“Most people are stronger than they think”

Teresa Waite profile

Teresa Waite qualified as a Personal Trainer with YMCAfit seven years ago. She’s helped many people on their road to recovery and believes whatever your starting point, investing in health and wellbeing adds years to your life…

How long have you worked at YMCA Club for?

Six years.

What type of PT are you? Are you a specialist?

I’m encouraging and demanding. I want you to feel and move better. I help people of all ages and abilities attain their goals, whether that's getting leaner, stronger, building stamina, increasing flexibility or simply feeling more confident. I’m a certified Nutrition Coach and have specialist qualifications to work with pre and post-natal women, as well as medical conditions including arthritis, osteoporosis and cancer. 

Many of my clients want to gain confidence with weights or need help if they’re struggling to lose fat. Others just want to feel good and regain stamina and mobility to live life to the fullest. I strive to create challenging and enjoyable sessions, which focus on technique and functional core strength.

In my experience, challenging people with humour helps to move them out of their comfort zone, so progress can happen. I am a positive, playful and encouraging PT.

Why do I need a Personal Trainer? Can’t I just achieve my goals down the gym by myself?

Achieving your goals takes effort, consistency and progression. People often go through the motions, but don't really challenge themselves so fail to see results.

I'll make sure that you get the most out of your gym time by tailoring a safe and effective programme for your needs. One size doesn’t fit all!

What are the main benefits of using a PT?

Working together means I'll motivate you to keep going whereas on you own, you might give up. I focus on proper technique and will keep you on track. There's no slacking off, so you will see real benefits and feel empowered to continue.

How often should I work out with a PT and how long should my sessions be?

This depends on you and your goals. Most sessions are an hour long, once or twice a week, but I always create a programme to suit the client's needs.

How quickly will I see results?

My clients lose significant amounts of fat and gain muscle in as little as 12 weeks. Many have trained with me for years and appreciate the variety of new challenges that I bring, which keep them motivated and accountable.

What are the benefits of working out with a PT at the YMCA Club in particular?

The YMCA Club is the friendliest gym in London with highly experienced trainers and extensive facilities. We're spoilt for choice with the best equipment to play with on the sports hall floor or more privately in the studios. 

How important is the relationship between a PT and their client?

It's crucial to have a trusting and honest relationship with your PT to break down barriers to success. 

Because everyone learns differently, I adapt my teaching style for each person. Most of my clients continue to train with me for many years.

Busting myths – don’t PTs just work with elite athletes and gym junkies? 

Elite athletes have sports-specific coaches. Gym junkies do their own thing. I work with people who want to improve their health and fitness, feel better and live their lives to the fullest. 

How much do you charge and why are you worth the money?

A good PT provides excellent value for money. It's all about priorities - far more money can be squandered on take-aways than on personal training.

My professional fee for a one-hour session at the YMCA Club is £60. Personal training adds years to your life. Investing in your health and well-being is always worth it. 

How have you changed a client’s life?

I encourage my clients to embrace a healthy lifestyle and they feel a real sense of accomplishment. I motivate them to keep going even when they feel like giving up. I get excited when people finally feel good enough to play with their children or grandchildren in the park.

One of my clients fulfilled a lifelong dream of running a marathon at the age of 60. I’ve helped several people lose fat and feel their best on their wedding day. I’ve helped others to lower their blood pressure and cholesterol so medication is no longer necessary.  In just 12-weeks, a cancer survivor, initially exhausted from travelling to the gym, now runs for the bus. I have a client who used to hate exercise, but now does press ups. She says, the time spent training with me is the best part of her day. That's made my year. 

Most people are stronger than they think, they just need encouragement.  

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 club.reception@ymca.co.uk 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.

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Claire.Gilderson | 31 July 2019