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
In this short episode, we chat to Lift the Bar member and 2015 winner of the Dedication to Education award, Ross Morgan about his experiences with overwhelm and how he deals with this following a very popular post he added into the LTB FB group last week.
We chat to Ben Cormack from the company Cor-Kinetic in this episode. Ben is a Physical Therapist who specialises in movement and pain. He lectures all over the world and runs courses that are designed for Personal Trainers and Physio's on the research to do with topics such as posture, pain, movement and stretching. In this conversation we touch on:
- What we can do for a client who has lower back pain
- If there is such a thing as bad posture
- If we can actually change posture
- What can "tightness" in a muscle be attributed to, and what we can to reduce this feeling
- What the science says about stretching
- The importance of the words we use with our clients
- What Ben's EMS course is all about
In this episode, Stuart interviews Danny Lennon from Sigma Nutrition. Alongside discussing Danny's journey, they talk about:
- How Danny finds the world of online training
- How to gain some sense of what you would like to do using your strengths
- The importance of starting, without potentially knowing what the outcome is
- Early career mistakes
- Where sigma start a new client, and what their first 30days looks like
- The idea of “fat loss phasing”
- Sugar - what Sigma tell clients and is addiction a thing?
In this interview, Stuart speaks to Cathy MacDonald. Cathy is the owner of a company called The Art of Communication, which works with numerous businesses on improving their communication. She has worked heavily with us at LTB and runs a course which a lot of our members have been on. In the interview we discuss:
- How Cathy got into the world of communication
- Why communication is so important for not just PT's, but everybody
- How to improve your listening skills to better the connection you have with your clients
- What we need to know about emotions
- How to use reframing to ensure we don't get caught in what is fact and what is an assumption (we make this mistake often!!)
- What Cathy's recommendations would be for a PT who wants to start improving their communication skills
You can find out more about Cathy by searching for "The Art of Communication" on Facebook.
In this episode, Stuart talks shop with Habitry's head of research, Omar Ganai. They discuss:
- The science of motivation
- Creating the conditions in which clients can feel motivated
- The difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
- What self-determination theory is
- How to start designing habits for our clients
- What's new in the world of the motivation science and Habitry
In this episode, Stuart interviews LTB's head of operations, Claire Winter. We cover:
- What it was like being on the biggest loser and what this has taught Claire
- Some thoughts on improving body image in our clients
- Why it's important to create systems for your business
- How to ensure the content you are writing/ creating is for the right audience
In this short mini-episode, Stuart covers the topic of something called "presence" and why ensuring you have this in your PT sessions is so important.
In this mini episode, Stuart covers what to do when you lose a client. We typically respond very negatively to losing a client, but can we change and reframe the way we think about this? And is losing a client something that happens to a lot of personal trainers?
In this episode, we interview Improve Glasgow owner Ross Stewart. As well as Ross going into what it is actually like owning your own facility we go over topics like:
- how he got started in the fitness industry & built up his client base
- how he's transitioned into the role of facility owner and boss to other staff members
- how Improve's community has become such an important part of the gym
- dealing with self doubt
and loads more!
In this episode, Peter Davison comes on the show to discuss his career and how he's built himself up to a stage of doing 50+ PT sessions per week while building an online coaching group and still enjoying life.
We discuss what he's learnt along the way, how he manages all those clients and what it's actually like doing that many personal training sessions.
In this episode, Stuart runs through 6 tips that will help a newly qualified PT, or a trainer who is still finding their feet, move forwards in their career.
1. Prioritising getting good at what you do first
2. Seeking out mentors
3. Treating people how they want to be treated
4. What to do when you consider quitting
5. It's all about the client
6. Join LTB
In this interview, Stuart interviews LTB Head of Education, Gregg Slater about all things programming for Personal Trainers. Gregg reveals his thought processes when it comes to creating training programmes for clients and we get right into how to design actual training sessions.
In this episode, Stuart covers how to better run your free personal training sessions. A lot of trainers offer a free session to show a potential client a sample of what personal training is, but could these be run better, which would then increase the likelihood of gaining a sale?
In this episode, Stuart interviews Lift the Bar owner, Chris Burgess about his career where he has transitioned from a full-time job in advertising to 50+ hours of Personal Training a week to now running Lift the Bar, which has 650+ members.
As well as this, Chris discusses the concept of something called "immediacy" and why this is so important for Personal Trainers. We also touch on how to respond to enquiries like "hi, how much do you charge?".