You might start by asking yourself the following questions …
1️⃣ Am I likely to train if Luke isn’t there – do I need the accountability?
2️⃣ How much of a lifestyle overhaul do I need right now?
3️⃣ How quickly do I want to see results?
4️⃣ Will I feel confident and competent training solo – are there any barriers there?
5️⃣ Which GymHippie package best suits my budget?
Categorically … no! In fact, for me, this is one of the most damaging, out-dated & disempowering myths in the fitness industry. In the context of a calorie deficit, lifting weights will not make you bulky – it will make you lean, toned, shapely and strong.
Absolutely not! In fact, the majority of those I coach start with zero gym experience. Rest assured, wherever you’re at, I will guide you step-by-step through everything you need to know. I will teach you with the skills to feel comfortable, confident & competent in the gym.
Yes. I operate exclusively out of Buzz Gym, Reading. Hence, in addition to the cost of my services, a membership at Buzz Gym is required.
Located just a few minutes walk from The Oracle shopping centre and Broad Street, Buzz Gym is an exciting & dynamic place to be. Relatively new on the gym scene, the UK-based Buzz brand has grown rapidly in recent years, with 24-hour Buzz Gyms now open in Slough, Swindon, Oxford, Reading & Plymouth.
With passionate owners, friendly & professional PTs, low-cost membership and high-spec equipment – for me, it’s the perfect home for GymHippie. I regard it as a safe space full of individuals working hard to better themselves. The culture is welcoming & supportive.
Features include …
- Open 24 hours
- Over 200 studio classes a month – free with membership
- Large functional zone
- Reading’s best free-weights zone
- Cardio with built-in TVs
- Dumbbells up to 60kg
- Lifting platforms
- Power racks
Since the members are largely working professionals, peak times are typically before work, lunchtime and after work – and it can certainly get busy at those times! Particularly in the evening. If you’ve any gym-based anxieties, I’d advise using the gym at quieter times – i.e. weekends or weekday late mornings / early afternoons.
Unfortunately, there is noon-site parking at Buzz. There is 24/7 pay-&-display parking outside the gym on Kings Road – and also an NCP car park a few minutes walk away on Queens Road. There’s also a bike shed.
My Fat-Loss Programmes comes with two financial commitments …
1️⃣ TO BUZZ GYM – a basic monthly membership @ Buzz Gym is £21.99. Remember you can use the promo code GYMHIPPIE to escape the joining fee. There are no tie-ins with a Buzz membership – and you can cancel it at any time by cancelling your Direct Debit.
2️⃣ TO GYMHIPPIE – Either a gold, diamond or platinum package. The minimum commitment is 12 weeks (3 months).
In no particular order ⬇️
- Level 3 Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training
- Impact Brand Mastery – Mark Coles
- SuperStrong Business – Phil Graham
- Graduate of the Shredded By Science Academy
- Advanced Stretching and Foam Rolling
- Advanced Nutrition for Physical Performance and Weight Management
- Indoor Cycling (Spinning)
- Postural Assessment and Corrective Exercise
- Suspended Movement Training (e.g. TRX)
- Kettlebell Training
- Padwork for PTs (Boxing)
- Advanced Circuit and HIIT Training
- Nutritional Advisor
- Level 2 Counselling Skills
- And, randomly, a 1st Class BA in Politics & Economics from the University of Sussex!