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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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Guy Lochhead is a personal trainer and the owner of the Bristol Cooperative Gym, which is one of the first of its kind in the UK. Stuart and Guy discuss what a Co-Operative gym is, why Guy decided to run his business this way, how the gym makes decisions and some of the things he's learnt that he would love to share with other gym owners. Find Out …
 
Jenny Rearick runs Fit to Speak, where she helps coaches with their communication and presentation skills. She also runs a gym at her home with her husband, Brendon. These two roles mean she is incredibly well placed to talk about the intersecting worlds of personal training and communication. Stuart and Jenny discuss what is communication and why …
 
Alex Pearson is Lift the Bar's Head of Research and the creator of many of our member's site resources including Obesity, Behaviour Change, Client Ambivalence and Hypermobility. Stuart & Alex discuss what personality is, how it's measured, the five main traits that make up a person's personality, whether or not it can change and why you, the person…
 
Sukh Sidhu runs Online Fitness Business and the newly launched coaching software, Stridist. Stuart & Sukh firstly discuss how to get clients online before getting into business lessons and his thoughts on professional development. Then, they finish discussing Stridist - what it is, who it's for, what it does and how you can learn more. Find Out Mor…
 
Nicola Hobbs is an author and Chartered Psychologist. She has just been hired as our Head of Psychology at Lift the Bar, focussing on how she can best support our member's mental and emotional wellbeing. She's going to be running a mental well-being mentorship very soon. If you're a member, keep an eye out for more details about that! In this episo…
 
Gregg Slater is LTB's Head of Education and the creator of some of our most popular courses including general population programme design, hypertrophy, understanding weight loss and practical nutrition coaching. In this reposted conversation from 2020, Stuart & Gregg cover what he's learned in the creation of his hypertrophy course, why hypertrophy…
 
Stuart talks about how to improve your retention rates. Why retention matters for personal training businesses, how to make sense of client retention and a breakdown of Stuart's 'retention pyramid' are all covered in this episode. Find Out More About LTB: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/liftthebar/ Website: https://liftthebar.com/ 14-Day Free …
 
Paul Standell is a fitness coach and educator who has been in the industry for 10 years. He is part of the team that make up the Muscle Mentors. Stuart & Paul talk about all things exercise mechanics - why you should care about it as a personal trainer, whether it'll make your programming and sessions boring, and a basic introduction to it from som…
 
Stuart talks about some offline marketing methods you can use to market your personal training business. How to grow relationships with local business owners, how to start a podcast and use it for local lead gen, why seminars are great and more ideas for marketing your business offline are covered in this episode. Find Out More About LTB: Instagram…
 
Tally Rye is a personal trainer and class instructor and the author of two books - Train Happy and The Train Happy Journal. Stuart chats to Tally about how she found her place in the industry after initially struggling, why she no longer works with weight loss clients, alternative ways of marketing PT on social media other than using transformation…
 
Jamie and Sophie Harper run BFastFitness, a small-group PT facility in Birmingham. In this episode, they talk to Stuart about what it's like being married and running a gym, how Sophie became a coach after being a client and how her fresh perspective has helped the business, how they run a small-group setup and what they'd say to a trainer who is t…
 
Dr. Lisa Lewis joins Stuart for today's episode. Lisa is a returning guest who is a licensed psychologist with a passion for strength training, fitness, and wellness. In this episode, they discuss how to help difficult PT clients, how to set appropriate boundaries with your clients and how to approach a conversation about alcohol. Find Out More Abo…
 
Miriam Taylor joins Stuart for today's episode. Miriam is a personal trainer and co-owner of a facility based in Glasgow, Scotland. She started 4 years ago and has gone on to open a gym and build up a loyal client base. In this episode, they discuss the things she learned co-opening a facility so early on in her career, the importance of the client…
 
Simon Mitchell joins Stuart for today's episode. Simon, @iamsimonmitchell, used to work in marketing and run two successful online coaching businesses. He now spends his time helping fit pros with content coaching. In this episode, they discuss email marketing, using Instagram to grow your business, setting up your IG bio, using testimonials and ho…
 
Claire Winter, LTBs head of operations, joins Stuart for today's episode. They discuss an article Claire wrote for the LTB magazine on the stages of a personal training business. They talk through the stages - starting out, growth, secure, developing, established - and what each one entails as well as advice for thriving in each stage. Find Out Mor…
 
Alex Pearson, LTB's behaviour change and obesity expert, joins Stuart for today's reposted episode. They discuss helping clients with ambivalence, change and sustain talk, ways to encourage more change talk, using reflections and more. It's a practical discussion about motivational interviewing - a core practice you can use to help your clients cha…
 
Emma Storey-Gordon, @esgfitness, joins Stuart for today's episode. They discuss how to run a successful online group training programme. How to set one up, how long to run it for, how to price it, how to sign clients up and onboard them plus tips for building a thriving community are covered in this episode. Find Out More About ESG: Website: https:…
 
Greg Smith, owner of Core Results in Chichester, joins Stuart for today's episode. They discuss dealing with the ups & downs of being a PT, why he's stuck with PT for such a long time, his advice to a new trainer, approaching people on the gym floor, becoming financially literate and much more. Find Out More About Greg: Website: https://www.coreres…
 
Dan Smith, founder of Dan Mac Fitness and Head of Mentoring & Education at Online Fitness Business, joins Stuart for today's episode. They discuss why coaches need to stop selling online coaching, how to feel less emotional about the highs and lows of business, handling a client loss, creating better client testimonials, improving your marketing me…
 
If you've ever wondered where your career as a personal trainer came from, this 2-part podcast series produced by Lift The Bar will teach you all about the history of this incredible profession. It'll take you back to the 1800s, where you'll meet a man called Louis Durlacher, who was one of the first known personal trainers. Then, it'll take you on…
 
If you've ever wondered where your career as a personal trainer came from, this 2-part podcast series produced by Lift The Bar will teach you all about the history of this incredible profession. It'll take you back to the 1800s, where you'll meet a man called Louis Durlacher, who was one of the first known personal trainers. Then, it'll take you on…
 
Maggie Elliott, owner of Spark Life UK joins Stuart for this episode. They discuss how she would make the fitness industry a more welcoming and inclusive place, what the anti-diet movement is, how to find the middle ground between weight loss coaching and not perpetuating diet culture, local business outreach and what she feels makes a great PT ses…
 
Mike Waywell, of the facility owner mentoring company Gym Ownr and Steel Habitat gym in Liverpool, joins Stuart for this episode. They discuss why customer service can make you stand out from the crowd, using a low barrier to entry offers like a trial or challenge to get in leads, advice for 1st time FB ad users, the copy and creatives Gym Ownr are…
 
In this reposted episode, Stuart talks to Travis Pollen about whether or not there are "good" and "bad" exercises, as well as how to do initial assessments with personal training clients. Find Out More About Travis: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fitness_pollenator/ Find Out More About LTB: Website: http://bit.ly/2PsSSLR Instagram: https://ww…
 
In this reposted episode, Stuart talks to Dr. Yoni Freedhoff who is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Ottawa. They discuss why a compassionate approach to obesity is absolutely necessary, how to help your clients manage their weight, reducing scale weight importance, whether education changes behaviour, childhood nutrit…
 
In this episode of the podcast, we have a reposted episode with Maggie Elliott from Spark Fitness to discuss how she's built a successful mobile training PT business. Stuart and Maggie discuss her business, how she transitioned from teaching to PT, how she overcomes some of the challenges associated with mobile PT and her "one client at a time and …
 
In this reposted episode, Stuart speaks to Chad Landers about what it's been like being a trainer for 25 years, why the relationship you have with your clients is so important, client retention, scope of practice and what he'd tell his younger self about being a successful personal trainer. Find Out More About Chad: Instagram: https://www.instagram…
 
This is a reposted episode where Stuart welcomes Dr. Quinn Henoch to the show. Quinn is an internationally recognized physical therapist, author, presenter, and coach. In this episode, they discuss how his approach to injuries & rehab have changed since he graduated in 2013, why he doesn't like the term mobility, how he would approach correcting a …
 
In this reposted episode, Stuart chats to Molly Galbraith of Girls Gone Strong. Topics Covered: -- How her experiences have guided how she works with the clientele of GGS -- How GGS used to think every single woman should strength train -- What are GGS doing to address the gap that exists between people taking part in fitness and not -- What can th…
 
In today's episode, we have a reposted episode with Sukh Sidhu from Online Fitness Business. Stuart and Sukh cover the realities of running a business, challenges with setting up and keeping the momentum of online personal training, where most trainers are going wrong when they enter the online PT world and Sukh's new venture called Open Coach. Fin…
 
In today's reposted episode, Stuart talks to 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 kn…
 
In today's episode, we have a reposted episode Eric Cressey of Cressey Sports Performance. I can't imagine Eric will need much of an intro but just in case, he is the president and co-founder of Cressey Sports Performance, with facilities two facilities located in America. He's helped athletes at all levels - from youth sports to the professional a…
 
If you're a Personal Trainer, the chances are pretty high that you'll work with people who have weight loss based goals. This reposted episode from back in Jan of 2019, talks about how to better understand everything to do with helping our clients lose weight. Topics Covered: Why Gregg has decided to focus on business as one of his Q1 professional …
 
In this episode, we have a reposted episode with Nikki Strong. Nikki is a registered dietician, the owner of an online coaching company called Strong Nutrition and an assistant coach at Precision Nutrition's Level 2 programme. We get into how to help a resistant client, what something called the therapeutic alliance means and why understanding this…
 
In this episode, Stuart chats to Nate Green, an author, a contributor to Men’s Health magazine and the Director of Content Marketing at Waking Up. They talk about his time going from a PT to a gym owner, questions to ask yourself before writing a post or blog, coming with content ideas, learning about your clients, what skills he'd recommend develo…
 
In this episode, we have a repost with Laura Vanderkam from two years ago. Laura is an author and host of a few different podcasts including before breakfast and best of both worlds. One of her published books is called "off the clock", which, as you might have guessed, is about time management and using our time to have a better life. That's what …
 
Stuart welcomes back on Jean-Claude Vacassin from the International Fitness Business Alliance (IFBA) and W10 Gym in London to chat about common issues gym owners face, what to do if you're struggling as a facility owner and how he thinks about staffing and pricing. Topics Covered: How involved is he in the day-to-day running of W10 nowadays? What s…
 
In today's reposted episode from 2018, Stuart talks to Elias Scarr, the former membership director of Results Fitness. Elias has been selling fitness memberships and teaching sales to fitness professionals since 2010. They discuss how to think about sales, handling objections, building relationships so the sale takes care of itself and getting over…
 
In today's reposted episode from May of 2020, Stuart talks to Nick Winkelman, who is the Head of Athletic Performance for the Irish Rugby Football Union, about the power of tough to hear feedback, reflective practice, creating coaching cues with your clients, coaching the push-up using a framework called the coaching communication loop and what Nic…
 
A brief update on what's to come for the LTB Podcast over the next few months. As we are working on a new series of highly produced episodes, starting with the two topics of "The History of Personal Training" and "The Future of Personal Training", we'll be posting from the archive episodes each week for the next 4-6 weeks. Thanks for your continued…
 
In today's episode, Stuart interviews Jordan Syatt for the second time (the first was October 2020). They talk lessons Jordan has learnt in his time travelling and doing a range of interesting things, how he uses social media, the challenge of not letting social media become all-consuming, burnout, diversifying your marketing and more. Jordan began…
 
In today's show, Stuart welcomes Lyndsey Roberts for the 5th episode in the 'how I use social media' series. Lyndsey, who is at strong_likeamutha on Instagram, is a leadership and empowerment coach and the founder of Strong Like a Mutha. They talk about content creation, why she's comfortable on camera doing things like reels, how she uses Instagra…
 
In today's show, Stuart welcomes Claire Winter. Claire, who is Lift The Bar's head of operations, has been on the podcast lots of times before talking about her experience as a personal training client and on topics like belonging as a fitness professional. Today, they talk about three topics - losing clients and why it's probably not your fault ju…
 
In today's show, Stuart welcomes Eric Helms. Eric runs the bodybuilding prep company 3dMJ and writes for the monthly publication, MASS. They discuss how he thinks we can make exercise more appealing for the gen pop. They then have a 40-minute discussion about perfectionism and all that encompasses it including how to better understand it, seeing it…
 
In today's show, Stuart welcomes back John Clark. Starting on the 5th of July, John is going to attempt to run 48 marathons in 48 days across 48 counties of England to raise 48K for a charity he created called Miles4meals. If you'd like to get involved by sponsoring, raising money or taking part, head to miles4meals.co.uk/484848. They discuss why h…
 
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes back Mark Council & his partner Ste Whitaker. Mark & Ste own a gym called Platform Performance, which they opened together in 2017. This is the third episode of the series called 'gym owners corner' where Stuart brings Mark on to discuss the realities and challenges of being a gym owner. In this episode, they dis…
 
In today's show, Stuart welcomes Chris Bradley, also known as The Glasgow PT. Chris runs a gym in Glasgow and a mentorship programme for trainers called The Upgraded Coach. They discuss what he remembers about his first-ever PT session, how he approached lead gen in a commercial gym, getting through the tough times as a trainer, taking your busines…
 
In today's show, Stuart welcomes back Krista Scott-Dixon from Precision Nutrition. They discuss public speaking, self-acceptance, getting coached as a coach, firing clients, mental health and managing overwhelm. Timestamps are below! Timestamps: [02.15] - Tips on public speaking. [11.25] - What Krista was like as a child. [15.25] - The challenge of…
 
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes Graham Hurst. Graham, @graphicforcoaches, is a former police officer and online coach turned designer. He creates thumb-stopping, highly engaging social media images for the country's top coaches and PT's. As this is an episode on how I use social media, they spend the majority of their time talking about using s…
 
In today's episode, Stuart welcomes George Branford. George is an ex-professional football, turned personal trainer, turned gym owner. They discuss how he built up his client base in a commercial gym, getting over fears of talking to members, transitioning into an independent gym before finishing off talking about how he and his partner, Emily, got…
 
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