Personal Trainer

Personal trainers provide tailored training sessions led by an experienced exercise professional with accredited qualifications.

We have teamed up with personal trainers who offer classes to suit beginners, experts and any level in between.

Personal training sessions...

…are usually one-to-one sessions allowing you to be the sole focus of your trainer’s attention, as they guide you through a series of exercises to improve your health, fitness and well-being.

KEY BENEFITS FOR YOU

You will be the focus of your personal trainer’s attention. This allows them to devote more time to giving you instructions on how to make the most out of your exercise sessions.

Personal trainers are very knowledgeable about the exercises they prescribe and can therefore teach you about the reasons for doing specific exercises and the effects that they have on your body.

Your personal trainer will get to know you and develop detailed training plans for you to follow. This will be based on your current fitness level and what you want to achieve.

It can sometimes be easy to lose motivation when exercising alone. Personal trainers will have your back and provide encouragement throughout your session. They will also help you keep to your exercise regime by showing you the progress you’ve made.

While some personal trainers will operate within gym settings, others will be able to work with you in your preferred settings – whether that is in your own home or outside in a public space.

Goal setting is a personal process, but it can be greatly aided by having an experienced trainer to help you. Personal trainers will be able to help set specific and meaningful goals and show you the steps required to achieve them.

What You Should Know

The first time you meet your personal trainer gives both of you a good opportunity to get to know each other. They will want to find out about your current fitness level and your previous experiences with exercise. They will also be interested to hear what you are looking to achieve and what type of exercise you enjoy taking part in. All of this information will help them start to develop a great training plan that is uniquely yours.

The great thing about a personal trainer is how flexible they can be and how they tailor each of their sessions for the individual they are working with. This means that people who have never exercised before will get as much benefit from a personal trainer as an elite athlete.

Classes will usually start with a gentle warm such as jogging or cycling to gradually raise your heart rate and warm up your muscles. The session will then use a number of different exercises which are specific to the goals that you are trying to achieve. So if you are hoping to run a half marathon, you might do some cardio followed by exercises designed to develop muscular endurance. Or if you are looking to develop strength you might perform a number of resistance and body weight exercises.

All of these exercises will be closely supervised by your trainer who will give you pointers whenever they think your form could be slightly better.

Usually all training equipment will be provided by the personal trainer or the organisation that they work for. Just make sure you have some appropriate footwear and some appropriate clothes for the type of exercises you will be doing.

While prices will be higher for a personal trainer than other types of exercise classes, the attention you will get and the bespoke nature of the classes definitely make it worth the money!

Prices will vary depending on what is being offered by the personal trainer but are typically £20-30 per hour.

Personal Trainer Sessions in Numbers

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of participants in a 10-week personal trainer intervention study moved up one stage of the Stages of Transtheoretical Model of motivation to exercise

Steven R. McClaran., 2003

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Greater self-selection of exercise intensity when performing 10 repetitions of a range of resistance exercises in a personal training group, compared to an individual group

Nicholas A. Ratamess, Avery D. Faigenbaum, Jay R. Hoffman et al., 2008