Personal Training FAQ

Tracy holding binoculars and pointing in the park, with Coco the pug at her feet

Still searching for the answer? Check out some frequently asked questions about Personal Training.

Please contact Tracy if you have a specific enquiry or would like to book in.

If you have ever wanted to be slimmer, have more energy or enhance your physical performance, then a Personal Trainer may 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.

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.

We recommend new clients book 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 the initial five. Single sessions for new clients may be available, upon request.

Most people do weekly sessions, and you’ll get an email after each session of what you need to do before the next session. You can do fortnightly or even monthly if you’re on a budget, however weekly gives you that regular motivation to really get into it and see results fast.

Most sessions take place in the Griffen Fitness studio, which is a completely private space just off Leith Walk. Sometimes the sessions take us outside to a local park, where we exercise in an unobtrusive corner. If you prefer home or workplace visits, please contact Tracy directly to check availability and prices.

The wonderful thing about having the studio to yourself is that you can wear whatever you like! As long as you are comfortable and are able to stretch easily, you can wear whatever you feel comfortable in.

You are never too old to get moving! Tracy has trained clients from 16 years to 87 years old. As we get older, there are changes in our bodies which mean an exercise programme needs to be adapted accordingly. Lower impact strength exercises are important in helping keep good muscle tone as we age. We can also work on posture and balance in the studio, too.

A block of PT sessions may seem like a sizeable financial outlay, however you will learn how to exercise without a gym. It’s a canny investment of which means you’ll never have to pay gym fees again! Learning how to exercise without lots of fancy equipment frees you from the confines of a monthly subscription service and saves you money in the long run. After all, most people don’t use their gym memberships as much as they should…

If you wish to cancel or reschedule a session, we 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. This is a standard fitness industry cancellation policy.

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. We 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.

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  07743 741088. Upon booking you can pay in advance by Paypal / BACs or we can process cheque / cash payment at the first session.