Niki continues the conversation with Geoff Pound who has been Niki’s own personal trainer.
In this episode:
- Niki asks Geoff how do we get midlife women into gyms. Niki talks about how she has been attending a gym for years however rarely sees midlife women like herself.
- Helping people understanding that they gym is not what people thinks it is – it is not a scary place
- He also talks about what actions he takes to help people see no one is noticing what they do. People are to involved in what they are doing themselves.
- Geoff discusses the help culture that tends to exist in the gym – if you want help ask the fittest looking person. They know what it is like to be where you are.
- Niki talks about her own experiences and habits in the gym including her experience in female only gyms
- Niki asks Geoff about the common mistakes people make when it comes to exercise.
- People building a base layer of Cardio Vascular without doing strength.
- People only using machines and not free weights.
- thinking they can do it all on their own – the importance of getting an assessment from an expert at the beginning
- Start with an understanding of how you move as it affects everything
- The questions is asked around the fear of women to muscle up like a man. Geoff talks about how much actual work it takes to get like that
- Getting clients to understand that there is no quick fix – changing one’s body takes time and commitment
- A discussion around people’s perception of what they can make their body look like. Do clients need a reality check sometimes?
- A discussion around how reality TV and social media challenges has impacted on the fitness industry and people’s expectations.
- How do we balance accepting who we are and be the best at who we are with understanding everyone is different.
- Understanding what you actually need to do to achieve what you want and what you need to sacrifice.
- Discussion about what the best cardio is for midlifers. Geoff discusses he believes everyone should be able to run 1km and keeping fit for what life requires physically
- Working out intensively and how that changes as we age. The importance of recovery.