The latest sponsor for my that I would like to introduce you all to is Lift the Bar, they are an education and mentoring group who will simply rock your world as a personal trainer. They really do bring community to a position that can create the feeling of isolation. Particularly if you are used to working for someone else.
The generosity of this group kind of blew me away, to be honest, everyone’s kindness and support has. Story for another day however.
Chris who runs LTB with a fantastic group of guys, really does listen, they all ‘GET IT’, been there, done it, got the t-shirt and if they haven’t they’ll find someone who has. But that statement does the group no justice at all, they use that information and draw on the knowledge of specialists to really take you to that next level.
This not only exists in terms of specific business considerations but also supporting you. Mental health is one of those things that often personal trainers will talk freely about in terms of supporting clients to improve through physical activity BUT there is that fear that if we put it out there that we too may struggle we are seen as weak. Here is where my challenge of doing the Marathon des Sables resonated, we believe deeply in supporting each other to be better and do better for others, mentally and physically.
If in doubt, got questions or just want a bit of a gander, give them a shout Lift the Bar– well worth the time and effort. Enough of my chat, read on to really get a better description . . . .
Lift The Bar – A Personal Training Community
Most people become trainers because they had a positive personal experience with health and fitness and they wanted to share that with others, whilst hopefully making a decent living.
You get through your “qualification” and skip off into the sunset helping more lives than Mother Teresa, or maybe not.
More than with most industries, the fitness domain can often leave you confused as to what is actually right, or even good practice. It’s something the experts even like to argue loudly about over social media.
High fat is best.
High carb is best.
Squats are the best exercise.
Squats will ruin your knees.
And so it continues.
Then there’s the isolation. You’re a one (wo)man band. Working long hours often on your own or under the disdainful gaze of “the competition”, you know, the other trainers in your gym.
And what’s the result of this high stress, all consuming and often-convoluted vocation?
19 out of every 20 PT’s will be out of the industry within five years.
Let that sink in for a second. In a world with exponential rates of obesity trainers are struggling to make a living when they are needed now more than ever.
So what did we do?
We created Lift The Bar: Education and Support for Personal Trainers (LTB)
Predominantly based in the UK LTB is a community of over 350 personal trainers, facility owners and education providers with a range of expertise and experience.
So what unifies us?
The desire to improve the fitness industry, and in doing so, helping to positively impact the lives of thousands of people.
So how does it work?
Let’s first look at the education.
- An online webinar library allowing you to learn from industry leaders on a range of topics. This is constantly being updated.
- Seminars in a range of subjects held around the UK in which our members get to learn from experts from both the UK and abroad.
- Internship Days. Get first hand experience how our successful trainers work down at LTB HQ in Bath or Edinburgh.
- Regular Technique Days – A chance to ask questions, make mistakes and apply the information you are learning, all in the comfort of a non judgemental environment. It’s ok not to know stuff!
- Business Days – Helping our members to provide some structure when it comes to growing their business.
- Bi-weekly Skype calls with some of our mentors (complete members only).
I have to be honest, as good as the education is, I honestly don’t think it’s the best part of LTB. Why? The community and the support it provides.
Lets check out the support.
- Community- To those who are not part of LTB this can often seem a little strange but the sense of community is HUGE. It is what makes LTB, LTB! From a little pick me up if you have had a bad day, to other coaches providing you with their time all in the name of helping. It’s the best group of hard working and moral people I can say I have been a part of. Our members hold regular met ups with each other all over the country (for both work and play) and once you are welcomed into LTB, you are one of our own, no ego’s, no ulterior motives, just a fantastic community of coaches trying to be better (and doing it with a smile on their faces and possibly one too many drinks at the social event J).
- Members Facebook Group– Imagine being able to pick the brains of over 350 fellow trainers. Well that’s what happens everyday in our closed FB group. Anything from where to get new flooring for your gym to asking for advice on a client with stubborn body fat. The Facebook group really has become the hub of our LTB community.
- Accountability Service – Sometimes there is just so much to do it can cause paralysis by analysis. We take some of the stress away by getting our members to prioritise their weekly tasks then hold them accountable to them.
So there you go, a little glimpse into our LTB community.
If you would like to know more please visit our website at Lift the Bar or visit us on Facebook at Lift The Bar: Education and Support for Personal Trainers.