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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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We are very fortunate to have Stuart Aitken on in this episode. Stuart runs a very successful podcast, and in our opinion are something one day we aspire to come to close to the quality of episodes Stuart puts out for LTB. This is specially to support PTs/fitness businesses who are thinking of putting a podcast together but are potentially missing …
 
Questions covered this week; Any advice for how to approach business over my 11 days off over Christmas? Going to make sure content is scheduled and programs are all sorted but is there anything else I should get in place? When working for a gym, how do cope with consistent changing of their time when your business is set and clients are set? Hope …
 
I have heard about a former PT in my gym stealing clients if PT’s and they weren’t happy about it, I wouldn’t do it intentionally but if I’m focused on speaking to and helping as many people as I can, how would I deal with this when I don’t focus on who’s clients is who’s? (I don’t want to be that type of pt) Movement assessment in the consultation…
 
Different type of question to usual - any tips on how to manage your time during a session? I’m finding with a few clients we end up chatting a lot (much better than my issue when starting of awkward silences 😂), not an issue for the ones that do sessions outside of 121 as they add it on somewhere else but want to make sure those only doing 121 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…
 
Questions covered this week .... Still struggling to get people to book on for monthly reviews, how can I get across the value of these? Are they necessary for every client? Should I start with my new prices of my service or an introductory offer? I only told 1 person the intro prices but I have a feeling due to that, they won’t value other parts o…
 
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…
 
The fear of interacting with people we don't know, and speaking on camera is a real sticking point for a lot of Personal Traienrs and Business owners who largely rely on this being the forefront of acquiring clients. Warren has an incredible story and a unique skill set and ability to support people increasing their confidence. We chat through; The…
 
Questions from the team this week; How to approach clients being unresponsive to emails for check-ins/not joining Facebook group/monthly reviews? Wasn’t included in price before so not sure how to firstly get them to value it, then actually fill them in. They all say they are very happy with service which makes me think I don’t need to change much …
 
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 …
 
Question covered this week; How would you market a 6 week nutrition/fat loss course? Aimed at 25 - 35 year old females, education based with a program for all to follow ( 1-2-1/ group coaching) 1. You talk a lot about your wants, needs, beliefs and values and how do you go about creating and relating these to your business. 2. If you were going int…
 
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 this week session we cover; How to improve adherence for a long term client How to know when you're not doing enough or the client isn't giving you enough Im doing an online exercise library for my clients - what is the best way to upload it? Google drive/FB/ APP?. How would you collect emails at the gym? 1. Would you produce different content a…
 
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…
 
Questions from this weeks check ins; Is lead gen in classes dead or would it be good to promote business. I was thinking of giving away a free recipe book next week to people who give me their email and then maybe the following week a free group training trail. Could I do more or is this a good starting point? Do you think males or females are a to…
 
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…
 
Firstly a huge thank you to Tanya for taking the time to speak to us on this episode. So many take aways from this episode. Please give Tanya a follow @ Tanya_filer on Instagram. Tanya has a course starting in December that we would highly recommend you get involved in. We talk through; What Tanya helps client with. Why Tanya is heavily involved in…
 
This weeks questions answered; Sorry this is long lol. Any advice on having a split audience? From my polls I’m finding a split in the way they measure success, what they want to achieve and why they want it. If I include all of this in my content, I feel like it will confuse my message and confuse me. Half focus on aesthetics, progress pics etc. A…
 
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…
 
Join the 6 week mentoring program >>>> http://ptmentoracademy.com/ Questions covered this week; How to approach leads who on a pre-consult form select they’re willing to invest the least money wise. They tend to be cold leads who haven’t followed my content. What’s your ratio of compound to isolation. Should I be posting everyday or for example is …
 
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 …
 
Want to find out more about the 6 week mentoring program? Click the link; https://form.jotform.com/210252285481350 In this session we break down gym floor lead generation, its common sense to know that being on the gym floor having conversations with prospects will most likely be an advantage when youa re wanting to generate business. But what does…
 
Register for "How to bring in consistent leads" webinar, this Monday 13th @8pm; https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rde-trjMvEtx2a2j1p6DtufHYWBlrHCzZ Questions covered this week; Relevant to today’s insta post. Worrying that a lack of before and afters damages my social proof especially with my demographic. My clients take them but it’s ask…
 
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…
 
An absolute must for any Personal trainers/fitness businesses to listen to! Stephen is the founder of HD Creative, which help fitness business owners to create and edit video content. You can find Stephen on IG @ste_hdcreative We talked through; Why is video now so important for marketing your PT/Online coaching business? How as a new PT or coach c…
 
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…
 
Questions covered this week; After my free month trial for online coaching I obviously would like people to stay with me and to start paying monthly for my service. Do you have and tips of how to professionally say … “ok that trail done, do you want to start paying now?” Any ideas on how to keep more confident clients in the business after the 3 mo…
 
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…
 
We are very lucky to be joined by Sky Asquith, to talk through consideration when coaching female clients with PCOS, clients going through the menopause, and how to deal with the menstrual cycle. Menstrual Cycle; Importance of conversation around the menstrual cycle. How to supplement this with check ins/service. Key considerations for female clien…
 
This weeks questions from the group; What do you do with clients (I have 2 in particular) that every single day I have to chase up to send me their food diaries as part of daily accountability. It's been made clear at the start about their role, had a couple of reminders about it and yet it STILL doesn't change. It frustrates the shit out of me. Th…
 
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…
 
This bonus episode we dive in to small group training with a very successful coach by the name of Cameron Cummings. W dive into; What made him prioritise SGT?, from a business and personal stand points. What advice he would give to a new trainers who is wanting to start SGT? How to deal with barriers from PT's wanting to transition into SGT. How to…
 
Weekly edition of the Q&A .... Questions covered below; Do you do your business metrics at the end of each week / day / month I have a client, who is very self conscious about their weight, weight thems each day sometime more than ones, they are loosing weight, turning to the gym on their own doing everything doing everything i just and staying acc…
 
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…
 
An unplanned episode we recorded whilst doing a LIVE on one of our Facebook groups. We cover some common mistakes whilst generating leads, and a clear step by step process on what a lead is, the difference between cold and hot leads, and a simple process to follow. Any questions or feedback please drop us a line @ admin@ptmentoracademy.com…
 
Questions covered this week; I have an obese client I am working with. From the start have made sure the client has complete autonomy and built the plan around what they have felt they could do, given them the daily accountability that they requested. Goes well for two weeks then ghosts me for a week, then gets back in touch etc and we get on a cal…
 
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…
 
We were thrilled to be joined my Ollie and Jenz for this bonus episode, and talk through "Raising the standards of coaching" We talk through; What it means to them to be a professional PT. What does raising the standards mean to them. How having strong values plays an important role of professionalism and standards throughout your career. And much …
 
In this weeks Q&A we cover; When bulking how often do you recommend weighing clients, I’ve been doing it slightly different depending on the client, one used to be obsessed with weight so I tend not weight her as often but just for the average client who is on a bulk What information would you gather when creating meal templates for a client? How t…
 
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…
 
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