Personal Training London
When working one on one I combine all I have to offer in nutrition, exercise and motivational techniques to transform your mind and body so you look and feel amazing. The success comes not so much from the plans but more the power of working with someone to actually do what is needed for success.
For some people I work solely as a nutritionist to ensure your food is producing the results you desire. I also do skype coaching for people who live outside of London.
Why Personal Training?
My role as a trainer is to help you achieve your results. Simple as that! The reality of health and fitness and achieving the body you want is that almost everyone will never achieve their goal. That is not negative, that is merely an observable truth.
The reason people do not achieve their goals is a mixture of inadequate skills (nutrition, exercise and the mind), the wrong strategies (what to eat, what exercise to do) and a lack of motivation.
Getting in shape can be a very lonely business and with the whole world seemingly doing nothing but trying to knock you off track it is important to have someone there supporting you to your goals. My role is to guide you to a higher standard in each of all areas of health and fitness which will produce the inevitable result of a better body.
Who is it for?
I am here to help people who -
- Will not/cannot achieve their goals on their own.
- Want to get to their goals faster than current rate of progress
If you are already achieving your goals then I congratulate you for your effort and results. If you have more you want to achieve then I hope I can play a role during your journey.
There is NO stereotypical person who is or isn't right to work with me. I have worked with many teenagers while my oldest client was 88 years old. I have helped people lose 8 stone (108 Lbs / 46 Kg) and also guided fitness models to get to 6% body fat. I have had experience with almost every profession from 15 hours a day office workers to the armed forces and professional athletes. Put another way, I have worked with almost 1000 clients one on one so have seen the full gambit of professions, personalities, physical abilities and circumstances.
The Four Main Goals
Regardless of age or background there generally are four main goals that the majority of people desire. These are slim & toned (most women), lean & muscular (most guys), fit & functional (over 50's) and sports performance.
As well as these goals I also look to address the goal behind the goal. If you uncover and achieve this underlying feeling you will be happy across all aspects of your life.
How Does It Work?
To begin the plan we need to understand where you are currently in the START - ACCELERATE - AUTOMATE sequence. Almost everyone is in the start or accelerate phase and thus to begin we need to take some sort of evaluation in Nutrition - Exercise and Motivation. From this a plan of action within each element can be designed.
Based on your situation we may take the Metabolic Typing Test to begin or one of the other possible nutrition strategies. Either way we will have colour coded food plan, meal ideas and a structure upon which we can tailor your results.
Nutrition boils down to four foundational principles:
- What to eat – This varies between people and thus completely contradicting diets work for different people e.g. paleo vs vegetarianism. The key is finding the diet that your body wants. The Metabolic Typing Test can be used for this.
- How much to eat per meal – This is ratios of protein to carbs to fat. It is closely related to food cravings and overeating. Your body gives feedback on this issue every time you eat. (reactions within 2 hours). Most people have not been trained to use these.
- How much to eat per day – This is normally resolved by your ratios above. This element determines your ability to lose fat, optimize health while maximising sports performance or muscle mass.
- Certain Foods To Avoid – This links to sensitive foods, those that should be healthy but annoy your body in one way or another thus causing you to store fat or for health issues to worsen.
The idea is to start and refine your nutrition plan so ultimately you can get to the place where you have achieved your goals and in a way that you can easily stick to it going forwards long term.
You will develop the skills to create a true balance. Where you naturally want to eat well enough to produce the results you want while also being truly free enough to eat any food you want from time to time.
To start your exercise routine we usually begin with a fitness appraisal of some sort. The fitness profile test looks at 25 different measures of fitness including strength, flexibility, endurance, core function and aerobic fitness. The test is more observation over a stress test, e.g. you do what you are comfortable doing and NOT collapsing to exhaustion. The fitness profile results will tell us what areas you are strong or weak within. This is important as your weaknesses are what are holding you back from feeling good and reaching higher levels of physical fitness.
With the fitness profile results I can then create a training plan to follow in your own time. This can be based on training at home, in the park or the gym based on your desires. The plan will resolve your weaknesses ASAP while developing your strengths. Over time you will be significantly fitter in all aspects.
Training plans can also be developed for specific sports such as marathon running, team sports or similar as well as muscle building programmes.
Mind & Motivation
The mind set and motivation you possess will be the ultimate determining factor for your long term success. To begin the process you will get a copy of my book Change Your Thinking, Change Your Shape and take the beliefs survey to direct you to the most important parts within the book itself.
This basis will be built upon in future sessions as you begin to develop the behaviour patterns to create long term results. We can also use techniques to enhance will power and trouble shoot the main blocking points going forwards. This includes looking at behaviour change techniques and handling stress.
Combining These Elements
It sounds like these strategies are all that you need to go and get the results you want...WRONG! It is not the knowledge of the strategies above, it is the application. Knowing what to eat and avoid is hardly as important as actually being able to eat or avoid those foods. Your exercise knowledge is fairly irrelevant if you only train once every 3 weeks.
Working with a Personal Trainer / Coach
There is something powerful about working with another person focused on a specific goal. It is human nature to put in more effort when you are working with someone else than when on your own. You eat better, exercise more and are more motivated the moment you start working alongside someone as opposed to being on your own. .
In health and fitness terms a coach is even more important than other fields. The reality is almost everyone in your life will not be providing much support in this area however well intentioned they may be.
Likewise, knowing what plan of action is actually right with all the conflicting information is difficult. Having someone to guide you and create a frame work for you to follow is a key for success. When self coaching yourself you can easily outwit or get confused because you have no outside objective voice.
Along similar lines, much of the success achieved in a body transformation is as much about breaking old rules as it is creating new ones. For this to happen quickly it is almost impossible without that outside voice telling you what to do.
What Happens in a Session??
A training session focuses on the area of most need. The average session combines exercise to conversations about food, resolving problems and issues of the mind and motivation during the rest periods.
Some sessions are without exercise such as a sit down nutrition or troubleshooting session. Remember the key is results, doing 10 lunges instead of resolving a major block or problem is not effective use of time or facilities. On the flip side, if everything is running smoothly then it is about getting the hard work done during an exercise session.
A typical session may look like this
- Warm up & Progresss Update - Prepare the body for the session while checking progress from last session until now
- Exercise & Problem Solving - Sprints/Jog/resistance training while looking at problems that need to be overcome.
- Exercise & Strategy - Resistance training / Core work while discussing concepts of nutrition, exercise or the mind.
- Exercise & Foundation Work - Rehabilitation techniques and flexibility while looking at underlying issues of motivation, stress and happiness.
*The above may include behaviour change techniques such energy therapy (tapping), psych-k, visualisations or discussions on the nature of thought vs stress vs happiness.
Logistics and Details
The best way to understand how it all works is to meet me for a sample session or have a 10 minute goals conversation. The Following details outline how it all works -
Session Duration - 40 - 60 minutes, most people find they have a certain time period at which point they have done enough training / absorbed enough information. For some this is 45 minutes others an hour plus. If you have to leave at a certain time we will be finished by that point
Session Location - I work in parks, houses, private gyms across London.
Session Times - Depends on location but generally from 6.30am until 9pm at night. Weekends I do occasional sessions but do not commit to a regular time each week.
Some clients lock in the same time every week while others change the time and day to fit with their work schedules.
Session Availability - Contact me as depends on location / times etc.
Session Blocks -You can get 5, 10 or 20 session blocks. Most people get 10 and we meet once per week minimum ideally. Others get 20 to meet twice per week. 5 session blocks are simply about setting up strategies for nutrition, exercise and the mind. They leave little time for actual coaching and are suitable only for motivated people already or those who cannot extend their budget.
Session Cost - Contact me as it is hard to say how many sessions you will need for results (and therefore total cost). When taken all included - Speed of Results vs Magnitude of Results vs Cost per session I am one of the most affordable trainers in the London. Contact me to discuss or See the FAQ section for more info.
Total Sessions -Very hard to say as depends on your current goals, skills and behaviours etc. My personal aim is to get significant and long lasting results within 10 sessions so that you are self sufficient. This is a fair expectation for some people but very unrealistic for others. Depends how much needs to be done.
I have had amazing results with people ranging from 1 session to 100 sessions plus. Budgets and other elements obviously play a part. Some clients work with me for a year or more while others just a month.
My aim is to get results within 1-3 months so you are self sufficient. Then you can go off on your own to test these new behaviour patterns etc. You are welcome to come back for focused periods of training, e.g. 1-2 months, at any point thereafter. However as mentioned above, some people train for a year or more.
ME - Ben Wilson
For a full biography check out the about me section. In short I have been personal training since 2002 and have been a nutritionist since 2005. I started using mind and behaviour techniques in 2006. Injury and rehabilitation techniques have been integral to my approach since I entered the industry. My book Change Your Thinking, Change Your Shape came out in 2012 and back in 2006 I wrote my first book - Rugby Fitness Training: A Twelve Month Conditioning Programme.
As a Personal Trainer I am not the typical trainer most people would imagine. What you get with me is
- I am a coach who will guide you to your goals
- I never criticize any behaviour patterns. Everything we do is for a reason and success come from understanding this.
- I always look at the big picture of nutrition, exercise and motivation both short term and in a long term capacity.
- I err on the side of caution over going crazy with exercise.
- I am available between sessions to ensure things are on track.
What you will not get is -
- I am not a army style trainer (look elsewhere for that)
- I am not a strict disciplinarian
- I would never shout at you
- I will not let you just focus on exercise while ignoring nutrition and motivation (What most people want to do vs need to do)
- I will not let you smash yourself pointlessly during an exercise session if your body is telling you different.
Take the Next Step
The next step moving forward is to either
Sample Session - Let's meet up for sample session or goal consultation to give you a better understanding of how it works and see if we have synergy. Some people like to do some exercise in this session while others prefer to sit down and just discuss your goals. I am easy either way, whatever works best or you. Contact me to arrange>>>
Goal Consultation - Let's chat on the phone to discuss your main goals and what you need to do to be successful. Contact me to arrange>>>>
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