The Old Medicine – Personal Weight-loss Programme (Coaching)

‘The Old Medicine’ – (8 Week Weight-loss Programme)

You are being attacked daily. The ‘You’ deep inside is standing against big companies that want to, and have been, milking you for your hard-earned money in exchange for the false pleasure their food, drinks, and distractions offer. I know you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, feeling there’s nothing better to do than turn on the TV, Computer and eat food with additives unheard of in nature.

What if I told you that in the next 8 weeks you’ll be 16 lbs lighter? A whole stone lighter? It’s more than achievable when you join ‘The Old Medicine’ weight-loss programme. Don’t worry about it being complex or time-consuming! Our training sessions last 45 minutes and you’ll be coached on nutrition in a fun and engaging way.

‘The Old Medicine’ is a state of mind. The ways of old were to eat wholesome food, nutritious and simplistic. That doesn’t mean you’ll have to give up the food you love, we’ll help you with your shopping list, meal ideas, macronutrient figures, and more. The other side of the ways of old will be physical activity in the form of kettlebell training. Kettlebells are a convenient training tool to store at home. Lose weight and sculpt yourself into the ‘You’ that you know is waiting to be realised. 

We’ve been helping busy men like yourself since 2017 so if you want to finally achieve the weight and look you desire, keep the weight off and increase in a good mood, energy, and motivation drop us an email message with your current weight and ideal weight in kg or lbs [Here]

Included in the programme:

  • A Weekly Nutrition Consultation
  • Personal Workout Programme (Gym training or Homebased)
  • Dedicated Quick Response Email Access
  • Meal Guide eBook
  • Shopping List Advice

My name is Hanif and I’m a certified weight-loss coach, gym instructor, and kettlebell trainer that knows how to get results. We will help you lose weight, increase your confidence and look amazing without making fitness a drain on your time or pocket. As your coach, I will always do my very best to assist you during your weight-loss journey. This programme will see you grow in knowledge and determination to achieve your goals – you are the criterion!

Being Economical With Food And The Undesirability Of Eating One’s Fill

3349. Miqdam bin Madikarib said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) say: ‘A human being fills no worse vessel than his stomach, It is sufficient for a human being to eat a few mouthfuls to keep his spine straight. But if he must (fill it), then one third for food, one third for drink and one third for air.’” (Sahih)

Sunan Ibn Majah – Volume 4 – English Translation by Nasiruddin al-Khattab – Published by Darussalam – First Edition 2007

The ease with which we can get foods from around the world, have food and drink delivered to us same day, the line-up of restaurants open until early in the morning not forgetting the many forms of entertainment that distract us away from our purpose in life, our lack of exercise and ease of travel have all culminated into the ‘obesity epidemic’ that you’ve likely witnessed or heard about.

At this time when pockets are tightening it makes perfect sense to take a new path towards a ‘Sunnah lifestyle,’ fitness lifestyle. The ‘Sunnah’ is the way, life and rulings that our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) lived by as do his followers, to this day. His way is the best way to follow since in following him, we will be loved by Allah (the mighty and majestic).

Say, ˹O Prophet, ˺ “If you ˹sincerely˺ love Allah, then follow me; Allah will love you and forgive your sins. For Allah is All-Forgiving, Most Merciful.”

Qur’an – Surah Ali-Imran – Ayah 31

All other ways may have some good in them (coupled with bad) but to find a balanced approach that will truly lead to success we must follow the example of the Prophet and his Companions. And what was the way of the Prophet (peace be upon him) with regards to eating except balance and taking what was necessary to keep your back upright.

Mankind fills nothing worse than his stomach because it is a bodily need that needs to be fulfilled only ending upon death, accelerated by our inability to control our desires. How many issues do we face in life due to what we consume; the way to abate these issues is by returning to a balanced lifestyle.

Fitness, fasting and moderate eating cost very little in comparison to the health bill we end up paying in taxes if we men lead from the front. Leaving your wife, children or mother to do the shopping is leaving off a responsibility; we as men must safeguard and guide our households.

Being extravagant and wasteful in eating and spending wealth shows little gratitude to Allah (glorified be he) or insight or care for what is going on in the community and country in which you live right now. Food banks are being sent luxury foods that have been overstocked while staple goods aren’t getting a look-in!

To me, the ‘fitness lifestyle’ is about living with vitality, drive, balance and determination to grow in mind and body. If my diet, training, sleep, relationships and so on are in line with the Sunnah I’m on a winning course.

If you’d like to read more about the Prophetic directive on health and food, fitness and so on, check this article by Sheikh Abu Khadeejah of Salafi Publications [Click Here].

Thanks for reading my post and if you’d like to learn about food, diet and start a training programme from your home why not join my 8-week course ‘The Old Medicine?’ Just send me a message [Click Here] with your name, age, weight and training history – we’ll arrange a free consultation.

Can you gain strength in 30 minutes? 

Dumbbells are a key piece of strength training equipment

Many men lead busy lives that call for them to hold down 30-minute workouts because that’s all the time they can give to training each day. To me, that’s great going without a doubt seeing that the larger population of the UK are inactive, may possess a gym membership, have the ability and time to exercise yet don’t find themselves giving any time to training.

It is very possible to gain strength by working out 30 minutes each day and such a schedule can be maintained with minimal rest days. If I could only manage 30 minutes a day I would focus on whole body workouts (Upper body, Lower body, Core, CV) in a circuit format utilising Kettlebells, Dumbbells, Resistance bands and if possible a cardiovascular machine such as a rower, bike and/or Treadmill. If no cardio equipment is available there’s nothing better than getting on the street for a jog or bike ride around the town.

Progress can be made with strength however 30-45 minute sweat sessions made popular by F45, CrossFit, PureGym and so on are best given to weight-loss goals. But, if gaining strength is really your thing you’ll want to pick out 6-8 exercises that target your desired muscles with a medium-heavy weight that you can progressively increase. The programme should be maintained for 8-12 weeks before progressing.

Hour-long sessions can be intimidating for a beginner, whether in a gym or not. 30 minutes is that sweet spot and thus doesn’t cause one to drastically change their daily plans to fit training in. Work, family, friends and downtime to yourself, getting good sleep all benefit from your increased energy and productivity and mood gained from regular exercise so try working out for 30 minutes each day for the next 5 days then ask yourself “should I keep this up?”

Thanks for reading and taking the time to learn about how Criterion Fit is helping Men in the UK and around the world switch gears in terms of fitness and nutrition. We’d like to hear your comments, suggestions and success stories in health so hit our contact us page and drop a message.

My road to PTing is just beginning

We have goals to reach.

As a student of Personal Training, I’ve come to learn just how important physical activity is to our lives. If you want to investigate statistics on body dysmorphia, obesity and the sedentary state of the UK public you can do that to see just how necessary change is for our society, communities and our families. Change comes about when we accept our current state and take steps to change, which can take many forms from joining a football team, boxing, joining a gym or jogging or whatever else you find interesting and engaging.

I’m not a finished article in fitness and my genetics have favoured me over many men my age but I know I have work to do, work that will never end until my death. Peace be with you all, and thanks for coming to check in with me. My name is Hanif and I’m on the road to becoming a personal trainer.

Recently I gained a new role within a gym setting as an Instructor and it’s been a good experience although it’s a testing role. From coaching groups to cleaning, showing future members around the gym and maintaining the safety of gym users, there’s a lot to do day-to-day.

The reason (or I should say from the reasons) I got into fitness training was the benefit I felt to my mental health and I want to help others gain the same, balance, calm and strength. It’s not all about looking good for me likewise the majority of people that attend a gym, have real-world goals like remedying arm, shoulder or knee pain and more. Yes, gym training has limits to how good it can be to heart and brain health, having a firm connection to our creator is the true way to solace in life but fitness is high up there in bringing about good health.

I’m closing in on becoming a level 3 personal trainer and with that comes a great responsibility towards the client. In reality, my road to PT’ing is just beginning because having studied a subject and having knowledge that you can act upon are two different things. All I know at this time is I’m a part of a great team striving to build members up to be the best version of there selves. I look forward to every day working and upon achieving my level 3 inshaAllah I hope to truly be at service to my community.

I appreciate you reading this post and hope you’ll check out the various services and products currently available at criterionfit.com. feel welcome to message me [here].

You Need To Try These Kettlebell Exercises

Black kettlebell on a black background

Kettlebell training as you may have heard is a convenient and powerful way to train for strength and weight-loss. The beauty of KB training is that you’ll recruit more stabilising muscles which wouldn’t usually get a look-in as compared to regular dumbbell and barbell movements. In a short amount of time, due to the added exertion, your body goes through you’ll kick up a sweat in no time.

KB training has several foundation exercises that require you to hinge at the hips and it really is a whole-body workout in most cases. Your core muscles need to stay tight, and you’ll need explosive power for many of the movements – I know you don’t have much time because you have work but in this post, I want to share with you just 3 exercises you cannot do without as part of your weekly kettlebell sessions.

I hope all is well in your world! My name is Hanif and I’m a Nutrition Coach and Fitness Instructor, currently a student of Personal Training, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Islamic Knowledge (beginner in everything). Islam is a focal point in my life, and I work to incorporate the benefits I learn as a Muslim into my fitness services. Health is true wealth since this life is but a short stay, when we reflect upon death which we shall all experience. Fitness is my way of preparing myself and others to meet their end after an extended period God willing. Nutrition, fitness, good sleep, healthy relationships that bring tranquillity to our lives as well as financial stability, maintaining family ties and the seeking of knowledge all help us live longer and I’m sure there are many other things to do to that end goal but onto exercises.

If you’re new to Kettlebells and/or exercise generally you really can’t go wrong by jumping into this style of training because you can train almost anywhere that allows two arm lengths and space to lunge laterally. The first exercise and which is essential would be the Goblet Squat. With this exercise, you only need to have one Kettlebell in your possession.  It’s a lower-body exercise that also requires core strength. Your daily activities/tasks will be made easier by learning to execute the joint actions of hip, spinal and knee extension since lowering your body to pick up a box, for example, would be eased.

Moving on or exploding up! We have the KB One Arm Press which is an upper body and core exercise which promotes shoulder stability. If you’re after Cobra Lats like Bruce Lee then this is a good exercise for you, also engaging your transverse abdominis muscle of the trunk. You could get a flow going – PUSH UP, GOBLET SQUAT & KB PRESS – as a small circuit. Try going for rounds rather than sets, 3 mins / 1 min rest – 4 rounds and progress from there.

The 2 Handed Swing could also be added in, and this is the third of the three exercises you have to start doing after work, at home or in the gym. Don’t be the one to let the Kettlebells get dusty, encourage your gym to get using them to build really real strength and stamina. This exercise is a calorie burner working your lower body, core and back i.e., posterior kinetic chain. Before you can do this exercise or any of the others for that fact, you’ll need to deadlift the kettlebell off the floor. Deadlifts are a bonus movement for you but back to the swing; sports such as Cricket and Golf, Rugby to Brazilian Jiu-jitsu will all be benefitted by training this exercise due to the increased force you’ll be able to generate from your core and hips. Progressing this exercise can be by doing alternating hand swings which will have the gym floor looking like a London Road come Autumn.

I hope from reading this you’re more interested in trying out these moves and you won’t regret incorporating Kettlebell training into your routine even if it’s a one-day dip each week. The variety will God willing help you avoid a plateau and avoid overtraining with the heavy weights you’ve been crushing. The weight that’s right for you as a new KB user may be underwhelming at first but that’s because KBs are a different beast and talking of beasts check out my downloadable eBook ‘He’s a Monster.’ It’s a traditional weight training book for the beginner lifter, look out for my Kettlebell book coming soon God willing.

Have a great workday, study day, holiday and workout session. Whatever you do stay active and tip the balance of fitness in your favour!

Regarding Eating Cheese

Cheese platter

Regarding Eating Cheese

3819. It was narrated that Ibn ‘Umar said: “Some cheese was brought to the Prophet (peace be upon him) in Tabuk, and he called for a knife, said, ‘Bismillah,’ and cut it.” (Hasan)

Sunan Abu Dawud – Volume 4 – English Translation by Nasiruddin al-Khattab – Published by Darussalam – First Edition 2008.

Eating Cheese: The Science

Cheese is a dairy product that takes many shapes, sizes, flavours and consistencies. Cheese is a good source of calcium, fat and protein. Calcium is essential for maintaining healthy bones, fat in cheese can help lower blood pressure and protein as all gym beasts will know will increase muscle mass with the right diet and training programme for you. Cheese is also beneficial to: 

  • Aid weight-loss
  • Prevent heart disease & osteoporosis
  • Strengthen teeth

Top-rated healthy Cheeses include:

  • Mozzarella
  • Blue cheese
  • Feta

Eating Cheese: Criterion Fit

Our Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) would partake in eating cheese and as you’ve learnt from what we’ve said before, cheese has a number of benefits besides taste. Traces of cheese on pottery have been found dating back some 7000 plus years ago and from the point of our Prophet eating it, no doubt, there is benefit in eating it. Yes, quality over quantity is key with cheese. All the supermarkets and even your local corner shop sell cheese but this doesn’t make all cheese equal, the name is the same but the nutritional content can change. Pick up the softer cheeses rather than the cheap blocks with high amounts of salt and saturated fats which raise LDL levels in your blood, increasing your risk of heart disease. 

As the cost of living in the UK and around the world increases it makes perfect sense to invest in your health before your wealth. Just like Oil prices food portions are on our minds. A few morsels to keep your back straight may sound extreme to some but in reality, it’s a beautiful and easy way to live since automatically you’ll think less about your next meal, or am I alone on that?!

I appreciate you taking a read of this post and I hope you find a diet that helps you live a longer, stronger and happier life. Food is an essential blessing to our existence and just like cheese, there are many ways to attain a balanced lifestyle since we are all different and have varying needs. However, the best example is in following the way of our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and his companions. Check out the following links for more information. 

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/news-7200-year-old-cheese-ancient-food-chemistry

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/healthiest-cheese#TOC_TITLE_HDR_2

https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/nutrition/cheese#:~:text=Cheese%20is%20a%20great%20source,of%20cardiovascular%20disease%20(CVD)

Foods That Will Benefit Your BJJ Training

If you’re a serious Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and/or MMA competitor that has his or her eye on the prize with goals of filling the Copper Box year after year, you need to eat to win which you’ll hear again and again. Yes, the hard work is in the hours of drilling and putting together your own unique play box but if you neglect your diet you neglect the engine that needs to be optimised for game day.

How’s it going? My name is Hanif and I’m a London based nutrition coach and gym instructor. I’m a student of personal training as well as Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and I really enjoy kettlebell training and running. I help adult men with real health issues get into better shape physically and in terms of mindset. Criterion Fit is our flag and we are always open to helping sportsmen and fitness enthusiasts achieve great things in their preferred world of physical activity and sport. In this post, we will talk about various foods and supplements that I’d recommend highly for the student of the gentle art.

BJJ Gi

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is a modern adaptation of the traditional fighting style called Jiu-jitsu. BJJ as it is commonly abbreviated owes much of its popularity to the Gracie family, a family that also has descendants in the heart of London teaching today. As a sport or form of self-defence BJJ is undeniably potent once one has a basic grounding in the art. To subdue an attacker you’ll find no better way to handle yourself than with the skills of BJJ when it comes to being on the ground which is where most fights will end. For the competition fighter as we said, drilling and perfecting your techniques will be deciding factors aside from the power left in your tank.

Whatever you train Brazilian Jiu-jitsu for you need to make the following foods a part of your (non-vegan/vegetarian) diet. These foods are in no particular order and we always recommend you talk to a dietician or GP if you are unsure of the foods suggested due to allergies to these foods.

Sweet potato is high in fibre, slow energy releasing carbohydrate that will help you power through long training sessions. The orange colour will remind you of Carrots and just like carrots, Sweet Potato is rich in Beta-carotene, an antioxidant that is very good for eye health. Fighting at a top level will require sharp eyes ready to suss out the next planned move of your opponent and you’ll also need that enduring energy found in this low gi vegetable that is easy to prepare.

Eating bananas after a BJJ training session will provide and help restore your bodily glucose needs which is the main source of energy for our bodies. After a heavy training session, you may also experience cramping of muscles which can be alleviated by eating a banana which contains 361mg of Potassium per 100g.

If you’re looking for more sources of carbohydrates and want to keep your calorie count low you could consider switching from rice to couscous. Couscous outdoes rice in that 100g of couscous contains 112 calories whereas standard white rice contains 130 calories per 100g. Another benefit of couscous is that it contains selenium, a mineral that works as an antioxidant, repairing cell damage and reducing inflammation to help you recover from your training sessions and come back stronger

Almonds are seeds of the almond tree and these days you can find them in their raw state, roasted, ground into milk, oil butter and paste. The multitude of ways you can find almonds should be a sign of how nutritious these seeds are. A source of fat, protein and fibre as well as micronutrients, almonds are helpful to men in particular since they improve bone strength, useful for any BJJ competitor.

Milk is a food and drink and one that a BJJ competitor should never look down upon. Yes, Milk is good for your bone, preventing osteoporosis and it is helpful in managing your weight. You can drink milk/chocolate milk after a training session for rehydration and to avoid muscle soreness.

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Here’s how to get a great workout outdoors

Road Running.

Spring is fully in session and those frosty mornings with beaming sunlight are here again. With the new life emerging comes a renewed desire to get healthy and engage in exercise for many of us. If you’ve been in hibernation for the last 6 or so months it’s time to dust off your trainers and get ready to sweat!

My name is Hanif of CriterionFit.com where we help men transform themselves physically and mentally with the help of exercise and diet (nutrition). I’m a student of Fitness, Nutrition and Islamic Knowledge. I also enjoy running, cycling and Martial Arts. As a man I see the positive change regular physical activity can have on people, building and shaping men into leaders. In this post I will tell you how you can get a workout outdoors, a workout to have you sweating and feeling that bit better than when you started.

Step 1: Trainers

Yes, I already said it, dust off your trainers because it’s time to get the blood racing – you may even want to join a race by the end of your session. Running is one of the cheapest ways to increase your physical activity and health. Working your circulatory system helps blood flow more efficiently and your respiratory system also benefits – increasing lung capacity. It’s never too late to start running and if you have to start by walking and jogging for short bursts then do that. 

Step 2: Suspension Training

The local park should have some secure yet low lying branches from which you can attach a suspension training rig. Using your own bodyweight you can get a serious sweat on before you get your black coffee! If you don’t have the money for a suspension training set-up then you could look for a park with an outdoor gym with calisthenic bars to work with. Our muscles need to work just like our heart and lungs. This form of strength training can really get you cut up and shredded – not just for the bodybuilders – as we age muscle wastes away making us weaker. To avoid wasting away muscle it’s important to regularly exercise by bodyweight our a set of Kettlebells [Click Here – Online Kettlebell Training].

Step 3: Circuit Training

Now if you’re looking for a short but high-intensity level of training 2 – 3 times a week here is what you need. A circuit that includes upper and lower body exercise, as well as core strength and cardiovascular work will give you what the above two steps will give you in less time. You have to really be ready to sweat buckets for this style of training because when done well it will be intense.

You should now have an idea of how you can get active, fit and strong outdoors without spending much to achieve your goals. The weather in the UK is getting easier upon us as it usually does at this time of year so take this opportunity to get healthy and put the excuses in the basement never to be opened again. I hope your Spring and Summer bring much good, feel free to drop me a message and get in touch, share this post and follow us on our social media accounts.

Life-Changing with Trainers & a Kettlebell

Trainers by Nike – Pegasus 39

The times we live in are tough and as the reality of the current economic squeeze on family finances becomes more evident, more measures need to be taken to cut costs for many families. As Husbands, fathers and sons of the household, it is usually up to us to bring the bag home and so we start to cut out the unnecessary subscriptions and unneeded purchases. But, should your fitness be on that list to get the cut? Are there other options to consider instead of a gym membership? In this post, I’d like to talk to you about how you can maintain your fitness while we chart these recurring and turbulent times with the help of a pair of trainers and a kettlebell.

Hello, my name is Hanif and I run criterionfit.com, our goal is to get the men of London, the United Kingdom and the whole world to live active lifestyles and maintain a balance in diet. I’m a student of Personal Training, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Islamic knowledge that also likes running, family time and good food. Finding time to exercise can take the back seat for many men and as I approach 40 years of age I see just how important regular physical activity, stretching and eating healthy can improve one’s quality of life.

As I said upon opening this post, the times we are in are tough. The media talk about the rumblings of a recession, social media expectations to maintain the look of elitism and success can incite wicked behaviour and for young men especially the spring/summer heat can swell up paybacks. One of the best ways for the youth to avoid trouble is to stay active and engage in fitness training but this can cost money the youth can’t afford and for some men, the gym setting isn’t an option.

Health is one’s most important possessions. If you don’t look after it you can’t look after those you love and it’s as simple as that so I suggest you invest in just a couple of things. A pair of running trainers and a kettlebell. That’s the foundation of all you need to get a whole-body workout. Running and kettlebell training combined will increase your cardiovascular, respiratory and musculoskeletal systems’ strength and endurance.

I understand that many men wish to exercise but don’t get around to it because of time and money. Such a person needs to reflect upon the state they were created upon, the best of statures, but we let the chasing after wealth come before our true purpose all too often. At present we are in Ramadan and what a blessing it is. It’s an opportunity for the Muslim to be real with himself and make positive steps forward – myself included.

Kettlebells

Running and Kettlebell training as well as the other forms of exercise excite the happy hormones within the brain. The more regularly you work out the less stress you seem to have and the clearer your thinking becomes. Knowing the reality of mental ill-health I find it to be of utmost importance for men and their families to stay active and I know I fall short in this, may Allah ta’ala make it easy.

The cost of your equipment doesn’t matter and what the people say about you while you strive to benefit yourself is irrelevant. The time we have in this life is short and the consequences of our evil actions can be grave upon us until we repent, the life of the grave is long and we only have one life. So with that, I recommend a man to focus in on the important things and realise he is still living and able to give his body its due right.

For links to the ideal style of running shoe and kettlebells to invest in check out the following posts:

Saved by the Kettlebell

Pick your Kicks

Life isn’t easy for anyone. The good or bad we do will show on us so show your best face and let your striving reflect that. Thanks for reading and have a good healthy life.

Road to PT’ing: Passion Over Profit

The fitness and sporting worlds look very inviting, especially to the youth. No doubt, fitness and sport should have a place in all of our lives in some form or another but for the majority of people that take the pursuit of training, exercise and sport to be a career there will be very little acclaim to their name. In this post, I’d like to explain why personal training isn’t for you if you want to get to the bag and why you need to put a passion for helping people before getting to the bank.

I hope you’re well and thank you for taking the time to check into criterionfit.com. My name is Hanif and I’m a student of Personal Training, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu and Salafi Islam. I am getting ready for Ramadan like many Muslims around the world. If you will be fasting the month may Allah azza wa jal accept it from you and us all. At Criterion Fit we help men get into better shape and remedy common health issues through the prescription of exercise and we also offer nutritional/dietary coaching. If you’d like to know more hit our services button in the top menu.

I’ve almost always had an entrepreneurial spirit from buying and selling, flipping and today providing digital products and services that meet the needs of men in the fitness arena. Self-employment has given me the opportunity to set my own plan for the day, week, month and year. As a student of personal training, I see the reality of PT’ing more than ever, long hours with little return is the reality for many people in the industry but I believe Personal Training has real importance and as such Trainers need to show how valuable their time is in order to gain what they should. Of course, there are trainers that cut corners, undercut colleagues and make the industry look shady with no care for the principles they should stand by. This post is about why I like many men and women got into this field.

Quite simply, I enjoyed my time working with a personal trainer after years of living the gym zombie life. Aside from that, I found that my health issues including poor sleep were made to disappear within a short time and the sight of people working out to better themselves was motivating. I thought to myself this was the direction I’d like to take.

The money to be made in personal training wasn’t the big deciding factor for me at all. With time I began to see that there was actually a lot of money being splashed around and the influencer generation on youtube, Instagram and Snapchat of 2017 onwards let it be known that they were getting that doe. But that’s not what a Personal Trainer should focus on. The average man or woman doesn’t look like The Rock or Kim Kardashian, they don’t aspire to live that lifestyle when they have a partner and a child on the way, they just want to move better and feel better because of the stress and strain of work-life behind a desk and cramped space standing on a tube train are all too much. The average PT is helping real-life issues and to do this you have to want to help people (a reality I still may not fully comprehend).

What you see in the media is the flashy pull-in lines, clickbait that sells. The media and social influencers pay to look that way (with money and time). They have been training for a long time and airbrushing, photoshop skills and a gang of make-up artists all thrown in give the unsuspecting viewer the belief that looking like this is just daily life – all for the bag! I’m trying to stress here that if you’re getting into Personal Training because you want to look good on IG then buy photoshop and take some pictures in Harrods, you can employ a PT to help you achieve that. If you want to be a Personal Trainer to help people get on IG then cool, if you want to help people transform from obese to beast cool and if you want to help older people maintain their independence in later life cool – that’s what PT’ing is about.

I like to help people, charities and so on. Being a man of service is noble and if I can get paid to help that is a win. The times we are in are changing rapidly and how we earn a wage has also changed but passion in the right place will get you noticed without having to strip for the camera. I hope you found this post interesting and worth your time. To all the Personal Trainers I hope your passion for the skill is renewed and to those future PTs like myself I hope you gain success in really changing lives for the better.