LTB Podcast

The podcast designed by Personal Trainers, for Personal Trainers. Want to become better at what you do? Learn how to build a full list of client's? Learn from some of the best of the industry? This is the podcast for you.
RSS Feed
LTB Podcast







All Episodes
Now displaying: Page 13
May 16, 2018

A slightly different episode than normal for the podcast. Stuart chats to Mike MacDonald about the topic of self-delusion and cognitive bias and what personal trainers can learn from this. 

Time Stamps
5.30 - Introducing the topic of self-delusion.
6.10 - Why Mike has become so interested in this topic.
10.30 - Confirmation bias.
16 - Getting round confirmation bias.
19.10 - Dunning Kruger effect
23 - the backfire effect
34.30 - post hoc fallacy
39 - confabulation
Resources Mentioned
Why we know what isn't so - Thomas Gilivich
Think - Michael LeGault
Why we make mistakes - Joseph.T Halinan
You're not so smart - David Mcraney
May 9, 2018

In this episode, we welcome on Gar Benn.

Gar is a strength coach from Limerick Ireland. He is the head coach for Sigma Nutrition with Danny Lennon, the owner of CityGym Limerick and the co-owner of the European Powerlifting Conference & Titan Support Systems Ireland. 
Topics covered:
-- How Gar started in the industry.
-- How he manages his time between his gym and working for Sigma.
-- How he got started working with Sigma Nutrition.
-- How the 3-tier system works that they use for online coaching.
-- How they price their online coaching.
-- What Gar looks for in a coach.
-- How he makes new clients feel welcome at his gym.
-- How he is trying to get better at copywriting just now.
May 4, 2018

In this short episode, Stuart covers common coaching mistakes, cueing and technique for the deadlift.

May 2, 2018

Great to welcome back Cathy MacDonald to the show! We cover some simple tips for improving your listening skills and then deep dive into how you can go about changing a client's mind.

4.00 - why is listening so important
6.10 - tasks for improving your listening skills
10.00 - listening skills clip
15.10 - how to apply appropriate curiosity to conversations you have with clients
19.40 - why we're covering how to change clients minds
20.20 - what steps can we take as trainers to change our client's minds about things?
26.00 - why you can't actually change someone's mind, they change it themselves
28.00 - why information alone won't change someone's mind and may make the person less likely to change
34.40 - why helping change our client's minds is not about being manipulative, it's about improving lives
38.20 - why we have to be mindful of using the word "should" 
41.30 - how to change a client's mind who believes breakfast is essential
43.00 - how to use hooks (the things that are important to that person) to help this process
51.00 - a sample script for changing a client's mind about breakfast
55.10 - why it's not always possible to change someone's mind
57.50 - whether we should have these types of conversations offline vs online


Apr 25, 2018

Fantastic to welcome on Steve Bridgeman. We discuss:

- How Steve got started in the industry.
- How Steve got his first few clients.
- Why he would still create a basic website if he was new to the industry now.
- How to direct your own education to become a better personal trainer.
- Why you've got to listen to what your clients want to achieve and not be afraid to change the goalposts.
- Why he still works part-time in another job.
- Why he feels its important to teach clients new skills.
Apr 18, 2018

In this episode, Stuart chats to Jerome from The Performance Project.

They cover:

- What’s new since Jerome was last on the podcast.
- What changes the performance project has made in the first 30-60 days of a new client's journey.
- Why they've stepped away from weekly check-ins for most clients who stay past the 60-day mark.
- Why Jerome has had to step away from doing as much coaching and how he has found this.
- How the performance project structures their long-term careers.
- How Jerome thinks about professional development.
- What he's learnt from visiting other gyms throughout the world.
- His advice to anyone who is thinking about opening a gym.
Apr 12, 2018

In this episode with Ed Morris, topics covered include:

- What kinds of things should we start to consider as trainers when working with clients who run?
- Advice for clients who are going from zero to 5/10K or half/ full marathon?
- Is running bad for you?
- Is it fair for a trainer who doesn't run to coach a client who wants to run?
- Should our programming change?
- Nutritional considerations.
- Should we pay attention to running form & gait analysis?
- Types of running shoes for clients?
Apr 11, 2018

For episode 100 of the LTB Podcast, we welcome on Chris Burgess. This episode was recorded live and can be watched here

Apr 4, 2018

In this episode, Stuart chats to Tony Cottenden about how has found the last year since he was last on the podcast. We chat about:

  • The difference between how Tony runs his 1-2-1 and semi-private personal training
  • What has he learnt about semi-private from a coaching and programming standpoint
  • What does a typical semi-private PT session look like
  • Why periods of imbalance and maintenance are essential when running your business.
  • How important Tony feels it is to have a supportive partner.
  • What were the initial costs involved in opening and renovating the shed.
  • How he balances running his gym and continuing to do CPD.
Mar 28, 2018

This is a follow-up to #78 where Stuart and Alex discuss the more in-depth uses of Motivational Interviewing when working with personal training clients. 

Topics Covered:
-- What is ambivalence and why it is useful for us as personal trainers to know.
-- What is change talk.
-- Why the amount of change talk that you hear can positively affect a clients chance of changing a behaviour.
-- What is sustain talk.
-- How to encourage more change talk in clients.
-- How to start using some of this information and integrate it into your coaching.
-- When and how to use start using reflections.
Mar 21, 2018

Second time on the show for Will Levy from Melbourne Strength and Conditioning. We cover improvements he’s made to MSC in the last year, whether or not he would advise trainers to open their own facility, how to give clients the red carpet treatment and why they still use a very different training model than what is normally seen for introducing new clients into their gym. 


MSC Website 

MSC Instagram 

MSC Facebook 

Mar 14, 2018

In today's episode, we welcome on Julie Dirksen from Usable Learning to speak about how to educate our clients, how we can create better learning experiences, how advancements in behaviour change research can help trainers help their clients as well as a whole host of other topics. This was a fantastic interview with someone who isn't involved in the fitness industry but who's research and line of work compliments what personal trainers do. 


Julie's Website 

Design Better Learning Website 


Mar 9, 2018

In this short episode, Stuart runs through 7 common mistakes we personal trainers make when coaching the squat.

Mar 7, 2018

In this episode, we welcome on Luka Hocevar from Vigor Ground Fitness in Seattle and Vigor Move & Live in Slovenia. This is an interview that covers a broad spectrum of topics including - why your personal training sessions are your marketing, how to action what you learn, how to deal with setbacks and treating life like a game.

Luka on Instagram

Vigor Ground Fitness Facebook

Vigor Life Podcast

Feb 28, 2018

You know how you sometimes think "damn, this client is just so lazy and such a pain in the ass!"? That plus a huge amount more is what we get into in today's episode with Coach Stevo from Habitry.

You can check out Habitry's work here and here

Book recommendation - The Reflective Practitioner

Feb 21, 2018

In this episode, we welcome on Travis Pollen from

We cover whether or not there are "good" and "bad" exercises, as well as how to do initial assessments with personal training clients.

Link to the inland fitness conference

Link to LTB Website

Feb 16, 2018

In this short episode, Stuart discusses steps you can take to avoid burnout.

Feb 14, 2018

In this episode, we chat to Nate Green.

You can check out Nate's work and sign-up to his highly recommended newsletter here
Topics covered in this episode:
-- Transitioning from gym owner and full-time personal trainer into a career that he controls.
-- What questions to ask yourself before you write a social media or blog post.
-- How to come up with ideas for content.
-- How best to produce content that speaks to the people you want to work with.
-- The importance of learning how to research your ideal client.
-- What rare and valuable skills he feels he owns.
-- What rare and valuable skills he would want to own if he was a new personal trainer.
-- Why application is better than consumption.
Feb 7, 2018

Stuart welcomes on Carla Robertson to discuss how Carla manages her business & family life. Topics covered:

- Getting started in the industry.
- Managing family life and a thriving business.
- What Carla feels are the differences between 1-2-1 and group training.
- Her client checkins process – how these work?
- Why she feels professional development has been the key to her progress.
- Community building.
- Why regular posting in her FB groups is something she now doesn't do at all.
Jan 31, 2018
You know how you walk away from some conversations and you get that feeling that you just had an amazing conversation? That's exactly how I felt after this chat with Molly. I've followed Molly and GGS's work for a long-time and when it comes to working with the female client they are leading this industry in a fantastic direction. The vast majority of personal trainers will have a client base that is likely 70% + female and although there can be generalisations made about how you train men and woman, there are still things that should be taken into account to make the experience even better for each client. That's what we dive into in this episode.
Topics Covered:
-- Hair falling out from stress and how she handled this.
-- How that has guided her doing more self-care.
-- How her experiences have guided how she works with the clientele of GGS
-- How GGS used to think every single woman should strength train
-- What are GGS doing to address the gap that exists between people taking part in fitness and not
-- What can the PT do better when it comes to training coaching women
-- How to navigate a conversation with a client who speaks negatively about themselves
Jan 27, 2018

In this episode, Stuart goes into some under-appreciated skills needed to be an effective personal trainer.

Jan 24, 2018

Stuart chats to Steve Bradley from The Fitness Guy about how he built up his online group training business. We cover:

What does Steve's typical day look like nowadays?
Does he still get the same buzz and meaning from his job now it's transitioned to fully online?
How did the fitness guy start?
How he started the 10 week lean and learn without actually having the whole thing planned.
How he uses meal plans within his online coaching.
Managing the systems behind working with 200 people every 10 weeks.
How he uses transformation photos.
Why he involves his children in his marketing.
How he structures the 10 weeks and what happens after then?
What his message would be to trainers who are thinking of starting an online group programme?
Why he now doesn't do any public speaking.
How he deals with the people who fail.
You can find out more about Steve's affiliate link for trainers here
Jan 17, 2018

Great to have on first time guest, Joe Parish from teamjphysique on to the podcast. Topics covered include:

- Scanning for clients who are ready to change
- What his motivations for competing in both powerlifting and bodybuilding were
- What does he feel has been the catalyst for his business growth
- Why you shouldn't attach your identity as a person to your physique 
- How he deals with overwhelm
- How he structures his week to ensure his roles and responsibilities both personally and professionally are met
- What's something he's looking to work on in 2018
Jan 15, 2018

In this short episode, Stuart runs through what the plans for the podcast are in terms of growth and explains how to enter the podcast competition.

Competition starts on the 15th of January 2018 and closes at 5pm GMT on the 21st of January 2018.

Jan 10, 2018

In this episode, Stuart chats to Lucy Sewell. 

They cover:
- How to start sharing more of you on social media
- Can you share too much?
- How to come up content ideas.
- The importance of mental health and what to do if you're having one of those days.
- How Lucy works with clients and how this changed over the years.
1 « Previous 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Next » 17