If you are considering engaging a personal trainer, and even more, if you are considering becoming a personal trainer, please read this. What do you think a personal trainer does? I asked this question on my facebook page, and I got some great answers - all from people who currently have a personal trainer or… Continue reading – Could YOU Answer This Question?
Priorities. We all have them. Some things are more important at some times than at other times. And that's OK. When you're a parent you prioritise your child's comfort over your own sleep. When you're unwell you prioritise returning to health over weekend parties. When you're busy at work doing long hours you prioritise doing… Continue reading -Spend your energy on something that matters to you.
The view from my office window on a Wednesday night 🙂 So I train this guy - let's call him 'Matt'... 'Matt' has been training with me now for the best part of this year. When he started using my services it's fair to say my programming style was new to… Continue reading -So you think your program is ‘easy’…
Everyone wants to know that 'one weird tip' that will miraculously (and easily) change their body shape. All you need to do is put lemon juice in your warm water every morning, avoid potatoes, eat all the superfoods, not eat before lunchtime, never skip your breakfast, eat more protein, cut your carbs, juice everything,… Continue reading – Where did those ‘One Weird Tip’ tips even come from?
Your training goal becomes the fading image of a midsummer night's dream if you put yourself in the position of suffering from chronic shoulder pain and are unable to continue to do the type of training that is relevant to your goal. I watch gym rats with their generic bro-splits that they found online, training… Continue reading – You can train to relieve niggling shoulder pain – and you should.
That statement is such a cop out. I hear it sometimes, from people who don't want to eat more vegetables, or drink more water, or come to the gym more than once a week. Or once a fortnight. They are talking to me because they want to change something about themselves, their body shape, their… Continue reading – …but it’s easy for you, you’re a trainer…
It was during my first year as a trainer in a chain gym during my first year in Australia during my first year of running my own business. I think the first sentence probably gives you a clue as to how I was feeling that year.... SUPER STRESSED. I was working in a big commercial… Continue reading – I WILL NEVER FORGET THE DAY SOMEONE TOLD ME I WAS A SH*T TRAINER
As I see it, my role as a trainer is to take all my available education and information that has come to me from text books, science, mentoring, my own training, and time spent on the ground with real people in real situations, and be able to correctly individualise and apply that knowledge to suit… Continue reading – Trust me, I have a keyboard.
I get a lot of personal satisfaction out of training ecto's. It is immensely rewarding to take a blank canvas - a wiry, skinny body with the muscle mass of someone who has just been awakened in The Matrix - and to train it properly, and to watch it grow, develop strength and stability, and… Continue reading – It’s Not Your Genetics Keeping You Skinny, It’s The Way You Train.
Strength coaches CAN jump. I will answer the question in a moment, but first I want to share a little story that will illustrate my point when I eventually make it - bear with me, it's not the longest of stories 😉 In addition to being a personal trainer and a strength coach, I am… Continue reading – What makes a group training session tough? (It probably isn’t what you think…)
We all have that one friend or relative who asks for your advice about something and then doesn't even attempt what you suggested. This is part of a conversation I had today with a good friend of mine, who, in order to preserve his anonymity, I shall refer to as ThatGuy: Margs: How's training been… Continue reading – WHEN THEY JUST WON’T LISTEN…
How did you feel just before your first ever personal training session? If you are a personal trainer and you can't answer this question, do yourself a favour and read on very carefully - I am going to ask you to do something at the end of this post. I've had two 'first times', and… Continue reading – What was your first time like?
Did you ever get an early morning txt that made you wonder what the f*ck the sender was thinking? That happened to me this morning. Saturday, 5.07am my phone buzzed. To be fair, I was awake and starting my day, and when I heard the buzz I checked the message thinking it may be from… Continue reading – SELF-RESPONSIBILITY – so hot right now.
How hard are you prepared to work for what you want? Today is a public holiday here in Perth, and my Facebook newsfeed is littered with the stories of what people are doing with their day off. It is a great day here, warm, sunny. And I'm at work. And I'm not sad about that.… Continue reading – If you want it, it’s worth the effort.
How many different variations of squats do you know? One of my favourite things is helping people to feel successful in the gym, to feel like it is actually possible to get stronger, fitter, change the composition of their body. Success breeds confidence. And confidence breeds success. Often I meet people who have had a… Continue reading – DIFFERENT DOES NOT MEAN WRONG.
No new venture in the fitness world would be complete without a bathroom selfie. Hello, and thank you for joining me. It occurred to me as I was writing a post for my facebook page that I had a lot to share about the subject - far too much for a facebook post - so… Continue reading – A Brave New World