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Meet Raj

Age: 27

From: Uxbridge (via Australia)

Profession: IT Consultant

Training goals: Gain as much muscle and lose as much fat as possible in the shortest possible time

Results: Amazing! 4.6% fat loss and 3kgs of muscle gained in the first 5 weeks!

Before Raj started training with me, he used to train at the gym, but the results had been disappointing. His cousin recommended me, so he got in touch and started training with me in February 2012.

The goal we agreed at his first session was for Raj to lose as much fat and gain as much muscle as possible in the shortest time – really to push the boundaries and see what was possible. A challenge for Raj – and for me as a trainer.

We embarked on my intensive muscle gain programme (buy a copy of this workout plan here) – splitting muscle groups into upper and lower body parts – and a hard low carb diet. We trained at my personal training studio in Shoreditch, and Raj put in the hours at home too.

The results were astonishing – Raj completed a 12-week programme, but the picture above shows the transformation after just 5 weeks, exceeding all expectations. Fantastic Raj – well done!

This is the second in a series of personal training case studies. Spread the love and help Raj win the most ‘likes’, by clicking the Facebook ‘like’ button (below)!

Get in touch to discuss your own personal training needs, or book a session online. You can see what other clients have to say on my testimonials page, or find out more about personal training and personal trainers in London.


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Meet Annie

Age: 24

Lives: South London

Profession: Marketing

Likes: Hill walking

Training goals: Lose weight, improve fitness level and feel better.

Results: 3% body fat reduction and 8kg weight loss. Didn’t believe she could lose so much weight!



Before she started training with me,  Annie had never used a personal trainer or even joined a gym, in fact her last experience of fitness training was school PE … yes, we had some work to do!

Having found me on Google, she was looking to lose some weight, improve her fitness level and simply to feel better. At her first session in January 2012, we agreed some goals:

  • Achieve as much as possible in 12 weeks
  • Work around her busy schedule and time commitments

The training programme I chose was my 12 week fat loss programme, intense weight and circuit training, combined with sprint training and my diet (buy a copy of my diet plan here). We trained one to one at the gym. I changed the programme every 4 weeks or so, as her body adapted to the programme. Some routines changed weekly.

The first few weeks were tough, but the body adapts quickly – she noticed a difference within 2 weeks – fantastic. By the end of the training she had exceeded her original goals, she didn’t believe she could lose so much weight! A loss of 3% body fat over the 12 weeks is a great result.

It was great training with Annie, but I have to say one thing – she is the most uncoordinated person I’ve trained with – she could bounce a ball and miss the floor!!

Well done Annie, keep it up.

This is the first in a series of personal training case studies. Spread the love and help Annie win the most ‘likes’, by clicking the ‘like’ button (below)!

Find out more about personal training in London with me, Trystan Nicholls, or book a session.




How To Choose A London Personal Trainer


Let’s assume you have decided that you need a trainer (Not convinced yet? See 5 good reasons to get a personal trainer) – you still have the baffling problem of how to choose between the many trainers in your area.

Let’s face it, you’re going to have to shell out some of your hard-earned cash (although you can get some great deals if you’re willing to pay up-front for 6 or 12 sessions), so you need to treat it as an investment, and be sure you’re going to get value for money.  Here are some things to consider.

5 essential attributes of a great personal trainer

1. Personal rapport

Absolutely essential! Look for someone who you can talk to, someone you feel you can trust and can open up to. It’s vital to get on with your trainer as s/he will be seeing you at your best and at your worst! Do you feel relaxed with him/her? Does s/he inspire you?

The crucial word here is personal – the same trainer will not be right for everyone.

The best way to establish rapport this is to meet the trainer, but you can often get a first impression via the trainer’s website. The style of the text and images will give you an idea of the style of the trainer. If you’re not a celebrity/super-wealthy, avoid glitzy websites dripping with celeb testimonials – celeb trainers don’t necessarily train better, but they do generally cost a lot more!

2. Good listener

What constitutes personal rapport is not the same for everyone, but one attribute every trainer MUST have is the ability to listen to and understand your needs. Training starts with setting goals, and goals are based on your specific needs. If the trainer hasn’t listened to what you want, the goals will be inappropriate – too easy, too hard or simply inappropriate!

The first meeting with a trainer, or the first phone call, will give you an indication of whether s/he is willing to give you the time to listen to your specific needs.

How to choose a London personal trainer.

3. Good physical shape

Well, duh! you might say. But you’d be surprised, not all trainers practice what they preach. Physical appearance is crucial, because you want this person to inspire you. If you don’t aspire to look as good as him/her, you won’t be so motivated.

Look for someone who’s in good physical shape without being over-trained (unless you want to look like Popeye that is!) and don’t be afraid to ask questions about his/her lifestyle and diet.

And check out the fitness level of the trainer’s clients – look for convincing before and after pictures on their website (not library pics of airbrushed models!). See my testimonials page and video testimonials.

4. Qualifications and experience.

Goes without saying, your trainer should be qualified. There are many different certification programs and qualifications out there, and no single ‘right’ one.  But if your trainer has achieved a high level qualification such as the PICP this indicates real commitment, which in itself demonstrates your trainer’s worth.

Qualifications are only half the story – the best trainers are those with plenty of experience relevant to your needs. If you have a specific health problem, e.g. a back injury or diabetes, or specific needs, such as post-natal training, your trainer needs to have relevant experience of similar scenarios.

How to choose a London personal trainer.

5. Location, location, location

Ideally the trainer should be able to come to your area – or should provide a location to train which is convenient for your home or workplace. Don’t make it hard for yourself – if you have to trek half way across London to get to your session, you may quickly find yourself losing motivation.

Making use of local parks and open spaces is a great way to train – I use Primrose Hill, Dulwich Park, Blackheath and Regents park to train my clients – check out my location page.

How to find a trainer

Personal recommendations are the best way to find a trainer, although do remember the same trainer will not be right for everyone – don’t get carried away by the gushing reports of your friend, you need to make your own mind up.

If you don’t know anyone who has a trainer, check out local gyms, forums such as East Dulwich Forum, and personal trainer websites to get recommendations (trainers should have testimonials on their websites). Review sites such as Qype are great because they include both good and bad reviews of trainers in your area – so you get a full picture. Or use Google maps to pinpoint trainers near you.

How to choose a London personal trainer.


Trystan Nicholls, PICP levels 1 and 2, and ten years experience knocking people into shape! Check out the rest of my website: about me, testimonials and prices


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No question, personal training is an investment in both time and money. So why spend your hard earned cash on a personal trainer? Here are 5 great reasons!

Motivation – find a personal trainer London.

Exercising can be hard. It’s so easy to find excuses not to do it – too busy, too tired, it’s raining, too boring … there always seem to be more reasons NOT to exercise than to exercise!

The best thing about using a personal trainer is that he or she will dramatically increase your motivation. By helping you to set achievable and appropriate goals, you will start seeing results immediately. Having something to work towards, and someone monitoring your progress, will make exercising seem a hundred times more worthwhile and fun.


An experienced personal trainer can bring a whole lot of specialised expertise to your training programme. Recovering from injury or illness, training for a specific event, getting your body back after having a baby, fat loss, specialised diets, strength training, body building, the list goes on. Good personal trainers have specialist knowledge which will help with your specific needs.

Personal trainers also have training which will ensure that you train safely and within your personal limits (also see my next point). But check out their qualifications – don’t employ someone without a reputable personal training qualification (check out my qualifications and experience here)

Effectiveness – find a personal trainer London.

If you have a busy lifestyle (and who doesn’t!) then you want to maximise the effectiveness of your training. How can you ensure that your workouts have the maximum possible benefit in the minimum possible time? And furthermore how can you be sure that your training is actually doing you good (not harm)?

A personal trainer will choose the exercises which will bring you the most benefit, and – very important – will ensure that you’re doing them correctly. Bad exercising can not only be ineffective but can lead to injury.

Read these case studies to find out what a difference personal training can make – Raj, Annie

Put an end to exercise boredom

We’ve all been there – the same old workout in the same old gym, week after week, it’s a motivation killer! Effective personal training will bring variety and interest to your workouts, and will help you find ways to make your workouts fun.

Furthermore you can vary the location of your training to bring variety and interest – I see clients all over London, in parks and open spaces, or at our City of London personal training studio.

Training in groups or bootcamps is another great way of making exercising fun.

Monitoring your progress and seeing results – find a personal trainer London.

A personal trainer will monitor your progress week on week, and you’ll get a huge kick out of seeing the improvement that your training is bringing to your fitness levels.

The improvement you’ll see using a personal trainer will last long after the sessions have finished, because we will help you to set up long-term exercise programs for long-lasting results. Check out my testimonials and reviews to see what my clients have to say.

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Initially, your new dietary and exercise disciplines may feel uncomfortable. Sticking with them will take some effort in the early stages. After a short adjustment period, you will discover that it gets easier until eventually your new behaviours become deeply entrenched into your daily routine


The recommendations I make in this program for losing body fat are the same ones I would make for good health: reduce saturated fat, reduce refined sugars, eat a variety of natural, unrefined foods, eat plenty of fibre, eat small, frequent meals, drink plenty of water, and so on.

Fat loss is a confusing subject.

Want more diet advice? Contact me or drop in to our personal training studio.