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Liam O’Brien - Personal Trainer

West Yorkshire

SUMMARY I’ve been a Personal Trainer for more than 10 years and am now based at Manor House Lindley where I have a private, fully equipped studio, although I also offer home visits. I provide personal training for individuals and small groups of friends who wish to train together. Mainly specialising in circuit training, kettlebells and other forms of strength training, I design and plan programs tailored to the specific needs and goals of my clients, there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to designing effective training plans. Please read the reviews on this site to get an idea of what training with me is like and I look forward to hearing from you. FULL PROFILE My name is Liam and I am a Personal Trainer based at the Manor House Lindley, Huddersfield where I have a private, fully equipped, heated and air conditioned gym and personal training studio. Having been a coach for more than 10 years and specialising in circuit training, kettlebells, boxing and other forms of strength training, I have trained literally hundreds of people, male and female and of all ages and fitness abilities. I specialise in personalised training plans and programs that take into account your current fitness level and goals, your health and fitness history and your lifestyle to make sure that you get the most out of each training session and that you see and feel improvements and progress as quickly as possible. From March 2019, due to demand I am increasing the days and hours I am available for bookings so am now finally taking on selected new clients! This extra availability will as always fill up quickly and to ensure that I am able to continue to give the focussed, specific and personalised training that I pride myself on, I will only take on new clients who are serious about making a difference to their health, fitness and lifestyle. Personal training is though a two way street. I will always give your training session 100%, will plan each session taking account of your ability and goals and any injuries or weakness, as well as your current progress and performance in previous training sessions. We’ll identify the areas or training styles that you find particularly difficult and challenging and we’ll constantly monitor your progress, again tailoring each PT session so that you get the absolute maximum benefit from the time available. In return I ask that you also always give 100% to your training, that you try your best at each session even when the going gets tough and it seems like you’ll never get through it! You need to trust me and the personalised training sessions and long term fitness plans I create for you. You need dedication and consistency if you’re to see results. We need to work together. Should you require it, we will also look through your current diet and food plans and look at where we can begin to make changes. I do not believe in short term crash or fad diets, fasting and unrealistic plans, we will instead look at making small changes to your usual weekly diet routine that you can implement long term. Most clients that come to me keep a strict food diary for the first couple of weeks at least so that we can assess areas and habits that need immediate attention. Some however keep a continuous food diary, they find that the act of having to fill out the journal every time they eat or drink gives them the accountability they need and the motivation to stick to the program. As this is one of the rare times that I have spaces available for new clients, I am for the next couple of weeks offering a first training session free of charge so that you can meet me, have a look around the gym, see what training is like and ask any questions you may have! Of course references from current clients are always available and there are I believe several reviews from my clients on this site already. Although I have very limited availability, I also offer home visits for those that for whatever reason cannot make it to the gym or studio. I noticed last year that a lot of the enquires I was getting for personal training were from those that work from home, are looking after children or other family members and simply could not find the time or opportunity to get to the gym. For those that find themselves in this situation I will instead come to your house bringing all of the training equipment / kettlebells we will need. All I require from you is a safe space large enough to train in. This may be a garage with decent head height or garden on one of our rare warm, dry days. I even have some clients that like to train in their living rooms, the location is completely up to you, as long as there is enough space and we’re unlikely to damage anything then I’ll come up with a training session to fully utilise whatever space and equipment we have available! (Home visit requests must be within easy/realistic travelling distance of Holmfirth or Lindley please) As regards my own fitness and lifestyle history, I have been training in one form or another for most of my life. At a young age I started with judo, cross country running and rugby union until I discovered the gym in my early twenties. I then focussed more on training for strength and size although admittedly my opportunity and dedication was lacking as I was at the time working very long and unsociable hours as a manager in the hospitality industry. By my mid thirties though I was still in the gym and although I was mostly training with a size and strength bias, I had started to dedicate more of my time and energy on expanding my skills and knowledge and ultimately pursuing a career in fitness. First up I decided to increase my overall fitness and took up running alongside my regular training, short distances at first but I soon built that up to 10k and eventually half marathon. After a brief foray into triathlon (I simply wasn’t very good at swimming or riding a bike so soon realised that it wasn’t for me), I instead concentrated on increasing my distance running eventually completing several UK half and full marathons as well as the Cyprus Marathon (Limassol) twice, the Majorca Marathon and my greatest fitness achievement so far The Sahara Desert Marathon (Run The Sahara). For the Sahara Marathon we lived for a week in the Sahawari refugee camp in the middle of the Algerian Sahara, sharing a tent with a host family before the day of the event towards the end of the week. Although I was never particularly fast, I held my own completing the Sahara Marathon in 5:09 and a marathon PB of 3:48. Around this time I also climbed Mount Toubkal in Morocco, a fantastic and challenging hike up and down staying in camps along the way. Next came kettlebell training and I dedicated most if not all of my training time to my goal of competing on the international stage in Girevoy Sport or sport kettlebell lifting. I was coached by Eddie Sheehan of Kilkenny Ireland, Gregor Sobocan of Ljubljana Slovenia and Absolute World Champion, European Champion, World Record Holder and Russian Champion Ivan Denisov. I went on to compete many times, here and abroad, up to European level and won multiple medals gold, silver and bronze. At this time I also qualified as a kettlebell instructor with several different organisations including travelling to Athens to train and qualify with the IKFF and Steve Cotter. I then created the team Yorkshire Kettlebell Club and we went on to compete successfully in almost every girevoy sport tournament throughout the UK and Ireland, indeed several of the members who started with YKC are now competing on the world stage and are consistently taking medals against some of the best kettlebell lifters in the world. As an extra to the kettlebell lifting we even formed a powerlifting team training the traditional squat, bench press and deadlift and again competing several times in the UK. The interesting thing however about our powerlifting team was that our members were mostly female, of very mixed ages and had never done any kind of strength training or weightlifting before training with me! Additionally I trained with the famous US strength coach Mike Mahler in London learning his Aggressive Strength system, and became a qualified Olympic Lifting Coach with British Weightlifting. More recently I again returned to strength training and took up Strongman, going onto compete in several competitions around the UK including Yorkshire’s and Lincolnshire’s strongest and the Bodypower expo. Nowadays however my training is more varied as my focus is on progressing and competing in the martial art BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu). To be successful in BJJ, aside from the highly complex and technical aspects of the sport, my fitness needs to be at a different level. It demands incredible strength, endurance and flexibility as well as the cardio fitness of a long distance runner! It is of course a work in progress but as with everything, dedication and consistency is key and although I’m a long way from where I’m aiming for, I can feel progress week on week. If you’d be interested in finding out more about training with me or booking a first free trial session, please email me or call 07873 603615. I look forward to hearing from you!

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How do you help your clients achieve their fitness goals?

For me the relationship I have with my clients is the key to success. I need to understand them completely, what they are hoping to achieve, what their current lifestyle is like, their likes, dislikes and what motivates them. Every plan or program I create is specific to the client and is constantly evolving. Each training session is planned around a clients performance at previous sessions and will always take into account any injuries or dangers whilst still pushing them to perform at their absolute best and to get the most out of each session.

What’s the secret to getting the body of your dreams?

Consistency is the not very well hidden secret to getting the body of your dreams! Whether it be with your diet or training (neither will get you the body of your dreams alone) you need to be consistent in every aspect of your life. Training needs to be scheduled in with the high importance you’d give to a meeting with a big client at work, whatever happens you need to train at the planned, scheduled time if at all possible. Stick to the program and listen to your trainer, some days you’ll be more enthusiastic than on others and that is absolutely normal, just get your head down and get it done!

Your diet and eating should be planned in advance, ideally negating the need to ever grab something on the go. Plan or pre prepare the meals you’re intending on having at home or have the ingredients in stock and ready to go. Lunches for work should be pre prepared the evening before or as many people do, prepared in large batches on a Sunday evening in quantities to cover the full week. Keep hydrated, make sure there’s a bottle of water to hand wherever you may be sat, in your car, at your desk, next to the sofa etc and get into the habit of taking a drink periodically whatever you’re doing.

And finally, sleep! Again you need consistent, undisturbed sleep. Create the habit of going to bed and getting up at the same time every day and make sure your bedroom is conducive to good sleep. Is the temperature right, not too warm or cold? Is the room dark and will it stop unexpected light getting in? Are you really ready for sleep, not still playing on your phone or scrolling through pages of mindless posts? Getting into the habit of getting a good nights sleep will show much greater benefits and do more towards getting the body of your dreams than you’d ever imagine.

What do you love most about your job?

There’s many things I love about my job, but the main and I imagine obvious one is the huge pride and satisfaction I get from seeing the achievements of my clients. Seeing their confidence soar and watching them achieve things they never thought possible, listening as they tell me how their increased health and fitness has impacted on every aspect of their and their families lives. That’s what really makes it all worthwhile.

What inspired you to start your own business?

I was inspired to start my own business after spending a lot of time training in mainstream gyms and speaking to people in gyms or at sporting events. By listening to their stories I learnt to understand their motivations as well as some of the things which they see as barriers or obstructions to achieving their goals. I then realised that there was an opportunity for someone with a lot of years fitness training experience behind them and who had already faced and overcome most of the hurdles that people were facing, to use that knowledge and experience to help others. It was a bit cliched admittedly but I believed that if I could overcome the obstacles that life throws our way and still train for, complete or compete in the many events I have so far then I could also pass that knowledge onto others.

Why should our clients choose you?

My training and coaching style is very different to many other personal trainers and for that I make no apologies! All personal trainers have to complete the same basic academic training regardless of their fitness history, ability or experience however what makes me different to the majority is my life experience, achievements and success as a participant and competitor in multiple, wildly varying disciplines of fitness competition and training. Of course with over ten years of personal training behind me already I also have a wealth of experience of training people from all walks of life, of all ages and with differing levels of fitness and goals.

Personally I believe that although all personal trainers will have (or should have) completed a recognised PT qualification with a reputable training provider including at least the Level Two Gym Instructor and the Level Three Personal Trainer certifications, clients will always get the most from training with a coach that they feel comfortable with or that they can relate to. The vast majority of personal trainers however are quite young and many go into it straight from school or college, or after working a short time as a gym assistant in one of the big brand gyms. Although they may have the technical know how gained from completing their fitness certifications, they will of course be limited as to the breadth of their knowledge and experience by their age.

For info I first qualified with The Australian Institute of Fitness (now The European Institute of Fitness) in 2007. My course was split between classroom study in the UK and a practical study week/workshop in Javea, Spain.

My clients come to me because they feel comfortable, and as I am a little older (m43) than most other trainers they feel that I can empathise with the difficulties that may come up with embarking on a fitness or training regime, both in terms of the physical demands on the body as well as the inescapable time pressures that come with a modern day family and working life. Clients appreciate my personal fitness and sporting achievements and can therefore see that anything is achievable if you really put your mind to it.

Training with me is a long way from easy and I will push you close to your limit in every session, I believe in always giving 100% and getting the most out of every time we train. Yes it’s hard going but eventually you’ll get used to the aches and pains that’ll creep up on you! Most importantly though you’ll quickly see and feel progress, you’ll notice how every day life and moving around starts getting a little easier day by day, you’ll wake up every morning with increased energy and if your goal is to lose weight you’ll quickly see and feel the difference in the way your clothes fit! People will comment on how healthy, motivated and energized you look.

As your fitness level and ability improves we may introduce different forms and styles of training yet you can always be assured that every set or exercise we do, although sometimes exceedingly difficult or strenuous, will have been planned to a level that is right and most importantly safe for you.

Whatever your goals are relating to your health and fitness, whether it’s simply to get fitter and lose a bit of weight, to train for a specific sporting event maybe race for life, tough mudder or other charity event, then I have the expertise, knowledge and experience to get you there!

Maybe you’re wanting to get into shape and look your best for a special event, a holiday, wedding, or family or school reunion? Whatever your goal I can get you there! All it takes is consistency and dedication....

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What is your gender?

Female

How old are you?

19-21

Do you have a preference for the gender of the trainer?

It doesn't matter

How frequently do you want your sessions?

I'm not sure yet

How would you describe your current exercise regime?

I don't really do any exercise

What are your goals?

Body building, Firming and toning, Increase muscle strength, Weight loss

Which location(s) would you consider?

Home, Outdoors

Do you have any day preference(s)?

I work random days. So the days i have off

Do you have any time preference(s)?

Morning (9am-noon), Early afternoon (noon-3pm), Late afternoon (3-6pm), Evening (after 6pm)

Do you have any additional details

I weigh 113 kg and i am desperate to lose weight with help. I can lose weight with food but i need gyn incorporated.

What is your gender?

Female

How old are you?

30-39

Do you have a preference for the gender of the trainer?

It doesn't matter

How frequently do you want your sessions?

Twice a week

How would you describe your current exercise regime?

I exercise a couple of times a week

What are your goals?

Firming and toning, Weight loss

Which location(s) would you consider?

Home, Remote coaching e.g. webchat/Skype, Private studio, Outdoors

Do you have any day preference(s)?

Wednesday, Saturday

Do you have any time preference(s)?

Evening (after 6pm), Morning (9am-noon)

Do you have any additional details

I need to tone up and loose weight. I dance 2wice a week. Tap, ballet and modern. Need to top this up and looking for help on Sat am mainly and motivation during the week.

What is your gender?

Female

What is your age?

60 or older

Do you have a preference for the gender of the trainer?

It doesn't matter

How frequently do you want your sessions?

I'm not sure yet

How would you describe your current exercise regime?

I don't really do any exercise

What are your goals?

Firming and toning, Weight loss

Which location(s) would you consider?

No preference

Do you have any day preference(s)?

Tuesday, Friday

Do you have any time preference(s)?

Morning (9am-noon)

Do you have any additional details

I'm 67 years old and around 3 stone overweight. I haven't exercised for quite a long time. I'm now finding I get out of breath easily and want to improve my health and fitness.

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