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How to Find the Right Personal Trainer

Personal training isn’t just a way of increasing your overall fitness. Taking steps to improve your physical health can have a cascade of benefits throughout your life, including your mental and emotional well-being. Finding a London personal trainer who takes this approach is easy at APN London.

What to Look For in a Personal Trainer in London

Finding the right personal trainer in London for you depends largely on what your goals are and what you hope to accomplish with the help of physical training. Before starting your search for a London personal trainer, ask yourself:

  • What are my fitness goals?
  • What are my mental goals?
  • How do I want fitness to fit into my life?
  • What style of training do I want to do?

If you don’t know the answer to these questions quite yet but are sure that you want to begin incorporating personal training into your life, it could be beneficial to reach out to a personal trainer in London to help you work through what your needs and desires are for personal training.

Differences in Personal Training

London personal trainers often have unique approaches to helping their clients. This extends into how they approach the physical aspect of personal training as well as the mental health aspects of incorporating fitness into your everyday life.

On the physical side, some personal trainers have specialised experience in different branches of fitness, such as:

  • Bodybuilding: for people seeking a blend of aesthetic and strength goals
  • Powerlifting: for those who prioritise physical strength in their training
  • Athletics: for people who want to perform better in sports
  • Weight loss: for people who are trying to lose weight

Of course, all of these different styles of fitness have significant overlap, and some may have even more specialised training for athletes or those attempting to enter into a competition.

Differences in Personal Trainers

Perhaps the most important factor in finding a personal trainer in London is finding someone whose personality aligns with or complements your own. Not unlike finding a therapist, finding a personal trainer is largely about personality fit. You’ll likely spend a good deal of time interacting with your personal trainer, and you want to make sure your personalities mesh.

Some personal trainers may advertise certain aspects that may help you make the right choice. For example, a trainer may advertise themselves as taking a body-positive approach, a health-at-every-size approach, or a dedication to specific styles of sports training.

Of course, it may be difficult to discern who you’ll get along with from online research alone. Finding the trainer who’s right for you might involve setting up an initial meeting or consult and possibly even meeting with several different trainers until you find someone who aligns with your goals and attitudes.

Personal Training in Mental Health Recovery

But there is another critical component to personal training at APN London. Personal training is just one of the tools we use to help people build mental health and emotional well-being, and all of our trainers are dedicated to helping you not only achieve your physical goals, but help you along the path to recovery as well.

The 9x Fitness program at APN London can introduce you to a personal trainer in London who has not only learned how to assist people in building strength, athleticism, and flexibility but also resilience, motivation, and wellness.

How Personal Training Fits Into a Holistic Approach to Healing

A holistic model of mental health recognizes that people are complex and that a number of interwoven factors can influence your overall mental health and well-being. Rather than treating a single problem in isolation, holistic healing pairs traditional mental health offerings with alternative treatments and lifestyle changes to help heal the whole person.

Our holistic healing program combines evidence-based treatments with adjunctive treatments. Evidence-based treatments include:

  • Psychiatric medications
  • Psychotherapy
  • Behavioural interventions

Some of the adjunctive treatments you can benefit from include:

  • Massage therapy
  • Nutrition therapy
  • Personal training
  • Lifestyle psychiatry

By pairing these styles of treatment together, a holistic model aims to not only reduce the symptoms of mental illness but to improve your life as a whole, from your physical health to your mental health to your spiritual and emotional well-being.

Further, a number of scientific studies have shown the tremendous benefits that incorporating physical exercise into your recovery plan can have. Starting personal training can have benefits such as:

  • Reducing symptoms of depression
  • Reducing symptoms of anxiety
  • Improving sleep
  • Curbing substance use cravings
  • Improving emotional regulation

But while the benefits of increasing physical activity are well-founded, many people struggle to start and maintain an exercise routine that produces these benefits.

Starting your training with a London personal trainer can not only solidify your motivation and commitment to exercise but also help you learn to enjoy the process of improving your physical and mental health.

Personal Training in Lifestyle Psychiatry

Personal training is an important component of the larger model of lifestyle psychiatry used at APN London. Lifestyle psychiatry is a holistic approach to mental health treatment that recognises how the way we behave in our everyday lives can have a significant impact on our mental health and that targeted lifestyle interventions can help produce the recovery effects you seek.

For example, most people struggling with a mental health disorder have some form of disrupted sleep. Either you sleep too much (hypersomnia), too little (insomnia), or have a constantly shifting sleep cycle that impedes your natural circadian rhythm (poor sleep hygiene).

Lifestyle psychiatry works to resolve these lifestyle difficulties through a number of different techniques, such as coaching sleep hygiene, promoting healthy sleep habits, and encouraging personal training.

While the primary goal of personal training might be improving your physical health, there are a number of secondary benefits — such as improved sleep — that can have a tangible impact on your quality of life. Lifestyle psychiatry recognizes the ripple effect that making even small changes can make for your recovery and well-being.

Working With a Comprehensive Treatment Team

Of course, if you’re struggling with a mental health condition, personal training alone may not be sufficient to bring about long-term recovery. That’s why, at APN London, you have the option of working with a holistic and integrative treatment team to help you work towards your overall goals of recovery.

Personal training is just one of the tools used to help our clients achieve lasting and worthwhile recovery. Our mental health and addiction treatment options can connect you with a diverse team of therapists, physicians, personal trainers, and other mental health professionals to keep you on track to reaching your goals.

Benefits of Integrated Treatment

This model of treatment has several benefits that can help you along the path to recovery, but two key elements are critically important:

Immediate Relief

Several of the therapies and treatments provided at APN London provide immediate, tangible relief for your mental health symptoms. Treatments such as ketamine-assisted therapy, medication management, or transcranial magnetic stimulation can provide substantial improvements in your mental health from the very first treatment.

Personal training, too, can provide tangible relief for certain mental health symptoms. Exercise can be a critical strategy for in-the-moment emotion regulation and can help you start feeling better today.

Long-Term Benefits

It is important to build tools for recovery that produce lasting effects. By employing personal training and lifestyle psychiatry in your treatment plan, you can build routines that provide lasting benefits for your mental health years down the road.

The benefits of personal training may not always be apparent after your first session. However, participating in a regular exercise routine can provide both physical and mental health benefits that last a lifetime, so long as you can build and maintain the motivation to keep on the path to wellness. Building motivation is one of the tools you can learn from a personal trainer in London.

Mind-Body Connection

Connecting with your physical body is a key component of many of the most effective therapeutic techniques. Working with a personal trainer while engaging in one of these therapeutic styles can help you build that mind-body connection, recognising where you hold stress in your body, how you feel physically, and how you can divert your attention from restless or anxious thoughts into the focused activity of physical exercise.

Start Personal Training at APN London

At APN London, our programs for treating mental and physical health all emphasise a holistic and comprehensive model. Personal training is often a core component of these programs and can help you start living a new and better life on your path to recovery.

To get started with personal training and mental health treatment, reach out to our team by calling 0203 984 7699 or by filling out our confidential online contact form for more information.

Our team can help you determine what level of treatment is right for you and help guide you toward the most effective treatments and therapies for your condition. We will be there to support you along every step of your recovery.


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