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Southampton Personal Trainer Gen Preece

Back on 93.7 Express FM: fads, fitness…and Jason Donovan!

Health and fitness myths, and how to stay on track!

It was so great to be invited back on to 93.7 Express FM to chat once again to the awesome Miles Henson!

Gen back on 97.3 Express FM!

January 2014: Gen back on 97.3 Express FM!

As a recap, my top tips for not falling off the New Years Resolution wagon are:

– surround yourself with positive people: we are the amalgamation of the five people we spend the most time with. Make sure yours are radiators and not drains.

– be patient: take things one step at a time, one day at a time, one meal at a time. Results that are permanent are achieved over time, not instantaneously.

– be kind to yourself: focus on what you CAN do, not what you can’t do. And think about what you HAVE rather than what you want. Often this is all it takes to bring us back to the present moment and feel grateful. And when we have gratitude on our mind, it’s impossible to feel anything other than peace.

And finally: becoming buddies with Miles Henson clearly has advantages as I even managed to get Jason Donovan on the air! Thanks Miles once again for having me, and sacrificing your credibility in the process! 😉

Southampton Personal Trainer Gen Preece with BBC Radio Solent's Katie Martin

Back at the BBC talking Gymtimidation!

I was so excited to be invited back on to BBC Radio Solent to talk Gymtimidation with the lovely Katie Martin!

Having began my career as a personal trainer working in public gyms, I feel I could have talked for HOURS about the endless array of problems that I used to see everyday! The biggest one being just how intimidating and daunting January newcomers used to find the environment and atmosphere. Just where did all these people come from?!

The first few weeks of January within a public gym can be like nothing; even the regular users, have ever seen before. A great friend of mine sent me this poster a few weeks ago which made me laugh a lot 🙂

Gen Levrant Personal Trainer SouthamptonAs a Personal Trainer, in January I would struggle to get on the equipment I needed for my client’s session, I would set up circuits to find someone had swiped the dumbbells I had laid out if my back was turned, and had trouble finding a sufficient bit of space to train my client in safely!

So all in all, not a great environment for members OR personal trainers (and one of the main reasons I now train my clients out of a private studio!)

The main points I felt I needed to stress while I was talking to Katie were if you don’t think the gym is right for you, then please don’t join one thinking you will change your mind, especially if you decide to join in January!

If you have never joined a gym before, it is not the be all and end all if your New Years Resolution is to be more active. Instead, think about what you WOULD enjoy. Try a few different things: if you enjoy being around nature, look into what nature walks are in your local area.

If you enjoy swimming, find a pool and go for a swim. If you like the idea of a class but are worried about lacking co-ordination, have a look for a class for beginners or all abilities. This is why we created our 6 Week Boot Camp class, so EVERYBODY could join in, regardless of age, fitness level and ability and have a great time all getting fit together.

And if you DO want to join a gym, my advice would be to get an induction with as many instructors as possible. The instructor can very much dictate your entire experience of the gym and it is their responsibility to make you feel safe, valued and comfortable. And, as a paying customer, you are entitled to nothing less!

If you are considering hiring a personal trainer, again speak to a few different ones and you will then know whether or not they are the right person for you.

You can listen to my interview with the lovely Katie here.

Until next time, I wish you all a very happy and healthy 2014 free from gymtimidation!

Southampton Personal Trainer Gen Preece BBC Solent Boot Camp

My second radio appearance in a fortnight: now the BBC!

Southampton Personal Trainer now on the BBC!

I must say, I’m loving this radio business – I was so excited to be invited on to BBC Radio Solent as a Saturday Morning News panel guest yesterday!

The lovely Katie Martin (standing in for the equally lovely Sasha Twining) and I, together with Roger Walker and Rob Drake-Knight had a great time discussing the morning headlines.

Gen with BBC Radio Solent Katie Martin

Gen with BBC Radio Solent Katie Martin

As someone known for usually only taking an interest in the positive and uplifting stories (which are a rarity!) I never knew the news could be so much fun!

I cannot actually remember the last time I read a newspaper so leafing through them and managing to find stories that were not all doom and gloom was pretty refreshing.

And the fact that we started at 7am and I managed to articulate my thoughts is something I am rather proud of!
So thank you to Katie and all at BBC Radio Solent for inviting me!

You can listen to the show on BBC iplayer here

Southampton Personal Trainer Gen Preece on Express FM

Video didn’t Kill THIS Radio Star

Southampton Personal Trainer Gen Preece Interviewed on Express FM!

Gen on 93.7 Express FM Portsmouth

Gen on 93.7 Express FM Portsmouth

Last week I was fortunate enough to be invited on to 93.7 Express FM’s Business Show, by the lovely Miles Henson, who wanted to know all about my philosophy and profession as a Personal Trainer.

I couldn’t believe how quick the hour went! We had a lovely chat about how I got started, why I do what I do, what actually happens at our Faster Southampton Bootcamp (I think it definitely sounds a lot scarier than it is!) and the kind of people I am so fortunate enough to train.

Gen Levrant with Express FM's Miles Henson

Gen with Express FM’s Miles Henson

I got to pick some chuuuuuuunes also which I hope everybody enjoyed (although the choice of Olivia Newton-John’s ‘Physical’ was down to Miles – not me!) and my awesome colleague Rob kindly looked after my Thursday Bootcamp class for me while I chatted away.

So thanks Miles for a great evening, I can’t wait to come back in January to talk more fitness, boot camp, functional training and FASTER!