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A week in the life of a Personal Trainer from Shaun Voysey

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ShaunI've been asked a lot questions over the years about how the life of PT is so here is some basic insight into a regular week for me!

On Sessions...

When all my clients are up and running I will usually do between 20-22 one hour sessions a week. Some days are busier than others with Wednesday being my busiest day with 5-6 sessions. To a normal person 20 odd hours of work doesn't seem like much but add in driving time and preparation before sessions and you've got yourself a full on week!

On Early Starts...

Alright the thing about early starts is that when you do them regularly you don't mind them as much as when you were a teenager. I won't lie though, in the heart of winter it can definitely be hard. You'll always see me with a smile on my face though, even at 5am! My earliest session is on a Thursday at 6.15am which isn't too bad but the earliest I've ever had was a 5.15am start and that was a 30min drive from my house so I was up super early. One of the best things about getting up early is the lack of traffic.

On Driving...

Edge Fitness started off as purely a mobile PT and Group Training service and although we've now expanded and have a functioning gym I still do a lot of sessions out on the road. Most weeks I can easily knock up 12+ hours of driving including 4 hours just on a Wednesday. It's a lot of driving and listening to the radio can quickly become repetitive and boring. I'd say I've listened to almost every radio station out there even AM stations. These days I swap between radio, audio books and my own music to get me through driving between sessions.

On  My Own Training...

One of the most common questions I get asked is 'when/how do you do your own training?'. Obviously I can't train at the usual 'peak' times when most people workout as I'm running sessions with clients. Therefore I like to train in the middle of the day or, more recently, at 4.30/5am before work. That's right. I actually really enjoy training first thing in the morning. It's not for everyone but it really gets me going for the day. The funny thing is there are people leaving the gym when I get there! In terms of what training I do, I mainly focus on weights at the gym 5 times a week and playing/training for soccer a few times a week for my cardio. I'm not a long distance runner so I very rarely just go for a run. I much prefer playing a sport as it's fun, competitive and distracting.

On What I Eat...

The next most common question would have to be about what my eating is like. I'm a person who likes routine when it comes to food. I eat the same thing 5 days a week which can look pretty boring to some people but that works best for me. Then on the weekends I stick to it as much as possible, but go off it if I'm out at a restaurant for dinner or just in the mood for a treat. My favourite food has to be natural yoghurt with strawberries and blueberries. If you've never tried it before give it a shot. Natural yoghurt can take some getting used to but once you are accustomed to it, the sweetness in the berries really stands out.

Thanks for reading and to let you all know I'll be putting up a video shortly in regards to all the things I've talked about here and more, so you can get a feel for what it's like to be a PT.

Shaun Voysey

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