you have found a potential PT (either using REPs search facility, Google, or any other method) one of your next steps should be to check their online status. It could be a website, blog, Twitter account, Facebook page, Instagram account….. and so on.

How often is this updated? What type of things do they write about/post? Do they interact with the reader? Do they post lots of gym selfies?…..

For some PT’s their website etc – is simply an online place for them to advertise their costs and provide contact details. For others it can provide an online “shop” where clients can buy services/products. Others will use it to communicate fitness tips or motivation. Others can come across like they just want to show off their own physique. But by reviewing what they do, you can gain a better understanding of what they are like as a person and you should be able to figure out if they are someone who you would like to work with.

 5. Check documents

This can cover qualifications, training, insurance.  A good place to start would be checking with REPS however if the PT is not registered, most would automatically bring along copies of these with them to their first meeting with you – if they don’t then ask to see them!

This is especially important of you have any form of medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart conditions, respiratory problems to name just a few.  It may be that they say that they have had a lot of experience in dealing with these conditions, however from an insurance point of view without the relevant qualifications they may not be covered.

If you are using a gym based PT it may be that they are covered by the gym’s insurance policy should an accident or injury occur – but always check!

6. Testimonials

A PT will have previous/current clients that can provide feedback and reviews of their skills and ability. They may even have before and after pictures.  Online testimonials are a good resource, but again they may show you some during the initial consultation with you.  Feel free to also ask if you can contact any of their past or current clients if you would like to hear it “from the horse’s mouth” as it were.

7. Ask questions

Whether it is via email, over the phone or in person – please ask questions if you are unsure. It may be about costs/discounts available but it could be something more personal – just remember this is a professional relationship you are looking for.  A good PT will be asking lots of questions about you to understand your situation and ensure they create an enjoyable and challenging programme – so don’t be afraid to ask some yourself.

Some examples: What exercise/training do they themselves do?  What are they currently studying? How do they keep up to date with exercise knowledge/guidelines? What is their “story”? What do they enjoy outside of fitness?

8. Meet them in person.

Once you have narrowed your search to a couple of possibilities, your next step would be to meet in person. This may be for a quick chat in a coffee shop, or an initial consultation within a gym. Please note for your own safety a first meeting does not need to be at your home!

Some PTs may charge for an initial consultation depending on the time taken and depth of consultation – for example completing questionnaires, fitness tests etc.

This is when you will more than likely cement your decision on whether or not you want to employ this person as your personal trainer. You will be able to determine their confidence in being able to help you, set potential goals/targets, and go through documents etc. You will also be able to see what they are like in real life and if it matches what they say and show online and if you will be able to trust them. Do they show an interest in you as a person? Do they understand your needs and goals? Do they speak in a way you can relate to?

9. Don’t be pressured – Read the Small Print.

Don’t be swayed by “one time” offers or time limits to signing up (they will more than likely come round again at some point). Employing a PT can be costly in terms of money and time – so you need to be certain in your decision before signing up fully.  Some PTs may offer a “Try before you Buy” scheme, offer money back guarantees, or may provide discounts or refund consultation fees if you book training sessions etc. Be sure to read the small print regarding any purchase – especially cancellation policies as these can vary dramatically and can be strict in terms of when a session would need to be rebooked or if/when refunds are given and so on.

10. A PT is not “for life”.

While all PTs would love you to be a life-time commitment – the truth is that at some point the relationship will come to end, be that after 1 month or 10 years. It could be due to the completion of training for a specific event or goal or it could be due to something else.

Once you start your training sessions unfortunately sometimes the reality doesn’t match the promise. It may be that once the sales pitch has been completed the sessions are hard to book, the PT does not give you their full attention or you are not seeing the results you hoped for. It may be that you are not enjoying the sessions or other issues have arisen such as injuries or health conditions or  finances, that mean that you cannot continue.

As with any relationship – try discussing this with your PT. If something isn’t working out for whatever reason – rather than suffering through the rest of the sessions you have purchased – try to speak to them about it. Feedback from you is usually requested at the end of each session anyway, but any PT should be willing to amend your programme or adjust targets etc to ensure that you are happy (after all ,they would like your recommendations and repeat purchase!).  Otherwise, read through the cancellation policy and see if there is anything that can be done.

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There are thousands of PT’s out there with many different personalities, skills, types and costs.  I hope that my tips will help you find your ideal PT match, to make sure that you enjoy working with them, get good value for money and the results you want!  Have fun with it and good luck.

Worth It!? Why you should hire a Personal Trainer.

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Whether you’re new to exercise or have been working out for a while – every now and again we could all do with a little help sometimes.

Some people may think that the expense is way out of their league, or wonder if it is really worth the money and what you would get out of the experience, when there are cheaper alternatives (instructors at the local gym, friends, magazines, videos etc) where you could get guidance on what you need/want.

While all these things have their place, employing a Personal Trainer could be the best thing you ever did!

Here’s a top 10 of reasons why:

1. Truly Personalised Programmes

While a gym instructor will normally ask a few questions about you and can create an exercise programme, a Personal Trainer will be a lot more thorough! A good PT will ask questions about your exercise likes and dislikes, current and past exercise habits and health details, lifestyle, occupation, and goals, and will carry out fitness tests (body fat %, BMI, heart rate, blood pressure, body measurements etc.) to get a full picture of you so that the programme they create is challenging, effective and tailored to fit around your goals and lifestyle. Maybe you can only get to the gym twice a week, maybe you can only spare 30 minutes a day…..  a PT can work around these and will discuss any other potential barriers to make sure that they devise a plan that you can stick to and will enjoy with a number of programmes to be completed either in a gym or at home or even while on holiday!

2. Making It Simple

When thinking about starting any form of exercise, especially if it is something you have never done before (or it was a VERY long time ago) it can be quite daunting. There is so much information available on the net and in magazines that it can be contradictory and confusing – let alone the time it takes to sift through it all trying to figure out what exercises to do, how many, what weight etc.  Add to that the numerous adverts for DVDs , diets and “supplements” that promise miracle results in X amount of days……  it’s not that surprising it can put a lot of people off exercise altogether.  A PT can help cut through the “BS” and jargon to make it clear for you, telling you the information that is relevant for you right now and can explain how and why in simple terms, making sure that you perform the exercises in the correct and safe way.

3. Avoid Your Results Leveling-Out

When you’ve been working out for a while, at some point your results might stagnate or stop – whether that’s losing weight, improving speed, or gaining muscle mass. This is only natural as your body adapts to a routine.  By having a PT they will be able to look at your current routine, form and eating habits and be able to spot where you may be going wrong. They will then be able to help you to make changes, improve technique or design new routines and introduce new exercises and training methods to ensure that your results continue to be maintained.

4. Avoid Boredom

In a similar way, if you’ve been following the same routine for a few weeks, very soon you can get bored – you stop putting as much effort in or you may stop entirely feeling that you are not getting the results you want. PTs can help to avoid this by designing and re-designing programmes following your feedback and progress – introducing new exercises and equipment, split routines, suggesting weekly challenges and more to make sure that you are continuously interested and more importantly achieve your goals.

5. Improve Medical Conditions.

It may be that you have a medical condition such as high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, joint replacement, cardiac, bone or respiratory disorders or you may currently be pregnant or have recently given birth. A specially qualified PT will again be able to understand the implications and limitations of this for exercise and be able to assist with alleviating symptoms, avoid further damage/injury and improving your lifestyle.

6. Improve Sport Skills

If you are training for a specific sporting event such as a marathon, power-lifting or body-building competition, or looking to improve you football skills and more – again there a number of PTs that are experienced and qualified to provide sport-specific guidance and programmes to help improve your speed, power and endurance.

7. Work-out at Home

Although some Personal Trainers work in a specific gym (mainly the big brands) – there are many more freelance PTs who are mobile, where you can have the option to work-out at a gym, your home or outdoors – depending on your preferences. If you really don’t like the gym, a Personal Trainer will be able to bring a wide range of fitness equipment to your home to use during the session as well as being able to include outdoor/other activities like cycling, dancing, walking, skating…….

8. Work-Out on Your Own

Having a PT also doesn’t mean that you can only exercise with them! Without the restriction of using just a gym, they can provide a plan that includes a variety of activities and routines that you can complete on your own, both in and out of the gym, as well as with and without the PT (of course, they will be monitoring your progress with the plan!). They can include any equipment you already own and other activities like exercise classes. Giving you additional ownership and accountability for your progress.

9. Motivation and Challenge

For some having a PT at all is enough of a motivation to exercise – it can be an expensive waste of money if you don’t turn up for the sessions. However, for most (including myself) having someone watch what you are doing and offering encouragement and praise means that I can always reach that extra rep or those extra few seconds/minutes/miles and gives me a greater sense of achievement knowing that I have given my all and having my progress recognised is even better. It always seems a little easier to give up or “cheat” when you know no-one is watching.  A PT will be able to push you through any self-imposed prior limits.

10. A PT for Every Budget

For a lot of people it’s the potential cost that will make them shy away from hiring a PT, but the truth is that the cost is dependent on a number of factors……  while celebrity trainers can seem to charge £150-£200 a session (seriously!!) the average is actually between £30 and £60 depending on location and experience/popularity of the trainer. However, with promotions and bulk-booking or sharing costs with a friend or small group, the costs can come down even further.

You can also consider regularity. Every work-out you do does not need to be with a trainer – you may want weekly or monthly sessions, with regular catch-ups over the phone. There are a number of PTs that also offer online and distance training with regular progress updates and technique monitoring via video or Skype.  Even just one session may be enough to give you a kick-start and learn some skills and knowledge that will last a lifetime!

 

Hopefully, I’ve shown that a PT can be affordable for most and could be just what you need.

In a future post I’ll be giving tips to finding your ideal PT.

 

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