• Why ChimpTamer?

    Well, to start off, this has nothing to do with domesticating real wild animals. In fact, no animals were (or will be) harmed in any of the actions we do.

     

    The idea of taming chimps comes from a psychological model developed by Professor Steve Peters which places a personified image of a chimp onto the unconscious mind of each person.

     

    All people have their own chimp. Our chimp (or unconscious mind) is responsible for our fight/flight/freeze response. Its primal in nature. It makes the decisions that keep us alive in stressful and dangerous situations. It is incredibly powerful and incredibly fast to respond to situations that we place ourselves in. This is great when we might need to escape from wild animals who's sole intention is to eat us. If we see a bush full of ripe juicy berries as we wander through the forest it will suggest strongly that we stop and eat until there's nothing left as we don't know when our next meal is going to present itself. It is one of the main reasons that humans survived as a species and why we thrive so well in an ever changing world.

     

    In modern living we find ourselves in modern times with very little that actually requires our chimps to step in and take charge. Its unlikely that we'll need to run away from or hide from much to save our lives. The likelihood of having to stand and fight for our lives is very slim. The reality of not knowing when we next may be able to eat has changed.

     

    Our chimps tell us that starting to swim a triathlon with hundreds of other people in the water will result in us being kicked, punched, knocked unconscious, drowned. Our chimps tell us that everyone at the gym is going to be looking at our extra ripples wobbling around as we try to trot on a treadmill or they'll be laughing as we struggle to lift the smallest dumbbell while they easily put the whole bar bending stack over their heads. Our chimps tell us that feeling hungry is the worst possible thing we could feel and to eat all the available sweets just in case a swarm of locusts breaks into the house and gets it all before us.

     

    Our chimps do all these things for various reasons but essentially they don't want us to look bad, feel bad, get hurt, get weak, and a host of other reasons. Our chimps aren't wrong. They aren't being naughty. They aren't being bad. They are simply being chimps and may need some help in understanding why we don't need them to help out and look after us like this all the time. They need working with and teaching to be calm and relaxed in most of these scenarios.

     

    So we need to make some changes. We need to let our inner chimps know that the minor small nut sized stresses of everyday living don't require a sledgehammer response to crack them. The panic feelings that we get that stop us from taking part in an event we've set our minds on or that might keep us from going to the gym or even that might prompt us to eat a whole packet of biscuits in front of the tv are unhelpful and unhealthy for us.

     

    Simply put - We need to tame our chimps.

  • Do I need more personal training sessions?

    This is a question really based on your own preference and what's most beneficial for you. Some people do well with a plan that's specific to them and they can do the actual training work independently. Others need more help and direction so might benefit from more in-person time. This might even change with time. You might need more help initially to get going and then need less direct training as you gain experience or it might be that you're good with the basics but need more training later as things may get more complex.

  • I see you're based in the UK. Will it work if I'm in Australia/France/South America etc?

    One of the benefits of working with an online coach is that your location and mine really don't matter. Sometimes there might be a short delay in responding to emails etc if one of us is asleep at the time but otherwise it works really well with the world we live in now. I've been working with people from across the globe for many years and its rarely (if ever) proved difficult. Even working with teams from diverse timezones can work well. I do work primarily in English so if you're comfortable with that then we're all good.

  • Can I have a free session?

    There's no such thing as a free session. There is always a cost at some point to someone.

     

    If you decide that you want to work with me (and I agree that we're a good fit to work together) then my services are chargeable.

     

    I do however provide an initial consultation at no cost to you. I'll spend time with you to discuss how you can best proceed and only if we agree to work together will my time begin to be charged to you.

  • Can I negotiate a reduced rate?

    I have bulk purchase rates set to give an incentive to buy into coaching for longer durations. Many goals are longer term so this would make a lot of sense to go for longer contracts up front. The bigger bundles can also be split over three smaller payments to help lighten the monthly load.

     

    I don't offer further reductions at least in large part because the value of the service is linked strongly to the value you place on your own development. If you see your personal development as being somehow worth less then its not a long step to think of it as worthless - at this point you're on the way to failing and that can be right from before we even begin work.

     

    Having said that, sometimes there will be offers and discounted rates on other things which are a perk of already being a client (ie reduced entry to certain events, special rates on blocks of in-person training sessions, etc).

  • Can I get a refund?

    Initially, see the terms of contract signed up to when you bought your package. This should be clear enough. I do understand that sometime there are strong reasons to cancel so talk to me. Much better that we have a discussion and work things out.

  • What's to stop me using a cheaper coach/trainer?

    Absolutely nothing. There are lots of coaches and trainers and its important for you and for the coach to get the best fit. You'll have your own goals and aspirations as will each coach.

     

    You should aim to find the coach who best offers what you need. If you want an in person beasting once a week then go find the trainer that does that. If you want to be told what to do every minute of every day then go find that coach. If you want a 'health first' approach aimed at maximising your chances of feeling great and performing well for many years then why not come and have a chat with me.

     

    As for 'cheaper' - there will be cheaper coaches and trainers. There will be lots of trainers trying to get you through the door with some crazy deals and competing with each other to drive down prices (I've even seen offerings like 4 weeks with 3 sessions per week plus other extras for £150 - works out less the £10/hour). If that's important to you then go grab one of those deals. I won't do that sort of thing. I value both my own knowledge and experience as well as the quality of my service to you. I won't get into a price war simply to get more clients on my books. I'd prefer to get outstanding results with a smaller number of clients and know I've done the best job I can with them.

     

    The old saying 'you get what you pay for' is as true in the health and fitness industry as it is in any other. If the coach doesn't hold their training and experience in high regard, should you?

  • What's the difference between online coaching and in-person coaching?

    In a nutshell - online coaching is done remotely and in-person means we meet face to face. There are also hybrid packages where you get the benefits of online coaching plus the benefits of in-person training.

     

    Online coaching doesn't mean we never interact. We still have regular communication via phone, email, video conferencing etc. Online/remote coaching means that we have more flexibility over when we can meet up, more flexibility over geography (I work with people from across the globe), and more flexibility over the amount of time spent on sessions and planning (most personal trainer sessions are 1hr long regardless of whether the client needs 15 minutes to get the direction they require or 90 minutes to work through a series of drills and corrective exercises to fix a running gait issue.

     

    The key is to work out the most effective approach for each individual client.

  • Which package should I choose?

    The packages are there as a guide to what levels of service you can expect. The specific package you choose is best determined through an initial consultation so we can discuss your actual needs in relation to your goals.

     

    I'm not going to try and sell you the Athlete Coaching Package just because its more money. Equally so, I'm not going to sell you a Nutrition only package if your consultation shows a need for us to address other areas of your health.

     

    Nutrition is definitely the building block from which all else is supported and an athlete will perform better if they have a generally healthy lifestyle so it may be that we start with one package and look to change that at a later date. For instance, if your goal is to run the London Marathon and you're starting from scratch we might begin with a Healthy Lifestyles Package to get you feeling better in general and get you eating and moving well and then look at bringing in the Athlete specific package at a later point (or maybe we don't need to so we might keep you where you are if that level of involvement is ticking all your boxes).

     

    It may even be that none of the packages are exactly right in which case we can find a suitable offering that's just right for you.

  • Do I have to get you to do all my PT sessions?

    No, of course not. If we're working together on a remote basis then you may want to get some local instruction in safe performance of certain movements so you might want a local trainer for that (although most gyms have floor staff to help with that) or we might do some video interaction so I can direct from afar.

     

    It might be that you decide you love the way I coach your sport specific technique and programme your overall training plans but would prefer a female trainer for the in-person gym sessions and/or classes (it is not uncommon especially for women to prefer a female trainer to help them feel more comfortable). In that case I'd point you to my wife first as she is an excellent trainer who does some amazing work with women.

  • I have a health issue or an injury. Can you still work with me?

    There are very few issues that result in you not being able to get training/coaching towards your goals. In some cases it may require your doctor to approve participation in certain activities and in some cases they may advise against it.

     

    I am happy to work in partnership with other health practitioners where there may be a legal requirement or a practical one to do so. For instance, if a dietician has specified a particular diet then I can take that detail and help coach you to follow the plan. Or if a doctor has said you need to lose a certain amount of weight to reduce risk of illness but that your knees are damaged so you can't run I'll work with that and find a plan that will work for you. Sometimes it might require I discuss things with those healthcare practitioners (which will always be done only with your written consent) so we can work most effectively in your best interests.

  • Do you work with kids?

    It does depend on what's needed and the specific child in question. I'm happy to train younger people and maturity level is likely to be more of a factor than physical age. Children should be active throughout their formative years and keep this going into adult (and all through their lives).

     

    Working on healthy habits of what to eat and how to exercise safely is important for all including our kids. There is a common fallacy out there that children shouldn't lift heavy weights because it affects their bone and other tissue development. This is nonsense and has no grounding in valid scientific research. Injury is likely for anyone not doing things right so correct technique and correct attitude are important regardless of age.

     

    The best thing to do is to have a discussion and we can work out what's best for your child.

  • The packages you advertise aren't quite what I want. Can you help me with something more specific?

    Of course I can. Let's have a chat and we can work out what's best for you and your needs.