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Archive for October, 2009

Outdoor Workout

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Hi All,

ARe you looking for new ideas to add to your outdoor workout? Well let Sean Croxton (Underground Wellness) and Brett Klika (FItness Quest 10) give you some ideas!

TOM

Geralyn Coopersmith Interview

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Geralyn is an inspirational trainer, who over her career to date has done a lot of things.  She is well know on the media circuit, having appeared in many magazines and on TV shows talking on the subject of health, nutrition and wellbeing.  She also ahs soem books out and operates a well respected personal training consultancy.  I will let her tell you the rest!

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Tom Godwin: May I first of all thank you for giving up time in your busy day to take part in this interview.

TG:  Let’s start from the beginning, what is your background in the wellbeing industry?

GC: I used to be a couch potato growing up.  Never exercised at all, never played on a sports team, nothing. I assumed I would just get fat and out of shape in adulthood.  But in college, I started working out.  I lost about 20 lbs, totally changed the way I looked at felt.  I fell in love with exercise and being in the gym.  After college, I worked in various careers outside of fitness, but I didn’t enjoy any of them.  Then I read a book entitled, “Do What You Love The Money Will Follow” by Marcia Sinetar.  I decided to spend my day doing what I love and I got certified to be a group fitness instructor and a personal trainer.  That was 18 years ago.

TG:  You have become somewhat of a media personality, with many TV appearances and having been featured in a number of magazines.  Can you tell me a bit about what started your involvement with the media?

GC: Years ago while managing a small facility in NYC, I would occasionally be asked to comment on a fitness topic or design a workout for a magazine.  Then I was approached to be on a TV Show developed by Prevention Magazine, then later one on The Fine Living Channel.  The more media work you do- as long as you do it well (and that means being a good partner with the media)–  the more likely you are to stay top of mind and word spreads that you’re a good resource. You end up in more and more people’s contact files.  Blogging and being on the internet help a lot, too.

TG:  You new book Fit and Female is now out, can you tell me what sets this apart from other similar books on the market?

GC: The book actually came out in Sept. 2006, but it’s still selling well three years later.  It’s a book about self acceptance, realistic goals and what a lot of women go through mentally relative to their body image.  I’m very honest about my own painful experiences in the book.  Many women have written me to say that they felt sure that they were the only one who felt this way and it was a tremendous relief to know that their experiences were common – and that a fitness professional has been through the same struggles and came through the other side.

TG:  Can you tell us a little about you Best Me Ever system, and how it came about?

GC: I wanted a system that would simplify fitness for the busy mom who feels she can’t take care of herself because her day is so chaotic.  I wanted to design an easy way that she could fit eating right, exercise and motivation into her day.

There are 3 separate workouts that can be done in 5 min segments, so women can do as much (or as little) as their time or fitness level will allow.  Plus I included a bonus “Target Toning” video – a quick workout that hits the areas women want to firm up the most.

The healthy eating guide is designed to demystify the idea of “dieting” and create strategies that fit easily into the active woman’s daily life.  To keep them on track, I have 2 audio CDs.  The first is a motivational CD to provide a “kick in the pants” when people are falling off the proverbial wagon.  The second is a relaxation CD designed to help reduce stress either before the day begins or at the end of the day before retiring.

TG:  What would you say is the most important attribute that a personal trainer must poses and why?

GC: To genuinely listen to your client and do your utmost to give them what they need, while educating them on things that they may not be aware of which can help their health and well-being.  Compassion would be number one…followed closely by staying up to date.  This field is changing every single day, if you are not constantly learning – you will be a dinosaur in the industry before you know it.  We all need to educate ourselves on an on-going basis to give the client the best possible service.

TG:  What would you say has been the high point of your career so far?

GC: I’ve had a lot of “pinch me” moments.  Being on The Today Show was one, meeting some of the giants in our industry and being able to speak with them peer to peer…but probably the best was last year when a group of my managers gave me a spontaneous outburst of applause, cheers and some standing ovations after a workshop that I’d organized.  It was an outpouring of support and emotion which let me know that they were very appreciative of the work that I’m doing in my “day job” as the head of personal trainer education for Equinox Fitness.

TG:  What would you say is the best part of your job?

GC: Sharing people’s lives with them.  I’ve been there when clients peed on a stick and found out they were pregnant. I’ve been a brides maid in a client’s wedding and a guest a countless others.  I’ve been at their kids’ birthday parties.  I’ve held their babies just hours after they were born.  It’s a privilege to share people’s lives with them.  To enhance their lives and to feel the love and appreciation that they have for the value you bring to them.

TG:  If you could only give someone one tip to improve their levels of health and wellbeing, what would it be?

GC: Be kind to your body.  Feed it nourishing foods, do things that make you feel better afterwards – not beat up and miserable.  Don’t go to extremes of any sort.  Make smart choices most of the time and the rest will take care of itself.

TG:  What does your average day look like?

GC: I get my son off to school.  I workout for about an hour cardio about 4-5 days/week (I love to run or hike if the weather’s nice) and 2-3 days per week I do some resistance training.  Then I’m at my desk most of the day working on projects for the department, doing media interviews some days. I have dinner with my family, help my son with his homework and get him ready for bed.  After he’s tucked in I usually try to work on a blog, or an upcoming project like the book that I am working on now.  I’m also a big Facebook person, too.  I love staying connected with people from all areas of my life.

TG:  What motivates you to go to work each day?

GC: The notion that I’m making the industry better in some small way both for individual trainers and their clients – and for the industry (hopefully) as a whole.  I get to touch the lives of more that 1200 trainers, who in turn impact the lives of thousands of clients.  To me that’s an honour and a privilege that I don’t take lightly.

TG:  Thanks for giving up some of you time to share with us, it has been awesome!

My pleasure!!  Thank you!!!

To find out more about Geralyn have a look at her website.

Hardcore Personal Training!

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Did you think your workout today was hardcore? Well try this! Sean (Underground Wellness) and Brett (Fitness Quest 10) take us through some hardcore training using tires, sledge hammers, chains, and brute force!

Enjoy!

Remember only try this stuff under the watchful eye and instruction of a qualified personal trainer!

Jason Anderson Interview

Monday, October 19th, 2009

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This is an interview that I have been looking forward to for some time, Jason has been an inspiration to me for a long time.  As a Premier student I would often come across his work and found his Resisted Movement Training and Movement Based Flexibility systems to change my view on training totally, and most importantly has helped me to get my clients better results.  Here he is Jason Anderson

Tom Godwin: May I first of all thank you for giving up time in your busy day to take part in this interview.

TG:  Let’s start from the beginning, what is your background in the wellbeing industry?

JA: I started training at around 13 years of age spurred on by the bodybuilding classic “Pumping Iron”. I found it really hard to get the results I was looking for being a skinny little runt, so I started to look at how to maximise my training. This led me onto experimenting with every imaginable training method and delving into the world of nutrition.

I then started to ‘work’ part-time at a friend’s gym writing programs for his small membership, whilst also getting interested in competing Naturally.

Fate played its part as I was made redundant from my job as an artist, which led me onto to pursuing a career in the health & well-being industry.

After working my way up the Leisure management route and becoming increasingly more involved with paperwork and less with the practical element of the job, I finally decided to become a Personal Trainer.

This led me on to undertaking the Premier Diploma in Personal Training, as I had done a few of their qualifications already.

After going through the course I was offered a job as Massage therapist lecturer, which I declined as I wanted to test the Personal training water.

After a year or so of trying to make a go of it in sunny Swindon, the job of fitness lecturer came up at the Premier HQ, which I eagerly took!

TG:  You had a long involvement with Premier Training, could you tell us a little about your job role as course director?

JA: A short while after starting at Premier the role of Fitness Course Director came up as the lovely Bev Williams became Company Director. I suppose I was in the right place at the right time as I had a lot of experience with weights and was working at the HQ in Trowbridge.

Being a new manager I wanted to make my mark and worked very closely with my good friend Julian Berriman (Curriculum Director) to rewrite the course based upon my new perspective.

The role also involved observing and managing the other fitness lecturers around the country. This proved to be quite challenging for me as I wanted to see a team of ‘mini-me’s!

This in hindsight was completely futile as everyone is an individual and even though the course content is the same, the delivery will be based upon the lecturer’s perspective. Looking back now I would probably change how I approached this role.. but thats life I suppose..?!

After a while under the insightful leadership of Colin Deans, Premier decided to embark on a new era of CD rom based education. This led me onto the role of Product Development, again with Julian.

This proved to be a lot harder than we had first expected! However, it enabled me to work with some of the leading figures in the industry as part of our involvement with PT on the Net. It also exposed me (in the best possible sense) around the UK and even onto an international stage, visiting the US and South Africa.

This meant that I had to really pick up my game, as I was now competing at a much higher level, which resulted in my knowledge and understanding following suit.

TG:  Many people remember you from you heavy involvement with the development of the Masters Diploma (RMT and MBF), can you tell us a little about how this course came about and the impact you feel it has had in the market?

JA: I consider producing the RMT and MBF as one of my defining processes. It was probably one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. Working it through with Julian from conception to completion taught me a lot about myself and increased my knowledge exponentially.

Our remit was to produce a product that considered postural dysfunction, whilst at the same time, encouraged PT’s to utilise a safe, varied and progressive resistance training program.

Chek and NASM were the big (distance learning CPD) players at the time. However, people found NASM to be over-complicated and confusing and Chek to be a little restrictive with regards to program design.

I have a very systematic way of thinking – almost flow chart-like! This allowed me to think on a progressive level and apply this to exercise.

I liked the idea of movement patterns, introduced by Chek. So I decided to take this a step further by creating a periodisation pyramid for each of these. The WEB program design tool was a natural progression of this and a result of sticking all of the pyramids together!

I feel that as a product it has given PT’s a greater toolbox of exercises to keep themselves and their clients stimulated in the gym. By going through the process, it has hopefully given them a greater understanding of how the body moves.  I wanted to ‘open the door’ to the realisation that you are only bound by your imagination – think of a movement… and then add a weight to it!

TG:  Why do you think it is so important that personal trainers keep educating themselves, and constantly pushing their personal boundaries?

JA: In my early days of PT, I got very set in my program design ways. I had my favourite exercises and found that I was sticking with them.

This all changed at Premier as I was constantly being forced to work outside of my comfort zone, working alongside other practitioners like Osteopaths and physio’s, and being subjected to new and exciting information. This constantly challenged my beliefs, often uncomfortably so.

This can be quite scary at times and you can feel yourself resisting this process. But once you accept the idea that you don’t know everything you can really start to enjoy the understanding and the comfort in yourself that this brings.

We will never know everything about the body. If you think computers are complicated, they are nothing in comparison to what we have to work with. We often take for granted how amazing the body is!!?

Be intuitive with your education. Look inside yourself and identify your areas of weakness. What direction do you see yourself going? What are you attracted to and drawn towards? There is more than one way to skin a cat, which is why there are so many different professionals practicing… and I do mean practicing!!

TG:  You have set up a very successful personal training practice (GIM-UK) in Twickenham, what do you think sets you aside from the run of the mill personal training company?

JA: It’s funny Tom, because as we are into the summer, and considering the economic climate, I was expecting my sessions to drop off so I could focus on other avenues… but in fact I am the busiest I have ever been with Personal Training!

I put this down to the way my product has evolved and the clients I now attract. If as a PT you are only there to motivate and improve fitness, this will inevitably drop off in historically quiet times. But if you are in the ‘pain’ business clients see your product as less of a luxury and more of a necessity!

What I deliver in my sessions and presentations is completely different to what I used to. This is not to say that I was wrong before, as that stuff works, it’s just that you have to go where the application of your education and experience takes you.

I have never been very good at being a fitness disciple and following a single train of thought. I like to consider all of the options; working with a variety of practitioners allowed me to pinch the best bits for myself. I have always been a bit of a magpie when it comes to techniques or information!

With this varied approach I feel that I have a far better chance of success as I can work on many more levels with my clients, which allows my training to become more adaptable. Suddenly it becomes whatever the client needs and not just what I know. I’m sure I learn something new about exercise pretty much every session!

TG:  You were involved with the natural bodybuilding scene, would you tell us a little about what natural bodybuilding is.

JA: Well for a start, I always hated being described as a bodybuilder. As people always expected me to be big!

I owe a lot to my natural BB days. Ironically, when I present on functional exercise and posture, it still gives me a certain amount of credibility, as people listen more to a person who is in shape! Never underestimate the power of packaging!!!

I also owe a lot of my discipline (eating, training etc.) to BB. It’s pretty much set in stone now that I prepare all of my food and hit the gym on a strict schedule.

Bodybuilding is training, eating and sleeping hard! It is very addictive and takes over your life. You can always be just that little bit bigger… or that little bit leaner! You start to look at food differently. It is no longer about taste and more about how much protein, carbs and fats you’ve got on your plate.

Natural BB is hard work as you never know how much people have put in to get up there on stage. Some people work their arses off and can lose all of their muscle in pre-contest diet and others can rock up with their posing pouch in their pockets and look amazing!

Natural BB is becoming more popular as people (as I did) see training as enhancing your health and not destroying it!

I competed in the ANB (Association of Natural Bodybuilders) taking the under 78kg Mr Wales title… and qualifying and competing at the British finals twice.

TG:  What would you say is the most important attribute that a personal trainer must possess?

JA: Consistency! Which sounds simple but you would be surprised how many trainers fall down at this first hurdle of business.

A lot of guys who are discontent with their current careers come into the fitness industry thinking it’s going to be easy, a bit like being at school without the teachers. Thinking they can work when you want and keep fit whilst earning a fortune!

The reality is that you won’t be training celebrities or elite athletes you will be training people with stressful lifestyles and musculo-skeletal issues.

Clients are paying a lot of money to be trained by you, give them the courtesy of taking it seriously by turning up on time, looking smart and making sure there is an intention behind every exercise!

It’s not about being great for a short space of time… it’s about being good all of the time!

TG:  What would you say has been the high point of your career so far?

JA: The high point of my career is going happen in October 2009, when I open my new ‘movement3’ studio (www.movement3.co.uk).

This will be a culmination of 2 years of pure grit and determination – you wouldn’t believe how hard it has been to make this happen. I am so lucky to have a great (and very patient) business partner.

Movement3 will truly reflect my training ethos. I will only be taking on PT’s who are serious about training people and who want to be develop their knowledge and skills beyond the normal parameters of personal training.

TG:  What would you say is the best part of your job?

JA: The best part of my job is the variety! One day I may be doing sessions in my studio, the next I’m off on a little adventure to another part of the country to deliver a workshop. I may even find myself at the airport off to another race with my racing team (www.strakkaracing.com).

Having a few strings to my bow gives me the variety I need to keep me stimulated. I have a very short attention span!

TG:  What does your average day look like?

JA: My day usually revolves around food breaks… never being able to go longer than 3 to 4 hours without it!

So after breakfast, I usually start the day with 2 to 3 sessions. I never start before 8am… I decided at the start of my career never to get involved with the stupid o’clock market.

I will then answer emails and possibly do a bit of admin, magazine writing or workshop development.

At the moment, with the studio pending I normally have to attend a meeting either with Architects or builders to ensure the project is going to plan.

Training is a big part of my day… and at the start of the week I block out 5 sessions, usually in quiet times, to accommodate this. It’s so easy to neglect yourself.

My evening sessions start at around 4 to 5pm and finish at the latest 9pm.

I then go home for some dinner, finish off any emails and plan the following day.

Its hard work, but I am the type of person that needs to keep busy.

TG:  So what does the future hold for you?

JA: My future focus is on developing the movement3 brand where the studio will be at the centre. We have developed an online exercise product (www.m3pt.com) and we are in the process of obtaining a CPD license so I can develop my series of educational workshops.

TG:  Thanks for giving up some of you time to share with us, it has been awesome!

JA: I have actually really enjoyed it Tom! I find myself being all reminiscent!?

To find out more about Jason and his range of servies have a look at his websites http://www.m3pt.com/ and http://www.gim-uk.com

Food Inc Trailer

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Another must see film! Looking forward to getting a copy, look out for the review on this blog in the coming months.

TOM

As Fit As a Butchers Dog

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Just stumbling around the internet as I often do and came across a get UK based website for all those who are out there looking for a partner to do various sports with or for a coach.  Great idea if you ask me, how often do people have a burning desire to try a new activity or get involved with a new sport, but due to lack of a person or group to do it with they give up.  This site is highly useful for the adventurous of us out there who love to try new activities and enjoy meeting new people.


Well all you need to do is go to  http://afaabd.com/ and get yourself a profile, let everyone know what you are looking for and you might find a group, club, or training partner in the sport or activity you are looking for.  The site works just the same as many of the other social network type sites, so if you are a facebooker you will find it a breeze to get started, if not the user interface is simple and un-cluttered making it very user friendly.

The site has a great range of tools, it brings social networking to the fitness world.  So have a look and see what you think, and I am sure that you will find it a great tool for motivating yourself to try new things, pick back up old activities you used to do and motivate yourself to keep going!

While your on there why not look us up my profile is Tomforesight and if you are one of our clients it would be very much appreciated if you could give us a rating!

Dangers of MSG

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

An awesome video that I came across on You Tube! Great one Wellness Mafia!

Anthony Peters Interview

Monday, October 12th, 2009

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Anthony Peters is the brain behind the Wise Monkey system that helps personal trainers, and a variety of fitness professionals to use the great powers of NLP to allow their clients to get the very most from their time with their trainer. In this interview Anthony explains his system and how it can help clients and personal trainers alike.

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Tom Godwin: May I first of all thank you for giving up time in your busy day to take part in this interview.

TG:  Let’s start from the beginning, what is your history within he world of health, wellbeing and NLP?

AP: I started in the fitness industry as a gym instructor many moons ago when I first left secondary school. At that young age I wanted to know everything so I attended as many courses as I could afford.

In 1999, I started personal training in London alongside some very knowledgeable personal trainers and learnt a lot from them. I realised that I needed to specialise my own skills and as a result I focused on the more clinical side of health and fitness training. I.e. GP referrals and working with clients who had health issues. After a few years in London I moved to Gloucestershire to work for the NHS Cardiac Rehabilitation team as an Exercise Specialist and eventually began working for the NHS Primary Care Trust in the Public Health Directorate.

In 2007, I set up, and now run Wise Monkey Training courses that teach personal trainers the art of NLP.

http://www.wisemonkeytraining.co.uk/index.php/become_a_wise_monkey_trainer/

TG:  For anyone out there who has not heard of it, can you give us a short introduction to what NLP is.

AP: Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP) is notoriously hard to define in a few words so here goes….

NLP was started in the 1970’s by two psychology students called Richard Bandler and John Grindler. They studied a range of professionals who were exceptional in areas of behaviour change, relationships, business, negotiation etc. They studied and modelled how these people thought, behaved, how they communicated, how they worked, what their techniques were and generally studied the underlying psychology that made these people so successful. They then set about creating techniques that allowed a person to replicate their excellence through neurology (i.e. ‘neuro’), language (i.e. linguistics) and programming (i.e. the systems and techniques used). This is why NLP is sometimes defined as: “The psychological study of excellence and how to replicate it”

Basically, NLP is a set of techniques that help to take individuals from the ‘effect side of life’ where they are restricted due to their own psychological barriers (E.g. Self-doubt), and move them over to the ‘cause side of life’ where they are 100% in control of their actions and free from any beliefs that previously held them back. It’s very clever and effective stuff.

http://www.wisemonkeytraining.co.uk/index.php/mind_training__nlp_therapy_/what_is_nlp_/

TG:  Tell us a little about how the Wise Monkey concept came about.

AP: The Wise Monkey Training concept came about through my work with the cardiac rehab team. As part of this role I worked alongside clinical psychologists who were instrumental in getting the patients to make positive lifestyle behaviour changes such as taking part in regular physical activity. It was then that I realised that all behaviour starts with psychology and that simply telling, instructing and showing people how to exercise was not necessarily enough for them to actually do it. I realised that without the right mindset a client is unlikely to reach their health and fitness goals or keep their routine going.

I was so intrigued by this that I chose to investigated how a cardiac patients beliefs can prevent them from taking part in physical activity, even if they know that inactivity will significantly increasing their risk of future health problems and even death. This study was the basis of my masters’ dissertation and the results further highlighted the huge role psychology plays in getting people to adhere to lifestyle changes.

I then looked for the most effective, fast and practical methods to help create a positive mindset in my Pt clients and that’s how I came across NLP. Within a couple more years of hard graft and study I became a certified master practitioner of NLP.

During this time I was constantly practicing NLP techniques on my Pt clients, refining and choosing the ones that worked best and were of most practical use within the context of personal training. Eventually I had a comprehensive set of techniques that were very effective, useful and practical and this is what is taught on the Wise Monkey Training courses.

http://www.wisemonkeytraining.co.uk/index.php/become_a_wise_monkey_trainer/how_/

TG:  What benefits would a client get from training with a Personal Trainer who has experience of NLP?

AP: The beauty of the Wise Monkey Training techniques is that most of them can be use without the client even knowing, that’s the true beauty of it! All the client will know is that they are enjoying their training, feeling motivated and seeing great results.

However, it’s very important to understand that NLP is something you do WITH a client and not something you do TO them. A Wise Monkey Trainer can’t make someone who has no intension to exercise become a fanatic, yet a Wise monkey Trainer does have the skills to help give those clients that want to get fitter, healthier and stronger by helping them get the right mindset. Wise Monkey Trainers are able to empower clients.

http://www.wisemonkeytraining.co.uk/index.php/body_training/how_it_works/

TG:  What are the benefits to a personal trainer if they become Wise Monkey (NLP) trained?

AP: The Wise Monkey Training courses have been endorsed by REPS and is recognised by SkillActive so a personal trainer can gain those all-important REPS CPD points.

By advertising themselves as a Wise Monkey Trainer, the Pt is showing that they have more than just physical training to offer and will have a very positive reputation because they are known, and seen, to get results from their clients. This shouldn’t be underestimated because word-of-mouth accounts for 75% of advertising!

A Wise Monkey Trainer will have skills that their competitors wont have and this is a unique selling point and should quite rightly reflect in the increased hourly rate a Wise Monkey Trainer can charge. Income is also increased through the NLP sales techniques learnt, making all enquiry calls and promotional material far more effective at gaining more clients.

A Wise Monkey Trainer has the opportunity to have their full profile posted on the Wise Monkey Training website which increases business through direct and indirect referrals.

As a Wise Monkey Trainer myself, I found that, all-bar-one of my clients continued to train with me even after they had reached their goals. I have a solid base of long-term clients who no longer need to train with me but they want to.  Lets be honest, even the most dynamic Pt can find training some clients slightly dull but a Wise Monkey Trainer will never be bored within a training session. Because of their linguistic and behaviour change skills, every conversation with a client can be used to help develop a client even further. Being a Wise Money Trainer is interesting and fun for the trainer too.

I could go on and in essence, a Wise Monkey Trainer is an elite trainer who is able to train a clients body and mind whilst also maximising their business and earning potential.

http://www.wisemonkeytraining.co.uk/index.php/become_a_wise_monkey_trainer/what_you_will_gain_/

TG:  How important do you think the body, mind link is, and why.

AP: It’s hugely important. The mind and body are synonymous with regards to lifestyle and behaviour. If a clients mindset is not inline with their physical actions then they will not achieve the results they want or certainly not maintain them.  What’s more, this imbalance between what they want (the mind) and what they actually do (the body) causes internal conflict and the client feels unsettled and even unhappy.

I’m sure all personal trainers who have been in the game long enough have heard clients say they want one thing but then do the opposite. For example: “I want to lose weight but I love chocolate and takeaways too much”, “I want to be able to be fit but I can’t keep the motivation up to exercise” or “I want to get toned but I don’t do weights because it’ll make me big”.

This type of conflict between what a client wants and what they actually do is the internal conflict and causes disharmony within them and they say: “I just can’t do it”, or  “I’m not the exercising type” or, “I’ve tried but it’s not working”. Wherever the mind goes the body will follow and so getting a clients mind aligned with their actions and beliefs is the key to a truly successful personal trainer. A Wise Monkey Trainer has the skills to do this.

TG:  What do you feel has been the high point of your career so far?

AP: Becoming the first personal trainer in the UK to receive the internationally recognised F.I.S.A.F. award and having my skills put to use within the NHS are high points for me, however, with the huge amount of interest in Wise Monkey Training, my career is still climbing.

TG:  How do you think your knowledge of NLP has helped you personally?

AP: Aside from being able to significantly boost the success of my own Pt business, when I studied NLP, I had to practice and perform the techniques with other NLP students and they in turn practiced with me. Because of this, so many of my own issues and psychological barriers have been destroyed and without sounding too melodramatic, I can honestly say that I would not feel as content, in-balance and positive as I do today, and I certainly wouldn’t have achieved so much without having been “NLP’d”. It really is that effective.

TG:  What does the future hold for you?

AP: My vision and motivation for Wise monkey Training is a virtuous holistic one so I’m going to get a little bit “peace and love” on you here Tom.

I know that Wise Monkey Trainers are able to make themselves wealthier and happier through increased income and business satisfaction. I also know that, with the spread of qualified Wise Monkey Trainers, they will help to increase the health and happiness of their clients too. So, the future is to enable Wise Monkey Training to spread health, wealth and happiness nationally and then internationally and I have already established links with a training company in Australia who are very keen to meet. So, in summary, the near future is the UK and Australia, and the future is an increased quality of life for many people!

TG:  Anthony, thanks again for your time and sharing with us all.

Fore more information on Wise Monkey NLP Training, click here.  Look out for our review of this course in the comming months.

PTontheNet Review

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

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At last the new and improved PTontheNet.com website has been launched, having been a user of the site for the past three years or so I have been very happy with the high standard of content that the site has always carried. However I have been long awaiting some more interactive features, and these are finally here!!

In this short review I am going to look at some of the new features and also some of the old, and detail what makes PTontheNet.com the number one resource for personal trainers, therapists or anyone who is involved in the fitness industry across the world.

The new site has a slick new look, that is much more user friendly. The site is easy to navigate with different sections clearly labelled and information is easy to find. With three core section headings being used, Prepare, Learn, and Research. The site also has a much more planned feel than the old one, that seemed to have grown beyond it’s original structure.

The site still has a strong ethos of learning, and self improvement and the research section shows this. With the articles that it carries always being of high quality and packed full of applicable information, that can be of daily use to a personal trainer. PTontheNet have many of the industry leaders on their list of active authors, with greats such as Paul Chek, JC Santana, Gray Cook, Alwyn Cosgrove, Gary Gray, to name just a few. Regular updates of new articles each month keep the site fresh and alive, to add to the existing thousands already on line. The authors also make available short Q+A style articles on current hot topics, audio clinics and symposiums. All in all making depth and quality of content offered by PTontheNet second to none.

The learn section of the site allows users to complete free CEC’s or CPD’s (for all those here in the UK note that these attract REP’s points), that are challenging but allow you to develop a range of useful and most importantly applicable skills. The section also has links to high quality learning opportunities with some of the worlds leading trainers and training providers, and best of all you get a PTontheNet discount with most of them.

The Prepare section can be very useful to the novice right through to the advanced trainer. This part of the site hosts the PTontheNet’s very detailed and vast exercise and flexibility library. Each exercise is described, with safety issues and personal trainer ques, and is accompanied by a video of it’s performance. This section also includes some very useful pre-designed programs for a number of sports and client goals, this is great if you are looking for something quick to hand out to a client. The site also has the ability for you to select the exercises on-line and create a program for yourself or your clients.

The new community section has a blog and a forum which is one of the additions that I have been long awaiting. It is a great feature that allows personal trainers from across the world to interact and discuss current issues within our industry. As the forum is quiet new we will have to wait and see how effectively it is used as a resource, but I am sure with the ethos of PTontheNet, it will be inundated within a matter of weeks.

Overall, the site has done that rare thing and made the best, better. The re-structure of the site has taken PTontheNet into the future, and from an appreciative personal trainer I hope it goes from strength to strength!

Tom Godwin is a Personal Trainer working in Manchester, he has been working in the fitness industry for the last 10+ years. He is also the Managing Director of Foresight Fitness Services and Foresight Personal Training. Tom has been a member of PTontheNet for the past 4 years.

Leigh Peele Interview

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Leigh Peele is a Certified Personal Trainer and the mind behind the Fatloss Troubleshoot Book and Pod Casts.  This interview gives  you an insight into how it all came about and what the future holds, enjoy!

LP

Tom Godwin: May I first of all thank you for giving up time in your busy day to take part in this interview.

TG:  Let’s start from the beginning, what is your background in the wellbeing industry?

LP: My technical qualifications are loads of certifications and CEU’s. My normal lead off certification is from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. I am a particular fan of their teaching styles, but at the end of the day no certification is perfect.

I write for websites, my blog, and you might find me in a magazine here or there. I basically do the technical things I have to do so that I can work with people because that is what I love. I love helping people figuring out answers to the problems they are having.

TG:  I have been an avid listener to your ‘Ask Leigh’ podcast for a while now, it is awesome.  What prompted you to establish it?

LP: I get asked a lot of questions all the time. I got to the doctor, dentists, with clients, my friends, etc. Over the past year I just kept getting email after email of questions from people and I couldn’t keep up and I also was trying to figure out my new podcast format and it hit me that this would be the best solution. Now thought I just have more people writing in questions ha so I don’t know if it was a good idea after all 😉

I like trying to give as much as I can to my readers and customers. So many fitness professionals like to hold their “secrets” for their products only. Funny, I don’t have a problem telling all my secrets and I still do fine.

TG:  Your ‘Fat Loss Troubleshoot’ e-book has been hugely popular, can you tell us a little about how this book came about?

LP: It started out as a message board sticky thread and then someone it has just evolved into this book and collection of programs and manuals. I was seeing these same problems and these same questions over and over again and no one was getting anywhere. People were just bouncing from method to method but not understanding what was at the base of fat loss in the first place. It was so frustrating for them and so I put together the book that basically teaches you how to “fish” for fat loss. It gives you all the details you need to know about it, how to troubleshoot various problems, and different programs you can use.

I am forever updating it and am pulling it again right now to add even more stuff. I am sure in 10 years it will be on par with Britannica.

TG:  If you could give one tip to a person who wanted to loose weight what would it be?

LP: Keep it simple. Too often I see people over complicate things and try to focus to much on supplements, weird training methods, or the next big thing. For thousands of years people have been losing weight the exact same way, a deficit. Everything else is about optimizing and for health. Get the simple down first and then learn how to spice it up.

TG:  You have worked with clients with all kinds of wellbeing goals (e.g. weight loss, endurance, post natal, etc…), do you have a particular favorite that you enjoy working with and why?

LP: One that asks questions. The clients that get the most out of me are the ones that use the time we have wisely and grill me. I look at working with me as a short term chance to get an education and change your life. I am not a rep counter and if that is what you want go log on to meetup.com.

So I like working with people that really want to learn and change their lives. I don’t want to get by on average, I want the billboard everytime.

TG:  What would you say is the most important attribute that a personal trainer must poses?

LP: Critical thinking and the discipline for self education. You are not going to learn what you need from one certification and you aren’t likely to get much more help in the gym.  You have to make a daily effort to keep up with new things that are happening in the field and get better at the tried and tested skills.

You know everyone has a different level that they want to be at and a different period of time it will take for them to get there, but if you give it your best in educating your then you are already ahead of 90% of them out there.

TG: In my opinion constant self education is vital to keep a personal trainer on top of their game.  What do you do to make you one of the leading personal trainers of the day?

LP: I read until I am tired, I train until there is no one left to work with, and I make it my life. To some degree this will only last so long because I am getting to a point of maintaining, meaning that it is mostly about learning about new information that is coming up. I had to spend so much time getting caught up that I am finally starting to get a little comfortable in the everyday. I won’t say I don’t have a life, but I will say that I went to my own personal college while working, and it isn’t easy.

If you really want to be good you have to read things something you don’t care about reading and train whoever you can get your hands on.

TG:  What would you say has been the high point of your career so far?

LP: Good question. You know I have had the luxury of quite a large number of clients of mine become trainers. I had this one woman I worked with who was 200lbs, stuck in a desk job, and a inch away from giving up on life all together. She turned it all around and no only lost all the fat and looks amazing, became a trainer and in college to become a physical trainer. It doesn’t get much better than that.

TG:  What would you say is the best part of your job?

LP: I know this is going to sound so scripted but I really never get tired of helping and inspiring people to change their lives. I know that I wouldn’t be where I am had people not helped me change the course of my life and I feel like in this way I am paying it forward.

TG:  What does the average day look like for you?

LP: Well right now I am doing something a little different than I normally do. Normally I am was working with clients locally doing private training or bootcamps. Right now though I am working with a friend of mine on training his staff and their clients to optimize communication to further results and it is amazing. The turn around in results for the entire club already is worth its weight in salt, no pun intended.

When I am not doing that right now I am finishing up my new project Body By Eats, doing the podcast, the blog, and trying not to get on facebook too much when I should be reading research.

TG:  So what does the future hold for you?

LP: My goal in person is to have my own facitiy, I don’t like bosses and will never work for one. That being said I desire my own shop so that is certainly apart of my future.

I also am going to be releasing Body By Eats in October and I am hoping it is going to really put a spin on a lot of things out there right now involving food.

TG:  Thanks for giving up some of you time to share with us, it has been awesome!

LP: Thanks for having me!

For more info on Leigh’s products and services click here.  Also if you are a I-tunes user look up Leigh’s hugely popular Fatloss Troubleshoot broadcasts.  To go with that there is the Fatloss Troubleshoot Book!