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Will I need access to a gym?

 

Absolutely not! In fact, I’d encourage you to train at home if you have a suitable space. Training at home offers more flexibility and cuts down on travel time. You’ll be surprised at how little equipment you really need to get a good workout.

 

Will I need to purchase any equipment?

 

Not necessarily; you may be surprised at how effective a workout you can get from sticking with bodyweight exercises alone. If you are keen to add a little more resistance and variety to your training though, and you don’t want to head into gym, you can pick up just a few bits of kit and do your workouts from home. There’ll be more detail in the Getting You Kitted Out section of your Welcome Handbook, but a set of resistance bands provides a great starting point. Plus, they pack down small and won’t take over your house.

 

How do I know if this program is suitable for me?

 

One of the many benefits of strength training is that it's accessible and tailor-able to pretty much everyone. You don't need to be super fit already; I will adjust the volume of your training to make sure you get through feeling like you've worked hard, but without feeling like you might throw up or collapse. Neither do you need to be a certain shape or size. With so many different exercises and exercise modifications available, there are plenty of options to ensure you get a full body workout without being put into positions that feel uncomfortable or impossible.

 

Am I too old to start doing something like this?

 

Age certainly shouldn’t be a limiting factor. In fact, I’d say the older you get, the more important it becomes to get lifting. Visions of fit young people lifting heavy and flexing their muscles in the gym can make it feel like this is something exclusively for them. But the truth is, that’s not where most of us are at and with a little guidance, anyone at any age can start strength training.

 

I have injuries, is this program suitable for me?

 

If you have any injuries, illness, or you’re taking any medication, you’re advised to get clearance from your doctor before you begin any physical activity. Depending on the nature of your injury/illness, modifications to your training programme and the exercises may be required, in which case it might be more suitable to seek one-to-one support to ensure your training meets your needs.

 

Why the focus on strength training?

 

I think that sometimes the health benefits of exercise get unfairly credited to cardio alone. But strength training offers a whole host of physical benefits too; from improved heart health, to weight management to reduced risk of type II diabetes; from improved sleep, to more energy, to reduced stress. And it's especially advantageous for women, helping to minimise loss of bone and muscle mass as we age. Mentally, strength training also offers a unique tool to practice mindful movement, self-compassion and gratitude, which in turn can help shift our focus from weighing, counting calories and scrutinising our bodies, to nourishing, nurturing and appreciating them for what they can do.

 

Will I need access to any tech?

 

To keep things as uncomplicated as possible, there’s no app or anything that requires you to navigate a whole heap of new software. Your training programs and coaching materials will be delivered via email. You can download and print these as you see fit. You’ll also need to download Zoom, which we’ll be using for our weekly coaching calls. You can set up an account for free, quickly and easily by heading to https://zoom.us

 

What If I can’t make it to a live coaching call?

 

Don’t worry. If you’re unable to make it to a call live, just drop me an email at info@rachelamies.co.uk to let me know and I’ll send you the recording.

 

When does the program start and finish?

 

You’ll be able to select a start date when you sign up. The program is designed to last for 12 weeks, but if you’d prefer to pay monthly and just opt for 4 or 8 weeks, that’s totally do-able too. Once you’re all signed up, you’ll receive your Welcome Handbook, which provides more detail on how the program works, and what to expect over the coming weeks. Once the program begins, you’ll receive your training program and all your coaching materials for the month ahead. Each week you will be invited to attend a live call, where I’ll dive deeper into the coaching, help you out with any sticking points regarding your training, and answer any other questions you may have.

 

How does payment work?

 

I offer pay upfront and monthly payment plans. Payment is via debit/credit card.

 

Is there a cancellation policy?

 

Yes. If you’re not absolutely happy with the program after the 14 days of training, just let me know and I’ll issue you with a full refund* in line with my Terms and Conditions. My approach to training is not for everyone; if you’re just after a quick fix I’d recommend looking elsewhere. But if you want to make serious, long-term positive changes to your health and fitness then I’m confident that you’re going to love what we do.

 

*Minus admin and card processing fees.

Something else?

Just drop me an email at info@rachelamies.co.uk

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