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Our training facility is located at the Corinthia Hotel St. George's Bay.

The beauty about exercising in this exclusive, private studio is that you can enjoy total privacy and confidentiality without the usual noise, confusion and crowdedness associated with commercial gyms. In our studio, it's just our trainers and their clients! If you would like to work out in a luxurious, clean and modern environment, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, then this is the place for you.

We, of course, have showers and lockers available too.

As a personal training client, you will be entitled to complimentary parking in the Hotel Car Park.

Exercise is a powerful tool. The correct application can create huge positive changes in your body, both in terms of appearance and health. On the other hand, the total lack of physical exercise and bad eating habits can induce obesity, disease and shortened life expectancy.

Personal Trainers are fitness professionals. They are experts in enhancing physical fitness which has health-promoting effects and changes the way your body looks and feels.

Unless you have ample experience in exercise, you are probably not sure as to what the best approach is to get in better physical shape. You may also lack the motivation and consistency to exercise as regularly and as intensely as you should in order to make progress. Although a bit of exercise is better than nothing, it takes a systematic and progressive exercise programme to induce a real change in your body. Your personal trainer will show you how to do just that.

Depending on what your goals are you can expect to:

  • Lose weight if following a weight-loss programme
  • Reduce body fat
  • Improve bodyshape through fat reduction and specific muscle-toning, giving you a leaner, more toned appearance
  • Improve fitness including strength, stamina and flexibility
  • Gain muscle if on a muscle building programme
  • Improve blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and blood lipid (fat) levels
  • Feel more energized during the day and sleep better at night
  • Look and feel better about yourself!

Most Personal Trainers will be able to take you through a workout, show you correct form and count your reps.

That's fine.

However, only very few Trainers will actually be able to lead you to REAL CHANGE. As coaches, we see our responsibility in actually getting  our clients to achieve the goals they have set. In the end, only results count, and our effectiveness is measured by the results our clients achieve. Everything else is just excuses. If we don't deliver, we have failed in our job. That's how we see it.

As a standard procedure, we assess our clients, document all workouts and progress assessments and give you access to all your data. You can view all your data from your smartphone, and your trainer can adjust your programme according to the results you are achieving. 

Very few trainers do this systematically, all the time.

We provide One-to-One personal training programmes for those who want uninterrupted attention for the entire duration of their workout. This is definitely recommended if you are just starting out, if you are following an intensive programme with challenging goals and deadlines or if you have any particular condition that needs special attention by your trainer.

Besides individual training, we also offer small group training with 2 - 4 participants per session. This obviously brings a cost advantage as you are splitting the cost of the session between the number of users.

Of course not! That's like saying "I'm sick but won't go to the doctor before I feel better!" The whole purpose of hiring a personal trainer is to have a fitness professional devise a suitable programme for you that will help you to shape up and/or lose weight. Come speak to us and get the right advice from the beginning, it will save you a lot of frustration at a later stage, and precious time wasted.

As management consultant Peter Drucker once put it: "You can't manage what you can't measure." In this spirit, we measure! You will be asked some questions regarding your health, then have your weight, girth measurements and/or body fat % measured, and you may undergo a simple, submaximal fitness test to establish your current fitness level. We may also perform a postural assessment for you, if warranted. Further tests like flexibility, strength and strength endurance tests may be performed if deemed relevant. Following this, you will do a brief first workout in which we will teach you correct form and movement with the basic exercises you will be incorporating in your workout programme.

The scales will most likely start moving from week 1, and body fat % improvements will be visible by the end of the first month. Although the rate of progress varies from person to person and will depend on how well you are adhering to your programme, your commitment and also genetics, you will be thrilled with the results achieved. ALL clients who adhere to the programme make significant improvements and some transform their bodies beyond what they thought was possible.

Following your initial assessment, you will undergo periodic assessments to measure your rate of progress. Weight measurements are usually performed on a weekly basis, while body fat % and girth measurements, as well as fitness tests, are performed on a monthly basis or as deemed appropriate by your Personal Trainer.

Your ability to maintain your goals reached will always depend on the lifestyle choices you make following the completion of your programme. Your diet plan can switch from a weight-loss promoting diet plan to a maintenance diet plan, which means that you do not have to be as strict with your food choices as before and can enjoy your favourite treats in moderation. To maintain your weight long-term it is important to maintain a balance between your food intake and your physical activity. We can help you devise such a maintenance plan once you have achieved your goals. Failure to maintain such a balance will most likely cause your weight to slowly increase again over time.

I can assure you that no programme, product, potion or surgery of any kind can guarantee that you will maintain your weight long-term. Anybody claiming this is lying to you.

Your lifestyle is the one single determining factor in maintaining your weight long-term.

"Toning up" is a popular expression used to describe the desired 'transformation' of flabby looking areas of the body into 'lean and solid looking' ones. While this is of course possible, one has to understand the two-fold approach required to achieve this look. In practice, there is no such thing as 'turning' fatty tissue into muscle. Muscle and fat tissue are two separate kinds of tissue, and muscle CANNOT turn into fat, just like fat CANNOT turn into muscle. You can increase and decrease overall fat tissue and you can increase or decrease muscle tissue, but one is not related to the other in any way.

You can achieve a 'toned' appearance by following a programme that will burn off excess body fat that you may have stored in certain parts of your body, while developing your musculature to an extent that will allow the contours of your muscles to become more visible. Toning therefore requires a combined fat-burning and muscle building (or toning) programme.

Of course, you can! In fact we have several clients in their 60s and even 70s who are thrilled with the progress they have achieved!

Whilst most people believe that getting a 'six-pack' is all about doing lots of abdominal exercises like sit-ups and crunches, this is far from the truth.  The six-pack, in reality, is the shape of your abdominal muscle referred to as the rectus abdominus. You already have that six-pack (!), and if it doesn't show it's because the contours of that muscle are not visible due to the layer of fat which covers it up! Therefore the challenge is to burn off this layer of fat. And we have just the programme to make this happen!

Until some years ago, cardio was regarded as the 'holy grail' of fat-burning exercise. However, nowadays, most prominent trainers are moving away from the traditional way of doing slow, steady cardio and implementing higher intensity weight-training circuits and interval-type cardio sessions for more effective results.  Some go as far as saying that slow cardio is a waste of time. While we don't entirely share this opinion, we do preach the benefits of doing higher intensity training for better fat-burning results. The level of intensity applied must of course be geared towards each specific individual, taking into account their fitness level, their effort threshold and their health status.

For a fat-burning programme to be successful, three components are required:

  1. A fat-loss supportive eating plan
  2. A weight-training programme to help you jump-start or at least maintain your metabolic rate, which has a tendency to decrease when following a fat-loss diet. A decrease in metabolic rate usually results in a halt to your fat-loss progress.
  3. Additional cardiovascular exercise to increase your calorific expenditure

Women are often concerned that working out with weights will make them big and bulky.

This is not true!

Most Hollywood celebrities nowadays work out with weights and yet manage to remain slim, firm and feminine. Weight training workouts for women are designed to help them develop a firmer and shapelier body and weight-training circuits are great for burning fat! The result is a slimmer and shapelier body, not a bulkier one!

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