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28 Oct

Did you know that Islington is the most densely populated borough in London? Well, you do now. This also means that you have the opportunity to explore some of the most popular health and fitness classes that London has to offer, right on your doorstep. Fitness classes are booming and have taken off over the last 10 years with franchises and small group training studios popping up all across London to get in on the action. But with so much choice how do you begin to select a fitness class in Islington which is right for you? What should you be looking for? How much does it cost on average? All very valid questions which we are happy to help you answer.

Fitness classes that work around you

First off, fitness classes most importantly need to be able to fit in and around your lifestyle, can you spare an hour? If not you may want to look into classes that are 45minutes maximum, you can still get a great workout, burn lots of calories and leave feeling like you’ve conquered the day. Often these will be high intensity making sure you are getting your heart rate up and often incorporating resistance training and elements of cardio. Great for strength and weight loss.

Self Defence & Martial Arts Classes in Islington

If you can spare an hour, you might want to hone in on specific skills such as learning to box or martial arts. Self-defence is a great tool to have and often a great workout too, incorporating speed and power to help aid agility. As with all great sports, you need patients, and progress will come, which is great for building confidence inside and out.

Unconventional Fitness Classes

Not all classes need to be high intensity to challenge you, joining a callisthenics class will challenge your body in ways you never knew it could. Very much based on being in touch with your body, bodyweight resistance and movement. If you are looking for something unconventional then callisthenics is definitely it.

Of course, other options include yoga, dance and pilates which is low impact and great for mobility, mental health and a variation of ages. 

The most important aspect of any fitness class is that it is supportive, progressive and gives you the opportunity to meet new and local people in your area. If mixed classes are not your bag then female-only classes may be a good option to explore.

Average Price of Fitness Classes

On average fitness classes in Islington cost anything from around £15 – £25 per class, often you will save money on memberships if this is something which is offered. If you are not too sure about a class or haven’t quite made up your mind, see if a free drop-in is something that is offered so you can get a good idea of how a session feels before you commit to it.

 

If you would like to find out more about the classes offered at PT Workspace then please do register your interest and we will be in touch with the latest timetables. Email: [email protected]

 

Thanks for Reading

PT Workspace Team

 

07 Aug

Marketing yourself as a personal trainer is a fundamental part of modern business, and if you’re hoping to create a successful brand then it’s never been more important. Establishing a strong website and social media presence helps create a digital footprint for potential clients to find you. So, what do you need to think about before hiring a studio and creating content?

Finding an affordable fitness space to rent

Finding space to hire in London has been a constant battle for personal trainers since what feels like the dawn of time, so when looking for a studio or gym to hire for filming the search can be challenging. First off you need to consider if the gym allows filming and second whether you will have to share the gym with the public. Private hire can be an investment so if there is anyone else you can work with to make the cost manageable it’s worth checking. Personal trainers have been known to hire a fitness space together and share the creative costs for photography.

 

Striking a deal with a gym that rents space regularly

If you are looking to create content regularly it is often worth asking if a special rate can be worked out for regular bookings. If you know you need to hire every month or twice a month, most businesses will be happy to have loyal customers. You may have to show some commitment first so bear that in mind if you are expecting discounts straight off the bat. Gyms that have a large public membership or are not used to hiring gym space will charge thousands to close facilities so searching out independent gyms that you can build relations with can save a lot of money.

 

 

What equipment is available in a Fitness space for filming?

Every gym and studio will vary in the equipment that is provided, so to make sure you have everything you need for your shoot, request an equipment list or virtual tour prior to booking. Any professional establishment will have a list ready for you. Particularly if fitness spaces are designed for rental, they should have a variety of functional equipment which should showcase the strongest exercises visually. We all love seeing compound big lifts, battle topes and kettlebells, this should be a minimum expectation.

Are there changing rooms?

Seems like an obvious question but it is often overlooked. If you are working with models, then you will need them alongside toilet facilities. If booking a space for filming, it would be important to have at least two changing rooms if the shoot consists of over 5/7 Models.

 

What’s the maximum capacity?

Sometimes shoots can be a one-man band other times it requires models, creatives, and support, so it’s always worth asking if there is a maximum capacity especially considering Covid-19 restrictions. Most Personal studios that are set up to allow renting for a full commercial filming crew would at least 1000 SQ ft. If a Fitness space for rental has less than 1000 SQft it is likely a small personal space often only able to support Personal trainers,

 

Timing is key

Planning for unforeseen eventualities when filming is a must. When working with people there will always be an element of uncertainty, so give yourself extra time to make allowances for the little things which could take you off guard and be time-consuming. Plan to always arrive 30mins prior most locations that hire fitness spaces out will allow setup time ahead of paid shoots, but this will often need to be confirmed.

Location and parking

When hiring a gym or personal training studio you need to make sure it is accessible for all involved in bringing together your project. Can the location be reached easily? Is there parking nearby or on the premises? Where is the nearest station? How long does it take to reach? All questions worth asking. A large percentage of Gyms and Fitness facilities will be located near tube stations but if you’re travelling with a large film crew it would be suitable to check private or street parking.

 

Equipment

Phones have come a long way in the last 10 years especially cameras, so whether you’re using a 4k Redcam or your mobile phone, make sure you have your equipment in check, backup storage, chargers, batteries, lighting, microphones, which can all become a nightmare if left unchecked. Save yourself the headache and make a list of the essentials so that nothing gets left behind.

Be respectful

When you are finished take time to put equipment and things you have used back in the rightful place, respecting the facilities will help build a good working relationship overall which can only be a positive. Think of a relationship of an Air Bnb rental model, or being a guest at someone’s house. Most Gyms/Studio will supply Rental and Rules so a clear checklist will be available to compare against. Often giving a few extra mins can help secure a good first impression to the Facilities Manager.

 

For more information please contact [email protected] with studio hire in the subject line.

 

Thanks for reading

PT Workspace team

22 Jul

Summer is here! This month the kids start to break up from school and holidays are fast approaching on the horizon. Now more than ever there is an urge to escape the last 18 months and find some enjoyment in getting away. So with clients taking time off, cancellations, isolation and rearranging because of parental duties etc, how are you going to navigate the next couple of months as a PT? Summer for most trainers can be a quiet time, so how to best prepare for this?

Our advice would be to use this time wisely and hears how…

 

Marketing & Content

Clients want to see professionalism, which is why it’s so important to make sure your social media platforms represent this. Creating content is a great way to communicate and generate interest in your services. Spend some time planning what you think potential clients might want to engage with. Find some quiet time at your gym or studio and see if the studio manager will let you utilise this time to create content.

Google/ Facebook reviews are another great way to help potential clients buy into your services, kindly suggest to your current clientele to share their thoughts on your services when they have some free time. Most will understand how vital this can be for small businesses. 

 

Improving client Retention 

How can you improve the services you already offer? What extra could you provide which will go above and beyond your client’s expectations? Even if they are leaving for a holiday could you be supporting them? With so many resources available to use, it has never been so easy to connect and check in with your clients. Checking in can make all the difference for retention, if you show you care your clients will often show their loyalty.

 

Goal Setting 

We are halfway through the year and whilst goal setting generally takes place at the start, it’s important to check in with yourself to see where you are at. Is there anything you could have done better this year so far for example? Sometimes big goals can be overwhelming, could you break them down into smaller goals to help towards the bigger picture? Once you have achieved your goals, what’s next?

 

Be Proactive 

Success rarely falls at your feet and sustaining a successful business take time and nurturing. It’s been a tough year all around for business, so if you are not sure how to move forward consider a mentor or someone who can help offer advice having got the T-shirt.

 

Thanks for reading

PT Workspace Team

21 Apr

We are back and ready for business! April the 12th was long-awaited for many in anticipation of gyms finally opening, alongside restaurants, bars and shops in line with Government guidelines.

Private personal training Studio

Never in all the years of operating have we had to close our doors, a feeling echoed by many business owners, but now we hope we are finally over the finish line. Since 2016 it has been our mission to elevate the industry for personal trainers, providing luxury private studio space where personal trainers could grow and develop their own businesses without the worry of extortionate rental rates which are unwavering and impractical for many small businesses. 

 

Flexible Studio Rental Model

Thankfully since then, the industry has come a long way, and whilst the giants of commercial gyms continue churning over trainers like they are replaceable, at least there are now options available, as private personal training studio’s and small group training facilities have continued to grow in popularity, offering a more flexible and community feel to what can be a lonely business at times. Clients, as well as trainers, enjoy a more private space to train in, especially with the pandemic causing crowded spaces to feel unsafe.

Before the birth of private personal training studio’s such as PT Workspace, meant finding a gym space that you could call your own was near on impossible unless you were fortunate enough to have your own private studio. Many London parks now charge upwards of £100 per day to train clients, and many gyms want to keep their PT’s and clients in house where possible.

Studio Hire in London

With the expansion into online training, private studio hire has moved into different realms, where personal trainers now seek space not just for one to one training, but also a professional backdrop to create online content for websites and social media. Now is an amazing time to enter the industry with health at the forefront of peoples minds and the encouragement to live a more active and healthy lifestyle. There are finally options for trainers!

 

Stay healthy and Safe.

Thanks for reading

PT Workspace Team

20 Mar

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 to find the right space in London. Which is why we are now offering studio hire opportunities for 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 available.

Please request rates: [email protected] 

(Commercial rates may differ)

As we are a full-time personal training studio, we do have personal trainers and their clients to consider when confirming your booking. Weekends and most flexible and our prices reflect this. Weekday bookings are subject to the studio manager’s approval and will be priced accordingly.

For more information please contact [email protected] 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 [email protected]. In addition, why not take a look at some of the personal trainers who already work with us https://www.ptworkspace.co.uk/trainers/.

21 Jan

Running a business is not for the faint-hearted, it’s often a big chance you take a step out from the comfort of a secure job, into a self-sufficient role which can be incredibly demanding on your time, as well as your mental and physical well being. Often failure can come at a high price, but success can be all that much sweeter for it. 

 

In a turbulent year for businesses big and small already, what can you be doing to help stay afloat as we battle the ongoing pandemic? Many small businesses are being resourceful and turning to options currently available to support their product or services online. Personal trainers are no different and in their millions have migrated online utilising applications like Zoom to support coaching and their social media to create a presence. But could you be doing more? How many can you tick off below…

Check-in REGULARLY

There will be many casualties from lockdown the inevitable fact that being forced to adapt rapidly online, will not have sat well with all clients, especially if zoom or online coaching just does not work for them. It’s not for everyone, but when was the last time you checked in with them? Asked how they were doing? If you could help in any way, even if it was just someone different for them to speak to. Because when the gyms open back up, they might well be the first to want to jump back in.

Reflecting back on a conversation had with a recent client who said during the first Lockdown, their PT dropped off the grid, so when he popped up after lockdown lifted the client had lost complete interest by then. Checking in on all your clients regularly is important for retention and loyalty, its important to show you care, especially in times where your clients may feel isolated or cut off from human interaction.

 

Social Media

Making your social media work for you!

Who is your professional profile aimed at? Your clients? New potential clients? Other PT’s? Your friends? Just posting pictures for likes?

Social media can be a great tool to create leads and generate interest in your services if you are using it properly, and it can be easy to lose sight of this. A good tip is to DM new followers and check-in to say hi, introduce yourself, and start up a conversation, say “thanks for the follow!” You never know where it will lead. Be proactive with your communication, and reach out where appropriate to those who show interest.

Be Selective

Pick and choose what works for your business, how you spend your time is valuable, so choose which social media sites work for you. Same with the content you put out. If writing blogs do not come naturally to you, maybe focus more on creating video content instead. Use your time constructively and work to your strengths.

 

Fundamentals

As personal trainers, it’s understood that there are a number of reasons, which often implicate clients leading a healthy lifestyle, be that sleep, nutrition, injury, bad form, not understanding the basics. Which can hinder your clients making progress or reaching their goals. Could you be offering your clients something more, such as an online workshop to help? Going above and beyond with your clients will again help with retention and invariably be beneficial in the long run. If your workshops become a success then maybe this could become another revenue stream to explore. 

 

Ask for feedback

Some clients you may have had for a while and it’s important that they feel like they are being heard. Constructive feedback from our clients can be really helpful and will allow you to see your service through their eyes. If there are improvements to be made, this may help keep future clients in the long run. Send them a survey, Survey Monkey is always a popular choice and its free!

 

Whilst many of these hints and tips may not make your business an overnight success, there are some great habits to start implementing in order to give yourself the best possible chance of success through these challenging months. 

 

Thanks for reading 

PT Workspace team 

08 Dec

As we approach the end of 2020 it is quite clear to see how tired and exhausted trainers have become navigating the most unpredictable and challenging year to date. Whilst we can take positives out of 2020, such as online personal training and a better understanding of health in relation to Covid-19, the long hours training clients in the parks during Lockdown 2.0 has finally caught up with us. December is a cold dark month which is usually overshadowed by Christmas cheer, but understandably not everyone is feeling so festive this month.

As we enter the busiest time of the year for the fitness industry, December is the month to lay the groundworks for January and the year ahead. As demanding as this year has been already, the time you put into planning now will make the transition into 2021 smoother. It’s time to re-evaluate this year and get SMART.

 

S – Specific, significant, stretching

What will be accomplished? What actions will you take?

 

M – Measurable, meaningful, motivational

What data will measure the goal? (How much? How well?)

 

A – Agreed upon, attainable, achievable, acceptable, action-oriented

Is the goal doable? Do you have the necessary skills and resources?

 

R – Realistic, relevant, reasonable, rewarding, results-oriented

How does the goal align with broader goals? Why is the result important?

 

T – Time-based, time-bound, timely, tangible, trackable

What is the time frame for accomplishing the goal?

 

Setting realistic goals will guide you in the right direction and keep you motivated no matter how hard things get.

Between prospecting for new clients, getting existing clients results, and billing more hours, setting SMART goals can help you stay on track so you know exactly what steps to take on a daily basis to reach your specific target.

The time to elevate your business is now!

 

Thanks for Reading

 

PT Workspace Team

27 Oct

Get ready and plug your seatbelts in because it’s most likely going to be another bumpy ride for the fitness industry over the next couple of months. There is no telling what exactly the future holds right now, but be rest assured we can weather this storm by supporting each other and the industry. When lockdown lifted the first time, people in their millions returned to gyms and private studio’s. Why? Because health and mental wellness matters! Covid-19 has shown how obesity and poor lifestyle choices can make it harder to fight the disease and making recovery longer in those who suffer the worst. Public Health England recently stated in their Better Health campaign that…

  • People living with obesity are twice as likely to be hospitalised with COVID-19
  • Current evidence suggests that COVID-19 patients living with obesity, and in particular morbid obesity, may be more likely to be admitted to intensive care; require advanced treatment; and potentially have poorer outcomes, including a greater risk of mortality 
  • Data from intensive care audit weekly reports, which detail adult intensive care, indicates that 7% of those in intensive care are morbidly obese – this is twice the rates of morbid obesity in the population as a whole

For many years health professionals have said obesity is the secret pandemic in this country. Only now is it becoming more known to the masses. This is not about body shaming, it’s about giving people the best chance to live a full life where disease, illness and mental health problems are not killing the nation.

All things considered, there are many reasons why an individual might fall into the obese or morbidly obese category, and without getting too political, economical or sidetracked with semantics, as professionals, we all understand that we have to be part of the solution. Which is partly why trainers have been so passionate about the response to gym closures. There is more than one pandemic we are fighting this year.

As we move forward in the current climate it is likely that we may have to live with Covid-19 long term until something drastically changes. The first time round no one was prepared for what Covid-19 had brought to the door, but as time goes on we can learn to adjust and make positive changes. Hindsight, as they say, is a wonderful thing. It’s never too late to start.

On a side note, we would like to thank all those who have continued to support small businesses and the fitness industry this year.

Thanks for Reading

PT Workspace Team

26 May

‘Whilst we are all in this together, we are not all in the same boat’. This quote you hear bounded around rings true for many of us facing lockdown and the monumental effect it has had on our lives and businesses.

Whilst despair can plague your thoughts guessing which month is finally going to ease restrictions, your moral compass goes into overdrive and you are left wondering what, when, where, why… Is this the right time? Then BOOM! You’re down the rabbit hole spiralling. So easily done and stressful at the same time. You go online or switch on the TV which stokes your anxiety, and before you know it you’ve dreamt up a hypothetical situation with no way of knowing which part is fact or fiction. Before all context is lost, take a moment to see what positives you can derive from this unrivalled experience, no matter how small they are.

  1. Keep Focused! Exhausting energy on what you cannot control will not help your mental health, neither is it the best use of your time. It’s draining! Although, that is not to say you should not prepare for change, as in these challenging times being able to adapt is important. However, making informed decisions from the evidence provided by trusted sources is advised, as you would in all other areas of health and fitness. You got this! Think smart.
  2. Health is important! We know this, you know this, and now the rest of the world knows just how important it is also. Never has it been so vital to look after one’s health, the days of waiting for a miracle cure or quick fix are drifting into the abyss (well we hope so). Which means good old hard work and determination can prevail. Opening the door for personal trainers and fitness/ nutrition professionals to do what they do best, especially for those seeking help.
  3. Kindness! Yes, headlines and social media will showcase the most frustrating people society has to offer, but in challenging times, the kindness of strangers has been a beautiful thing. At least there are a few good eggs still knocking around to restore faith in humanity. Maybe you are one of them?
  4. Time is precious! Nobody appreciates change being thrust upon them when they least expect it, and not many envisioned 2020 quite like this. So if this has given you time to re-evaluate a few things that have needed your attention, then hit the reset button and work on what is viable during the quiet days.
  5. Starting something new! Whether you are an avid weight lifter and suddenly found your running feet, or decided that now is the time to create an online personal training platform, then take kudos in starting something new which you may not have done otherwise. All about the small wins, acknowledge them because we all have to start somewhere.

Finding positives might be a stretch too far some right now and that’s okay. But on reflection at some point, there will surely be some important lessons learned and maybe positives down the line.

 Stay Healthy and safe!

Thanks for reading

PT Workspace Team

24 Apr

It’s a difficult time for the fitness industry with all gyms ordered to close as of the 23rd of March. So making the best out of the current situation has been challenging but not impossible for fitness professionals. Many have chosen to reach clients through online personal training and classes, which have proven popular for some more than others. Whilst online personal training and Instagram lives have become the new normal, there are other ways in which to engage and support your clients, call it another string to your bow. Until the day that the gym doors open, we have a few tips to help…

  • Nutrition advice: As a personal trainer you will know how important a diet is in the overall grand scheme of exercise and calories. Nutrition is, of course, a touchy subject in regards to the limitation of advice you can offer. Often said in a passing comment, that it’s important to stay in your lane. This does not mean that you can’t offer helpful advice about tracking calorie intake and macros. Help your client understand how to maintain some progress through what they are eating, especially if they are worried that they are reaching for the fridge too often. Planning meals in advance, with ingredients that can work across several meals, limiting food waste could be a great help.
  • Check-in: Days and weeks are starting to roll into each other, so make sure you are touching base to see how your clients are doing and coping. A personal trainer can be so much more than the person who beasts them at the gym. Someone’s lifestyle impacts heavily on progress and if they are struggling, whether that be stress or anything else, you can be an outlet to drive positive constructive behaviours moving forward. Again, know your boundaries and refer where applicable.
  • Focus on technique: Depending on how well prepared your client is with equipment at home, will dictate much of what you will likely do with them. But like the majority of the population, who didn’t quite see 2020 turning out like this, means there will be limitations. So it is a great time to really focus on getting technique airtight with your clients. Technique, after all, is the backbone to succeeding in their goals.
  • Keep Moving: All trainers know that increasing general daily activity can go a long way in helping burn calories, but maybe not your clients. Encourage them to get that Vitamin D whilst the sun is out and make the most of the one daily exercise allocated during this time. Set them a challenge to achieve to keep them motivated with incentives, hopefully, this will stop them from moulding into the sofa if you are concerned about isolation. Obviously, be mindful of the current guidelines around COVID-19, that your challenges do not encourage your clients to break these, for example, 10,000 steps daily may not be safe or achievable in some cases.

With no end in sight as it stands, it’s all about the daily small wins which will keep both you and your clients motivated through these tough times. Stay Healthy and safe!

Thanks for reading

PT Workspace Team