As a teenager I used to do a lot of athletics, both track and field, once I got to around 14 years old I majorly got into my resistance training, it started off with bodyweight exercises such as push-ups and situps and quickly evolved after I got my first pair of dumbbells. I was a monthly subscriber to both Men’s Health and Men’s Fitness magazines which I’d read religiously every page from front to back, after a while I really thought I knew my stuff. All of my track and field training, all of my reading, my exercises at home and from 16 I was using a gym nearby my college several times a week. Let me tell you now, although I may have looked like I knew what I was doing, what I was doing was pretty damn inefficient for my goals. I thought my nutrition knowledge was tip top considering all these magazines I had read, but no, it was pretty damn average. Skip forward to 22 years old, yes I was very physically fit but hadn’t made anywhere near the progression I potentially could have if I’d have been doing the most effective exercise for my goals, which if I’d had a personal trainer, even for just 3 months to set me in the right direction, I would have.
It took 3 years to become a qualified personal trainer and I have had a further 8 years experience training with a wide range of individuals with many different outcome goals. Over this time I’ve realised that there’s a great value in getting people to where they want to be and that personal training is fast tracking your progress, or often achieving goals that without the correct coaching, may never have happened at all. Health and fitness is a minefield, there’s a ton of information out there, often contradictory, people meaning well but giving poor advise. However tell an expert what you want, they will listen, empathise, understand you, adapt to what you’re capable of, learn your own limitations and determine the most effective and efficient way to get you to where you want to be, now that’s PERSONAL training. This could be as simple as learning somebodies strengths and biomechanics as well as their training preferences to develop a routine to burn the most possible calories throughout a week and then coaching on nutrition to maintain consistent progression.
At Altered Images we pride ourselves on member service. All of our members are entitled to a free 30 minute Personal Training consultation. The 30 minutes will usually (but not always), consist of a 10-15 minute chat about your goals and current ability, then 15-20 minutes in the gym doing some practical assessments and practice exercises to give you a taste of what personal training might be like for you. To book in simply talk to one of our staff or call us on 01527 874395.
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