New to the fitness industry, personal trainer Holly lives in The Wirral, so she took the initiative and asked to spend a weekend with Sally in London, taking part in Sally’s courses and picking her brains for advice. Holly came away with a host of fresh ideas to use with her clients, improvements to her own training and inspiration to take her career to the next level!
I am a newly qualified Personal Trainer, so I am always reading articles and trying to learn more about training styles, and through my reading I came across Sally’s “Ladies Who Lift” course.
I mainly do Strength Training both myself and with my clients, so this course sounded like a perfect way for me to improve my own technique, and become a better coach.
I live too far away to be able to make all of the dates but I wanted to watch her teach both of her classes and drain her of as much information/advice as possible!
Sally was very welcoming and we agreed on a weekend for me to come down. Luckily for me the sessions were on Deadlift, Snatch and Clean&Jerk – my 3 weakest lifts so I was excited for lots of learning.
I went down to London on Saturday 13th April. Sally met me at Euston and we went to get lunch together at a nice healthy restaurant – obviously – called Leon.
We sat down for hours chatting, mainly me asking Sally one thousand pre-prepared questions, about training, our careers, our ambitions.
After lunch I went with Sally to Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club to watch Sally and other athletes train.
There was a variety of athletes all working on their Clean & Jerk and Snatches. The atmosphere was great, for me the spectator and for the athletes – lots of pointers, and words of encouragement being thrown around during their session.
It was a good experience for me to watch both the novice and experienced athletes training, and I made lots of notes on the coaching given by Giles (Sally’s coach).
The first course started on Sunday morning at 11am, I was really excited that it was held at Ultimate Performance gym, which I knew was an amazing facility!
I assisted Sally during the Ladies Who Lift course by taking photos for the duration of the class. I still managed to make 10 pages of notes in between clicking away on the iPad.
The variety of the people in the class was great to see – different ages, nationalities, goals.
It was very dynamic, but everyone worked really well together and there was no complaining from anybody about being unable to do anything.
Everyone was very focussed, keen to learn and confident with their lifts. Everyone was completely sure of what to do thanks to Sally’s clear instructions and everyone’s focus.
Being a part of Sally’s courses was really exciting. As an exercise enthusiast and as a trainer, it gave me fresh ideas that I can practice on myself and also then introduce to my clients.
I taught myself to do Olympic Lifting, so listening to coaching points from a professional showed me where I was going wrong and how I can improve.
I will definitely try and attend her course again when I venture down to London and I suggest anyone who lives in London who wants to improve their strength and/or weight lifting skills should enrol in these courses.
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