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01 Nov

Foam rollers is one thing PT Workspace has never been short of! The studio manager swears by them to help improve mobility, prevent injury, boost performance and help you recover from exercise. Now if you’re wondering what those round cylinders in the corner of the studio are good for, then maybe we can help answer that question.

Foam rolling can help address muscle stiffness and pain by applying pressure to specific points on your body. It can aid recovery as well as assist normal function of muscles which might feel tight or knotted.

Whilst it may cause slight discomfort at times, it can also leave your muscles feeling relaxed and ready to perform if used correctly.

  1. Listen to your body…

You will understand better than anyone, which muscles need attention and where the sore spots are. Start slowly, your muscles respond to different types of pressure so adjust accordingly.   

2. Be mindful…

If you have an injury avoid rolling the affected area, foam rolling should not cause you to feel immense pain. By using your own bodyweight you can roll major muscle groups, and be mindful of pressure, releasing or lifting off the roller if it becomes too much. You have the power to control the amount of force applied, so again, start slowly and ease into it.

3. Take your time

Foam rolling is not something you can really rush, to feel the full benefits of rolling give your body time to adapt and your brain time to tell your muscles to relax. Spend a little time working tight spots but remember not to overdo it! Move on, prolonged time can cause tissue damage among other injuries.  

Regardless of whether you choose to use foam roll before or after a workout, it can be a great way in which to increase motion and performance whilst helping prevent injury. Give it a go next time your in the studio.

Thanks for reading

PT Workspace Team

P.S If you are interested in finding out about personal training or studio hire at PT Workspace you can contact info@ptwporkspace.co.uk.



07 Oct

Mornings… Now they are not for everyone! A battle we all face but not everyone conquers, and as winter sets in, the harder it becomes to plant those two feet on the floor. The cosiness of bed will have you fighting your own thoughts and questioning your own sanity. But there are some great benefits to working out in the morning which can help set you up for the day ahead. 

  1. Rise and Shine…
    Exercise believe it or not wakes you up! It can be as effective as your morning cup of tea or coffee. “Even a short bout of any cardiovascular exercise wakes us up, speeds mental processes, and enhances memory storage and retrieval, regardless of our fitness or fatigue levels.” – Harvard Health Blog

  2. Bite the Bullet…
    It’s done! And out the way for another day. By exercising in the morning you are less prone to worry about your workout hanging over your head, meetings running over, distractions or anything else life has to throw at you.

  3. Personal space to focus on you…
    Exercise is great for not only improving just your physical health but helping with your mental health as well. Its time you can invest in you! sweat out your frustration and stress, where work and everything else can take a backseat for an hour before you prepare for the day ahead.

  4. Consistency is key…
    Working out in the morning will help develop a routine, and with routine come consistency. As much as you want to hit your snooze at 6am, showing up each day and staying committed is the key to achieving those all-important goals.

  5. Feel Good…
    To put it simply exercise releases endorphins and endorphins make you feel good as well as reduce your perception of pain. Starting the day off right with exercise has many great benefits to not only your mood but mental cognition, leading to better alertness, focus and concentration at work.

Mornings can seem like the enemy sometimes, but when you have learnt the knack of using them to your advantage, then there is a lot to appreciate about them too! Like Sunrises, you will see certainly see your fair share of those.

Thanks for reading

PT Workspace Team

P.S If you are interested in finding out about personal training or studio hire at PT Workspace you can contact info@ptwporkspace.co.uk.

18 Sep

Well, now that’s a question to behold! and usually one answered through trial and error over time, with experience. But if you are anything like us, then waiting around to find out the hard way may seem pointless, so we thought we would lend a helping hand to get you started.

Let’s start with saying…It’s OK if you don’t hit the nail on the head first time, but when it comes to setting your own rates as a personal trainer, having the correct expectations based on informed research and the market in which you are trying to target, is important. It can stand between you converting clients or losing them in the fitness industry, and we all need that bread and butter to make it out there in the big wide world. 

Please understand that just because your mate Colin charges upwards of £150 an hour, throws the word celebrity around occasionally, does not necessarily mean you can charge the same, especially if your situations differ. Regardless of personal training being a luxury, this does not mean you can always charge copious amounts. Understanding your personal worth is the key to setting the right rates. There is no one size fits all when crunching numbers, so to find the answer you have to examine a few things first such as…

  • How much experience do you have? 
  • What qualifications do you have?
  • Who are you targeting? Need help check our previous post for tips. https://www.ptworkspace.co.uk/5-top-tips-to-market-yourself-and-a-pt/ 
  • Where are you located?
  • How many people have you worked with so far? 
  • Are your clients pleased with their results?
  • How confident are you in your consultation practices?
  • What are you comfortable charging?

Once you have answered these questions you can start building market research, seeing how other local businesses in your industry price themselves. Explore what you may need to work up to in which to achieve the same level of success. It always helps to be in the know with the market and your competition, and this will help create rates in line with what clients will expect to pay in your area.

Before finalising your rates make sure you have factored in your living costs, rent of the gym or studio and taxes. Also if you work with a package system which decreases your hourly rate with an increase in sessions or larger packages, check your margins because little losses here and there can add up at the end of the month. 

Rate Structures you can explore

Standard hourly rates – Setting your rates per hour for which you charge the same to all clients across the board.

Flexible rates– Dependant on the client and what goals they are seeking. If you have to travel or pay more to train in a specific location or specialist facility, then these charges can be factored in.

Packages– Sessions which are grouped together which the client can choose, such as ( 4, 8, 12, 24). Sometimes trainers may wish to discount larger packages to make them more attractive.

We hope you found this helpful.

Thanks for reading

PT Workspace Team

P.S If you are interested in finding out about personal training or studio hire 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 here.


14 Aug

In a society where it is becoming ever more normal to question where and how things are sourced, such as meat and vegetables, clothes to name a few. Why then do we not question the Health & fitness industry more? In this new wave of popular blue tick fitness professionals on IG, thankfully more and more of us are starting to question what really works. Not just for the short term but for the long haul. 

The key is education!…Enabling you to make a balanced and informed choice. If you don’t know everything there is to know about achieving muscle growth or fat loss for example, that’s fine! Because that is something you can learn from a personal trainer. Have an issue with your diet then a nutritionist can give you direction. It’s okay to ask questions before you hire a health or fitness professional. In fact we highly recommend you do! Because bad practices can put you at risk from an injury or worse…Before you get started consider asking some the questions below:

  • Is there an initial consultation? Health Screening?
  • How long have you been practicing, and what are your qualifications?
  • How will you track my progress?
  • What kind of training and exercise will we be doing in our sessions?
  • How many sessions a week would you suggest we have and Why?
  • What Should I Do Between Sessions with You?
  • What are your rates?
  • And maybe throw in a question that will showcase the personal trainers personality to see if you are a good fit.

Once you have the answers it’s time to do the homework!

  • Request testimonials
  • Ask for qualifications and check accrediting bodies!
  • If unsure of qualification type, Google it!  (boring I know) and do a bit of research on the course.
  • Keep away from multiple sales offerings (bad sign for confidence in delivering one service)

Thanks for Reading We hope you found it useful.

PT Workspace Team


P.S If you are interested in finding out about personal training or studio hire 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 here.

24 Jan

There is a tide of change coming in the fitness industry, can you feel it? Even though there are more faddy diets, weight loss pills and magic weight loss drinks than ever before, the backlash from qualified professionals who are tied of misleading products is mounting. It sends home a message loud and clear, enough is enough! The responsibility health and fitness professionals have to their clients and listeners before endorsing a product is of great importance. No matter the grind, the world is looking at what way your moral compass is turning and even with the best intentions, be hopeful it is facing the right way.  

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The boom of instagram has given a platform for personal trainers to have a voice, share their lifestyles and inspire, but with it comes the pressure to represent your own authenticity as a fitness professional. Maybe there was a time when those of us who knew better would turn a blind eye to the continuous onslaught of diet fads because the battle way just too great to rage on one’s own, brush it under the carpet as ‘Another one’ to join the army of weight loss products promising unrealistic sustained weight loss (for the majority). But when the audience at which these diet products are aim at start fighting back, it will only be a matter of time before the truth is out, and no amount of photoshopped before and after pictures will save the product from its inevitable demise.

There is no short cuts for long term success in creating a sustainable healthy lifestyle, that much is true. So it’s the job of all health and fitness professionals to help clear fog and raise the industry to higher standards for the benefit of all.

Keep It Real…

Thanks for Reading

PT Workspace Team

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.


13 Jan

Beat The January Blues…Personal Training Islington

The highs of the festive season never prepare you for the come down in January off all the food and drink consumed in December. Feeling heavy and a little fed up? We know the feeling! It’s time to address the heavy Winter diet, by shaking up the body with some much needed exercise to get the adrenaline pumping, and those feel good endorphins working on beating the January blues.

Thankfully we work alongside a talented team of experienced personal trainers, whose job it is to make us look great and feel amazing. So if you are not sure where to start this month, start with a trainer which can put you on the right track in your fitness journey.

03 Dec

Finding Clients in the Festive Season

December is finally here! Gosh blink and it will be Christmas day… Whilst many people start shutting down for the December period, those of us in the fitness industry are revving up for a busy January/ February. Lets face it, people need personal trainers more than ever, specially when each year the fad diets don’t stop over the festive season any more, social media carries them all year round, and it gets confusing knowings who to trust. After what can be a heavy month for many, come January it’s easier for those more susceptible to quick fixes to get sucked into a miracle cure, for all the pounds consumed over this naughty period of indulgence. So if you need to up your game after the New Year we have some top tips to help convert those clients in the upcoming months ahead which are looking for a little guidance.

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TASTER SESSIONS

Building good rapport with your current clients, helping them feel comfortable as well as being friendly and approachable is vital when marketing yourself… Word of mouth goes a long way! Let your current clients know that you will be taking on new clients in the New Year and even say that you can give them a free or discounted session for each recommendation!  Or even recommend you both come together for a free taster session.

During the taster session you should ask open ended questions about the client’s lifestyle and fitness, find ways of showing how you can help them, but not in a way that makes the prospective client feel defensive – many people are nervous about Personal Trainers, after all you are the epitome of the fit and healthy lifestyle goal they are aiming for!

OFFER DISCOUNTS

Try offering packages of your training sessions and discounts if the client takes a number of sessions.  Or consider discounting the first one or two sessions in a “Try it and See” incentive. Contact your existing and old clients and offer their friends a reduced price first session and as a thank you, a discounted price session for the old client – which may result in new clients and the return of old clients!

LISTEN TO THEM

Ask about their health and fitness history and make notes.This shows the client you genuinely want to help them in a personal way, rather than giving them a basic plan made for anyone. Once you fully understand their health history you can help craft a informative response. Consultations are inherently as they are worded, consultancy practices not a pitch. Use the opportunity to find information that will help structure your own explanation on how you can support them with their fitness goals.

SHARE THE GLORY

Don’t be shy – if you have good results from other clients that you have documented or photographed, then show them (with permission of course). You can also try:

  • Keep your website regularly updated with accomplishments.
  • Email your existing clients with updates and healthy tips.
  • If you have recommendations from your clients then put them on your webpage, and use social media to your advantage,
  • Clients may feel a world away from you in regards to their own personal physique, so by showing them that you have experience transforming body shapes similar to theirs, will boost their motivation and definitely help.  Above all, keep it professional!

 

We wish you every success in the upcoming months ahead, and if you need somewhere to train all those new clients then make sure you talk to us…

 

Thanks for reading

PT Workspace Team

 

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.

26 Nov

How many questions will you get right…No peeking!

To lose a 1lb of fat, you need to consume 3,500 less calories a week?

FACT or FICTION?

Answer: FACT 

Because 3,500 calories equals about 1 pound (0.45 kilogram) of fat, you need to burn 3,500 calories more than you consume to lose 1 pound. So if you cut 500 calories from your typical diet each day, you’d lose about 1 pound a week (500 calories x 7 days = 3,500 calories). It isn’t quite this simple, because you usually lose a combination of fat, lean tissue and water. Additionally due to changes which can occur in the body as a result of weight loss, you may need to continue to decrease calories in order to continue losing weight steadily.

Stretching will help prevent injury and reduce muscle soreness?

FACT or FICTION?

Answer: FICTION

“The evidence from randomised studies suggests that muscle stretching, whether conducted before, after, or before and after exercise, does not produce clinically important reductions in delayed-onset muscle soreness in healthy adults.” Conclusion by Authors Herbert RD1, de Noronha M, Kamper SJ. Musculoskeletal Division, The George Institute for Global Health.

A Systematic Review of the Literature, colleagues pored over nearly 100 other published medical studies on the subject. Their key conclusions: stretching does increase flexibility; the highest-quality studies indicate that this increased flexibility doesn’t prevent injuries; few athletes need extreme flexibility to perform their best (perhaps just gymnasts and figure skaters); and more injuries would be prevented by better warm-ups, by strength training, and by balance exercises, than by stretching.

On average we can only gain 2 pounds of muscle for men a month and 1 pound for women? 

FACT or FICTION?

Answer: FACT

Here’s how fast you can expect to build muscle on average:

Average Natural MAN: between 0.25 and 0.5 pounds of muscle per week (or about 1-2 pounds of muscle gained per month).

Average Natural WOMAN: between 0.12 – 0.25 pounds of muscle per week (or about 0.5-1 pound of muscle gained per month).

We’re strictly talking MUSCLE, not WEIGHT. Besides actual muscle, weight gained throughout the week could be (and often is) fat, water or glycogen. We’re not talking about any of those here.

Fact or fiction?

Lifting the heaviest weights will help me develop muscles fastest.

OR

Increasing reps rapidly will tone up abdominals like 20 Ab crunches.

“two birds one stone”

FACT or FICTION?

Answer: FICTION

Hypertrophy can be broken down into two types of categories myofibrillar and sarcoplasmic. Each of these specific types of muscle hypertrophy will result in increasing size of cells, but not of equal effect.

Sarcoplasmic hypertrophy is focused on increasing the actual size of the muscle, and less on increasing strength.

Several repetitions (generally 8–12 for bodybuilding or 12 or more for muscular endurance) against a submaximal load facilitate mainly sarcoplasmic hypertrophy (professional bodybuilders and endurance athletes).

Myofibril hypertrophy will focus more on strength increase and less on an increase in the size of the skeletal muscle.

80 to 90% of the one-repetition maximum for 2–6 repetitions (reps) causes myofibrillated hypertrophy to dominate (as in powerlifters, Olympic lifters and strength athletes).

Fact or fiction?

Running will help me shape my legs and bum? 

FACT or FICTION?

Answer: FICTION

Increasing lean muscle in the legs and bum will impact shape and definition alongside lower body fat percentage. Running will be effective cardiovascular exercise and reduce body fat, to increase lean body mass resistance training is required over conventional beliefs on running to achieve these goals.

Squats with weights

Obviously helps to build your leg muscles (including your quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes and calves), and can also create an anabolic environment, which promotes body-wide muscle building.

Increasing lean muscle in the legs and bum will impact shape and definition alongside lower body fat percentage. Running will be effective cardiovascular exercise and reduce body fat, to increase lean body mass resistance training is required over conventional beliefs on running to achieve these goals.

Low intensity cardio is most effective to burn calories and lose weight?

 FACT or FICTION?

Answer: FICTION

Although it’s technically true that exercising in the so-called “fat burning zone” (at a lower intensity level of about 60% to 70% of maximum heart rate) does use a higher percentage of fat calories for fuel, the overall total calories burned is still fairly low. The reason is simple. Fat is a slow-burning fuel that requires oxygen to convert it to a usable energy, so it’s great for long, steady, slow exercise, like backpacking, or cycling a long distance. Most people have enough stored body fat to fuel low level activity for days and days without running out of energy, but if you want to go fast, work all-out, or burn the most calories per minute, you need to rely on the faster-burning carbohydrate (glycogen) for energy. Converting fat to fuel takes longer, and requires lots of oxygen. In the strictest definition, this is called aerobic metabolism.

The real question is If your goal is weight loss, and burning calories is the way you are trying to lose weight, you are better off exercising at a higher intensity 2-3 times per week, and burning more overall calories from both fat and stored glycogen.

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Thanks for reading

PT Workspace Team

P.S If you are interested in finding out about personal training or studio hire 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 here.