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?".
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.