What’s so different about us?

handstandsAt Read Performance Training we actually have a system of training. From the moment you walk through the door on your very first session to the time you no longer train with us we have a plan for your training.

That plan begins with the Functional Movement Screen and gives us a baseline assessment of what restrictions you have and what movements will be safe for you to do. Unlike most fitness studios we won’t try to give you the most advanced exercise we can find. Instead we’ll begin at the beginning, or wherever you’re ready to start from, and work to improve your health and fitness over time.

What kind of results will I see?

tess-hunt-kettlebellsI’ve been doing this a long time. A really long time. I’ve helped people win world championships, Olympic medals and also helped people drop almost half their body weight in some cases.

But in all those cases the results were a product of one thing – how much effort people have put in. If you really want to get results from personal training and have star fitness then you need to put in a star performance. Think about it – unless you magically woke up one morning to find yourself woefully out of shape then it has taken months, if not years, to get into that shape. The flip side to that is that it’s going to take a while to go from out of shape to actually in shape. How long that takes is dependant on you. The harder you work and the more dedicated you are to doing the right thing outside of the gym the better the results will be.

Exercise isn’t about quick fixes. It’s about long sustained efforts over the rest of your life. At ReadPT we don’t do quick fixes. We work with our clients to make sure that they live their lives as healthily and fully as they can, using the fitness they gain with us to add benefit to the rest of their lives.

How do I get started in classes?

gym-group-workoutGetting started with us is not as easy as walking through the door. Most people really have no understanding of how to perform even the most basic of exercises properly. In a group setting that potentially means that the entire class could be at risk of hurting themselves.

Because of that we run both one-on-one introduction sessions as well as regular beginner workshops through Dragon Door Australia which cover the same material. These sessions have proven to be the best way we’ve found to make sure that when people come into group training that they’re ready to train. Once we know that you’re safe and can perform the basics well then it’s time to get started seriously.

Do I need personal training?

chin-upsFor absolute best results, yes, but for most people, most of the time you’ll get almost as much out of group training as you will from personal training at a fraction of the cost.

But, there are times when personal training is the best or only option. Group training is not for rehab or learning new movements. Group training is for training with no ailments. In fact, if you’ve got an injury you’re not even allowed in group class. If you’re relatively new to training – perhaps less than twelve months total training time – you’re going to need some extra help learning all the new movements you’re expected to do. And that’s when PT comes in for most people – rehab, learning new moves or when you’re not able to make our regularly scheduled class times.

What kind of equipment do you use?

SONY DSCThere’s a fair chance when you come in the door at ReadPT that you’ll think that we have almost no equipment. That’s a common mistake. You were born with the best piece of workout equipment ever designed – your body. Mastering using your own body is an essential step to developing real strength and movement as well as ensuring that you stay injury free when you lift heavy weights.

Combined with barbell and kettlebell training that’s all we need. To be honest, any trainer who needs more than that to get you in shape needs to get a new job. Those three things – body weight, barbells and kettlebells – are the traditional old school ways to get in shape and stay that way. They’ve been around for hundreds of years and have proven themselves time and again for all kinds of goals.

Our training area is 200sq.m of open space that we can use for whatever the plan of the day is. That leaves you free to train nard safely and not worry about someone else bumping into you or otherwise endangering you. Classes are also limited to a dozen people so that you never have to fight for space or equipment.

How can we follow what goes on at ReadPT?

This website is a great way – make sure to check the blog as I write quite a lot.

Breaking Muscle – www.breakingmuscle.com/andrew-read
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