43 year-old Tino Constantouris qualified as a Personal Trainer three years ago with YMCAfit. Tino loves going on a journey with his clients and watching them transform. Physically, mentally or adopting a new lifestyle, with Tino, they’ll never be the same again…
How long have you worked at the YMCA Club for?
I’ve been at the Club for 18 months - the staff are so friendly and knowledgeable. YMCAfit at the Club is the centre of excellence where they benchmark the industry standards. I’ve always wanted to work here.
What type of PT are you? Are you a specialist?
My clients’ goals vary including improving energy and stamina to losing weight or gaining muscle-mass, training for an endurance event or improving over-all fitness for daily life. My niche is taking people on who don’t have a great deal of confidence with exercise. They might have had a bad experience and didn’t enjoy it or they’ve never exercised before and they’re battling to lose weight or they have a health conditions connected to their weight.
I help build their confidence. That’s one of the main reasons why I became a PT – I like having an input and seeing them transform. I help clients get to where they need to be on their journey - that’s my motivation. I’m here to guide, support and motivate you to achieve your fitness goals. I challenge my clients, but we also have fun at the same time. Your goals are my goals and together we’ll smash it!
Why do I need a PT? Can’t I just achieve my goals down the gym by myself?
Exercising on your own can often lead to the wrong fitness routines, whereas I will observe your training and teach you how to exercise effectively and safely to prevent injury.
I take your goals, needs, likes and dislikes into consideration and introduce you to methods of training that are new and effective. I have a whole armoury of training techniques and exercises that are fun and can be tailored for you.
Some people are great at motivating themselves to achieve their own goals, whilst others need a bit of a push and motivation. I provide that voice of encouragement to give you that boost of energy needed for a few extra reps. I work with clients to change that inner voice that says “I can’t” to “I did it!”
Some clients see me after a bad day at work where they just don’t feel like training. It’s fantastic to take a client from that state of mind at the beginning of a session to seeing them energised and motivated with a sense of achievement, by the end of it.
Misconceptions about weight management and fitness can lead to individuals ‘self-diagnosing’ and chasing after quick fix diets. This can lead to frustration, disillusionment and giving up altogether.
There are some fantastic training resources out there - YouTube, Instagram and fitness apps etc, but there is one fundamental flaw. No feedback from a Personal Trainer!
What else does a PT offer?
I can also measure your body composition, blood pressure and heart-rate in addition to providing a range of fitness tests to see how your body responds to exercise. We can also conduct posture and flexibility analysis.
How often should I work out with my PT for how long?
That is down to the individual - everyone is different.
People have come to me and said, “I’ve never exercised before and I want to do four sessions a week with you.” I could quite easily think “ca ching – quids in”, but I’ve said “no.” Training four days a week when you haven’t exercised before will probably put you off because it will be too much, too soon. Your body needs a chance to adapt and adjust to exercise.
I would start you off on two sessions, then the following week, I’ll see how your body is reacting. Regular reviews and feedback ensure that you are on track and I’ll make necessary adaptions so you get the best results possible.
How quickly will I see results?
To get results, ideally, you need to be training at least three to four days per week. If you severely lack motivation, than maybe have a PT for two or four of those days - it’s down to the individual.
If you put in the work and depending on your nutrition, it can take about eight weeks before you start to see the results. You’re not going to see a six pack! I’ve had clients who’ve had results in four to five weeks, but you can’t promise that. Every factor is vital.
Doing a body composition analysis at the Club is also a good way of monitoring your progress.
How important is the relationship between a PT and their client?
I will listen to you. You are an individual with a unique body shape. Your goals, needs, likes and dislikes are taken into consideration when I create your bespoke, effective training plan just for you. I try to understand how you think so I can tailor my teaching to your individual learning style. You are not going to be stuck on a conveyor belt with me.
I will support you instead of tell what to do – that just de-motivates a person. It’s important to motivate you and push you to achieve the best that you can. I’m all about finding out what makes people tick and what motivates them. I’m very much a people person.
I always ask for feedback at the end of each session - what they liked and didn’t like, etc because I want them to feel comfortable enough to tell me if they disliked a particular exercise. I can’t force them to do an exercise they hate - that will become a de-motivator and they won’t achieve their results. There are so many other exercises that we can do instead. Honest feedback allows me to design a programme that’s going to motivate them and help them to sustain their fitness. I make sure they’re engaged to get good results.
How much do you charge and why are you worth the money?
At the Club, I charge between £50 and £60 per hour, but if you’re buying a package, I can do you an offer, eg, buy 10 PT sessions and get one free.
You get what you pay for. A PT doesn’t just train you for one hour, there’s the time spent designing the session according to your needs, creating a plan that is going to get you to where you need to be and making adaptions as you go along.
How have you changed a client’s life?
I love helping clients to change their lives for the better.
I’ve had clients who initially struggled to take the stairs without getting out of breath, who felt lethargic and lacked focus at work. The initial goal might have been to lose weight and improve cardiovascular fitness, but the knock-on effects meant taking the stairs without being breathless, better sleep, no unwanted naps and more productivity at work.
I’ve trained clients with low self-esteem who’ve felt very self-conscious. To see someone go from a negative to a very positive outlook through training, achieving goals and celebrating their successes is why I love what I do.
Special ‘PT Six-Pack’ offer in August
If you refer a friend to the YMCA Club in August, you qualify for a FREE half hour personal training session with one of our friendly, professional PTs. You’ll also be entered into our FREE prize draw where you could win a further six hours-worth of PT sessions absolutely FREE.
To take advantage of this great offer, email the details of you and your friend to firstname.lastname@example.org or pop into Club Reception in person. This offer applies to core members only (Annual Full, Annual Monthly Direct Debit, Rolling Monthly, 6 Month Membership for both corporates and individuals). This offer excludes concessions and students and is not valid with any other offer.
Free half hour PT sessions are valid for eight weeks from date of referring a friend. Only one free half hour PT session per referral, per member.
‘PT Six-Pack’ winners will be informed by email following the prize draw. The ‘PT Six-Pack’ is valid for three months from when the winners are informed.
This offer is not transferable and no cash equivalent or refund will be available.