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Personal Training and Massage FAQ's:



Personal Training FAQ’s


Why choose Personal Training?

Personal training is seen as a great motivational tool for many different reasons: it can help initiate you into gym life, by giving you training on how to use the various pieces of equipment properly and safely. It can provide motivation for people of all levels of experience, whether you are a beginner hoping to lose a few pounds, or if you are someone training for a marathon who requires a more specific workout. Having someone there to guide you every step of the way can provide the inspiration required to make the difference that you are looking for!


What benefits will I gain from Personal Training?

Personal training can be used to gain many different benefits for different people. In the main, it can be used to help you set and achieve your fitness goals. Everyone has a different fitness goal and Personal Training can be utilised to achieve these. Whether your goal is to lose weight, maintain a general fitness level, or train for a specific event, having a personal trainer can help give you the motivation you require to assist you in achieving them.  You can become fitter quicker when provided with the motivation and support to give your all and achieve your best work in order to get fit.  This in turn will provide you with higher energy levels, better focus and attention to detail, increased confidence and vitality and better health!


What can I expect from a Personal Trainer?

Your personal trainer should have your interests at heart. They will devise a personalised training schedule for your use, and coach you through it during each session. They will advise you on correct technique for different exercises, and gently encourage and motivate you. A good personal trainer will tweak and change your training routine every 6 to 8 weeks in order for it to remain challenging and interesting.

The relationship between your personal trainer and yourself should be an honest and open one. If you need to know or ask anything, you should feel that they are approachable. All personal trainers have their own methods and mannerisms towards coaching you, but it is all geared towards your benefits inevitably. 

I utilise the time together at our first meeting to ensure that you are comfortable working with me, and that we agree on your goals and how we can best achieve them, so that we can move forward together and work for your benefit, not mine.


Where will I be training?

You will be training in an environment that is comfortable for you – whether that be your home or workplace, or another suitable environment.  I offer an exclusive service where I come to you, rather than the other way around.  I’ll have all the equipment that you need with me.  All you need to do is open the door to let me in!

I offer training at times that are suitable for you.  However, if training is required before 9am, or after 8pm, then a slightly higher premium applies to this quality service.


How do I get started then?

Most personal trainers prefer that you book a block of 5-10 sessions at a time. This holds the advantage of keeping you motivated, as everyone likes to make sure that they get what they paid for. Many Personal Trainers also offer a discount for people who do book 10 sessions, giving you extra value for money.
Also, a contract is usually given to you, the client, outlining what is expected (punctuality etc.) from you, as well as what the Personal Trainer will do to keep their end of the deal.  If there are any questions that you have, then they should be asked before the contract is signed.

I start by doing a Lifestyle MOT to allow us to assess your fitness and health, check any postural weaknesses and set your aims and goals for the sessions.  Then we can move into the Personal Training sessions with clearly defined targets to achieve.

If you have any specific questions that are not answered here, please feel free to contact me for further information.

Massage FAQ’s:


What are the benefits of massage?

Massage has many different benefits available to people:

  • It can aid circulation within your body, which in turn increases the speed at which metabolic waste products are eliminated.

  • It can improve the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to all cells within the body, maintaining their ability to function efficiently.

  • It can improve colour and tone of skin due to increased blood flow.

  • It aids relaxation of muscles, giving an overall feeling of well-being and reduced mental stress to the individual.

  • Tension and stress within the body is reduced due to muscle relaxation.


Do I need to have an injury in order to benefit from Sports Massage?

No, you do not need to have an actual injury in order to benefit from having a sports massage. Sports massage can be used to relax muscles before or after a sporting event, in order to improve performance, and prevent muscle stiffness after the event. It can also be used to rid the body of aches and pains resulting from everyday occurrences, such as driving, typing or sitting at a desk for prolonged periods. Everyone can benefit from sports massage.


Is there anything that can prevent me from receiving Sports Massage?

There is a term called “contra-indication”, which envelopes a number of conditions. If one or more of these conditions are present, then a massage treatment should not be carried out, or a specific area should be avoided until such time as the contra-indication is removed.

Contra-indications include:


  • Acute skin disease (such as eczema or psoriasis).

  • Open cuts or wounds.

  • Recent bruising or haemorrhage.

  • Any airborne infectious disease or virus.

  • Inflamed areas or hot pain joints.

  • Recent sprains or strains.

  • Bone fractures.

  • Bursitis.

  • Thrombosis.

  • Varicose veins.

  • Undiagnosed lumps or bumps.

  • Unstable pregnancy.

Most of these contra-indications are such that the area affected can be avoided during massage, but if unsure, a doctor should be consulted prior to a massage consultation.


If you suffer from any of the following conditions, you should consult your GP prior to undertaking a massage therapy session:

  • Cancer

  • Diabetes (Type 1 and 2)

  • Cardiovascular disease

  • Epilepsy

  • Disorders of the nervous system

  • HIV and Aids

  • Haemophilia

  • Pregnancy (especially if unstable)

If you should be suffering from one or more of the above, it does not mean that you cannot have massage, but the therapist may have to take certain considerations into account in order to ensure that you get the most benefit from the treatment.  If you are unsure about how massage can help benefit these conditions, please feel free to get in touch with any queries you may have.

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