In episode 40 of the LTB podcast, we chat to Martin MacDonald from Mac-Nutrition and Mac-Nutrition University. It was a pleasure to welcome Martin onto the show. We discuss in great depth - due to Martin's fantastic ability to answer questions with stories - why he started MNU, how he nearly left the industry, impostor syndrome, success and happiness!
Tony Cottenden has been a member of LTB since basically day one of the company starting. In this interview, Stuart and Tony chat about how he transitioned from one job to full-time PT, and how he's now making more money doing what he does now as well all the lessons learnt along the way.
Mark Fisher joins Stuart for an interview on the podcast today. Alongside discussing how Mark got into the industry and why he feels this has shaped his career, we also discuss:
- The importance of mirroring your clients and how to do this
- What unconditional positive regard means and why this is so essential for trainers to grasp
- How to get feedback on something you want to get better at and where to start if you've no idea what you should be getting better at
- How to approach fear
- Why he loves learning so much and how to take this information from knowledge to application
and a load of current book recommendations!
Jerome Bolze, of The Performance Project, joins Stuart on this episode of the LTB Podcast to chat about how he started as a trainer, how he asked other coaches for advice early on in his career to help him move forwards, building systems and much more!
On episode 36 of the LTB Podcast, Stuart interviews James Krieger from weightology.com. They cover:
How important is it that personal trainers understand or read the research?
Could personal trainers do a better job when it comes to sharing research?
Explaining his insulin series in a simple format + some of those myths broken down?
What is NEAT? Why is it important we understand this?
What happens to your metabolism as weight loss occurs?
What can we do to ensure NEAT doesn’t decrease when dieting?
How can we make client’s aware of their NEAT?
Practical considerations for NEAT.
Intermittent fasting and why James is finding the research and uses for this interesting.
Robert Clarkson is the owner of Reactive Training in Glasgow. In this interview Robert tells us all about his journey, his many lessons learnt along the way and some of the struggles he's had since opening his facility.
In episode 34 of the LTB podcast speaks to Tony Gentilcore of tonygentilcore.com. Alongside chatting about how Tony has found transitioning from working in Cressey Sports Performance to running his own small group training facility, Tony also tells us what he feels is important for long-term sustainability as a coach, why he thinks starting a blog is still a good idea and how he thinks about his own professional development.
In this episode of the podcast, we interview Jonny Stephens from the LTB gym. Jonny was over in New York with Stuart for the LTB conference so we chat in depth about this and what we learnt, what it was like being at Mark Fisher Fitness and how the LTB gym have gone about building community.
In this interview with the trainer of trainers, Nick Tumminello, Nick discusses:
How he got the title “trainer of trainers”
How do we speed up the process of getting better at what we do
What is the role of the trainer?
Why “it depends” is not an answer
Myths about what a bad trainer is
What makes a good trainer
What does Nick commonly see PT's doing wrong with their programming
Nick's site - http://nicktumminello.com/
Strength training for fat loss book - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Strength-Training-Loss-Nick-Tumminello-x/dp/1450432077/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1493462954&sr=1-1&keywords=nick+tumminello
Building muscle & performance book - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Building-Muscle-Performance-Nick-Tumminello/dp/1492512702/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1493462954&sr=1-3&keywords=nick+tumminello
In this episode of the LTB podcast, Stuart chats to LTB staff member Jonathon Mummert. Jonathon knows the menstrual cycle inside out and we get into what it is that we as PT's need to know about this topic, which is one I don't think is talked about enough!
For Chris's 2nd time on the podcast, Chris and Stuart chat about how to hire a second trainer and how he handles feelings of self-doubt and imposter syndrome.
In this episode, Stuart chats to Alex Gibilaro from the LTB gym side of things. They chat in depth about programming and working with a new client.
In episode 28 of the LTB Podcast, Stuart chats to Alwyn Cosgrove from Results Fitness in California. Alongside discussing his why for what he does, Alwyn tells us:
- How we need to rethink the way we think about asking our clients for money
- What lifetime customer value (LCV) is and what this means to us trainers
- Why he feels Results Fitness has done as well as it has
- Why knowing your businesses core values is so important and how you can make a start to creating these
In this episode of the LTB podcast, Stuart speaks to Nick Winkelman, head of athletic performance at the IRFU. They cover:
Work: life balance,
What can we take from Nick’s research and understanding about cueing,
Explicit vs implicit learning,
Retention of learning for clients,
Autonomy supportive vs dictatorship coaching,
Reflective practice - what this is and how we can use it to become better coaches
Stuart welcomes previous guests Alex Pearson and Gregg Slater onto the show to have a Q&A based off of questions we received in the LTB private FB group.
Alongside nutrition coaching, we touch on:
evening binge eating solutions, work: life balance, what to do when you think about giving up and finding your niche
work: life balance
what to do when you think about giving up
finding your niche.
Fancy having your question asked next time we do one of these? Email me @ firstname.lastname@example.org!
In this episode, Stuart chats to one of the members of the gym he's based out of, Laura Shepherd, about her weight loss journey so far.
We touch on:
- where Laura has come from and where she is now
- how she felt on day one of the joining the gym
- how she feels she's managing to keep her weight off
- what she struggles with most
- her advice to the world of personal trainers out there
and much more!
Coach, author and podcast host, Leigh Peele comes onto the LTB podcast for an interview with Stuart.
8.30 - What does Leigh think separates the people who last in the industry.
15.20 - How to not let failure ruin things.
20 - Explanation of self-esteem and tips on improving this.
40 - Balancing working on self-awareness with clients in terms of scope of practice.
50 - Teaching clients about critical thinking.
51 - The importance of the beginner's mindset.
55.30 - Messages to the world of personal training.
Another experimental episode!
In this one, Stuart and previous guest Ross Stewart (from #7) discuss what they enjoyed about the book "tools of titans" by Tim Ferris.
Alongside rating the book, we cover:
- The laziness manifesto
- Thoughts on meditation
- Saying no
- The spotlight effect
and loads more!
Joy Victoria, from Fitness Baddies, comes onto the LTB Podcast to discuss her journey into coaching, why & how she got started, some of the lessons she's learnt along the way and much more!
In episode 21, Stuart speaks to W10 owner, Jean-Claude Vacassin. Within the interview, JC covers:
4.20 - How he built a client base in private gym he worked in previous to W10
10.30 - why has he lasted in the industry 10+ years
15.20 - how would a commercial gym get feedback from other coaches in order to improve?
24 - why is he such a proponent of high standards (every single thing I do says I give a shit or I don’t)
27.10 - how does W10 structure referrals
32.40 - common advice that JC see’s given to new PT’s that he wishes wasn’t
32.40 - thoughts on online marketing
37 - what do W10 use social media for
38.50 - thoughts on the lead generation conversation
42.50 - what does ‘good coaching’ entail
44 - how do you get better at coaching
In this episode, we speak to Will Levy from Melbourne Strength and Conditioning (MSC) in Australia. Here's a breakdown of what Stuart & Will discuss:
5.30 - how Will is finding running a gym
9.30 - who do MSC work with
13 - why has MSC hit the ground running in terms of profitability
17 - how did Will get up to the stage of building up a waiting list
25 - what’s a widespread message that Will wishes wasn’t as common
30.30 - how do we improve the standard of the industry
36 - what does the first 30 days of programming look like for a new client at MSC
54 - common mistakes trainers/ gyms when running small-group training programmes
59 - how does he ensure his staff members are at a high enough level to keep up the standards
1.07 - a message to new trainers
In this interview, Stuart speaks to Dan Mitchell from Dan Mitchell Fitness. They discuss:
4.15 - why is online coaching hard?
5.30 - online coaching systems
8.50 - serving an “apprenticeship” before getting into online coaching
15 - how Dan reflects on his coaching
19.30 - what’s it like running his gym
25.40 - would you advise a trainer to get into online coaching?
31 - do you need an online presence to build an online business?
33 - how did he start building a clients for his online business?
37.41 - how to upsell in a FB group
41.30 - commercial gym lead gen advice
47.30 - how does Dan manage self doubt?
In this Episode, Stuart talks about 12 lessons that 12 of the first guests have discussed on the podcast.
In this interview, we speak to Lisa Gimenez-Codd from Optimum Health. We chat about:
3.20 - How has Lisa niched down into working with the population she works with?
7.00 - How and who has Lisa learned from to improve her knowledge on all these topics?
8.30 - Why is getting more info out there on these topics so important?
11.00 - Should we as PT’s refer on pre/ post natal clients?
14.30 - Lisa’s thoughts on “getting your pre-baby body back”
17.00 - What do we have to consider with a client who tells us they are pregnant?
23.00 - Should we encourage clients to exercise all the way up to having their baby?
24.00 - Burpee’s during pregnancy?
26.50 - Post-natal considerations
29.40 - Drills to improve breathing
32.00 - The pelvic floor
37.00 - How can you train the pelvic floor
40.00 - Female client's needing to pee during sessions that contain movement or impact exercises
42.00 - Menopause-what do we need to know?
46.00 - Recommended resources
48.20 - Thoughts on body image
In this episode, Stuart talks with fellow LTB staff member Alex Pearson about all things obesity. They chat through topics such as:
- what is the cause of obesity in Alex's opinion
- what can the fitness industry do better when it comes to helping the obesity epidemic
- where do we start when working with an obese client
- how to encourage client's to set their own goals
- feedback loops: what these are and how we can interrupt them
- how to help client's from regressing