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Health and Wellness Programs FAQ’s
- How long have you been doing this?
- I am really busy with work and my family, how do we schedule our work together?
- What results can I expect and how long it will take?
- What is the investment required?
- How are you different from other Personal Trainers or Health Coaches?
- Who are your clients?
- What kind of packages do you offer?
- Have you worked with someone like me before?
- Does it work for everyone?
- What do you like most about what you are doing?
- Do you do talk therapies?
- Do you have specific training to deal with mental illnesses?
- How do you deal with people who are stressed?
- Why outdoor, why not a gym, it’s still exercising?
- Can I pay in installments?
- Do you do Personal Training?
- What type of exercises do you do?
- Where are the classes held?
- How long are the classes?
- Can I join anytime?
- Can I cancel anytime?
- Is training suitable for beginners?
- Do I need to be super-fit?
- Do I need to do a fitness assessment?
- Should I check with my doctor before I start training?
- Can I train if I have asthma?
- What time should I arrive?
- It’s raining! It’s snowing!, It’s cold! It’s too hot! – will there be a training session?
- What should I do if I have an injury or I am ill?
- Are there any toilets, showers and changing rooms?
- What do I do if I have a cut or open wound?
- Is it ok to eat before training?
Training Kit FAQ’s
- What do I need to bring?
- What do I need to wear?
- How do I plan for the weather?
- How should I prepare for running on sunny days?
- Do I need a rucksack?
- How do I avoid getting sores & chafing?
- Do I need to bring my own water?
- Should I bring food?
- What do I do with my valuables?
- Should I bring my mobile phone?
I have been part of the sports industry for 19+ years. The outdoors have always been there for my health and wellbeing but only in the past years I began understanding the effects on the human physiology and mental health. In terms of depression and stress, besides finding myself suffering from depression for a very long time and I managed to go through many depressions by myself. I’ve also been a Personal Trainer for almost 2 years and trained in natural movement for the same time.
We can schedule your sessions on a week by week basis. Of course, the more consistent the sessions are the better for you because you can then schedule everything else and not worry about it and you also have peace of mind which can help you with your goal as well.
When it comes to psychological changes everyone is different. For some people the shift happens after a few sessions while for others it takes up to 12 weeks. It also depends on how much effort you put into it yourself when we are no together. We will be in contact between our sessions but no one can decide for you whether you are ready to transform or not.
There are 3 packages for you to chose from. After the initial consultation we will decide which one is the best for you.
I am an Outdoor Transformational Health and Wellness Coach. By using only the natural environment and looking at all areas of your life and health we achieve the massive transformation. You will learn about your body, how it functions and how to listen and understand it. You will begin to have more control over your body and so over your own thoughts and emotions. You will be fitter and stronger and so feel more confident in your own body.
My clients are women in their 30’s and 40’s. They come from companies such as BBC, Banks, Law firms and more. I also work with artists such as musicians and actresses.
I have prepared 3 Health and Wellness packages and you can download them from here.
I have worked with many women who suffered from stress and depression, from early 20’s to early 60’s. The best way to ensure we are a good Coach-Student fit is to book your consultation so we can go over your particular situation.
My simple approach has worked for many others, including myself.
When I help women and mothers I actually help their children, spouses and parents. Because if they are not healthy themselves they can be of help to no one.
My approach to stress and depression is quite different from your regular therapy sessions. I believe that the body has the unique capacity to heal itself and I am here to facilitate that healing processed by connecting you with nature, by guiding you through healthy nutrition and lifestyle and by help you build a stronger, healthier body which, in turn, can help you overcome difficult moment in your life.
This is not a replacement for professional medical treatment, please seek medical attention if this is what you are looking for.
I do not do treatment for depression or stress. I use the natural environment, fitness, nutrition, meditations to enhance your general well being and this can help you overcome difficult moment in your life. However, this is not a replacement for professional medical treatment, if you consider you need medical treatment please visit a doctor.
I do have many qualifications in the fitness industry and a Certificate in Psycology in Human Intimacy with Phd Bijan Saadatmand Professor in the Psychology department at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA, USA
The first step is to determine what is or what are the stress factors we need to address and plan to address them and measure the progress. Then, simply by connecting with nature has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, depression anxiety and other similar situations. Yes, we had right in front of us all this time. Finally creating healthy habits which are easy to implement and follow long term as part of the lifestyle, these are unique for each individual.
It is indeed, however it has been scientifically proven that simply by connecting with the Earth can have benefits at a physical and mental level, reducing inflammation in the body, improving circulation, reduce stress, anxiety and depression. If you have ever fallen asleep in a tent while camping or on a beach you noticed how restful your sleep was, the reason is because Earthing (being in contact with the Earth) improves sleep and overall wellbeing.
Yes, you can pay in monthly installments.
Personal Training is part of the programs. That is what we do outdoor using the natural environment.
I combined 19+ years of experience in the sports and fitness industry to create some great programs for you. We will learn natural movement – catching, carrying, throwing, balancing, crawling, hanging. We will also incorporate elements of Yoga and Qigong.
Where are the classes held?
Our classes take place in the beautiful, ever changing parks and woodland around London. My most popular location is Horsenden Hill in Greenford, but other locations and available and others can be considered.
How long are the classes?
The best way to get the most out of your sessions is to fully immerse yourself into your practice. That is why the sessions at 1h30min long.
Can I join anytime?
You can join anytime throughout the year. However I only coach a limited number of clients so you should inquire first.
Can I cancel anytime?
When you sign up for one of the Health & Wellness packages you initially sign for 12 weeks. The training ends then unless there are special circumstances, such as personal or family problems or planned holidays (which would have already been discussed)
Is training suitable for beginners?
YES. Training is suitable for beginners.
Do I need to be super-fit?
NO. But, if this is your goal, you will get super fit with our training plan which takes you through all aspects of fitness.
Do I need to do a fitness assessment?
NO. However you will be required to fill in a written health and fitness form.
Should I check with my doctor before I start training?
If you have an underlying or family health issue that you feel that would effect your training or be affected by the training, then it is recommended that you seek the advice of a doctor or medical consultant. You will be expected to complete a health and fitness form before attending the first session
Can I train if I have asthma?
On the basis that your doctor or specialist has not advised you otherwise YES you can train. The only requirement that we insist on is that you must bring your inhaler with you to the sessions. Please make sure that you advise one of the trainers on your arrival at your session that you suffer with asthma.
What time should I arrive?
PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE – We always start on time! Please be at the meeting point at least 5 min before your scheduled session. If it is your first session please arrive 15 minutes before the session starts. If you arrive early don’t hang around and get cold. Start warming up with some light jogging. Similarly if you have jogged to the meeting point don’t stand around whilst your body cools down, stay warm by doing some light jogging.
It’s raining! It’s snowing!, It’s cold! It’s too hot! – will there be a training camp?
YES, YES, YES and YES. We will be there whatever the weather! When you train in all weather conditions then you can be prepared for all eventualities in your life. Training in harsher weather conditions is going to push up your endurance levels, thus burning more calories and increase your fitness. It is also good to keep in a routine of training, so that you can complete your training plan. But probably most important is that nature is resilient and by working with it you take on that resilience, that strength and power which you can take into your life and your family’s life.
What should I do if I have an injury or I am ill?
If you have or think you have an injury or illness it is important for you to let your trainer know at the beginning of the session. Ultimately it is your decision as to whether or not to train. Bottom line is that if you are not sure, then you probably shouldn’t. If you injure yourself during a session, then you need to immediately inform one of the trainers so they can take the appropriate action. In all cases we recommend you to go to your A&E or doctor as soon as possible.
Are there any toilets, showers and changing rooms?
In some locations there are. However we may not be close to one when nature calls. Assume there won’t be and if there are it will be a treat.
Changing Rooms & Showers
In some of the locations there might be facilities. However you may need to pay or purchase something before you use them. Assume there won’t be and if there are it will be a treat.
What do I do if I have a cut or open wound?
If you cut yourself during the session with a sharp or unknown object it is recommended that you have a tetanus jab. Tetanus is caused by infection with Clostridium tetani bacteria. These bacteria can enter your body through a wound or cut in your skin. They are often found in soil and manure. Similarly, you are at risk if you arrive at training with an existing cut or open wound. For more information visit the NHS website.
Is it ok to eat before training?
It is important not to eat anything substantial 2-3 hours before training. A piece of fruit like an apple or banana 1 hour before is fine. Alternatively, Frutina natural real fruit snack (100% fruit) is what I will often eat 15-30 minutes before training. It is a great natural fructose boost and it breaks down very quickly and put little demands on my digestive system and therefore won’t make demands on my energy system.
Just remember, depending on the season, you will be jogging, running, jumping, twisting and if you have full breakfast or meal in side you it will churn and make you feel sick.
What do I need to bring?
Optional items to keep on you during training. Please note once we are out training you will not be able to leave them anywhere. In theory in a 50 minute session then you possibly can manage without.
Note – If it is a longer class camp then we will take your drinks and bars for you. You will NOT need to carry a rucksack).
- Water and/or isotonic drink 750ml.
- Snack bars, energy bars, sports bars or fruit leathers.
- Small pack of tissues/wipes (for toilet use).
- Please make sure you booked your session before you arrive
- RUCKSACK – waterproofed see FAQ below & only required if you are removing layers or to take bars and water). Alternatively bottle & snack bar belt if you want to carry them yourself. Otherwise you will not need to carry them.
Optional items dependant on weather
- COLD WEATHER – If it is the time of year where the weather ter is less than 4 degrees you may wish to consider a thermal top or a thin neoprene sleeveless top. Please be aware you will be training for the entire session with it on so make sure you are comfortable.
- RAIN – Lightweight breathable waterproof jacket and beanie type hat.
- COLD – Thin layers is the best option. fingerless gloves (cycling or gym type) and beanie type hats.
- SUN – Sun block & head wear as you feel is appropriate.
- COOLING DOWN – Just remember after a full training session your body will cool down, so have extra layers with you.
- INSECT REPELLENT – Bear in mind that midges and mosquitoes are in the parks on both dry and wet days.
NOTE – Make sure that if you are wearing any of these optional items that you are wearing a suitable size rucksack that will fit all these layers, as you will get hot within 10 minutes of training and are likely to remove some if not all of them. We will carry the water and snack for you.
FULL DETAILS ON ALL THESE ITEMS CAN BE FOUND IN THE FAQs BELOW.
Items for after training.
- Change of clothing – Depending on the season you may be learning training skills in muddy and wet conditions. Please make sure you bring a full set of WARM clothes to change into including underwear and shoes.
- A hot flask of drink would be useful for your journey home.
- Food for your journey to replenish your fuel.
These items need to be left in a vehicle for the duration of training.
What do I need to wear?
Just remember that, depending on the season, you may be running through water and maybe mud, jogging, jumping, lifting, playing games. So anything you wear has to be hard wearing and may get dirty/muddy. We recommend you wear loose comfortable clothing but not baggy. It is important to remember that even if the air temperature is cold once you start to train you will get hot. So layers is the answer. Make sure that any layers you take off you are able to fit into your rucksack. You may also need to cover your arms or legs if you are sensitive to midges & mosquitoes when in season. There will be element of trial and error. Another option would be the UWF branded T-shirt and then you don’t have to worry about getting your clothes dirty.
For our recommended kit list click here.
If the weather is mild shorts will be ok otherwise trousers if it is cold. Make sure you have good space in the groin area and knees otherwise they will rip. Here’s a test – Sit on the floor, place the soles of your feet together and lower your knees out to the side so they are close to the ground. If your trousers/shorts are preventing you from doing this then you need to source others.
Can be vests or t-shirts or your UWF Branded T-shirt, ideally a good moisture wicking top underneath or over will keep you drier. We recommend wearing arm sleeves. This way you can adjust to the weather without having to change your top. You can buy specialist sports ones. A DIY option is to take a pair of regular black men’s socks and cut the toes off and the heel makes a good elbow bend.
If it is cold we suggest a long sleeve base layer top and you can put your arm sleeves or UWF branded T-shirt over.
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IMPORTANT NOTE – In seasons such as autumn or winter sometimes you cannot avoid it and your kit may get dirty, wet or muddy so you will need to plan to change at the end of the session or when you get to work. Please enquire if unsure.
How do I plan for the weather?
Although we have more than 205 days rain free every year, the weather can change from moment to moment. So the key is be prepared. Always check the weather forecast at http://www.metoffice.gov.uk. But don’t always rely on the accuracy. Just because the weather is OK before you leave home or work, bear in mind it can change during a the session. Then the real fun begins.
Be prepared for all weathers and you’re covered. See FAQs ‘What do I need to wear?’ & ‘What do I need to bring?’. Wear layers rather than individual thick items. This way you can take the layers off one at a time. Thin and insulating items are more practical. Plus bear in mind you will cool down rapidly after the session.
How should I prepare for sessions on sunny days?
The training session is only 50 min. However we are all different and we need to learn how our body works so please be prepared for UVA exposure even on overcast days. Wear suitable sunblock, head wear, and bring extra drinks as you feel is appropriate for you. This will reduce the risk of sunburn, sunstroke and dehydration.
Do I need a rucksack?
On the basis that you will need to remove any layers of clothing, or to store snacks or drinks then you will need to wear a rucksack whilst training. Tying tops around your neck or waist is not permitted for health and safety reasons. Please note there is NO STORAGE whilst out training apart from what you leave at base camp or cars.
We recommend a small rucksack that is lightweight and minimalistic. Probably around 10 to 15 litres in size. Best bet is to test how much space you need to carry optional layers of clothes and refreshments. We highly recommend one with a chest and a waist band which will provide a more secure fitting. We also recommend that you WATERPROOF it by placing your contents in a durable black bin liner cut to size with a plastic clamp to keep the rain out. The sessions are only 50 min long so you should judge how you need to be prepared. Trial and error, that’s how we learn. You will not be alone though.
Alternatively for those not bringing and additional layers a water/ snack bar belt or bum belt will be sufficient.
How do I avoid getting sores & chafing ?
Not everyone does. But those of you who do try using BODYGLIDE. The Anti-Chafe balm helps prevent and relieve hotspots on feet, and chafed, chapped and cracked skin from head to toe. It penetrates the skin and creates an invisible, comfortable barrier against friction and moisture – without clogging pores or trapping perspiration, feels ‘dry’ to the touch. Vaseline can be used but it tends to be messier and can damage your clothing.
Do I need to bring my own water?
YES. We recommend 500 ml bottle or water and/or isotonic drink for most people. This can be in a sports water bottle. Try to avoid screw top lids that need to be removed to drink as they are fiddly when on the move. On very cold weather you may also want have water and/or a hot drink in a flask for after training.
Should I bring food?
YES. We recommend a couple of energy bars, fruit leathers or sports bars. By the way try to only have a small snack in the 3 hours before a training session. Also have food for after training if you know you need it.
What do I do with my valuables?
We recommend that you do not bring anything that you do not need as there is nowhere to store it other than in your waterproofed rucksack or cars (see FAQ above). The management will not take responsibility for your possessions so please make sure you are satisfied with where they are left if they are not on your person.
Should I bring my mobile phone?
For emergency reasons we recommend that you bring a mobile phone, you can use a running arm pocket. Always make sure you have one of the trainers’ mobile numbers just in case.