Meet our Personal Trainers — Amy

Why do you love training women? 

I love working with women in the fitness industry to achieve their goals. It is my passion to help make women feel more empowered, more confident, stronger and enjoy a more positive lifestyle. 
Why do you think one on one or small group training is important? 

Personal training and small group training is beneficial because it keeps you accountable, helps to prevent injury, helps give you great knowledge of exercise and how to achieve your goals through safe and effective training methods, and the best part its fun and always motivating. 
My strengths:

Strengths as a trainer, friendly and motivating every session, knowledgeable and passionate about coaching each client to suit their individual goals and lifestyle and extremely technique focused.

Meet our Personal Trainers — Loz

Lauren (Loz)

Why do you love training women? 

I love training women because it’s empowering, working in this industry and especially our soulfit community I find we are always lifting each other up, constantly motivating one another not only physically but mentally as well!
Why do you think one on one or small group training is important? 

I think one on one training is beneficial to your fitness success regardless of your ability to remain motivated! One on one training can take your training to another level, focusing on your SMART goals we (client and trainer) work together through those goals and get you were you want to be within your fitness journey!
My strengths:

I really love working with the client specifically to achieve their goals! Of course, adding my own flare as well.
I love different types of weight training, strength & conditioning, hypertrophy as well as cross-training. I think it’s really important to incorporate a mixture of weight training as well as cardiovascular training to achieve ultimate fitness and wellbeing, which is why I find my strengths lie within these areas.

Meet our Personal Trainers — Kelsey

Why do you love training women? 

I’m obsessed with strong women – I think women underestimate themselves a lot of the time, especially in regards to their physical capacity, and I love helping them realise exactly how much their body is capable of. Like, come on, we deal with horrific menstrual cramps every single month — we birth children!! — we do awesome thing with our bodies … so you can absolutely get through 10 more seconds of burpees, you amazon warrior! 

Why do you think one on one or small group training is important? 

The best thing about working with a PT is having someone solely focused on you and your needs for the entire session – whether those needs are physical, mental or emotional. That goes doubly so during COVID times, as it helps to break up the isolation you might be experiencing and gives you a much needed mental break from a really stressful and chaotic environment. Small group PT adds that extra social element you might be craving and also an extra layer of accountability – you have three other people waiting for you, so you don’t want to let them down! 

My strengths:

I have a bit of a weird infatuation with glutes – I know, I know, I like the booty! But seriously, I’ve seen a lot of injuries and experienced a few first-hand that could have been avoided by focusing a little more on glute activation and strength, so now I preach that quite a lot. I also really love seeing muscles grow!! Building a good, strong, luscious booty and set of pins is more satisfying to me than watching weight fall off. So, more broadly, my PT style is to focus on the bigger sorts of lifts using the squat racks and finish off with a really high-intensity round to get you sweaty, breathless and full of endorphins. 

Fitness Fact Point with Kelsey!

What’s the point in all this bodyweight stuff anyway?

Something we’re hearing a lot at the moment — especially from members who typically like to lift the really heavy stuff! — is that it’s frustrating only having smaller weight options or bodyweight for their strength work during home isolation. And giiiiiirl, we feel you! But here’s the thing: just because you feel like you’re losing your top-range strength, it doesn’t mean you’ve lost all you’ve worked for. Here are two reasons why.

1. Muscle has memory. This means that even though you will have lost some top-range strength and power, all the hard work you did pre-COVID will have left an impression on your muscles. So when you can get back into heavier lifting (slowly, and with the appropriate caution to rebuild your tendon strength), you won’t take nearly as long to get to the same level as you did the first time around. All that hard work? NOT for nothing.

2. Doing higher reps than you’re used to, at a lighter weight than you’re used to, is simply a different style of training. While you may be used to lifting 5 reps of a really heavy weight (called max strength training) or to lifting 12 reps of a medium-heavy weight (called hypertrophy training), you’re now lifting 15-20 reps of a lighter weight or bodyweight – this is called muscular endurance training. And guess what – it’s the base upon which all heavier training relies. Endurance training means you are teaching your muscles to perform the movement for longer. It also means you can focus more on the fundamental base movements that should be mastered perfectly before you load them up – such as the bodyweight squat and the hip hinge. Too often in normal gym life we skip these basics and rush into the heavy stuff. Being forced to go back and focus on the fundamentals is really a blessing in disguise, and may even be setting us up for a more injury-free future as a result.

So try not to be bummed out about missing your heavy weights. Before too long you’ll be throwing them around again – only with more stamina, AND a stronger base to support you.