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Jul 20, 2021
In today's episode, Stuart interviews Jordan Syatt for the second time (the first was October 2020). They talk lessons Jordan has learnt in his time travelling and doing a range of interesting things, how he uses social media, the challenge of not letting social media become all-consuming, burnout, diversifying your marketing and more.
 
Jordan began Syatt Fitness, his online fitness coaching business, from his dorm at the University of Delaware in 2011 and has become one of the industry’s leading experts in strength training, nutrition, and behavioral psychology. One of the only people in the world to deadlift 4x his own body weight, Jordan's work has been featured all over the world including a variety of media publications such as CNN, The Huffington Post, Business Insider, Men's Health Magazine, Men’s Fitness Magazine, and Schwarzenegger.com

 

 

Timestamps:
  • [01.10] - Lessons from his recent fat loss cut.
  • [13.25] - How lessons he learnt from his Mum have shaped how he runs his business.
  • [18.05] - The pros and cons of social media.
  • [28.35] - Diversifying your marketing.
  • [37.55] - Improving your content communication/ making it more engaging.
  • [42.35] - Experiencing burnout when coaching Gary Vee full-time.

 

 

 

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Jul 12, 2021

In today's show, Stuart welcomes Lyndsey Roberts for the 5th episode in the 'how I use social media' series. Lyndsey, who is at strong_likeamutha on Instagram, is a leadership and empowerment coach and the founder of Strong Like a Mutha. They talk about content creation, why she's comfortable on camera doing things like reels, how she uses Instagram to make people aware of her business and why photography is an important aspect of her content plan.

 

 

 

Timestamps:

  • [01.47] - How she uses social media as a fitness professional.
  • [05.12] - Being vulnerable on social media.
  • [17.12] - Considering your values before you put out a post.
  • [19.52] - Using professional photography in your posts.
  • [33.47] - Shame-led marketing messages on social media.
  • [37.47] - Effective lead generation on social media.
  • [40.32] - Using email marketing/ a website.

 

 

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Jul 5, 2021

In today's show, Stuart welcomes Claire Winter. Claire, who is Lift The Bar's head of operations, has been on the podcast lots of times before talking about her experience as a personal training client and on topics like belonging as a fitness professional. Today, they talk about three topics - losing clients and why it's probably not your fault just now, burnout and how to take better care of yourself and her upcoming customer service course. Timestamps are below!

 

 

Timestamps:

  • [01.05] - Why it may not be your fault if you're seeing clients drop off just now.
  • [14.30] - Retention tips. 
  • [20.48] - Burnout.
  • [33.48] - Claire's upcoming customer service course.

 

 

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Jun 29, 2021

In today's show, Stuart welcomes Eric Helms. Eric runs the bodybuilding prep company 3dMJ and writes for the monthly publication, MASS. They discuss how he thinks we can make exercise more appealing for the gen pop. They then have a 40-minute discussion about perfectionism and all that encompasses it including how to better understand it, seeing it in your clients, seeing it in your coaching and how to move away from it towards what he calls 'excellence'. Timestamps are below!

 

 

Timestamps:

  • [01.00] - Getting more people into exercise.
  • [13.45] - Rise and grind mentalities in exercise.
  • [19.05] - Perfectionism.
  • [26.45] - Eric's struggles with perfectionism.
  • [33.12] - Seeing perfectionism in your clients.
  • [38.45] - Perfectionism in coaching.
  • [43.02] - Moving away from perfectionism if you struggle with it.
  • [56.55] - Making sense of what kind of success you want.

 

 

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Jun 21, 2021

In today's show, Stuart welcomes back John Clark. Starting on the 5th of July, John is going to attempt to run 48 marathons in 48 days across 48 counties of England to raise 48K for a charity he created called Miles4meals. If you'd like to get involved by sponsoring, raising money or taking part, head to miles4meals.co.uk/484848. They discuss why he's doing this, what his prep looks like, getting himself mentally set, dealing with the chance of failure, moving away from gym ownership and much more. Timestamps are below!

 

 

Timestamps:

  • [02.03] - How he's feeling about doing 48 marathons over 48 days.
  • [08.28] - What's driving him to attempt this charity event.
  • [17.58] - Handling failure & figuring out your why.
  • [33.28] - The preparation for running 48 marathons.
  • [35.40] - How you can get involved/ support John for his event.
  • [39.23] - Moving away from gym ownership.

 

 

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Jun 14, 2021
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes back Mark Council & his partner Ste Whitaker. Mark & Ste own a gym called Platform Performance, which they opened together in 2017. This is the third episode of the series called 'gym owners corner' where Stuart brings Mark on to discuss the realities and challenges of being a gym owner. In this episode, they discuss their business partnership. How it functions, why they think it works and some things they'd advise you to look out for in a business partner. Timestamps are below.
 

 

 

Timestamps:
  • [02.00] - How their gym reopening since lockdown has gone?
  • [05.00] - Their roles within Platform Performance.
  • [10.40] - Business partnerships.
  • [29.00] - Red flags to look out for.

 

 

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Jun 7, 2021

In today's show, Stuart welcomes Chris Bradley, also known as The Glasgow PT. Chris runs a gym in Glasgow and a mentorship programme for trainers called The Upgraded Coach. They discuss what he remembers about his first-ever PT session, how he approached lead gen in a commercial gym, getting through the tough times as a trainer, taking your business seriously and how to think about outsourcing. Timestamps are below!

 

 

Timestamps:

  • [09.17] - His first ever PT session.
  • [15.37] - Mentorship & investing in yourself.
  • [20.52] - Lead gen in a commercial gym.
  • [29.37] - His hardest phase in year 3 of personal training.
  • [40.52] - Outsourcing and delegation.

 

 

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May 31, 2021

In today's show, Stuart welcomes back Krista Scott-Dixon from Precision Nutrition. They discuss public speaking, self-acceptance, getting coached as a coach, firing clients, mental health and managing overwhelm. Timestamps are below!

 

 

Timestamps:

  • [02.15] - Tips on public speaking.
  • [11.25] - What Krista was like as a child.
  • [15.25] - The challenge of self-acceptance.
  • [19.30] - Coaches getting coaching.
  • [25.55] - Getting triggered by clients not doing things.
  • [30.05] - Firing clients.
  • [40.45] - Looking after your mental health.
  • [45.25] - Managing overwhelm.

 

 

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May 24, 2021
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Graham Hurst. Graham, @graphicforcoaches, is a former police officer and online coach turned designer. He creates thumb-stopping, highly engaging social media images for the country's top coaches and PT's. As this is an episode on how I use social media, they spend the majority of their time talking about using social media, creating content, common design mistakes Graham sees trainers doing and getting clients from Instagram. Timestamps are below.
 

 

 

Timestamps:
  • [01.10] - How long Graham has been posting on social media?
  • [03.03] - Using social media as a fitness professional.
  • [05.42] - Content creation tips.
  • [08.23] - Places to find images.
  • [10.40] - Amount of time spent creating posts.
  • [13.20] - His posting schedule.
  • [17.40] - Canva design tips.
  • [19.24] - What trainers can do better with design on social media.
  • [28.13] - Marketing/ sales tips for Instagram.
  • [33.02] - Learning more about graphic design.

 

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May 17, 2021
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes George Branford. George is an ex-professional football, turned personal trainer, turned gym owner. They discuss how he built up his client base in a commercial gym, getting over fears of talking to members, transitioning into an independent gym before finishing off talking about how he and his partner, Emily, got capital, planned it out years in advance and launched their gym, Intent 91.
Timestamps are below.
 

 

 

Timestamps:
  • [01.12] - Why did George decide to become a personal trainer?
  • [04.38] - How he found starting in a commercial gym.
  • [06.25] - How he approached building relationships in the gym?
  • [08.42] - Going from knowing people's names to turning them into clients.
  • [12.02] - What frustrated him about other personal trainers.
  • [13.22] - Approaching members if you feel anxious about talking to people.
  • [13.57] - Going from a commercial to being self-employed in an independent gym.
  • [18.52] - Documenting what he was doing on social media as a lead generation strategy.
  • [23.32] - Client base growth tips that George used to get more business.
  • [27.57] - The importance of having someone alongside you who can manage things when opening a gym.
  • [30.07] - How he learnt how to go about opening a gym.
  • [31.27] - Raising capital to open his gym.
  • [36.27] - Talking to his personal training clients about opening a gym and what it was going to look like.
  • [41.22] - A lesson George experienced trying to increase his prices.

 

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May 10, 2021
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes back Adam Meakins. Adam, @adammeakins on Instagram, was on 6 episodes ago on the 5th of April. In that one, they mainly discussed the problems associated with some of the most popular physiotherapy treatments like massage, K-tape and other manual therapies. In this one, they spend most of it discussing what we know about the association between technique and injury. Should you focus on making your clients form perfect, or should we just let people exercise as they please? They also get into the relationship between core strength and back pain, using medical imaging like MRI's and spinal flexion during deadlifts. Timestamps are below.
 

 

 

Timestamps:
  • [01.50] - What the most interesting recent thing he's learnt has been.
  • [02.50] - What hormesis is.
  • [04.20] - Adam's analogy of why exercise is like a river.
  • [07.20] - What we know about technique and injury?
  • [17.20] - How important is the language trainers use to describe the way people do an exercise/ technique?
  • [19.25] - Taking an exercise out of a clients programme if you don't see what you deem as 'good technique'?
  • [23.00] - Movement variability.
  • [23.45] - When is technique important?
  • [28.55] - Helping a client who is afraid of bending over due to something like a herniated disk?
  • [33.00] - Using a dynamometer to show clients how strong they are.
  • [36.20] - Doing a lot of an exercise to fix pain or injury? (core work for back pain as an example)
  • [42.20] - Medical imaging and how to think about the degeneration of the body.
  • [45.30] - Spinal flexion and how to think about it during an exercise like a deadlift.
  • [51.30] - What positions that he disagrees with are the ones that have the most value?
  • [53.50] - How he has changed the way he debates people online.

 

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May 3, 2021
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Catherine Reohorn, a personal trainer turned copywriter. Cath specialises in writing content and copy for fitness professionals and helping them to find their voices. You can follow her @kindcopyuk. They get into her background, how her weight loss & fitness journey shaped the trainer she's become before getting into copywriting - how to write better social media posts, sales writing tips, talking about pain points in a respectful way, creating entertaining education posts and much more. Timestamps are below.
 

 

 

Timestamps:
  • [01.37] - How she found the transition from her previous career of academic psychology into personal training?
  • [04.15] - How much of her journey shaped the trainer she has become?
  • [10.55] - Why showing people around the gym and making them feel like they belong was a huge part of her onboarding process?
  • [14.00] - What Cath got out of her fitness journey, and how that shaped how she worked with her clients.
  • [15.55] - How she found starting as an older personal trainer?
  • [19.03] - How she got into copywriting.
  • [20.45] - What she's learnt about selling personal training using writing?
  • [22.21] - An example of copy that is too pain focussed and can come across as cruel?
  • [24.30] - How to stay respectful and kind with your copy while also encouraging people to buy what you sell?
  • [25.45] - Talking about a scar rather than a wound.
  • [29.49] - What the two things are that personal trainers sell.
  • [32.15] - Where trainers are going wrong with their social media posts.
  • [33.15] - How different online vs offline marketing is?
  • [37.45] - Being yourself and how this can be magnetic in personal training.
  • [42.00] - Tips for writing on social media.
  • [48.10] - How to educate people on social media without being boring?

 

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Apr 29, 2021
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes back Mark Council. Mark owns a gym called Platform Performance, which he opened with a business partner in 2017. This is the second episode of a new podcast instalment we're trialling called 'gym owner corner' where we'll bring Mark on to discuss the realities and challenges of being a gym owner. In this episode, we discuss what it's actually like owning a gym! Timestamps are below.
 

 

 

Timestamps:
  • [03.35] - What is it actually like to run a gym day-to-day?
  • [05.35] - Is it important to start with the end in mind?
  • [11.55] - Why there is flexibility to the term "gym ownership"
  • [13.35] - The myths of gym ownership.
  • [15.55] - Does gym ownership = more income?
  • [18.15] - The expenses that Mark's gym has.
  • [22.15] - Why covid has sped up the closure of some gyms.
  • [30.45] - A story about how Mark ran out of money when he was initially opening his gym, Platform Performance.
  • [33.55] - How Platform got funding from the Government and how they used this to grow the business.
  • [39.05] - The abundance of information for learning about gym ownership.

 

 

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Apr 26, 2021
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Mike Doehla from the nutrition coaching company StrongerU. Stronger U currently has 15 employees and around 75 coaches. The business works with >50,000 clients across 50 countries. They get into some nutrition coaching tips, customer experience advice and taking the jump towards better service as well non-paid marketing approaches and tips for growing your business. Timestamps are below.
 

 

 

Timestamps:
  • [01.32] - How his covid experience has been?
  • [02.39] - Does he think the fitness industry will have a boom post covid?
  • [04.42] - The nutrition challenges that people coming out of lockdown will be experiencing?
  • [05.57] - How can fitness professionals do better work?
  • [08.32] - How can we teach client-centric coaching?
  • [14.32] - How did he develop self-awareness as a coach in the early days of his career?
  • [20.47] - The importance of the relationship with your clients.
  • [21.47] - How to up your customer service experience to gain more organic growth?
  • [26.32] - How they use surveys with their clients?
  • [30.02] - Steps to take to start creating a better customer experience.
  • [32.32] - StrongerU's onboarding process.
  • [36.32] - Non-paid marketing approaches?
  • [43.39] - Why you have to do things that you may not want to do to grow your business.
  • [47.02] - Why hiring is StrongerU's superpower.
  • [50.17] - How much of StrongerU's success is down to luck?

 

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Apr 19, 2021
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Chris Burgess for our third episode in the "how I use social media" series. This one is way less social media focussed than our last two as Chris' passion for local marketing and in-person personal training comes through, however, we also discuss how he uses social media, how his gym business uses it, whether you need an avatar, contacting local businesses to network share on social media and much more! Timestamps are below.
 

 

 

Timestamps:
  • [01.15] - How Chris thinks about using social media as a trainer.
  • [06.20] - Starting off building an online business using concentric circles.
  • [08.35] - Should I chase more followers?
  • [13.20] - What should a trainer do if they need more clients using social media?
  • [17.25] - Why and how he uses a 3 session pass with new clients.
  • [21.35] - Simple social media strategies for local lead generation.
  • [24.05] - Encouraging people to take the next step towards working with you on social media.
  • [28.30] - Where are trainers going wrong on social media?
  • [30.50] - How important is it to have a particular person in mind when putting out social media content?
  • [37.40] - Should you use a personal profile to share your PT stuff?

 

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Apr 12, 2021
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Tony Gentilcore. Tony has been a coach since 2002 and has worked in all kinds of settings including commercial gyms, large athlete focussed gyms and nowadays, his own small independent studio. He's been writing consistently excellent blogs at Tony Gentilcore.com, and today, we discuss a range of things to do with running better personal training sessions. We get into why the soft skills matter, how to assess new clients, some coaching tips you can apply straight into your next session and much more. Timestamps are below.
 

 

 

Timestamps:
  • [01.13] - Does he classify himself as a strength coach or personal trainer?
  • [03.54] - Why he's passionate about the art of session delivery?
  • [07.24] - Does the fitness industry focus enough on the soft skills of coaching?
  • [15.09] - Why it's important to be great at the X&O's (programming) as well as the softer skills.
  • [19.04] - How he assesses his new clients nowadays vs how he used to do it?
  • [22.39] - Why an assessment can feel like judgement for a new client.
  • [30.39] - Having to tell a client to stop moaning and complaining about how hard lifting weights is.
  • [39.14] - How and why he includes choice within his sessions?
  • [43.44] - Telling clients to stop "shoulding" on themselves.
  • [49.24] - Why using "of course" is a useful way to show empathy.

 

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Apr 8, 2021
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Meghan Callaway, @meghancallawayfitness on Instagram. Meghan is a coach who works with clients online and in-person and creates products that include her pullup, pushup and landmine programmes. They discuss how she thinks about using social media, growing your following, creating great content, how she creates her videos, her 3E content formula and much, much more. Timestamps are below.
 

 

 

Timestamps:
  • [02.14] - How long has she been posting on social media professionally?
  • [03.17] - What her social media strategy is?
  • [06.02] - Meghan's 3E content formula.
  • [08.42] - How she creates and posts her videos to Instagram without using anything outside of the platform.
  • [10.42] - Why she recycles her content.
  • [12.37] - Having folders on her phone for Instagram posts to make reposting simple and time-efficient.
  • [14.07] - The importance of knowing your audience and what content they like.
  • [15.02] - How she's grown her following to over 60,000 on Instagram.
  • [16.52] - How her business has grown using social media.
  • [18.37] - Her advice to a trainer who hasn't gained much traction on social media so far.
  • [23.37] - Another reason why it's well worth reposting your content.
  • [25.57] - How she takes followers from the platform towards her services or buying her products?
  • [29.12] - Her advice for getting business and engagement on social media.
  • [31.22] - Talk in a language your audience can relate to.
  • [32.07] - The importance of the people who already follow you.
  • [33.27] - Does she boost her posts?
  • [37.00] - Her target market or audience.
  • [39.07] - Did she have a niche when starting out posting?
  • [45.12] - What she uses instead of linktree for her Instagram profile?

 

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Apr 5, 2021
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Adam Meakins on. Adam, @adammeakins on Instagram, is well known for his evidence-based approach to physiotherapy, strong views and his willingness to call out some of what he describes as nonsense surrounding his profession. He's got a novel approach to helping his patients and in this episode, they get into how he describes physiotherapy, the line between personal training and physio, finding good physios, the problem with manual therapy and a lot of other popular rehab techniques as well as a number of analogies to help you think about the myths surrounding injury and pain. Timestamps are below.
 

 

 

Timestamps:
  • [01.47] - how he explains what physiotherapy is?
  • [03.39] - how would he help a trainer think about physiotherapy if they've only had positive experiences with treatments like acupuncture, massage and ultrasound?
  • [08.47] - The over and under-treatment paradox of healthcare
  • [10.37] - How he re-educates patients who believe in treatments that have no evidence behind them?
  • [12.37] - The importance of using uncertainty in supporting physio patients.
  • [22.07] - How to find good physiotherapists?
  • [23.47] - does physio need to be in-person?
  • [25.27] - How much of his job involves reassurance?
  • [30.58] - Helping people better manage pain that arises for no real reason.
  • [33.22] - Why he doesn't use manual therapy anymore?
  • [39.47] - Why giving yourself more pain (through something like a scraping technique) can give you less pain than you felt originally?
  • [41.47] - The circle analogy of pain tolerance or capacity?
  • [44.22] - Story of a practitioner who did surgery on his knee to better understand pain.
  • [46.57] - Is physiotherapy and personal training becoming more blurred due to approaches like his that include more education on movement and lifestyle?

 

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Mar 29, 2021
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Dr Mike Banna. Mike is a full-time NHS GP, GP Trainer and GP Training Programme Director, and a Director of the British Society of Lifestyle Medicine. He co-hosts the Fitness Unfiltered Podcast and has written for The Guardian, Men’s Health, Gymshark, Spectator Health and several other medical publications.
They discuss why Mike has a personal trainer, what he would look for in one on social media, how PTs can work more closely with doctors, how much doctors are taught about nutrition and exercise and much more! Timestamps are below.
 

 

 

Timestamps:
  • [02.30] - Why does he have a personal trainer?
  • [05.35] - What he think people look for in a personal trainer on social media?
  • [15.20] - The challenges doctors/ GPs have in working closely with personal trainers?
  • [19.00] - Advice for trainers who want to work with their doctor or their client's doctor?
  • [19.50] - Why doctors cannot recommend individual personal trainers?
  • [22.25] - Mike's thoughts on personal trainers sending out letters to their client's doctor about their training or progress?
  • [32.30] - How much are doctors taught at a base level when it comes to exercise and nutrition?

 

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Mar 22, 2021
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Emma Storey-Gordon. This is the first episode in a new series we're going to run occasionally called 'how I use social media'. First up, we have the amazing ESG. Emma is a personal trainer, online coach, nutritionist and educator. They discuss how she thinks about using social media, being 'salesy' on your socials, improving confidence as a creator, coming up with ideas, finding your content niche and more! Timestamps are below.
 

 

 

Timestamps:
  • [03.30] - How she thinks about using social media as a fitness professional.
  • [05.05] - Is social media her main form of marketing?
  • [08.15] - Being 'salesy' on social media.
  • [11.55] - Why ESG feels too many trainers are doing the same things on social media.
  • [12.30] - Why there's an opportunity within the world of writing.
  • [17.02] - Her social media content strategy.
  • [18.30] - Why you should repost your content.
  • [19.45] - Storing content ideas.
  • [21.43] - Feeling confident in what you post.
  • [29.25] - Clients don't need new info, they need reassurance.
  • [30.32] - How she turns her ideas into pieces of content.
  • [31.50] - Is she mindful of how she uses social media for mental health and productivity reasons?
  • [37.05] - Finding what you're good at on social media.
  • [39.25] - Having other methods to market your business than just social media.
  • [41.45] - Showing skin as a female on social media?
  • [47.25] - How her values and confidence as a coach have changed.

 

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Mar 15, 2021
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes back Mark Council. Mark owns a gym called Platform Performance, which he opened with a business partner in 2017. This is the first proper episode of a new podcast instalment we're trialling called 'gym owner corner' where I'll bring Mark on to discuss the realities and challenges of being a gym owner. In this episode, we discuss a range of topics including what he's doing to manage his mental health just now, keeping members engaged, retention strategies, thoughts on gyms reopening and much more.
 

 

 

Timestamps:
  • [03.20] - What he's doing to manage his mental health just now?
  • [08.00] - Why Mark has his own online coach.
  • [13.40] - Did he have any reservations around paying for coaching/ therapy?
  • [19.20] - Experiencing the frustration at being stalled.
  • [20.05] - How his gym is keeping his members going through lockdown?
  • [23.20] - What about the members who aren't engaging with his online workouts and challenges?
  • [25.57] - Is his gym trying to bring in new members at the moment?
  • [27.40] - Plan for moving forward and reopening.
  • [28.40] - The angle he'll be using to advertise his gym.
  • [31.15] - Bringing more people towards health and fitness.
  • [32.25] - How well he knows each new member who signs up to Platform.

 

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Mar 8, 2021
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Ben Davis. Ben started as a personal trainer who gradually built up his business to the point where he had other coaches working for him. He then transitioned into working in the fitness marketing space where he now runs a company called Fitness Marketing Agency (FMA). 
 
In this episode, they discuss sales, marketing and advertising. They talk through how to improve your sales process, what marketing methods you should focus on and how to improve your social media ads. Timestamps are below!
 

 

 

Timestamps:
  • [01.45] - How he moved into the marketing space by reaching out to companies he thought could be doing a better job?
  • [04.23] - Is advertising on social media effective?
  • [05.40] - Secret shopping gyms and personal trainers to learn about their sales processes.
  • [09.18] - Simple sales tips.
  • [18.33] - Sales call tips.
  • [24.30] - The importance of proof of concept.
  • [28.30] - Trying to become famous on social media rather than using it as a marketing tool.
  • [39.45] - Tips for bringing in more clients through your marketing.
  • [39.03] - Facebook ads advice.
  • [42.00] - What his company, Fitness Marketing Agency, are currently seeing working in advertising?

 

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Mar 1, 2021
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Eric Trexler. Eric is a pro natural bodybuilder and a sports nutrition researcher. He has several years of University-level teaching experience, and has been coaching athletes with a wide variety of backgrounds and experience levels since 2009. Eric is now the Director of Education at Stronger By Science, and a reviewer for Monthly Applications in Strength Sport (MASS).
For the first half of this episode, they discuss how he handles comparisons in the fitness industry, increasing exercise frequency during quarantine and making time for your most important task. We then move into discussing all things related to caffeine. Timestamps are below!
 

 

 

Timestamps:
  • [01.45] - Has he struggled with the identity aspect of not being able to exercise how he likes to exercise?
  • [09.47] - How he's getting on with his 2021 goal of exercising for 20 minutes per day.
  • [14.57] - Making time to write by putting a 2-hour slot into his day first thing in the morning.
  • [22.34] - What we know about caffeine and performance.
  • [25.27] - What we know about caffeine and health.
  • [28.27] - Recommendations for caffeine and your gen pop PT client.
  • [30.52] - Feeling tired after having a cup of coffee.
  • [33.27] - Individual variation in how individuals respond to caffeine.
  • [38.04] - How he consumes caffeine?
  • [38.20] - Removing caffeine and reintroducing it to improve performance?
  • [42.02] - Caffeine and sleep.
  • [45.52] - Supplements he's intrigued by for the general population.

 

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Feb 22, 2021
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Yusef Smith & Jonny Watson. Jonny and Yusef have two main businesses - Propane Fitness, where they help people get lean, and Propane Business, where they help trainers move online and create functioning business systems. They have a wide-ranging discussion about lessons they've learned about business, marketing, branding and productivity.
 

 

 

Timestamps:
  • [01.20] - A discussion about favourite cereals.
  • [07.15] - What their approach to getting better/ learning has been.
  • [15.37] - How to work out what works and what doesn't when you're trying to improve an aspect of your business.
  • [19.48] - Marketing lessons.
  • [24.45] - How their brand has developed?
  • [28.30] - What they wish more people knew about business?
  • [34.18] - Yusef's productivity system/ a discussion about productivity.
  • [48.40] - Lifestyle currencies.
  • [49.45] - Using a website blocker to improve focus.
  • [51.15] - Task management - capture, review, do

 

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Feb 15, 2021
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Dr Col Robertson & Mel Spooner.  Together, they run a company called CAWS. CAWS is a company that is helping trainers and coaches navigate the tricky waters of working with clients who have had COVID-19. As well as that, CAWS has a ton of great content for trainers on their website, Youtube and Instagram. They discuss some fitness industry predictions for after lockdown and long covid. They talk about long covid is, what trainers need to know to about training a client who has had covid and why trainers are absolutely essential for helping society get out of this whole we're in.
 
Dr Colin Robertson has been involved in human performance and sport science his entire professional career. He has worked in every aspect of Strength and Conditioning from rugby to wrestling to wheelchair basketball, and countless sports in between; at national and international levels of competition. He has prepared numerous global adventurers to undertake unimaginable challenges, from climbing Everest to rowing the Atlantic, "Dr Col" has become a go-to specialist.
Mel brings to the business a 15-year career history handling global responsibilities for some of the biggest brand names in the sports and fitness industry and having consulted for many of the top 100 health club chains in the world. Mel is known for her roles at major brands including Technogym, TRX and MYZONE, and most recently overseas projects for Stages Cycling and David Lloyd Clubs through the work she does with TPN International — her first company set up in 2014.
 
 
 

 

 

Timestamps:
  • [01.58] - How do they feel about the career of personal training just now?
  • [10.35] - How can trainers position themselves for the boom that may be coming for the fitness industry?
  • [15.45] - Why personal trainers/ coaches are essential for helping people with their health and fitness goals now more than ever.
  • [27.20] - What is long COVID and what do we know about it?
  • [32.35] - COVID infection numbers broken down.
  • [40.00] - Considerations when working with a client who has had COVID.

 

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