The fitness industry and your London personal trainer contained within that are expanding fast.

 

Your London Personal Trainer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gone are the days when you would go down to your local leisure center for 50 p and go for a swim or the odd karate class when you felt like it.

The choice of gyms and ways to keep fit are now vast.
But I’m Big T and I’m “Your London Personal Trainer”.
The personal training sector is splintering off from the main stream gyms. In the last 2-3 years I’ve seen a huge increase in the number of privately run PT studios completely independent from corporate national chain gym.
You no longer need your membership to the likes of virgin active, fitness first or la fitness. You can now just go straight to a personal trainer and there private training studio. For me personally the standard of London personal trainers in these studios is higher than the national chain gyms without a doubt. There are of-course exceptions to this rule (see my other blogs about cowboy/cowgirl trainers) which is why you have to research your trainer thoroughly. Cowboy and cowgirl trainers I cannot stand, they have no program no clue and no result for you!
However ……..
Number 1 reason people quit or never use there gym membership?
They didn’t get a result of any kind. Simple as that.
If you pay for something that implies a result you expect to get one right?
See my testimonial page for my before and after pictures they range from semi-pro athletes to guy an girl off the street – some of the results achieved in as little as 2 weeks. Results are easy when you know how to get them.
Does a national chain gym want you to get a result?
Or does it want your regular direct debit that goes out monthly without you using the gym?
I know how to tailor your personal training program and diet regime just for you and your particular goals.
What works for one might not work for the many – hence why 1 generic training plan with no adaption, observation or testing at the beginning, during and end will achieve very little.
The client needs regular retesting and assessment to asses what I’m doing is working ….. While I have you reading this let me make it very, very clear – any trainer that body fat tests with an electric machine or just puts you on the weighing scales is a COWBOY / COWGIRL and they know it!
My qualifications and education are the gold standard in my industry – continuing education gives me the edge and the ability to answer and solve many of my clients questions and problems. Don’t be fooled by a trainer who can run off a list of pretty sounding qualifications like “Advanced, expert or master personal trainer” these are titles that carry weight, recognition or relevance to the job or industry. London Personal trainers who use these terms are rarely actually the words used.
Top things yourLondon personal trainer should have.
1) Public liability insurance £5 million plus.
2) Holds a, or works with someone who has a valid and up to date first aid cert.
3) They have the gold standard of education and they continue to educate themselves.
4) Most over looked aspect … A personality.
5) A documented history of results
For info on personal training and starting with London personal trainers please contact me via the the contact page.

 

Description, supplements and detoxing by London personal trainer Bigt-fitness.

Are you struggling to lose weight? Have you had sudden unexplained increases in body fat or body weight?

You may have PCOS! Below is a very brief over view of training and supplementation you could use to control it. This is not the gospel to PCOS please do as much research as possible.
If you haven’t been diagnosed with it and your curious about other symptoms . These are some symptoms of PCOS (polycistic ovarian syndrome).
  • Irregular or no periods
  • problems getting pregnant (because of irregular ovulation or failure to ovulate)
  • excessive hair growth
  • weight gain
  • thinning hair and hair loss
  • oily skin or acne
Now, there are many other symptoms and factors involved with PCOS which reach far beyond my field of training. So I wanted to speak about PCOS from a diet and fitness training point of view.
If your personal trainer has been struggling to get you results it may be that your PCOS is the difference between success and failure. Over the last 6 months I’ve spent extensive time into researching how this may effect my results with female clients. Every now and then there is a client that just doesn’t get the result that i am expecting. Constantly wanting to improve my results with clients and knowledge for myself – I realised that PCOS might be restricting the result you can achieve with a female client.

Supplementation

What I can say for sure is the supplement range you may need to control it, is quite varied. I would recommend mixing up and alternating your supplements for best results alongside your training program’s.
As my partner has PCOS a lot of the supplementation protocols have been trial and error on my and hers.  First thing I would recommend is starting from scratch with the absorption of your supplements.
3 detoxes to consider which aid in absorption of your supplements;

Liver detox

Gut detox

Heavy metal detox

There are several ways of attacking these, taking  supplements and food based.
Some great foods for the liver are grapefruits, walnuts, avocados and garlic….. There’s a few more but these are the core group.
There’s also a Charles Poliquin liver detox which takes a few months to complete but I can also highly recommend.
Interms of gut health you should be looking at a daily probiotic with at least 50 million bacteria in it. Also a good 20-30 grams of fibre a day (at night). Also to improve the health of the gut lining try a good daily dose of L-Glutamine which is an amino acid that makes up the lining of the gut – a healthy gut makes for proper supplement absorption.
Heavy metal detoxing – this can be as simple as removing jewellery which slowly over time seeps its metals into your body. The body which doesn’t recognise the metal compounds wraps it up in adipose tissue (fat cells) and stores it away. This kind of fat storage is notorious as tough to lose and hard to stimulate for energy use.
A good way of metal detoxing and getting rid of it is a spirulina – mixing it with cherry or pineapple juice. The spiurlina binds to the metals and drags them out through the body’s normal discharging ways.
Once you have reset your body so to speak in terms of detoxes you can then a look at these supplements to start.
A good quality multi vitamin to bind and carry out toxins from the body.
Antioxidants – a great powerful anti-oxidant and every day spice is turmeric / curcumin. Curcumin is actually what gives turmeric it’s bright colour. It is however a powerful anti-oxidant and is great for flushing out toxins which aids in fat loss.
Sufficient intake of zinc and magnesium.
Zinc is great for repair, brain function and close to a 100 hormone functions. If you have a magnesium deficiency the list is endless, bone disorders, diabetes, chronic inflammation and high body fat just to name a few.
I would also recommend a product that is what id call “complete” i.e it comes with several supplements blended to produce the best result. These supplements are available from myself as are all the supplements mentioned here. But the one stop blends are made by Charles Poliquin and include:
Estro Shield PX (for estrogen detoxification).
Insulinomics (for insulin sensitivity in the body).
Fenuplex (for insulin sensitivity in the body.
Another great anti-estrogen that is readily available is Broccoli or its broken down make up “DIM” (which is a available as a supplement)  this is the best natural anti-estrogen around and every trainer in the know who regularly trains women should know this! (Many don’t! choose your trainer wisely).
So for information on supplements and detoxifying the body or for training please contact me directly via the contact form. All supplements mentioned in this piece are available from my website.
Look out for part 2 and part 3 of this blog coming soon and for all my other blogs.

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Female weight and fat loss.

So this is in response to an article that was written by a London personal trainer in the fitness industry in relation to female worthy and fat loss…
The trainer in question states that; “It is my personal view that women are better suited to training women”. This is based on what I’d like to ask her?
 
Then in the article gives no scientific or research based evidence to support this. 
 
So let look at a few factors.
 
1) There are between 730-850 gyms inside the M25.
 
2) Every single one will have a team of personal trainers. 
 
3) Average personal training team is made up of say 8-12 trainers in a gym.
 
4) Female trainers will make up a 2 of those sometimes 3.
 
It is well known in the industry that there is a shortage of female trainers. So statistically looking at the numbers above if women were apparently far better off training with a female trainer, why have so many male trainers full books? With some of them having a 60-70% female client base ratio. Surely there cant be thousands of women out there all wishing they had a female trainer but just putting up with a male one until one comes along.
 
In my 11 years of personal training i’ve heard of one inquiry from a woman asking specifically for a female due to religious reasons only. It wasn’t based on the understanding of her “psyche” or her “emotional state”. 
 
What a client does want and what this trainers website seems to lack (how funny) is hard proof of results of any kind. No before or after pictures, no body stats of clients over specific time periods. No hard evidence that what they do with there client  creates results.
Now i would like to pick up on a point made in the article which brings into question the intensity of training received from male trainers
 
It is rare to see a man training a female client hard enough”
 
I ran this by the majority of my female clients (while they had time to take breath from being pushed to the edge of there fitness) and guess what they strongly disagreed…………. shock! This really isn’t a male or female thing, this is basically good or bad trainer thing. If you are leaving the gym fresh as a daisy and lightly perspiring while your trainer appears to be sweating more than you from chatting to his colleagues vigorously or from the piping hot cup of coffee he / she carries around like a comfort blanket, then chances are your with the wrong “person”, “personal trainer”, “trainer” – take your pick just don’t say male or female!
 
Now to my two favorite quotes of the piece that truly speak volumes about the article writers desperation to bang out a non scientific or researched based piece so they can try and claim a few SEO brownie points.
 
“Women don’t want to look like there male trainers”
 
Hold the phone this must be where i’ve been going wrong for the last 11 years. There was me thinking female clients wanted to look just like me, with the short brown hair and 2 day stubble effect! On a serious note women should train like men simple as that. It doesn’t work like this:
 
Boys lift weights
Girls run on treadmills / cross-trainers
 
They should be lifting as much as they can, controlled with specific protocols for their goals. For more info on these and training see here.
 
Quote two:
Why find someone that talks German if you talk French?” (By the way i haven’t grammar corrected this quote, especially as my grammar isn’t Oxford degree level)
 
Well if you want to learn to speak German whats the best thing you can do? Find someone who speaks German, live in Germany and immerse yourself in the culture and the language. Throw yourself in at the deep end.
 
In conclusion, this is not an article about male of female trainers or a battle of the sexes or very clever twist on the “Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus” theory. I am simply saying that its about the quality and standard of the trainer and the result that you get as a client, not their sex. 
 
For more info on what makes a good trainers read here.

How do you sum up health and fitness for women?

Most female clients that come through my door are looking for weight and fat loss. So what is health and fitness for women? Girls do cardio and men lift weights, right? … WRONG!

First thing I say is – throw out your bathroom scales and concern yourself with body fat only. If your total mass does not decrease but your body fat drops 5-10% in 12 weeks, I have done my job.

Weight loss … or fat loss?

You see, muscle weighs 3 times more than fat! All my female clients lift heavy weights to encourage muscle stimulation, muscle tone and a firmer appearance (rather than what we call in the industry “skinny fat”). This creates a lean, fat-free, toned look, but may mean that the bathroom scales remain the same.

Lifting weights also offsets osteoporosis in women which is a great side benefit.

With this style of training and look comes rapid and efficient fat loss. This means the ‘weight watchers’ style of dieting (where you’re on the scales every 5 minutes) becomes irrelevant. So, unless you are clinically obese, your weekly weight is of no concern to me and it shouldn’t be to you either. It’s just that it has become a must for women to weigh themselves, almost like a female standard.

What’s ‘skinny fat’?

In the personal training industry this term is used for weight loss, but without toning and training the muscle at the same time. What you end up with is something like this:

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This picture represents a slim lady and I’m sure she’s happy with the weight she sees on the bathroom scales. However what the image says to me is a lack of weight training. No squats, lunges, dead-lifts, hip extensions etc.

So my question would be, is she happy with her bum?

Long distance cardio … or weight training and HIIT?

Girls. Doing long distance cardio is a waste of time. Just think of the thousands of women right now around the world who are toiling away on a cross trainer, treadmill or bike for hours on end, and after several months losing nothing. Long term cardio has been shown to be an inefficient form of weight loss.

You should be doing  a combination of weight training and high intensity cardio (HIIT). This combo is a guaranteed fat stripper.

Now before you rush down your local gym and start throwing weights around, please see a fitness professional for some advice and guidance on how to lift weights. I have seen hundreds of women (over 11 years in the industry), walking round a gym with  a couple of 1-2 kg dumbbells in their hands, doing the occasional bicep curl or tricep kick backs. This can be even more of a waste of time than long distance cardio if you don’t know what you’re doing.

I know we have a DIY culture here in the UK but seriously, see a fitness professional for some expert advice!

Hormones affect body fat!

One important consideration is your hormone balance. I recommend that all female clients have their hormone balance checked out. This can be done via “bio-signature” modulation or through blood testing.

What you eat affects your body composition, but where you store fat and how your body loses it is controlled by your hormones. Control the hormone and you control the fat!

Of course if you’re on the contraceptive pill, this is a major factor. The pill has such an impact on my results with female clients, that I no longer guarantee results with women who are on it. The pill contains around 35-50 micro grams of oestrogen per pill, which massively throws out your oestrogen / progesterone balance. This increases fat storage on your quads, hamstrings and triceps … bingo wings!

It can also be useful to have a food allergy test. This will tell you if you’re becoming inflamed or bloated, or having problems digesting certain food groups.

For more information on personal training for women, please get in touch. For examples of training, take a look at this video.

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Train in the comfort and privacy of your own home, or in one of South London’s many parks and green spaces, with one of London’s top personal trainers.

I have a proven track record in personal training, specialising in fat lossmixed martial arts training (MMA training) and health and fitness for women.  As an independent personal trainer I offer great value for money compared with gym-based trainers, and can come to where you live – saving you time and money.

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I can transform you – but don’t take my word for it – read testimonials by clients past and present.

Or come to our personal training studio in Shoreditch, City of London.

Still not sure? Give me a call on 07803 006745 for a no obligation chat about your training needs. Or use the contact form below to get in touch.

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Many people give up on training because they are not seeing results. Sound familiar? Working out with a personal trainer help you to lose fat you’ve been trying to shift for years, by designing a diet and training programme to suit your needs. Personal trainers are fitness professionals who motivate clients by setting goals.

I use fitness assessments to measure clients’ strengths and weaknesses, and to monitor improvements in physical fitness. I design training to improve strength and achieve higher workout intensities and higher perceived exertion.

Whether your goal is to lose fat, get back onto your feet after an illness, improve in your sport or just increase your fitness levels – I can make it happen. 

Fat/ weight loss  –  Muscle gain/ muscle tone  –  Sport-specific strength and conditioning
Bootcamps  – Kettlebell training  –  Caveman training  –  Tyre & hammer training
MMA strength training & fitness drills  – Muay Thai training & fitness drills

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I train clients all over Londonat our gym in Shoreditch, or in the comfort and privacy of your own home. I can train you one to one, or in groups.

I can transform you!  I don’t have a magic wand but I do have ten years experience in whipping people into shape.

Contact me here.

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.

GOOD LUCK!

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