Personal Training in Brighton – Your questions answered

Personal Training in Brighton

As a qualified personal trainer in Brighton, I get asked a lot of questions, often during my one to one PT sessions with my clients. Here are some of the most frequent questions I get asked. 

As a personal trainer in Brighton what dietary advice can you give? 

My qualifications and training allow me to advise on widely accepted diet and nutrition practices and resources, for example, the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/. I can’t give advice on fad diets and the use of supplements, if you want that then we will have to engage with a reputable nutritionist. I am always happy to work with other health and fitness professionals to help you achieve your goals. 

Where in Brighton do you enjoy personal training the most? 

Preston Park is great as it’s easy to find parking and quiet spots in the park to train my clients in. There are plenty of small trees which are perfect for setting up my Battle Ropes. Plus there’s a nice cafe where I can conduct reviews with my clients on their progress over a nice cold drink. 

When does a busy personal trainer find time to exercise? 

I make sure that I have three 1-hour sessions a week to train usually at the gym. I don’t care how busy I am, I find these three hours. I need to lead by example and keep myself really fit. In addition I usually get one or two Brighton based clients cancelling their session at the last minute each week, so I tend to treat these hours as a bonus to go and train. For a bit of variety I head to seafront by the King Alfred Centre with my kettlebells or jump on my bike and cycle to Brighton Marina and back again. I don’t work on Sundays, so I like to go for longer bike rides to Saltdean. 

What’s the key to being a successful personal trainer in Brighton? 

For me as a successful Brighton based personal trainer there are three strands: 

1. Planning and training 

I always plan my clients session in advance and I bring a printed copy of the programme for each and every session. I don’t do ‘off the hoof’ sessions. Each client has a goal, and the best way to help them achieving this is to have a plan. I keep each programme so I can look back and track progress. I also keep my training up to date by going on at least two new courses a year. Personal development keeps me up to date, and helps me keep my personal training sessions fresh and interesting. 

2. Motivating and enthusiasm 

Exercise has given me so much in terms of my own health, really robust mental health, and physical health. And I love to share this with my clients, to the point that I behave like an excitable school boy – I just can’t help it! Being able to motivate my clients on days when they are really struggling is a core strength of mine, and my clients really appreciate how I can coax a great effort to complete their session. 

3. Achieving goals 

This feeds in from having a plan because without one, there is little chance of helping my clients’ achieve their health and fitness goals. When clients achieve their goals it is the most rewarding aspect of my role as a personal trainer in Brighton. And when clients achieve their goals, they often refer me to people that they know. This is always a great compliment to me as a successful personal trainer in Brighton. 

Personal training locations in Brighton

What are your personal trainer top three tips for a great workout in Brighton? 

As a personal trainer based in Brighton I cross back and forth our lovely city daily. These are my top three personal trainer tips: 

1. Location 

There are so many great places to enjoy a great workout in Brighton and the surrounding area. So pick a spot that is a feast for your eyes why you have an inspired workout. Hove Lawns with sea views and the buzz of people is good. St Ann’s Well Gardens are beautiful if you’re a nature lover. If cycling is your thing then the Downs around Devil’s Dyke provide a challenging yet jaw dropping ride. 

2. Challenge 

Give your workout 100% effort if you want results, you have to give it your all. So do yourself a favour pack your smart phone away for the duration of your workout, unless you’re using an app that’s part of your workout. Keep your body challenged by never doing the same workout twice. 

3. Time 

You should aim for 150 minutes exercise each week, or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week. Now given there are 10,080 minutes in a week, this isn’t a big ask! 

So make time, chose a great location, and commit to doing a challenging routine, and you’ll be on your way to achieving your health and fitness goal. If you need help though, feel free to give me a call on 07730 038830 or email me at gav@3fspt.co.uk 

Where do you buy sports equipment for your mobile personal training service in Brighton? 

I shop mostly online however, Decathlon has a good range of kit and equipment, so I always check here and quite often buy as their prices are pretty good. 

Decathlon Brighton, 136 North St, Brighton BN1 1RG
Website: https://www.decathlon.co.uk 

My sports kit I generally buy online from Boohoo Man’s active wear range, it’s pretty good quality and is also good value. I tend to buy everything in black, this way I never have to worry if I’m colour coordinated. Getting up at 5am for a 6am session the last thing I need to worry about is whether my sports kit matches! I like to look professional, and this way I feel smart when I’m training my clients across Brighton and Hove and the surrounding area. 

Boohoo Man:
https://www.boohooman.com/mens/activewear 

I buy my battle ropes from Mira Fit: https://www.mirafit.co.uk/conditioning/battle-ropes.html 

I buy my kettlebells from JLL: https://www.jllfitness.co.uk/weights/kettlebells 

I buy my exercise mats and resistance bands from Meglio:
http://mymeglio.com/collections/resistance-exercise-products

Battleropes training

As a fit personal trainer what are your favourite exercises? 

1. Kettlebell Goblet Squats 

I love these kettlebell gems. You hold the kettlebell inverted and do a deep squat, as you rise back up you then lift the kettlebell up above your head. You use some many of your muscles that it’s hard to think of an exercise that uses more. I use a 12kg kettlebell and do either 3 sets of 12 or as part of a HIIT routine. 

2. Battle Ropes Side to Sides and Circles 

For the upper body I adore battle ropes a and these are my favourite, they have shape my shoulders and the symmetry of the movements are pleasing to my eyes! 

3. Roll-Outs 

This piece of kit is great and I’ve really improved my core strength doing roll-outs. I do either 3 sets of 20 to 25 or use it as part of a HIIT route. 

Apart from personal training on a one to one, do you run any classes? 

Yes, outside of 3Fs Personal Training, I am the co-founder of the Young At Heart Keep Fit Club, which are exercise classes for older adults aged 60 and above. The classes are designed to improve flexibility, balance and strength. There are three currently:

St. Helen’s Church Hall, Hangleton

Every: Friday
Registration: 1.30 pm
Class Starts: 1.45 pm
After class refreshments: 2.30 pm – 3.00 pm
Venue: St Helen’s Church Hall, Hangleton Way, Hove, BN3 8ER

South Portslade Community Centre

Every: Monday
Registration: 12.45 pm
Class Starts: 1.00 pm
After class refreshments: 1.45 pm – 2.15 pm
Venue: South Portslade Community Centre, 61 Church Road, Portslade, BN41 1LB

Lancing Parish Council Jubilee Hall

Every: Thursday
Registration: 10.15 am
Class Starts: 10.30 am
After class refreshments: 11.15 am – Midday
Venue: Lancing Parish Council, Jubilee Hall, 96-98 South Street, Lancing, BN15 8AJ

I am very excited about the new class that will launch on the 6th of August as this will be the first working in partnership with the West Sussex branch of Age UK. The class will run every Tuesday at Milward Court, Wilmot Road, Shoreham-by-Sea BN43 6BU. 

For more information visit: https://youngatheartkeepfit.club/ 

I am also looking to develop a summer Boot Camp sessions to be held outdoors working with Ty Paul who is another first rate Brighton based personal trainer and co-founder of the Young At Heart Keep Fit Club, so watch this space! 

To see if I’m the right Brighton and Hove mobile personal trainer for you, let’s start a conversation about you and your health and fitness goals. Call 07730 038830 or email gav@3fspt.co.uk today.

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