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The Lift the Bar Podcast is a place where personal trainers can gain education, insight and knowledge from other personal trainers. It's aim is to provide personal trainers with the know-how and inspiration to build the kind of career they want to build. Every week the show will feature interviews with fantastic guests who are at the top of their game in different areas specific to helping personal trainers.
 
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In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Eric Trexler. Eric is a pro natural bodybuilder and a sports nutrition researcher. He has several years of University-level teaching experience, and has been coaching athletes with a wide variety of backgrounds and experience levels since 2009. Eric is now the Director of Education at Stronger By Science, and a r…
 
Questions from this check ins below; When you are creating interest in something from stories are you asking questions or just giving information? What does creating interest ideally look like? When scheduling for the week ahead, I've often had to adjust my schedule as a result of consultations being booked through calendly. Is it okay to adjust yo…
 
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Yusef Smith & Jonny Watson. Jonny and Yusef have two main businesses - Propane Fitness, where they help people get lean, and Propane Business, where they help trainers move online and create functioning business systems. They have a wide-ranging discussion about lessons they've learned about business, marketing, …
 
Guys on their last week this week on the group program. Next course is starting on the 1st March, you can register your interest by clicking on this link; https://form.jotform.com/210252285481350 Want to submit a question for the next episode? > admin@ptmentoracademy.com Question that were submitted this week are; Main issue is not doing the 'On' b…
 
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Dr Col Robertson & Mel Spooner. Together, they run a company called CAWS. CAWS is a company that is helping trainers and coaches navigate the tricky waters of working with clients who have had COVID-19. As well as that, CAWS has a ton of great content for trainers on their website, Youtube and Instagram. They dis…
 
This week we answer questions from the guys that are no on week 5 of the business transformation program. If you'd like to take part in March's intake of the program, please click this link ; https://form.jotform.com/210252285481350 Questions we answer this week are below; I Have 3 clients from the same household I took on 4 months ago just before …
 
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Mark Council. Mark owns a gym called Platform Performance, which he opened with a business partner in 2017. We discuss a wide range of topics including how he's staying optimistic amidst the chaos of lockdowns and uncertainty of COVID, why he prioritises professional development & mentorship, and how he ensures h…
 
On this second part of the 2 part series, Mel returns and also we are joined by Dr Col. In this discussion we go into how Covid effects different people, talk through some real life scenarios trainers are dealing with. Assessing, and the importance of being sufficiently educated to deal with this rapidly growing virus that at some point as trainers…
 
This week we answer the below questions; Hopefully this makes sense. because you have to assess the needs and prescribe to a client what they need to build the service. On a landing page for people to buy online coaching for example Would you still mention what online coaching includes for example (check ins, nutritional guidance etc) when they mig…
 
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Claire Winter. In the episode, they have a conversation around creating a more inclusive fitness industry. They touch on what Claire learned interviewing fitness professionals for a piece she created on prejudice in the soon to be released LTB magazine issue 11, why it's so common to feel like you don't belong in…
 
This being the first of a part series with the founders and creators of a training company called CAWS. And specifically about their COVID rehabilitation course called REBUILD. In this first session, we talk about how CAWS and REBUILD came about. What market it fits and how as fitness professionals we can do our part to support the population for r…
 
This we we address a variety of questions, such as; In your option, what’s the best services PT’s can do for their clients just now? Dealing with clients who always put up a barrier to their own solutions Where is best to learn human behaviors and habits? Do you think the use of an app like My PT Hub or Truecoach helps with client adherance in term…
 
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Olly Jones. Olly is a trainer who has been working with clients since July 2004. Currently, he is the personal training co-ordinator for a gym called The Marlow Club where he mentors trainers and trains his clients. They discuss what it would be like starting as a PT today, why it's ok to change who you want to w…
 
Welcome to this weeks recorded Q&A session. This week we have a variety of questions from; Accountability groups to generate leads. Being comfortable and understanding how to use pain points to trigger your audience. Ideas on how to generate the sale at the end of a group program. What motivates us to show up each day. How to overcome mind blanks w…
 
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Andy Morgan. Andy is an online coach and author who lives in Japan and runs RippedBody.com and Athletebody.jp. He's been an online coach for over 9 years. Stuart and Andy discuss how he got his first few clients and how he gets them today, why it's worth creating blogs, how to create your first one and imposter s…
 
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Cody Hill. Cody is a trainer who works mainly in large group settings. He's run large group outdoor sessions for a number of years for a company called Camp Gladiator. They talk about how he got started, some of the misconceptions that large group training holds from the world of the Bootcamp, how to create bette…
 
Next in the series of our weekly Q&A. The guys and girls we work with both on a 1-2-1 basis and in the group format submit questions via the weekly check in and we feedback via a LIVE q&a into our Facebook group. Hope some of the questions are relevant to what you may be going through right now, and some quick fire answer, (and some not so quick) t…
 
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Nik Handley and Anthony Park from PT Mentor Academy. Together they've got nearly 40 years of experience in personal training in a variety of roles and lots to teach. They discuss a range of topics from the world of personal training including what you should be focussing on right now, what they were they both lik…
 
In today's episode, we have a reposted podcast from back in 2017 with Leigh Peele. Leigh is an incredible online coach and author of some excellent books on fat loss including 'Starve Mode' and 'The Fat Loss Troubleshoot'. Stuart and Leigh discuss self-esteem, what helps you last as a fitness professional, teaching your clients how to think critica…
 
In this episode, we have a reposted episode from back in 2018 where Stuart chats to Eric Helms from 3D Muscle Journey. The conversation is centred around Eric's experiences of being a personal trainer back in 2005-2012, what this has taught him and how it's shaped how he coaches and teaches now. Other topics covered include time management, use of …
 
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes back on Cathy MacDonald. Cathy has been on the show 2 times before (both in 2017) discussing different things related to her current career in communication. Her career prior to that was in Crisis Negotiation for Police Scotland and that's where we focus our attention today. We discuss what her work involved, som…
 
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes LTBs head of education, Gregg Slater. Gregg has just created 50 lesson course called hypertrophy: the science of programme design. In this conversation, we cover what he's learned in the creation of the course, why hypertrophy is for everyone, what he hopes to see in the research over the coming years, how to sta…
 
New series of the podcast coming up over the coming months. This time we are taking direct questions from the attendee's on the business transformation program we run. The guys submit questions each week for us to answer directly into the Facebook group, and also had some requests to put it on a podcast to make it a little easier and accessible to …
 
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Sophie Carrigill. Sophie is a Team GB wheelchair athlete who has won silver medals at both the world and European stage. In the interview, they discuss what she loves about sport, what some of her biggest challenges are living in a wheelchair, the accident that led her to becoming paralysed, misconceptions around…
 
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Lisa Gimenez Codd. Lisa was one of the first ever guests on the show back in 2017. She's someone that many of the LTB community continue to turn to for advice when working with the female client. In this episode, we discuss parenthood and why they both find it extremely difficult, some misconceptions around pregn…
 
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Jamie Rowland. Jamie is a personal trainer and member of LTB who has been working in the industry for well over 10 years. He specialises in working with the elderly client and runs classes for cardiac rehab and falls prevention. I loved this conversation and I think the way Jamie speaks about his clients speaks t…
 
This episode is an incredible insight into the world of transformations done right. Ste has a background in teaching and runs a very successful online transformation business. With honest insights and perspectives from how he transitioned from teaching in the fitness world. A brilliant episode with lots to take away.…
 
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Laura Tilt. Laura is a UK registered dietitian and health writer who is fascinated about how food makes us feel, think and live. We discuss all things related to mindful eating - what it is, how to implement it with your clients, if it helps things like emotional eating, some simple steps to get started and much …
 
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Alex Chapman. Alex supports people and teams to achieve their personal and collective aspirations across a multitude of settings [including Professional, Olympic & Paralympic sports, education, and business settings] for nearly two decades. Currently a performance lifestyle advisor with the English Institute of S…
 
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Andy Morgan. Andy is an online coach and author who lives in Japan and runs Ripped Body.com and Athletebody.jp. He's been an online coach for over 9 years. If you'd like to learn more about Andy head here. Stuart and Andy discuss how Andy's online coaching business runs. Specifically, they get into how he manages…
 
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Greg Potter. Greg is co-founder and Chief Science Officer of Resilient Nutrition, a UK-based company that makes products designed to help athletes perform better that are simple and delicious. In addition to this role, Greg helps a range of individuals improve their health and performance, from elite athletes to …
 
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes back Tom Hamilton, a trainer who works out W10 performance in London and the IFBA, a coaching company that helps gym owners. They jump off their last interview, which was released back in October 2019, and discuss programming lessons, a bunch of things around better session management for 1-1 & semi-private and h…
 
In today's episode, Stuart talks to Jordan Syatt. They start by talking about a story involving Jordan getting caught smoking weed by his Mum before moving into a discussion about lying and vulnerability which transitions into all things related to content creation. What platform to concentrate your time, how to get more engagement, how to stop fee…
 
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Adam Boyd-Brown. They discuss a range of subjects including some of the big differences between online and in-person coaching, how Adam builds rapport with new clients, changing beliefs in clients and lessons learned in programme design throughout his career. Adam's qualified as a PT in 2008. He then explored mul…
 
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Rachel Anne Hobbs. They have an in-depth conversation about all things to do with body image. How to go about helping your clients improve their relationship with their bodies, what to say when a client tells you they "feel fat", how to navigate the waters of marketing weight loss, using scale weight as a progres…
 
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Dr. Mike Israetel. They start by discussing how Mike has gone about gaining knowledge and better himself before getting into the main principles you should be thinking about if you're a personal trainer who has clients who want to gain muscle (timestamps are below if you want to skip ahead or to specific sections…
 
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Mark Fisher and Michael Keeler for the first time together. They discuss the closure of one of their gym locations, how they came to make that decision and how they've dealt with it, building awareness in your marketing, sending direct messages to followers on social media and then finish off discussing what you …
 
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Sarah Duffield from Mac Nutrition for a second time (Dec 2017, #77). They discuss how to coach nutrition clients effectively, lessons she wishes she could tell her younger self about coaching, using reflective practice, whether PTs should separate nutrition and training, how to help clients overcome weight loss p…
 
In today's episode, Stuart interviews Dr. John Berardi. They discuss career direction and making sense of where you want to go, as well as touching on not feeling like you're doing enough and how to use social media as a personal trainer (check below if you'd like to see specific timestamps!). John is a Canadian-American entrepreneur best known as …
 
In today's episode, Stuart talks to Steve Hall about how to coach clients online, charging for consultations, technique and hypertrophy, managing hunger, mini cuts, business lessons, developing rapport with online clients and much more. Steve is the founder of Revive Stronger. The name was inspired by a life changing head injury Steve suffered whil…
 
Phil Learney has been a personal trainer in the fitness industry since the early 90s and has worked in gyms all over England ranging from small private ones to big commercial ones. At his time of retiring as a trainer, he was the second-highest charging PT in the UK. Now he educates and helps PTs grow their businesses through his company the Advanc…
 
We have just launched a new podcast at LTB that is going to be run by Chris Burgess called Personal Trainer Daily. It's going to be a daily podcast that is short in length where Chris will take a common question related to being a PT and answer one per episode. In this sample episode, Chris talks you through how to handle clients who disappear afte…
 
In this short solo episode, Stuart discusses why it's so common for personal trainers to feel guilty about taking time off. During the first section, he talks through why you may feel guilty and in the second, he suggests some strategies that will help you remove the guilt you feel and enjoy the time off you have. Find Out More About LTB: Website I…
 
Tony Cottenden is a returning guest who runs a gym called The Shed, which functions out of his back garden. It was started as a small summer house in May 2014 and he's run a full client base from it since March 2016. In this episode, we talk about a load of topics including lessons that have come lockdown, what he keeps telling people who are think…
 
Alex Pearson runs Alex Pearson Health Coaching where he specialises in helping people with obesity undertake significant weight loss journeys. We discuss the UK's tackling obesity strategy, the link between COVID and obesity, what he would do if he was in charge of public health, the effectiveness of the sugar tax, how important education is in tre…
 
Greg Mikolap was a recent guest who came on for our gym owner roundtable discussion a few months ago (8th of May 2020). He runs the gym Icon in Maidenhead, England and spent over 10 years in a commercial gym prior to that becoming the busiest trainer in that gym. And that is what we mainly explore today. We talk about his lockdown experience so far…
 
Chris Burgess is the owner of Lift The Bar and Curious Gym (prev called the LTB Gym). He comes on to talk about how personal trainers should approach their marketing now that a lot of countries have dates for reopening as well as the countries that don't. We discuss how to use a countdown approach to your gym reopening, why creating a video that sh…
 
I asked Travis and Akil to come on to discuss the intersection between being a personal trainer and delving into the world of rehab and injury. They both run a company called 3M Athletic Performance. Akil is a practising physical therapist who used to be a personal trainer and Travis is a full-time personal trainer with a keen interest and academic…
 
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