Frequently Asked Questions

There’s a lot to consider before starting a new fitness programme, and you might have some questions. You might just find the answer below. Click on the list of our most frequently asked questions:

What should I wear?

Anything that is comfortable, safe and does not restrict freedom of movement.

I'm too fat/unfit/old to have a Personal Trainer?

Most definitely not! The whole idea of a Personal Trainer is to reach your own individual and specific fitness goals. People of all ages, abilities and weights have Personal Trainers and the schedules will be designed specifically to your level.

Will it hurt?

One of the main principles of fitness is that of overload ie the body has to be subjected to stress of a slightly higher level than it is used to in order for it to adapt to this new level and thus improve fitness. However, because all of the schedules are individually designed and based on initial bench-marking fitness tests on you they will be aimed at your own ability and will start off at a level you are comfortable with and from which you can safely progress. So, no - the old adage 'no pain, no gain' is not correct to take advantage of the health benefits of exercise.

Where Do You Train?

We usually come to visit you at your home or office, but other neutral venues can be arranged.

Why do I need a Personal Trainer?
What are the benefits of regular physical activity?
What type of physical activity will I be doing during a session?

Each session will start with a warm up, a mobilisation of the major joints and muscles to be used and some brief stretching. Each session ends with a cool down period and some stretching. The backbone of most types of exercise programmes is aerobic work which can include walking, jogging, running, cycling and stepping. Usually at least one to two resistance sessions per week are recommended and free weights and resistance bands are used. A popular type of session is circuit training where many different types of exercises can be incorporated from resistance to aerobic work. Basically, your schedule will be tailored to your tastes and goals and you won't have to do any exercises that you detest. The idea is to make it enjoyable and fun.

Does every exercise session need to be with a Personal Trainer?

No. It is up to the individual. If you want us to train with you 5 days a week we can, or if you want one session a week Fitness-4-U will give you a detailed schedule of what you should be doing during the other sessions.

What sort of people have a Personal Trainer?

Absolutely anyone, from the young to the old, the fat to thin, tall to short, fit to unfit. Everyone can benefit from exercise and everyone can be catered for. Personal Fitness trainers are no longer the preserve of celebrities and the wealthy.

It's far more expensive than joining a gym, right?

Many people choose to join a private gym and might pay a typical joining fee of £150 plus 12 monthly membership fees of around £50 to £75 . This equals £750 to £1000. Then, for a variety of reasons, perhaps boredom due to lack of progression or maybe simple lack of motivation they stop going after only a few sessions. This is a far more expensive way to get fit and certainly less effective!

Will you put me on a diet/stop me drinking?

Fitness-4-U are fully aware that in order to change an unhealthy lifestyle you have to work within it. We can give you basic nutritional and lifestyle advice - whether you take it is up to you. We are only with you a few hours a week, but the fitter you become, the better you are likely to treat your body as a natural consequence. But let's face it - we all need to live a little, but getting that balance right is the key.

How long is a personal training session?

On average they are one hour in length.

Do I need any equipment?

Fitness-4-U can supply the equipment for most types of session including:

  • Free weights
  • Fitness and Body Composition Testing Equipment
  • Heart Rate Monitor
  • Resistance Tubes
  • Step
  • Stability ball and disk
  • Boxing Hook and Jab pads
  • Agility Ladder
  • GPS Monitor
  • Exercise Bike
  • Mountain Bike
  • Skipping Ropes
  • Exercise Mats
  • Aerobic Glider
  • Metronome
  • Fit Stik
  • Music
Can I only have a few sessions?

Yes you can, but for optimum results Fitness-4-U recommend at least three months of Personal Training, although some results may be seen from six weeks.

Will exercising with weights make me bulky?

Not unless you want it to. One of the most common fears among women is that resistance training will make them too muscular. Creating muscle tissue to an extent to look over-muscular or bulky is very difficult and requires a great deal of training at heavy weights so you are constantly overloading the muscles to stimulate growth. Training for fat loss you shall not be constantly overloading your muscles to the extent that you'll gain large proportions of muscle. With a varied routine and adequate rest this is not a problem you shall need to worry about.

How often do I need to train?

Like most things in life, the more you put in the more you get out. The general consensus now is that people should be exercising 5-6 days a week for 30-40 minutes or more to gain significant health benefits. However, don't let this put you off. Significant benefits can be seen from three days a week and 2-3 sessions per week are sufficient for those who are out of condition.

Where should I train?

Anywhere that is safe and there is sufficient space. It could be at your home, in your garden, at your place of work, in a public park or wherever you feel comfortable.

Can't I use the diet only approach to fat loss?

Diet is a very important part of a fat loss programme but it is by no means the full picture. You must combine a good diet with a good exercise programme, especially so you can maintain your new shape. Exercise is the factor that burns the fat and dieting alone just slows your body down which makes the body into 'a fat storer' and you therefore put on weight in the long term.

Whatever your goal, book a FREE initial consultation now to discuss your requirements.