Re: Scala Personal Training at Everyone Active (was Fusion), East Dulwich.
Posted by rhys
30 November, 2016 15:47
Iíve been training with Giulio since February 2016. My initial motivation was to lose weight and 'get fitter'. Before starting the 'journey', back in the bleak blues of the 2016 winter (when everyone seemed to be dying) I donít think I did understand what Ďget fitterí really meantÖat least relative to now. Iíve lost 22.5Kg / 50lb in that time, while increasing my muscle mass, so thatís a big TICK. What Iíve also done, which is far more important, is learn why I was unfit and how to stop myself regressing. It seems simple, and ultimately it is, Ďeat healthy and do exerciseí but what to eat and what exercises and when, and for how long, etc etc etc Ė for that I needed educating.
For me the decision to get a PT was a long term lifestyle choice and not about having one off sessions here and there. Itís been about becoming a healthier person, and to use a very 2016 clichť Iíve "taken back control" (of my health). All of which has required a great PT, and Iíve certainly found that in Giulio.
Iíve decided to categorise my reasons for recommending Giulio and the benefits to having a PT into headers as I have a tendency otherwise to waffle (see above).
HEíS A PROFESSIONAL
- Giulio is an Advanced Instructor level 3 with the Register of Exercise Professionals
- His professionalism is evident, always focused, never a Ďmeaní PT
- He meticulously logs details of exercises performed, weights lifted, reps repeatedÖ
- Giulio pre-plans each session
- My first session began with an assessment of my exercise abilities / weaknesses, past injuries, discussing my general health, and past experience with trainers and gyms
- Iím weighed every week, which helps give focus to assessing progress (itís also a good deterrent for mid week drinking sessions)
- Every 3 months we do key body measurements
- The regularity has been tailored to me, so you may decide a different routine suits you better.
FOCUS ON PROGRESSION AND RESULTS
Targets have been the key for me, I can see where Iím heading and know how long itís taking me to get there. To ensure this works itís vital that I have realistic goals, and that I get encouragement through the difficult plateaus. Giulio worked these targets out carefully and is very encouraging and genuinely happy to see targets being hit. He really does care about his clients.
Following Giulioís advice I keep a log of my food intake and discuss this during our sessions. I changed what I was eating, especially the quantity, for reasons of calorie intake and for improving nutritional balance. For example, I wasnít eating enough protein, so we discussed this, we discussed ways I could increase my intake, and Giulio also explained how protein works, when I should be eating it, how much I should be aiming for. Now Iím eating enough protein to maintain my progress and to make the most out of my exercise.
INDIVIDUALIZED WORKOUT PROGRAMME
With Giulio your workout is fully tailored to you. Itís really important to train across a range of exercises, itís therefore key to have this education if you intend to make real strides. Giulio varies the workouts, so itís never boring, and it also challenges my limits.
CORRECT POSTURE AND EXERCISE FORM
A friend of mine recently (who doesn't see a PT) suffered a distal bicep tendon tear due to not doing full ranges when liftingÖif you donít know that means please get a PT before you start doing weights! Having a trainer like Giulio means that heís looking and commenting on your posture, how youíre standing, how youíre positioned, which way your head is facing etc etc which avoids injuries.
You can of course work out at a gym without a PT, and most of my gym sessions are without Giulio. However, I discuss with him what I will be doing between sessions, and thatís all part of the bigger picture. The benefit to getting a trainer is of course that you will get an education in how to effectively and efficiently 'get fitterí, learn what best works for you, improve your technical skills, improve your confidence with using the gym (especially the dreaded free weights).
Having a PT isnít just about getting someone to help you at the gym, itís about getting support to improve your health holistically. Giulio delivers on this in spades.
Edited 3 time(s). Last edit was 2016:11:30:17:33:49 by rhys.