Here’s some of the most common questions answered for you. Please contact Tracy if you have a specific enquiry:
What can a Personal Trainer do for me?
If you have every wanted to be slimmer, have more energy or enhance your physical performance, then a Personal Trainer could be for you. In addition to delivering an effective exercise programme and motivating you, a PT will also look at lifestyle issues and nutrition that contribute to making your exercise programme even more effective.
Do I need to be fit to start Personal Training?
Nope! That’s the great thing. Using a Personal Trainer is a highly effective way to get fit in the first place. Whilst athletes and professional sports people often use a PT, it is not necessary to be in top condition to start with. Each person is unique so have their own personal challenges to conquer, whether it’s running for a bus or running a marathon.
How many sessions do I need to book in?
I recommend new clients book and pay for a five-session block to start. This gives us enough time to cover all the material you need to know to be independently exercising with your own personalised fitness programme. If, after five sessions you need more motivation and guidance, you can book in for more sessions. You can also book in for ‘top up’ sessions after your initial five.
Where do sessions take place?
Off peak sessions can take place in your home or office. However if you live outwith Edinburgh, or don’t have any indoor space, sessions can also be held in Tracy's studio, just off Leith Walk. In good weather, we can exercise outdoors. All peak time sessions take place at Griffen Fitness, 3 Balfour Street.
I also run Workplace Workouts, no-sweat workouts specifically designed for offices.
Why do you not work from a gym?
Gyms are boring! Tracy truly believes that any exercise that is done in a gym can be done at home or outdoors (with perhaps the exception of lifting mega heavy weights). It’s also beneficial to get outdoors to really blow the cobwebs away...
Having spent the years of 2005 - 2009 cycling to all of her clients homes around Edinburgh, Tracy decided it was time to open her own space. The Griffen Fitness studio is just off Leith Walk, and is a lovely bright, but still private space where most sessions take place. The best thing about having a studio to yourself is that sessions can be part outdoors, part indoors. Perfect for the changeable weather of Auld Reekie.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you wish to cancel or reschedule a session, I ask for at least 24 hours notice. A session can be cancelled or rescheduled, however cancellations / rescheduling with less than 24 hours notice will incur the full session fee.
Will it hurt?
Perhaps! If you are returning to exercise after an extended break or have never formally exercised, sometimes you might feel muscle soreness. However stretching and nice warm baths can alleviate this discomfort. I do not believe in ‘no pain no gain’, but it is natural for muscles to feel a little tender when you push yourself harder than you are used to. It’s a sign of progress as your body adapts to exercise and gets stronger.
The first fitness session is the easiest, and each session gets more difficult. This allows your body to adapt as you to get used to exercising a bit harder.
How do I book in?
Booking in is easy, simply fill in the contact form, with what day(s) / time(s) you'd prefer, and whether you'd like studio or off site sessions, and we will get back to you directly. Alternatively please feel free to call on 0800 083 5955. Upon booking you can pay in advance by Paypal / BACs or we can process cheque / cash payment at the first session.