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Mar 30, 2017

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!

Mar 28, 2017

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!

Mar 22, 2017

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


Mar 16, 2017

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

Mar 15, 2017

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?

Mar 11, 2017

In this Episode, Stuart talks about 12 lessons that 12 of the first guests have discussed on the podcast.

Mar 9, 2017

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

Mar 2, 2017

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

Feb 28, 2017

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.

Feb 23, 2017

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

Feb 20, 2017

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?

Feb 17, 2017

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.

Feb 15, 2017

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

Feb 10, 2017

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

Feb 8, 2017

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.

Feb 4, 2017

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?

Feb 1, 2017

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!

Jan 26, 2017

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.

Jan 22, 2017

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.

Tips include:

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

Jan 17, 2017

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.

Jan 16, 2017

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?

Jan 13, 2017

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?".

Jan 12, 2017

The Lift the Bar Podcast is the podcast by personal trainers, for personal trainers. This episode is an introduction to what the podcast will be about, why we are starting it and how it will be set-up.

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