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10 Aug

Challenges You Face as a Personal Trainer…

For those of you just starting out in the fitness industry the likelihood that at some point in your career you will face these challenges is high, and for personal trainers already established it will seem as all too familiar reading this post. However once you know what the challenges are you can then start planning how you are best going to conquer them.

 

Here are a few to get you going…

 

The Constant need for education: The fitness industry is ever evolving with new breakthroughs in science and biology alongside the fashionable trends which come and go. So even though you may not always believe in the fitness trend which has come around, you still need to be able to execute knowledge and understanding with your clients. Education is key to keeping your skills up to date and being seen as an expert in your field.

Client Base: Finding the right Client base can be incredibly difficult when establishing yourself. You have to take into account the area in which you are based, what type of clients you want to attract, how much will your targeted client base pay, making sure this client base has the motivation to invest in their own fitness and constantly marketing yourself to reach your target clients. So it can feel somewhat like a hard nut to crack but once you’ve cracked it you will be golden.

Setting an example: As a personal trainer looking in shape is incredibly important, your clients look to you for guidance and motivation, often aspiration too so you need to lead by example.. Keeping in shape is a challenge all on its own, but when your profession is based on it the stakes are a lot higher. You wouldn’t trust a hairdresser with bad hair after all…

Standing out: Over the last decade the number of PT’s avaliable has almost doubled and so the market has become saturated with personal trainers, not all of them very good either. So you need to elevate yourself above every other Tom, Dick and Harry out there professining they can do the same thing. Find your USP (unique selling point) and market yourself accordingly, you have to invest money in to get money out, whether that is in social media, your website or local advertisements.

New clients: A good personal trainer essentially works him/herself out of a job. Health and fitness is a lifestyle change. Once a client buys into that change, it becomes a habit. When a client becomes self-reliant, a trainer is no longer necessary. So it is important that you are regularly taking on new clients to combat those who will eventually leave you.

Location: There are many difficulties when it comes to finding the right location, especially as many gyms will not allow you to train your clients at their premises. It then becomes easy to get stuck working in-house at a big corporate gym working for peanuts. Thankfully thats where PT Workspace comes in, supporting independent PT’s with space to train clients. Don’t worry if we are not in the right location as we will be expanding soon and hopefully coming to a location near you. One less challenge to worry about…

As a personal trainer despite the challenges you face, your passion and drive to consistently make a difference will go a long way in changing people’s lifestyles. However you will need to be able to consistently learn, market and grow your business for it to be a success.

 

P.S If you are interested in finding out about personal training your client at PT Workspace you can contact info@ptwporkspace.co.uk. In addition why not take a look at some of the independent personal trainers who already work and market themselves with us https://www.ptworkspace.co.uk/trainers/.

For additional marketing support for personal trainers click Here.

 

01 Aug

PT Workspace Making Fitness Fun!

Coming up this September PT workspace is taking park in Rough Runner which is Inspired by TV game shows like Gladiators, Total Wipeout and Ninja Warrior with a 10k run throw in the mix. As abit of fun we have gathered a troop of incredibly talented personal trainers which work alongside us to form a team ready to take on the obstacle course in 6 weeks time. The aim of the game is to get through the obstacle course as fast as possible, but with many of these team assault courses its as much about teamwork as it is about winning. Of course we still want to win! So we will be putting our best foot forward over the next few weeks to make sure we have a fighting chance. Now this is not as serious as tough mudder and we are definatly not pretending it is, but sometimes you just have to have some fun!

We intend to…

  • Exercise obviously beforehand, that’s what personal trainers do.
  • Eat, Eat, Eat energy will be a must… Any excuse to eat pasta the day before!
  • Never leave a man behind, teamwork makes the dreamwork.
  • Possibly carry the marketing officer Hannah, because she is really short and might not make it over some of the hurdles.
  • Run like we are being chased by a herd of Elephants.
  • Smile as much as possible!

Like Willie Wonka and the chocolate factory we have two golden tickets left remaining, If you would like to join PT Workspace in our crazy excursion on Sunday 9th Of September please contact Nathank@ptworkspace.co.uk. 

 

P.S If you are interested in finding out about personal training at PT Workspace you can contact info@ptwporkspace.co.uk. In addition why not take a look at some of the personal trainers who already work with us https://www.ptworkspace.co.uk/trainers/.

25 Jul

The Best Fitness Apps to Enhance your Workout…

Fitness apps are by no means a new concept when it comes to exercise, however navigating the sea of fitness apps now avaliable to you can be somewhat confusing, so we have narrowed down popular fitness apps which help can track, train, and enhance your workout.

Running App

NIKE + RUN

The Nike run app is fantastic for cardio and has established itself in the running industry, with great personalised training plan tailored to meet your goals and fitness level. Whilst reminding you daily of your run schedule and showcasing fitness milestones along the way.

Free, App Store and Google Play, nike.com/plus

Nike App

Running App Tracker

Map My Run

Map My Run uses your phone’s GPS to track exactly where you’ve run, how far, how fast and stores it all up and presents it to you in an easy-to-understand way. What more could you want?

Free, App Store and Google Playmapmyrun.com/

map my run

Cycle App

Strava

One of the most popular GPS cycling apps on the market, functions include being able to keep track your ride stats such as speed, distance and time. Whilst showing you exactly where you have been, you can share this information with a huge community of users, congratulate others on their efforts, and ask for advice.

Free, pro £5.99 monthly, App Store and Google Play, strava.com

strava

Counting Calorie App

MyFitnessPal

There is very little room for cheating with My Fitness pal with the comprehensive database of food avaliable to log, it has never been so easy to calculate a meal. Making it the simple to keep track of calories and macros throughout your day.

Free, pro £7.99 monthly, App Store and Google Play, myfitnesspal.com

my fitness pal

Strength Training App

Stronglifts 5×5 

Stronglift is wonderful in its simplicity to help build strength and muscle. It breaks down exactly what exercises to do, including the amount of reps, sets and weight, and makes it easy to measure your progress over time. BOOM!

Free, £9.99 for Power Pack, App Store and Google Play, stronglifts.com

5x5

Comprehensive Strength Training

Gymaholic

For those committed to the weights room Gymaholic offers a more comprehensive in depth plan for your workout. Allowing you to browse their library of exercises and build a custom routine.

Free, pro £4.99, App Storegymaholic.me

gymaholic

Swimming App

SwimIO

SwimIO is perfect for passionate swimmers allowing you to set goals whilst the app helps you achieve them. You can find local swimming pools in your area and join challenges to compete with others who are as passionate about swimming. As well as the being able to track and analyse your progress to help keep you reaching your milestones.

Free, App Storehelloswimio.com/

SwimIO

 

Fitness Apps allow us to face facts and in doing so you can keep up-to-date with where you are excelling and where improvements can be made on your fitness journey. We hope you find some of these apps helpful within your training.

 

P.S If you are interested in finding out about personal training at PT Workspace you can contact info@ptwporkspace.co.uk. In addition why not take a look at some of the personal trainers who already work with us https://www.ptworkspace.co.uk/trainers/.

11 Jul

Are You Losing Clients?

Its is a simple enough questions and one which could leave you feeling deflated when you are still giving 100%. Every personal trainer goes through the motions of losing clients, certain times of year can be more prone to seeing a drop off in clientele than other months. Such as summer when many clients go away on holiday or during the winter months when clients can lose motivation. PT Workspace studio manager Nathan has some tips to help build your clientele back up again, so you can restore some of that confidence in the job you love.

 

 

P.S If you are interested in finding out about personal training at PT Workspace you can contact info@ptwporkspace.co.uk. In addition why not take a look at some of the personal trainers who already work with us & utilise our marketing support https://www.ptworkspace.co.uk/trainers/.

09 Jul

In our first blog called ‘On Your Bike’ we explored the break down of the ‘Power phase’ which is the first half of the motion of pedalling which utilizes the hip extensors (gluteus maximus muscle). This post will be focusing on the second phase called ‘Recovery’ which focuses on the Ankle Dorsiflexors, Knee flexors and Hip flexors. In doing so we have put together a workout video which maximises the ‘Recovery phase’ to go alongside the ‘Power phase’ in last weeks blog post.

The Recovery phase workout is broken down into 3 key exercises.

Front Squat
Deadlift Trap Bar
Hamstring Curl Swiss Ball

 

P.S If you are interested in finding out about personal training at PT Workspace you can contact info@ptwporkspace.co.uk. In addition why not take a look at some of the personal trainers who already work with us https://www.ptworkspace.co.uk/trainers/.

04 Jul

On Your Bike!..

Summer is here and so is the lycra! London is a city of passionate cyclists and with the upcoming Tour de France we thought what better time to give you some top tips for training those legs to help reach your cycling goals. Whether it is to make your journey to work more pleasant on your body, or you have a big challenge you are working towards, then have a quick look at our short videos broken up into two posts to make sure you are developing the right muscles to help build strength and stamina like an athlete.

To start you need to understand a little anatomy (don’t worry we will keep it simple) of the muscles which are worked when you cycle. The motion of pedaling can be broken up into two sections, the Power Phase and the Recovery Phase. The Power Phase is where you pedal down towards the ground with the leg almost full extended (12-6 O’clock) and the Recovery Phase is lifting back up towards the bike again (6-12 O’clock) diagram below alongside a more in-depth explanation.

  1. From the top of the pedal stroke, a cyclist utilizes their hip extensors (gluteus maximus muscle) which initiates the Power Phase of the pedal stroke until point at 3 on a clock face
  2. From the point of 3 to 5 on the clock face the knee extensors activate: vastus lateralis and vastus medialis. Many cyclists associate this point with generating the most force for their pedal stroke; this is particularly prominent while climbing out of the saddle on steep gradients.
  3. From positions 5 to 6, plantar flexion occurs, thanks to the gastrocnemius which causes the toes to point outwards.

muscles- bike Diagram and bullet points via https://skyaboveus.com/cycling/Muscles-groups-used-while-cycling. Author Liam Hallan 

In the video below we are helping to target Hip Extensors, Knee Extensors & Ankle plantar Flexors (Power Phase)

In the next video we will be exploring exercises which can improve the Recover Phase. Combine both workouts to receive maximum results from exercises.

 

 

P.S If you are interested in finding out about personal training at PT Workspace you can contact info@ptwporkspace.co.uk. In addition why not take a look at some of the personal trainers who already work with us https://www.ptworkspace.co.uk/trainers/.

25 Jun

Healthy Food Business Venture Opportunity…

pt studio

2018 has been an incredibly exciting year for PT Workspace having gone from strength to strength at our private personal training studio in Islington, which we launched in 2016. So naturally we want to bring luxury affordable studio hire to personal trainers all across London, as well as attainable fitness for those looking for a personal trainer. With our eyes firmly on the prize, the next step is a new studio and we feel confident with the location we have found in Farringdon, close to central & Exmouth Market with great transport links.

healthy food

We love what we do and the sense of community we are building at PT Workspace, which is why we would like to offer the right individual/ individuals the opportunity to join us in this exciting venture. The space we will be leasing will be big enough for the right business to open their very own healthy food venture above our studio, meaning you will be able to offer your wonderful products to the independent trainers and clients which come through our doors.

healthy food

If opening up or expanding your very own health food business is the next step in your career, than we would love to talk with you! Of course we ask that your product is inline with the health/fitness industry which PT Workspace is aligned with.

Healthy food business venture

Contact us on Nathank@ptworkspace.co.uk or 020 3411 1143

P.S If you are interested in finding out about personal training at PT Workspace you can contact info@ptwporkspace.co.uk. In addition why not take a look at some of the personal trainers who already work with us https://www.ptworkspace.co.uk/trainers/.

20 Jun

Studio Hire at PT Workspace

Since opening our doors in 2016 in the borough of Highbury & Islington, PT Workspace has gone from strength to strength and the fully equipped personal training studio has now many wonderful new additions like the recently renovated outside space. Our Facilities include but are not limited to, equipment such as weight racks, dumbbells, kettlebells, spin bike, battle ropes, punching bags, pull up bar, leg press, sledge, tyres (etc)

We understand more than most, how difficult it can be finding the right space in London. Which is why we are now offering studio hire opportunities at very good rates to photographers, videographers and personal trainers alongside collaborative projects & events relevant to the fitness industry. Whether personal or commercial we welcome you to get creative in our personal training studio with hourly and day rates avaliable.

Weekend Studio Rates

£60 per hour
£250 half day (based on 4 hours)
£500 full day. (based on 8 hours)

(Commercial rates may differ)

As we are a full time personal training studio, we do have personal trainers to consider when confirming your booking. Sundays generally have the most amount of availability and causes the least amount of confliction for the studio, so our prices are lower than weekdays and very competitive. Weekday bookings will be subject to the studio manager’s approval and will be priced at a premium.

For more Information please contact info@ptworkspace.co.uk with studio hire in the subject line.

 

P.S If you are interested in finding out more about personal training at PT Workspace you can contact info@ptwporkspace.co.uk. In addition why not take a look at some of the personal trainers who already work with us https://www.ptworkspace.co.uk/trainers/.

15 Jun

PT Workspace Football Club…

There is nothing  quite like getting together with an awesome group of individuals and blowing off some steam on the football pitch. Whatever week you’ve had up until this point, is left at the side of the pitch before the whistle goes and the excitement begins. Specially with the World Cup now in motion, it could not be a more inspiring time to get outside in the late evening sun and break a sweat.

PT WORKSPACE FC

#LetsGrowTogether

We recently created PT Workspace FC to carry forward a sense of community which we are trying to build here at the PT Workspace personal training studio. Whether you are a personal trainer, client working with one of the talented trainers at PT Workspace, or a neighbour of the studio, then we invite you to join our football team and enjoy having a kick around on a Wednesday evening with us. Each week we have a match against other local businesses in the area, so it’s a great way to meet new people too! Whilst there is an element of competitiveness, the aim of the game is to have fun more than anything else.

PT WORKSPACE FC

Wednesday Evening 

11 aside 

£10 each game

35mins each half

Market road not far from Caledonian Road tube station

PT WORKSPACE FC kit

If you would like to join the PT Workspace community and football team email Nathand@ptworkspace.co.uk

P.S If you are interested in finding out more about personal training at PT Workspace you can contact info@ptwporkspace.co.uk. In addition why not take a look at some of the personal trainers who already work with us https://www.ptworkspace.co.uk/trainers/.

28 May

Summer Time at PT Workspace

This summer we have had great fun renovating the front entrance of PT Workspace, into a user friendly space for personal trainers and clients to utilise. When the sun has everyone smiling, we know that you want to feel those rays too, so we have given you the best of both worlds! Sunshine outside or a cool personal training space on the inside! Although we anticipated a good reception to the newly laid astro turf, it has been amazing to watch the personal trainers we work with making the most out of the additional equipment too! From Boxing bags to sledges we have your summer covered!

Take a sneak peek around PT Workspace…

Below the studio manger Nathan has put together a short video, showing you how many sets could be done with just the a tyre alone! Including a random interval from the next door neighbour.

See if you can add one set to your summer routine…

P.S If you are interested in finding out more about personal training at PT Workspace you can contact info@ptwporkspace.co.uk. In addition why not take a look at some of the personal trainers who already work with us https://www.ptworkspace.co.uk/trainers/.