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Creating a successful fitness journey – Episode 48 with Ceri Hannan


Fitness is a truly exciting and rewarding career, but it seems that many new trainers may struggle to find those secrets to a successful fitness journey. Approximately 50% of personal trainers (*2018) have been in the industry for less than 5 years, whereas only 6.9% of trainers have more than 15 years of experience. So to speak with a fitness professional that has consistently succeeded within the industry at all levels for more than 3 decades is truly something special! In this episode, we tease out some gems and enjoy a few fascinating stories with leading international fitness expert, Ceri Hannan.

Guest biography

33 years in the Health & Fitness industry has taken Ceri Hannan across the World in various capacities. As the former British Aerobics Champion, he represented the United Kingdom at European & World level. His presenting career alongside his work with many health club operators has seen his programmes and systems delivered to millions of fitness consumers globally! Ceri is based in Cape Town, South Africa, where he is the National Product Development Manager working alongside the exercise experience team at Virgin Active. He is also the co-director of Chrysalis Promotions, the organizers of the annual The International Fitness Showcase event in the UK, which is one of the top 10 fitness conventions in the world.

Ceri Hannan, National Product Development Manager, Virgin Active

Episode content: Successful fitness journey

If you like engaging true stories with real value and meaning behind them, then this episode will be worth every minute of your time. We draw out some fascinating life experience and important success principles as a fitness professional during this episode.

  • 1:40 Secrets to career longevity within the fitness industry
  • 4:44 A memorable trip back to Ceri’s first fitness experience and how this inspired his drive for fitness career success
  • 13:30 An emphasis on simplicity and passion
  • 18:42 An example of a difficult fitness career experience and how Ceri managed this to springboard into something more positive
  • 30:44 The importance of connection and networking for opening new opportunities
  • 35:48 Ceri’s perspective on the role of small, consistent habits as a progressive model for success
  • 41:59 Predictions for future trends and areas where the fitness industry will flourish looking forward

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The power of small group personal training – Episode 11 with Lincoln Bryden


Group exercise may be an exciting additional option and revenue stream for fitness professionals and especially personal trainers who usually invest their time only in 1 on 1 training. Rather than using the large group class structure usually adopted by exercise to music instructors, personal trainers may choose to utilise a small group personal training structure to still benefit from the peer-to-peer motivation and the overall group training buzz. Lincoln Bryden is a highly experienced, veteran of the group training world and shares important insights into the methods and principles behind the all-important group training skills.

Guest biography

Lincoln has a BSc degree in Recreation Management and Sports Science and is the founder of his own business, Total Fitness. He specialises in delivering quality training and instruction to aerobic, step, and dance group exercise instructors and personal trainers. Lincoln has presented group exercise internationally all over the world, including Italy, Spain, Holland, Germany, France, Hong Kong, and Mexico. An upbeat and engaging presenter, Lincoln has also created 20 fitness videos.

In between organising his own fitness and dance days, Lincoln had a TV Slot on the popular Big Breakfast TV Show, teaching street dance fitness. He is the European Master Trainer for Metabolic Effect, which is a hormonal fat loss and lifestyle company. Lincoln is responsible for delivering ME, indoor and outdoor group exercise and Personal Training courses.

Lincoln’s Fitness Training Downloads website specialises in providing quality fitness and group exercise training for professional instructors. For those that require a personal touch his Fitness Training Academy provides monthly coaching, webinars and tutorials.

Lincoln Bryden

Episode content: Small group personal training

In this episode, we discuss how personal trainers and other fitness professionals can benefit from group fitness/exercise, including:

  • what has brought the PT and group exercise worlds together in recent years?
  • the factors needed to excel as a group fitness/exercise instructor
  • the importance of class preparation
  • how small group PT can offer connection and belonging
  • challenges of delivering an effective group fitness experience
  • top instructional skills/tips to succeed as a small group personal training coach

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