As a Personal trainer, I get to help people at varying levels of fitness, some of which, are already extremely fit and need assistance in certain areas, while others have no previous training experience or have injuries/health conditions. I have had injuries myself and know how it can have a negative impact on training. I like to focus heavily on mobility and flexibility with all my clients to help prevent injuries while also providing rehabilitation for any existing injuries or muscle imbalances. I cannot emphasize enough how important this is for everyone undertaking regular exercise.
There is a general perception that personal trainers are all about helping people build muscle and look a certain way, but the industry has changed a great deal over recent years, and the role of personal trainers has become much more focused on overall health rather than just fitness. I like to focus on health first and on good movement, rest and recovery between workouts, as well as adequate nutrition to achieve the best results. These elements combined with a good mind/body balance are the keys to health, wellbeing and improved fitness.
I find it extremely rewarding to help people who are struggling with injuries or health conditions to maintain regular fitness and achieve positive results. I have also recently registered with NDIS, (National Disability Services) as a provider for personal training to clients with disabilities. I have also completed a certification course on training special populations with disabilities such as Autism, Downs Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Muscular Dystrophy and other conditions. I strongly believe that the fitness industry is too focused on the muscle building ego-driven type training centered around looking like celebrities and body builders in magazines. It is my aim to bring personal training to the members of community who need it the most, people with disabilities, eating disorders, health conditions, injuries, over 55s, people struggling with obesity, on low incomes, unemployed / homeless, etc.
The perception of personal training being a luxury service needs to change, and everyone needs to gain an understanding of how important regular and structured exercise programs are for their health and wellbeing. Too often, I see people come to the gym and do not warm up or work on flexibility /mobility and go straight into heavy lifting with poor technique, which is a recipe for disaster, setting themselves up for injuries. Our slogan at Plant Based Life is “Movement is Medicine,” and this is key. We teach every client to focus heavily on mobility and flexibility first before undertaking heavy resistance training or intensive cardio training. No matter what stage of fitness a person is at, everyone can benefit from a structured flexibility and mobility routine. It is extremely beneficial to have a fully qualified and experienced personal trainer to help you along the way.
“Fitness for every-body,” I keep these words separate because each human body is unique, and we are all at various stages on our health and wellness journey. I am dedicated to helping people from all walks of life to achieve optimum health, wellness, and fitness. When they train with us at Plant Based Life, no matter where you are at right now we would love to help you. If you know anyone with a disability or struggling with an injury, health condition, or weight loss get them to contact us, because we would love to help make personal training accessible to them.
Remember; “Movement is Medicine”
John Cawley is a certified personal trainer and fitness advisor. He founded his company, Plant Based Life, in 2015 and has gone on to become one of Sydney's top go-to professionals for plant-based lifestyle and fitness training.