Let’s get a few questions out of the way:

“Do I actually need a personal trainer?”

Well, if you want to learn, rather than follow – then yes. If you want to develop the knowledge and techniques that will keep you getting the most from your exercise for the rest of your life rather than merely going through the motions – then yes, a personal trainer would be a great idea

“Aren’t you just someone with a couple of certificates that shouts at people?”

I certainly have some certificates, but I also have medals from the World Karate Championships and a long list of clients that I have genuinely helped to transform their lives. As for shouting… only occasionally, after all, this is supposed to be fun, not the army.

“Seriously though, do you have proper qualifications and insurance?”

I certainly do. You should run away as quickly as you can from any one claiming to be a personal trainer that isn’t fully insured or doesn’t have any recognised qualifications. Please see the ‘about John’ section for full details of my qualifications and experience

“If I want to lose weight, then can’t I just go to Weight Watchers and walk a bit more?”

True, Weight Watchers is an excellent programme for those whose main goal is weight loss and who enjoy the group support. However, as any dietician will tell you, to lose weight you need to balance fewer calories with additional exercise, so it is vital to develop a suitable exercise routine in conjunction with your calorie controlled diet.

“OK then, can you help me with diet as well?”

Like training, your diet is individual to you and needs to be assessed accordingly. Whether you want to lose weight or gain it, tone up or pack on lean muscle, I have the necessary qualifications and experience to help. However, to get an accurate picture I would always suggest a 100% HONEST food diary.

“Say I do book a session, what can I expect?”

Before we go anywhere near any exercise equipment we need to discuss what you want to achieve. You might want to gain muscle, lose weight, train for a specific sport or just get fitter. Some people are even honest enough to acknowledge that they simply want to look good naked. Whatever your motivation or goal, we need to work at it together.

“Weight training? Urgh, I don’t want to end up all muscle bound”

I hear this so often. The short answer is that you won’t. Body building physiques take years of extreme and intense training schedules. However, weight training is vital for effective fat loss. Stronger muscles not only help to tone your body and improve your shape, but most importantly stoke your metabolism and the harder you work your muscles, the more calories and fat they will burn. But as you will discover during your consultation, your programme will be a healthy balance of both resistance training and cardiovascular work.

“How long before I see results?”

Although I will always tailor any programme to you as an individual, both in terms of fitness goals and time available, I would recommend at least one session a week for six weeks. Depending on where you are now physically, most people start to see and feel results in less than 2 weeks.