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Aug 24, 2020
In today's episode, Stuart interviews Dr. John Berardi. They discuss career direction and making sense of where you want to go, as well as touching on not feeling like you're doing enough and how to use social media as a personal trainer (check below if you'd like to see specific timestamps!).
John is a Canadian-American entrepreneur best known as the co-founder of Precision Nutrition, the world’s largest nutrition coaching, education, and software company. He's also the founder of Change Maker Academy, devoted to helping would-be changemakers turn their passion for health and fitness into a powerful purpose and a wildly successful career. Over the last 15 years, he's advised Apple, Equinox and Nike as well as the San Antonio Spurs, US Open Champ Sloane Stephens, and 2-division UFC Champ Georges St. Pierre. He's also been named one of the 20 smartest coaches in the world and 100 most influential people in health and fitness.



  • [02.03] - Would he have changed anything about his book, Change Maker, due to what has happened with covid-19?
  • [08.15] - His message to a personal trainer who is struggling just now.
  • [10.45] - An example of a caterer who has changed his offering during covid.
  • [14.55] - The personality profile of trainers who are successful online.
  • [18.50] - Unique abilities, purpose and values exercise for making more sense of where to go in your career.
  • [26.30] - Why the belief that you must become a coach in the fitness industry limits the people that come into it.
  • [29.15] - A story about 'Dave's Killer Bread' and a gym owner who moved into mobile personal training.
  • [35.30] - "I'm just a personal trainer, am I not doing enough?" 
  • [37.30] - Why it's important to be as much 'you' as you can be.
  • [42.43] - Social media being detrimental to our mental and business health.
  • [47.15] - Using social media for business growth.
  • [49.45] - Why marketing is not just social media.
  • [1.08.25] - The instant validation/ feedback that social media provides.



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Aug 17, 2020
In today's episode, Stuart talks to Steve Hall about how to coach clients online, charging for consultations, technique and hypertrophy, managing hunger, mini cuts, business lessons, developing rapport with online clients and much more.
 is the founder of Revive Stronger. The name was inspired by a life changing head injury Steve suffered whilst at University. After which Steve fell in love with bodybuilding as it allowed him to build up not only his physique but also confidence. Effectively he ‘Revived Stronger’ and in doing so developed a huge passion to help others do the same. Now a competitive natural bodybuilder with his best performance to date being a top 5 placing in the UKDFBA international finals in 2017. In addition with over 10 years in the gym and more than 5 years coaching experience, he uses this in combination with the latest science to drive results. 



  • [01.28] - Steve's tells us how he got started in the fitness industry.
  • [05.19] - How he's grown to understand the importance of technique.
  • [09.25] - How he gets an insight into his client's technique as an online coach.
  • [15.13] - Why Revive Stronger encourages people not to apply for coaching on their website.
  • [20.15] - Why they don't put their prices on their website.
  • [23.33] - Charging a small fee for initial consultations.
  • [28.03] - Onboarding for new clients.
  • [29.24] - Costing for setting up a membership site.
  • [32.28] - Asking clients to sign up for a minimum of 3 months.
  • [34.02] - Their check-in process.
  • [41.41] - Helping clients manage hunger.
  • [47.13] - Aggressive dieting/ mini cuts/ low calorie short term diets.
  • [50.38] - Beta-alanine supplementation and second-level thinking.



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Aug 10, 2020
Phil Learney has been a personal trainer in the fitness industry since the early 90s and has worked in gyms all over England ranging from small private ones to big commercial ones. At his time of retiring as a trainer, he was the second-highest charging PT in the UK.  Now he educates and helps PTs grow their businesses through his company the Advanced Coaching Academy (ACA).
In this episode, we discuss online coaching, how to convert inductions into clients, whether you should do single sessions, increasing your prices and more. We had a couple of audio issues which unfortunately took out a bit of the recording around the 40min mark, so if it jumps from one topic to another you know why!



  • [02.27] - Where would Phil go to train clients if he had to start over?
  • [15.37] - Education for personal trainers.
  • [20.47] - Pricing and free sessions.
  • [26.04] - Are single sessions worth it?
  • [50.47] - What he did to convert inductions into clients?
  • [35.57] - Discussion on the signing up of a client who comes in for an induction.
  • [40.57] - Price increases.



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Aug 8, 2020

We have just launched a new podcast at LTB that is going to be run by Chris Burgess called Personal Trainer Daily. It's going to be a daily podcast that is short in length where Chris will take a common question related to being a PT and answer one per episode. In this sample episode, Chris talks you through how to handle clients who disappear after asking for your prices.



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Aug 6, 2020

In this short solo episode, Stuart discusses why it's so common for personal trainers to feel guilty about taking time off. During the first section, he talks through why you may feel guilty and in the second, he suggests some strategies that will help you remove the guilt you feel and enjoy the time off you have.



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Aug 3, 2020
Tony Cottenden is a returning guest who runs a gym called The Shed, which functions out of his back garden. It was started as a small summer house in May 2014 and he's run a full client base from it since March 2016. In this episode, we talk about a load of topics including lessons that have come lockdown, what he keeps telling people who are thinking about starting their own shed, why lockdown has made him love in-person even more, how he manages 40+ PT sessions a week, why just be yourself is useful advice for personal trainers and much more.



  • [04.35] - What things he's finding himself repeating to people who are asking about opening their own shed/ garage gym?
  • [06.25] - The size of his first shed personal training gym.
  • [08.05] - Learning from lockdown - finding more ways to progress your clients aside from increasing load.
  • [09.35] - 1-1 vs online training.
  • [11.20] - Adding value outside of your in-person service.
  • [16.20] - How he manages to sustain 40+ PT sessions?
  • [25.50] - His onboarding app.
  • [26.50] - Has he got clearer on his ideal client/ avatar that he serves as a personal trainer?
  • [28.20] - Why a website has been his main way of getting new clients in.
  • [30.35] - His longer-term goals.
  • [34.35] - How he feels about the potential of a second wave/ lockdown?
  • [36.30] - Why LTB has been a huge part of his success.
  • [38.50] - Just "be yourself" and why it's an important part of being a PT.



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Jul 29, 2020
Alex Pearson runs Alex Pearson Health Coaching where he specialises in helping people with obesity undertake significant weight loss journeys. We discuss the UK's tackling obesity strategy, the link between COVID and obesity, what he would do if he was in charge of public health, the effectiveness of the sugar tax, how important education is in treating obesity and much more.



  • [02.13] - Alex's thoughts on the UK Governments proposed tackling obesity strategy?
  • [05.40] - How important and useful is education in treating obesity?
  • [07.25] - The '5 fruit and veg a day' campaign.
  • [09.05] - How important is exercise in treating obesity?
  • [16.09] - Personal responsibility and blame used to combat obesity?
  • [19.43] - What about motivation and education?
  • [21.48] - The link between trauma and obesity?
  • [23.43] - The link between COVID and obesity?
  • [29.23] -The link between catching the virus and obesity?
  • [32.43] - If he was in charge of public health, what would he propose to combat obesity?
  • [34.58] - The sugar tax.
  • [36.58] - Making healthy food cheaper?
  • [38.43] Having times where companies can and cannot advertise on TV/ the internet?
  • [40.12] - Pictures on boxes showing the negative consequences of eating particular types of food? (like cigarettes in the UK)
  • [45.13] - Targetting supermarkets and reducing quantity and variety of calorie-dense foods



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Jul 20, 2020
Greg Mikolap was a recent guest who came on for our gym owner roundtable discussion a few months ago (8th of May 2020). He runs the gym Icon in Maidenhead, England and spent over 10 years in a commercial gym prior to that becoming the busiest trainer in that gym. And that is what we mainly explore today. We talk about his lockdown experience so far, how he priced his services in a commercial gym, developing a niche, the differences between trainers who last vs those who don't and why Greg imagined himself wearing a cape before he went into consultations with PT prospects. I know you're going to enjoy this as Greg speaks from the heart and details a lot of experiences that are just so common for the trainer.



  • [01.57] - How Greg's gym has got on during lockdown.
  • [07.30] - If what Greg has learnt during lockdown would apply back to when he was working in a commercial gym.
  • [13.30] - Why it's slow until it starts to snowball when you're gaining clients as a personal trainer.
  • [19.30] - Why it's so common to dread holidays as a personal trainer.
  • [23.15] - A story about developing a niche.
  • [24.30] - A discussion about block vs month bookings.
  • [37.22] - The differences between the commercial gym trainers who last vs the ones who don't.
  • [40.30] - Was Greg nervous when he started in his commercial gym?
  • [46.30] - The importance of stepping back from where things are going wrong for you in the customer journey.
  • [48.30] - What helped Greg get over feeling nervous before he stepped into a consultation.



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Jul 16, 2020
Chris Burgess is the owner of Lift The Bar and Curious Gym (prev called the LTB Gym). He comes on to talk about how personal trainers should approach their marketing now that a lot of countries have dates for reopening as well as the countries that don't. We discuss how to use a countdown approach to your gym reopening, why creating a video that shows off what you think of being a PT is so important just now, if he's planning for a second wave and how to touch base with clients who left you during the lockdown.



  • [02.01] - Does Chris think consumers will be receptive to buying gym memberships/ PT services post lockdown?
  • [05.55] - What his marketing strategy is for reopening his gym just now.
  • [10.16] - What his strategy would be if he was going back to a commercial gym?
  • [12.57] - How he's going to internally market to ensure his old and previous clients come back to his gym?
  • [17.28] - Will he be giving discounted prices to clients who lose their job or have reduced hours?
  • [19.38] - How listeners who don't have a reopening date should approach their marketing just now.
  • [22.16] - If he's planning for a second wave and potential closure of his gym again. 



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Jul 13, 2020
I asked Travis and Akil to come on to discuss the intersection between being a personal trainer and delving into the world of rehab and injury. They both run a company called 3M Athletic Performance. Akil is a practising physical therapist who used to be a personal trainer and Travis is a full-time personal trainer with a keen interest and academic background in the rehab and injury world. We discuss how trainers can build relationships with physios, how to find good physios, injury prevention for trainers, whether form and technique contribute to injury, posture, how life stress affects peoples perception of pain and more!



  • [02.46] - Akil and then Travis talk about personal trainers developing relationships with physiotherapists/ physical therapists
  • [08.38] - How to go about finding good evidence-based physiotherapists
  • [12.53] - Why it's well worth going to see the physio yourself before sending your clients to them.
  • [18.08] - How to troubleshoot when a client is having pain in a personal training session and how to decide when to refer out.
  • [26.53] - Knowing what both Akil and Travis know about the world of physio and personal training, what would they say to their younger selves?
  • [31.38] - Why injury prevention isn't all about activating inactive muscles and lengthening tight ones.
  • [34.04] - Does form/ technique contribute to injury risk?
  • [38.48] - What should a personal trainer look for in a consult/ assessment to prevent injury?
  • [41.28] - Does posture contribute to injury risk?
  • [44.58] - Why does life stress affect pain?



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Jul 6, 2020
Mark Laws has been coaching people for over 20 years, working full time in the fitness industry for 15 years, working with elite athletes for 12 years and teaching courses to fitness professionals for 6 years. He continues to work with regular clients on a daily basis as well as delivering workshops and presentations around the world. We chat about his career as a PT and what he'd go back and tell himself about doing a better job. 



  • [01.58] - Mark tells a story about how his Mum sat him down and told him he should stop being a personal trainer early in his career.
  • [09.58] - A discussion about Mark's first few years as a personal trainer.
  • [14.51] - Earning the right to say no to prospects you don't want to work with.
  • [19.58] - What does Mark wish he could go back and tell himself about being a new PT?
  • [32.28] - How much did he change the way he ran his PT business after going to China to work in S&C for a year?
  • [43.08] - Why you should consider getting your clients onto a monthly payment plan.



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Jun 29, 2020
Cath Baxter is a professional voice and impact coach. We cover why your voice is such an important aspect of communication, common areas for improvement when speaking, the power of the pause, enthusiasm and whether we should try to eliminate the 'umms', 'emms' and 'likes' from our speech.
Cath is one of the UK’s leading voice coaches and a Public Speaking expert. For 14 years she was Head of Voice at Mountview, one of the top 5 drama schools in the UK, where she trained some of the UK's best actors and musical theatre performers. Her time is now spent working with a wide range of business clients and companies, helping them to add greater impact to their communications. She has most recently been working with the following Organisations: IFBA, RBS, Cancer Research, NHS England, NHS Improvement, Office of Rail and Road, DVLA, Independent Office for Police Conduct, Scottish Government, Crown Commercial Service, Companies House, MOD (Guards Service), UK Government Investments and the Northern Ireland Civil Service.



  • [01.40] - Cath explains what it is she does.
  • [05.30] - How Cath's work applies to the work that personal trainers do.
  • [13.48] - Where to begin if you'd like to start working on how you use your voice as a personal trainer.
  • [17.20] - How to correct speaking too quickly.
  • [19.55] - Improving eloquence.
  • [21.40] - Becoming less self-conscious and more confident when speaking.
  • [33.00] - How important is enthusiasm when speaking?
  • [36.50] - Tips to gather attention when talking online to clients or on a video that you're sharing on social media.
  • [43.30] - Umms, emms, likes and other hesitation sounds/ filler sounds.



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Jun 22, 2020
Laura Dubler and Will Holmes are a couple who run a small personal training facility called Core Training in Switzerland. Switzerland announced that gyms could be opened from early May, so they've had 6+ weeks worth of reopening experience now. I asked them to come on talk about what they've learnt during that time. We cover whether or not they've kept their online offering, how their clients have found coming back into the gym, how they've found coaching while social distancing and a bunch of unexpected things that will help you plan for your gym reopening.
  • [02.45] - How Laura and Will ended up opening a gym in Switzerland
  • [05.58] - How their business model works
  • [09.43] - How they have found reopening their gym since lockdown has been lifted in Switzerland
  • [11.55] - Did they keep their online offering alongside reopening their gym?
  • [16.25] - How many of their members came straight back in as they announced their gym was back open?
  • [17.25] - Have they had any clients who have learnt they've got COVID as they reopened?
  • [19.55] - How they plan to handle things if a client announces they have COVID and were in the gym yesterday?
  • [24.03] - What rules they have around wearing masks and things like social distancing and cleaning?
  • [27.03] - How they've found not being able to touch clients when coaching?
  • [37.25] - Have they had any clients who have come in and then decided against it?
  • [41.15] - How they've handled cleaning and sanitizing equipment?
  • [47.50] - Training clients who have had COVID and how it's affected their recovery




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Jun 15, 2020
In today's episode, Stuart talks to Molly Galbraith about entrepreneurial lessons, why success takes time, the power of a shitty first draft, conducting deep market research on your clients and clients who have left and why it's still so normal for male personal trainers to shy away from topics surrounding coaching women.
Molly Galbraith is the co-founder of Girls Gone Strong, the world’s largest platform providing evidence-based, interdisciplinary health, fitness, and nutrition education for women and the health and fitness professionals who work with them—including industry-leading certification programs and coaching. Molly has been heavily involved in the fitness industry since 2004 and this is her third appearance on the podcast. Number 88 and 144 in case you'd like to go back!
  • [05.45] - The concept of a rubbish first draft.
  • [08.50] - Does it surprise Molly seeing where Girls Gone Strong as a company is now?
  • [10.30] - Molly tells a story about loaning her father money when she was 7 years old.
  • [14.15] - Does she miss having a brick and mortar gym facility?
  • [22.45] - How would she start a career in the fitness industry knowing what she knows now?
  • [34.12] - How GGS have conducted deep market research.
  • [38.34] - Why personal trainers should conduct market research with clients who succeed and clients who leave.
  • [42.19] - Why male personal trainers tend to shy away from topics surrounding coaching women like the menstrual cycle, menopause and pre/postnatal.




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Jun 8, 2020
In today's episode, Stuart talks to Nick Winkelman about the power of tough to hear feedback, reflective practice, creating coaching cues with your clients, coaching the push-up using a framework called the coaching communication loop and what Nick's favourite analogy/ coaching cue is. The section on the push up is a masterclass in coaching so even if you skip ahead and listen to that I promise you'll get a tonne from this episode!
Nick is the Head of Athletic Performance for the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) and has just released his new book, The Language of Coaching. We at LTB would like to show our support for his book so we're running a competition to win a copy. If you'd like to enter and have a chance of winning 1 of 5 copies of the book, all you need to do is 1. review the show on iTunes and take a screenshot and email it to me and 2. email me over your favourite cue. It can be any type or kind of cue. If you've already reviewed the show, you can still enter by sending over your favourite cue. My email is and the winners will be drawn on the 15th of June!



  • [05.50] - How he responded to receiving some hard to take feedback about the first editions of his book.
  • [07.25] - How important receiving feedback has been for him throughout his career.
  • [10.15] - Questions to ask your clients to help with collaboration when creating cues.
  • [18.05] - Why coaches are more comfortable talking about programming than they are about coaching, communication and motivation.
  • [23.05] - Where a trainer should start if they want to start learning more about the intricacies of coaching.
  • [28.35] - Nick explains what the coaching communication loop is.
  • [32.50] - Nick takes us through how he would coach a push-up to a new client using the coaching communication loop. 
  • [39.42] - If Nick thinks we should take the time outside of sessions to create coaching cues and analogies.
  • [42.30] - Nick's favourite cue or analogy



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Jun 1, 2020
In today's episode, Stuart talks to Danny Lennon from Sigma Nutrition about the considerations you should have if you're thinking about starting a podcast, what he thinks has helped his podcast grow to the level it has, Danny's three-part framework for describing what is health and what he thinks about to ensure he's living a meaningful life. It gets deep at points but I wouldn't have it any other way as this was one of the most enjoyable interviews I've done in a long time!

Danny is the founder of Sigma Nutrition and head of content creation for the company. Known for hosting the top-ranked podcast Sigma Nutrition Radio, Danny is also a respected educator in the field. He has spoken at conferences and events all over Europe (including London, Dublin, Amsterdam and Vienna), as well as the United States and Australia. Danny has a master’s degree (MSc.) in Nutritional Sciences from University College Cork, during which time Danny took classes in biochemistry, clinical nutrition, micronutrient interactions and physiology. Previous to this Danny also completed a BSc. Degree in Biology and Physics Education and spent a year teaching these subjects.



  • [03.13] - Why Danny decided to start his own podcast, Sigma Nutrition Radio
  • [09.26] - The trap that trainers fall into when getting into creative pursuits like writing, podcasting and video
  • [11.16] - Danny's message to someone who is thinking of doing a podcast
  • [15.13] - Why it's so easy to get sucked into looking at the wrong metrics when putting content out into the world
  • [22.30] - What Danny has done to grow professionally and personally
  • [34.12] - A discussion around Danny's What is Health framework
  • [39.24] - Why he used contentedness over happiness as one of his key parts of his framework
  • [45.56] - The importance of relationships and connection




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May 26, 2020
In today's episode, Stuart talks to Brett Barthomolew about burnout, where it comes from and how to spot the things that may end up with you burning yourself out, why working on your communication skills is an essential aspect of being a coach and whether or not you can build buy-in with your clients quickly. 
Brett Bartholomew is a strength and conditioning coach, author of the excellent Conscious Coaching, consultant, and Founder of the performance coaching and consulting company, The Bridge Human Performance®. His experience includes working with athletes both in the team environment and private sector along with members of the United States Special Forces and members of Fortune 500 companies. You can find out more about Brett and all of his work by heading to



  • [02.20] - How he's finding being a new parent
  • [05.15] - A discussion about burnout
  • [20.35] - What doesn't work for preventing burnout
  • [23.00] - Why he takes so much inspiration from other fields unrelated to the fitness industry
  • [33.00] - How to assess how effective your communication is
  • [40.35] - Can we build buy-in quickly?
  • [48.05] - What coaches can do to build buy-in more effectively early on in the coaching process
  • [52.10] - How he's dealing with the uncertainty of what's going on right now



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May 23, 2020

In today's episode, Stuart welcomes on Claire Winter and Maggie Elliott to discuss whether or not you should consider training your clients outdoors (if your country allows it) whilst gyms are unavailable. They chat through how to make the decision about training outdoors, considerations for what to do if you decide you're going to do it, equipment recommendations, programming structure, whether you should use music, what to do about the weather and much more.

Claire Winter is LTB's Head of Operations and Maggie Elliott runs Spark Fitness, a personal training studio based out of Prestwich, England.





  • Claire Winter's portion of the discussion
  • [02.47] - Would Claire train her clients outside just now?
  • [05.54] - Why there's a chance you might be feeling guilty about doing mobile personal training
  • [08.30] - Should you consider training your clients outside considering it may be months before all of them feel safe going indoors?
  • [10.50] - What kind of things should you consider if you do decide to train your clients outdoors?
  • [16.07] - Communicating with your client base
  • [17.22] - Why you don't have to move outdoors even if your clients want to 
  • [20.37] - Why you have to consider what you'll do if you or one of your clients get the virus
  • Maggie Elliott's portion of the discussion
  • [22.45] - What decision Maggie has made around training her clients outside
  • [28.35] - What kind of things would have to happen for Maggie to start training her clients outdoors?
  • [33.25] - Programming considerations for outdoor PT
  • [36.30] - Session length
  • [38.20] - Whether or not she uses music?
  • [41.20] - Does she think more PTs will take to mobile due to fewer people using big gyms?
  • [43.10] - Other things to consider that you only learn by experiencing mobile PT 




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May 18, 2020
Nicola Hobbs is an author, counsellor and international yoga and meditation teacher. She has an MSc in Sport Psychology and her work is grounded in the interface of ancient wisdom and modern science, integrating the time-honoured practices of yoga, meditation and spiritual living with modern mindfulness, psychology, and mental fitness. In the episode, we discuss Nicola's journey through an eating disorder that was diagnosed when she was just 15 and then we get into all things writing.



  • [02.49] - How she's finding teaching Yoga through Zoom.
  • [04.06] - What first got Nicola interested in health, fitness and nutrition.
  • [07.16] - Stuart and Nicola discuss her eating disorder (ED).
  • [13.26] - What her recovery from the ED looked like.
  • [19.58] - How long it's taken Nicola to feel like she's able and willing to share her story around her ED.
  • [22.53] - How Nicola has come up with the ideas for each of her books.
  • [25.58] - Does she always enjoy writing?
  • [29.58] - Stuart and Nicola discuss her writing process.
  • [36.16] - How she deals with the internal voice that tells her it's not worth writing the books she creates.
  • [38.16] - What her editing process looks like.
  • [43.03] - Book recommendations for writing.



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May 15, 2020
Jonny Stephens works as a head coach out of Curious Gym, which was previously named the LTB gym. We discuss how he's used cook-a-longs, step challenges and other engagement methods to keep the members of his gym feeling like they are part of a community while they can't come to the gym, how he's maintaining his own exercise during the lockdown, why sharing your struggles and challenges with exercise and nutrition will help you connect with your client base and more.



  • [01.49] - How he is finding lockdown.
  • [05.19] - Has this reinforced how much he enjoys the in-person aspect of personal training?
  • [11.49] - How Jonny has found living alone during lockdown.
  • [16.12] - A discussion around our struggles with maintaining exercise/ movement habits during lockdown.
  • [23.10] - What the gym Jonny works out of, Curious Gym, have used to keep their clients engaged and interacting.
  • [32.02] - If he was a 1-1 trainer with a smaller client base would he still try as many things as he has to engage his clients?
  • [33.27] - What non-exercise/ movement things they've tried to engage their clients?
  • [35.52] - Why it's a good idea to share what you're struggling with regarding exercise and nutrition with your client base. 



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May 11, 2020
Phil Learney has been a personal trainer in the fitness industry since the early 90s and has worked in gyms all over England ranging from small private ones to big commercial ones. At his time of retiring as a trainer, he was the second-highest charging PT in the UK.  Now he educates and helps PTs grow their businesses through his company the Advanced Coaching Academy (ACA).
Phil tells some fantastic stories about being a PT in this episode and there are so many lessons about how to get more clients and run a better run business. We cover getting your finances in check, how to get a waiting list as a PT, early career mistakes trainers make, marketing and much more.



  • [02.18] - How he would be handling things if he was a PT having to go through COVID-19 just now?
  • [05.43] - Is he anxious or worried about the industry because of what's happening?
  • [07.48] - Phil tells a story about having to smash a whisky bottle to pay his apartment rent
  • [19.18] - Phil talks about why the hourly rate that PTs charge actually breaks down to very little income
  • [22.48] - Can you speed up going through the inevitable client failures that most trainers go through?
  • [31.18] - Why the only way the fitness industry will become more regulated is through the trainers in it lifting the standard of it
  • [33.38] - Phil talks about personal training pricing
  • [35.03] - Phil tells a story about a trainer who was charging £1000 per hour
  • [39.44] - Why Phil has always had a waiting list in every single gym he's worked in.



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May 8, 2020
Today I welcome on Independent Gym owners Mike Waywell (Steel Habitat, Liverpool), Greg Mikolap (Icon Gym, Maidenhead), Will Holmes (Core Training, Switzerland) and Chris Burgess (Curious Fitness, Paulton) to discuss what comes next for Personal Training facilities. We talk through what Will has learnt bringing clients back into his gym in Switzerland after their lockdown ended, how all the guys plan to keep their clients safe when seeing clients in-person again, communication strategies, rewarding loyal clients, programming, gym layout and coaching changes, marketing and what their message would be to a commercial or private facility PT. 



  • [02.46] - Mike Waywell introduces himself
  • [03.22] - Chris Burgess introduces himself
  • [03.42] - Greg Mikolap introduces himself
  • [04.55] - Will Holmes introduces himself
  • [05.56] - Will tells about the specifics of the Swiss govt's reopening recommendations and how he has applied them
  • [09.00] - Mike, Chris and Greg talk about specific plans for how they plan to reopen, use of outdoor space before going indoor (if possible) and keep their clientele safe
  • [19.50] - Greg tells us what he asked in a survey he sent out to his client base to understand their concerns around coming back to the gym
  • [21.23] - Will tells us what his client reception has been to coming back into the gym
  • [26.15] - How they have all communicated with their client base through COVID and how they plan to communicate things moving forward
  • [33.47] - Will talks about the changes he's made to programming and coaching
  • [37.45] - Chris, Mike & Greg discuss programming and gym layout changes
  • [43.40] - The guys talk about loyalty and rewarding clients who have stuck around during COVID
  • [52.55] - How they are all thinking about marketing
  • [64.05] - What they would all do if they were a personal trainer who doesn't own a facility and works in a commercial or private gym



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May 4, 2020
For the last 30 years, Larry Gold has spent most of his working life as the CEO of numerous different hospitals throughout the world. He's helped brand new ones start from scratch and helped struggling ones grow and become huge parts of their communities and at times he's managed over 3000 people. Nowadays he's a consultant to executives who work within healthcare.
This episode is split into two sections: the first 15 minutes is about Covid-19 and how to effectively lead through this and the section after is all about Larry's career, leadership, managing people and building relationships. 



  • [03.20] - The difference between a manager and a leader
  • [06.00] - The three critical leadership components that must be present during times like this
  • [10.59] - What don't you want to do as a leader during times of disaster?
  • [13.34] - Dealing with the uncertainty that Covid has brought everyone
  • [17.02] - Larry sums up his career and tells us what he's doing just now
  • [18.20] - How he got started in healthcare
  • [28.10] - How he's approached growing within each new job he's done
  • [30.45] - How he managed to get 3000+ staff all on the same page working as a CEO in a hospital
  • [36.40] - Why every single person in an organisation needs to know why what they do is important
  • [40.25] - Why he used to walk the halls in his hospital every single day to connect with his employees
  • [43.25] - Why building relationships has been so important to his leadership style
  • [45.05] - How to approach challenging staff situations
  • [46.25] - Giving tough feedback and saying the things that need to be said
  • [52.15] - How he's approached building up his weaknesses
  • [54.52] - Revealing personal aspects of himself to his colleagues and employees
  • [62.25] - Making the whole community proud of his hospital and what you can learn from it
  • [66.28] - What he wishes he could go back tell his younger self


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Apr 27, 2020
Adam Feit is Precision Nutrition’s head strength and sport psychology coach. He's been an S&C coach at every level you can think of and currently, he’s a PhD Candidate in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Springfield College studying the use of mental skills among S&C coaches.
In today's episode with Adam we talk about time management tips, managing overwhelm, helping clients use their skills in other life areas to manage exercise and nutrition challenges, motivation science and much more.



  • [03.14] - How Covid has affected Adam's day-to-day
  • [07.22] - Whether he's structured all the time or allows some unstructured time
  • [10.50] - Time management tips
  • [15.07] - Managing overwhelm
  • [18.39] - Looking for what PN call 'bright spots' when coaching clients
  • [20.37] - What kind of coach was he prior to starting with PN
  • [31.52] - The importance of having someone to check your blindspots
  • [34.07] - How he's got better at receiving feedback
  • [36.52] - Roses, thorns and buds daily reflection exercise
  • [38.37] - What his PhD is and what it's teaching him
  • [47.57] - How he used to think about motivation compared to how he thinks about it now



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Apr 20, 2020

Dr. Yoni Freedhoff is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa, and since 2004, the medical director of the Bariatric Medical Institute, an ethical, evidence-based, interprofessional weight management centre. We discuss why a compassionate approach to obesity is absolutely necessary, how to help our clients manage their weight, reducing scale weight importance, whether education changes behaviour, childhood nutrition and much, much more. I know you're going to enjoy this episode, just make sure you've got somewhere to take notes as there are a bunch of times you'll want to pause and write something down! 



  • [01.55] - Why obesity isn't as simple as move more eat less.
  • [05.00] - Why personal responsibility is always touted as the most important part of obesity.
  • [07.30] - How we can improve the message we put out there about obesity.
  • [09.35] - Does education help behaviour change?
  • {12.26] - What country is leading the way in terms of weight management?
  • [14.23] - Why environment is the main element of weight management.
  • [16.14] - How knowing that environment is important for his patients informs his practice.
  • [18.55] - How to teach our clients that exercise is not just something that burns calories and is used to lose weight.
  • [20.32] - What we know for sure about weight management
  • [23.50] - Does he think PTs should be working with their clients on behaviour change around nutrition?
  • [25.59] - The two questions he asks his patients to consider when they want to eat junk food.
  • [21.13] - How important is a clients why.
  • [34.35] - What role the scales play in helping clients maintain weight loss.
  • [37.55] - Helping clients remove the scales importance.
  • [39.20] - Underreporting calorie intake.
  • [44.55] - Helping kids develop healthy relationships with food.



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