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May 20, 2019

In this episode of the LTB Podcast, we welcome on Mike Waywell from Steel Habitat. Steel was opened in 2013 and since then it has gone from strength to strength and is now two state of the art 4000sq ft facilities.


Questions Covered:


  • What was more challenging for Mike – playing rugby professionally or building up Steel to where it is now.
  • How he would feel about running a business in another industry.
  • Why his identity around being a rugby player and being an S&C coach changed and how he has come to accept that.
  • What some of the hard moments running Steel have been and how he’s got over them.
  • How he’s learnt to manage his emotions over business problems.
  • Why you need to put systems in place to handle recurring problems.
  • How he develops culture.
  • How and why to set standards for yourself.
  • Why the service and experience that Steel offers is what separates them.
  • The importance of good systems.


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May 15, 2019
In this episode of the podcast, we chat to Alberto Nuñez from 3DMJ. Alberto has been in the sport of natural bodybuilding for 20 years and he's one of the coaches at 3DMJ who spends most of his time in the trenches working with athletes. This makes for a fascinating conversation as he's had so much experience working with people, learning from his mistakes and testing what works.
In this episode, we get into:
  • How he feels 3DMJ have helped changed the perception of bodybuilding
  • What the sport has taught him
  • How he's developed his inter-personal coaching skills and much more!


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May 7, 2019
In today's episode, we welcome on Eric Cressey. I can't imagine Eric will need much of an intro but just in case, he is the president and co-founder of Cressey Sports Performance, with facilities two facilities located in America.  He's helped athletes at all levels - from youth sports to the professional and Olympic ranks - achieve their highest levels of performance in a variety of sports. He's produced five books, four DVD sets and written over 500 articles which have been featured in places like Men's Health, T-Nation and ESPN.
In this episode Stuart and Eric discuss:
  • Where Eric's work ethic comes from and how he balances this with a growing family
  • How and why he built up career capital early on in his career
  • Where Personal Trainer's and strength coaches go wrong when it comes to growing their careers
  • and much more!

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Apr 30, 2019
In today's episode, we welcome on Sam George. Sam has had one of the journeys that are just so nice to listen to. It's more common than we think to feel like we don't belong in this industry and a big part of this discussion with Sam is around how he carved his own path and why it's so important to think like that as a PT. We also get into how close he got to leaving the industry, what kept him in it, how he builds trust with clients, what template Sam uses to create programmes that his clients love and much more.

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Apr 26, 2019
In this episode, we have a "from the archives" episode from back in February 2017 with Danny Lennon from Sigma Nutrition. We get into some of Danny's early career mistakes, where his company Sigma Nutrition start a new client, fat loss phasing, what PTs need to know about sugar and much more.

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Apr 23, 2019

Stuart welcomes on Dr Quinn Henoch. Quinn is an internationally recognized therapist, author, presenter, and coach.  In this episode, they discuss how his approach to injuries & rehab have changed since he graduated in 2013, why he doesn't like the term mobility, how he would approach correcting a hip shift in a squat and much more.


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Apr 19, 2019

Stuart welcomes on Corey Robb from Macros Inc to discuss how our own struggles and challenges with nutrition can help us become better coaches.


Topics Covered:

  • What was the industry like back in 1998 when he started as a PT?
  • Who were his early mentors in the industry?
  • How he has changed his coaching style over the years to work more effectively with clients?
  • Why and how being out of shape and struggling with his own nutrition helped him become a better coach.
  • Do we have to experience being obese to be able to effectively empathise with our obese clients?


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Apr 16, 2019

Stuart welcomes on Dean Somerset. Dean has been a personal trainer since 2004 who has been educating trainers for the last 10 years. He's worked with an array of clients from all kinds of backgrounds but has specifically built up a bit of a niche working with clients with injuries. In this episode, we discuss developing a niche in a commercial gym, how to accurately assess your clients and why some of Dean's clients of over 10 years have never touched a barbell.


Topics Covered:

  • How he has found making the jump from being in an employed commercial space to now being in a self-employed independent gym.
  • What it was like for him starting in 2004.
  • How to get into working with medical rehab populations.
  • What to do if you're struggling to become busy as a PT.
  • How he's achieved longevity as a trainer.
  • How he initially assesses a new client.
  • Why some of his clients, who have been with him for 10-12 years, have never touched a barbell.
  • How important Dean thinks posture is.
  • How he works with clients who have lower back pain.


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Apr 9, 2019

Stuart welcomes back on Jean-Claude Vacassin from the International Fitness Business Alliance (IFBA) and W10 Gym in London to chat about common issues gym owners face, what to do if you're struggling as a facility owner and how he thinks about staffing and pricing.


Topics Covered:

  • How involved is he in the day-to-day running of W10 nowadays?
  • What separates great gyms from average gyms?
  • If you're struggling as a facility owner, where should you start?
  • He's been running the IFBA since 2016, what's been some of the big things he's learnt in that time about helping gym owners?
  • What he has learnt from visiting many gyms for on-site visits?
  • Have you seen many gyms fail? Why do you think happens?
  • Does he think it's harder now as a facility owner?
  • When you go to do an on-site audit, what you look for/ typically spot that are some easy fixes?
  • How to think about up setting up your pricing?
  • How he thinks about staffing.


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Apr 2, 2019
In today's episode, we welcome on Mike Zimmerman. Mike is currently working for the PTDC and is in the process of creating a bunch of books on starting in the industry as a PT. He's a writer by trade who has been in media for 27 years. He's written many books in fiction and non-fiction which you can find on his Amazon page, and he's worked for Men's Health and Weight Watchers. During his time in the former, he interviewed 100s of public figures and created 50+ celebrity cover stories. All in all Mike's successful and varied career, his ability to tell stories and his "take work seriously but don't take life too serious" attitude makes for a fascinating interview that I would have happily done for hours more.
In this episode, we get into:
- The lessons he's learnt interviewing celebrities
- Why he prints off all of his content drafts
- What he picked up about speaking to your audience from working in MH and WW
- Writing tips
and much more!
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Mar 31, 2019

Stuart talks with Lisa Gimenez-Codd from Optimum Health about pre and post-natal training considerations, training the pelvic floor and what Personal Trainers need to know about menopause.

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Mar 26, 2019
In today's episode, we welcome back on Eric Helms. 
We cover:
  • How he's managing his workload while being so close to a bodybuilding competition
  • Why he is grateful success never came until around a decade into his career in the fitness industry
  • Why he takes more time to think about how he converses with people online
  • and much more!


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Mar 19, 2019

In this episode, we welcome back on Alex Pearson to discuss behaviour change. Topics covered include where to begin with behaviour change, what a global view of human behaviour looks like and why our brains natural reward systems create behaviours that can be incredibly challenging to change.

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Mar 12, 2019

In this episode, we welcome back on Leigh Peele to discuss the psychology of weight loss, why PTs should separate training and nutrition when supporting their clients and how to help clients overcome procrastination.

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Mar 5, 2019

In this episode, we welcome on Scott Baptie to talk about how got started in the fitness industry, how he runs Food For Fitness, how he thinks about time management and his new book "101 ways to lose weight and never find it again".

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Feb 26, 2019

In today's episode, we welcome on Sally Moss. Sally runs a company called Strength Ambassadors and has been a member of LTB for the past 3 years now. In this episode, we get into how Sally got into Personal Training coming from a completely unrelated career, how her fitness business functions, what has kept her in the industry during the harder times and how she's taken control of her finances after years of neglect!


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Feb 22, 2019

In today's episode, we welcome on Sean Armstrong. Sean runs a semi-private Personal Training facility near Newcastle in England. The main reason I asked Sean to come on is because he's doing fantastic work with his facility and because he used to be known as the member of LTB who was forever complaining. But, this isn't the Sean of 2019, so we get into how his journey has seen him find the confidence to open a facility and make a success out of it. 


Topics Covered:

  • How he got started as a Personal Trainer.
  • He found starting early in his career as an online PT.
  • Why he spends less time freaking about losing a client or two nowadays.
  • Why Sean thinks it's important to ensure you're tracking your numbers.
  • Why he takes time to do things that force his mind to concentrate on other things.
  • How he's found owning his own facility.
  • What his goals are for over the next few years.
  • The importance of spending time developing yourself.


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Feb 19, 2019

In today's episode, we welcome back on Chad Landers. Chad has been in the industry as a personal trainer for over 25 years. He's completed over 30,000 sessions and has worked with some of his clients for 24 years. In this episode, we get into his fav thing about being a trainer, how he realised this career is all about the client, what his experiences with online training have been and much more.

Topics Covered:

  • What he enjoys most about being a PT.
  • If he has ever thought about stopping being a trainer.
  • Has he developed his communication and relationship building skills?
  • How he learnt it was all about the client.
  • Why you need to have challenging and honest conversations about aligning their behaviours and goals with clients.
  • What his experiences with online training have been.
  • How many sessions per week he's discovered is right for him.
  • What were Chad/s biggest lessons at key points in your career? (Louise Johnstone)
  • Did he ever have 5 year/10 year plans or just keep going without ever thinking too hard about the future? (James Jones)
  • When does waking up at 5am start to suck? (Tony Cottenden) 


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Feb 12, 2019
in today's episode, we welcome on Angi Pilika. Angi is a long-time member of LTB and has a very interesting story about how she got into Personal Training. She also transitioned out of the industry for a couple of years before returning. I think we all have a phase as PTs where we question our worth as and sometimes, stepping out of the industry and spending time learning and understanding more about yourself is the best way to decipher if this is the career for you. We also discuss what she learnt from a job in sales, why having a coach has taught her so much and using colour coded spreadsheets to manage her time!
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Feb 5, 2019

In this episode, we welcome on Kevin Ashworth. Kevin is an expert on the topic of anxiety. He's studied it for years and has authored publications on anxiety focused training. We get into what anxiety is, strategies to help overcome it, how effective meditation and positive thinking are, why changing your behaviour is more powerful than changing your thinking and how making an ass of yourself is totally normal!

Topics Covered:

  • What he means by the quote “you’re already miserable, you may as well be miserable on purpose.”
  • Why feeling confident is not the opposite of feeling anxious.
  • Whether feeling anxious is a choice.
  • How to change your inner dialogue.
  • If meditation is effective for managing anxiety.
  • How to change our thinking.
  • Whether or not positive thinking is an effective remedy for negative thinking.

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Feb 1, 2019

In this short episode, Stuart covers whether or not you should use monthly or block payment plans. How to transition across to monthly and how to work out what to charge so that you get paid holidays is also covered.

Jan 29, 2019

In today's episode, we welcome on James Jones. James is a Personal Trainer who owns his own facility. He's been an LTB member for nearing on 5 years now and his journey into the industry, as well as how he met his now wife, makes for a very interesting and at times hilarious conversation. We discuss how he got into the industry, mistakes he's made, why following the wrong people nearly had him leaving the industry and why he doesn't tell all his clients to have steak and nuts for breakfast anymore.

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Jan 25, 2019

In this episode, Stuart covers 5 tips that will help you run more effective initial consultations. These will help you learn more about the client, improve rapport and increase the chance of them signing up to your Personal Training services.

Jan 22, 2019

If you're a Personal Trainer, the chances are pretty high that you'll work with people who have weight loss based goals. Gregg has created an in-depth course that looks into exactly this, but it isn't just about calories in, calories out, his course goes into essentially every aspect of weight loss you can think of. 

Topics Covered:

  • Why Gregg has decided to focus on business as one of his Q1 professional development goals.
  • What he's learnt in the process of creating his understanding weight loss course.
  • Why our bodies hate losing weight.
  • How understanding more about weight loss has informed his coaching.
  • Metabolic adaptation and how this affects weight loss.
  • What other factors we should be looking at with regards to weight loss.
  • How important exercise is for weight loss.
  • Whether we should be using large or small deficits.
  • How many calories we typically burn during exercise.

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Jan 18, 2019

In this short episode, Stuart discusses principles and methods you can use to generate leads whilst working out of a commercial gym.

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