“I really enjoy training with John. His friendly and knowledgeable approach is extremely effective. There is no boot camp-style screaming and shouting, just strong encouragement and a focus on correct form and structure in all the exercises to ensure maximum effectiveness from each one performed.
John tailors each specific exercise and workout session in accordance with your goals and continually researches and reviews the programmes to make sure these are being met.
One of the key things for me is being accountable to someone. John is always contactable via his online training log and will always give you alternative exercises or encouragement to maintain your programme, no matter what happens. It’s the adaptability of the exercise programme which has enabled me to train regularly for more than 6 months now, despite having a demanding job and active family life.
I couldn’t recommend JPPT highly enough.
For anyone who is sceptical, or has been toying with the idea of training for a while, my advice would be: just do it, you won’t regret it.”
“I started to train with John when I wanted to start CrossFit. I knew John was a qualified CF and weightlifting coach, so knew he was the right person to approach. I have also worked with John on previous Bootcamps and know his attention to detail is second to none – I knew he was the man for the job!
In my sessions with John, he taught me correct technique, all the necessary lifts I required and motivated me so that I could achieve my goal. He was methodical in his training approach and only moved on when I was able to do so. He supported my sessions with follow on emails which included training schedules, reading material and videos.
John got me to where I wanted to be within the time span I had requested. I would recommend John as his approach, education and pure love of wanting clients to achieve is second to none.
Go try a session – you won’t be disappointed!”
Charlotte Hopkinson, Live Pilates
“We started working with John Pilkington around 12 months ago. We had been gym members, at another gym, for a number of years but felt that we hadn’t anywhere near maximised our potential nor understood the possibilities offered by the ‘equipment’ at our gym. Over the years we had undertaken a number of personal training sessions from the gym’s instructors but they only seemed to scratch the surface in terms of how to conduct a productive system of personalised workouts.
Our goals when signing up with John were to i) gain a better understanding of the role of exercise in maintaining our fitness ii) instruction on how to develop our fitness – guidance on how maintain that in a long term and sustainable way iii) maximise our input/output in the gym iv) lose the excess weight we had gained particularly around our midriffs!
We can only say that we have been incredibly impressed with the expertise, knowledge and support John has provided. We immediately gained a much fuller understanding of how activities could/should be constructed, in order to provide a safe and effective programme of activity and which was hugely different to our previous understanding. John takes an holistic approach whereby he also discusses, informs and advises about lifestyle and dietary issues which has also been invaluable (despite us previously considering we were well informed). We follow the structured and personalised programmes we receive from John. Our arrangement is that, as a couple, we visit him together at his Garage Gym, when we and our programmes are regularly reviewed and progressed as appropriate, so they remain dynamic, interesting and challenging. The programmes enable us to train together, as a couple, although still meeting our individual needs. John is always available at the the end of an email to give information, support and encouragement. We are able to state that his input has been invaluable during the past year and we can only say that we wish we had known about his existence much earlier!!
The results of the training programmes have been remarkable. We would have said that we were reasonably fit prior to meeting John, having attended the gym frequently and being avid walkers. However the difference he has made to our body shape (both due to fat loss and toning), strength and fitness has been noticed by everyone we know; we have not only met our goals but continue to exceed them beyond what we thought was possible – although this is the unfortunate part of the story – we have had to collect a whole new wardrobe due to the reduction in our waist measurement.
We were rather concerned, initially, at joining a personal trainer as we were not looking forward to the hiatus of a gym session in which a yelling, sergeant-major like personality built you physically by destroying you mentally, however we hasten to add that we were very pleasantly surprised by John’s approach. From his initial formal holistic assessment and goal discussions to our current position, our experience has been that John leads you very carefully through the proposed activities with particular emphasis on ‘form’, the way in which the exercise is done. Treated with dignity and respect throughout, you are then sent off with a cheery wave to get on with those activities in your own time, whilst being invited to report back using the Fisikal online recording package. We have thoroughly enjoyed this process, and feel much more confident in our exercises when we attend our gym. In particular we are happy that the training programmes John has designed for us have had such an observable physical effect.
As a personal trainer we have only known John as a caring professional whose commitment to ensuring each person’s goals is total. He has a relaxed and very friendly manner although there is, at his core, the steely trainer whose ambition is to drive you on to achieve whatever it is you wish to get out of the process. We consider John strikes a perfect balance between motivating and supporting us to meet our goals without making us feel overwhelmed. It is a winning combination and all we can do is to thank him for the work he has done and continues to do, with us and what we have achieved thereby. We met John due to recommendation and would have no hesitation in recommending him to others.”
J & G