To explore the world of personal training and help you to understand if personal training is right for you, we interviewed Chloe Winterbourne from Chloe Winterbourne PT, an Oxfordshire-based personal trainer. Chloe answers our questions on personal training and the benefits it can provide to each and every one of us.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Chloe: “Hi LifeHappy! My name is Chloe Winterbourne, I’m 23 years old and I’ve worked in the fitness industry for just over 4 years and I’ve truly loved every moment. Sport has been such a massive part of my life for as long as I can remember and I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything else with my time.”
What is personal training?
Chloe: “Personal training is working with individuals or small groups to deliver them personal yet challenging exercise programmes tailored to their wants, need and ability.”
How does this method get the best out of your clients?
Chloe: “By creating a programme that the clients enjoy, that they find pushes their limit in the right way. Clients should find it helps work towards their goals, whether their goal is something more aesthetically-based, or more fitness/strength-orientated.”
Who should think about getting a personal trainer?
Chloe: “I wouldn’t pinpoint any one type of person. I’ve trained a variety of people with a range of goals. But if you’re plateauing, or not sure where to start, often enlisting the help of a personal trainer can help you along your journey.”
How did you get into personal training?
Chloe: “Like many people who work in the fitness industry I’ve always been ‘sporty’. I think my parents got me into gymnastics aged 3 and it progressed into doing lots of sports during school and eventually qualified as a PT. Although I didn’t use the gym regularly until around the time I qualified!”
What sort of clients do you see?
Chloe: “I’ve seen such a range of clients over the 4 years I’ve been qualified. Clients just starting their fitness journey, those working towards a special event like a wedding, those who want to improve their fitness or physique or those who are super fit and are looking to be challenged in a different way.”
What do your clients expect after coming to see you?
Chloe: “I always try to get clients to leave with a smile. I also hope that they’re sweaty too! It’s not always about them crawling or barely walking their way out of the gym after every session. I hope my clients feel like they’ve achieved something, whether that’s a personal best or they’ve come away with knowledge on how to move their body better, or feel like they’re closing to achieving their goal.”
Bonus question! What’s your favourite song to work out to?
Chloe: “I always struggling answering my favourite song, but a song that always plays if I’m on a run or working out and is on every playlist I have is ‘La La La’ by Naughty Boy & Sam Smith.”