5 things you never knew about being a personal trainer in Regents Park
We need a license [updated Sept 2014]
The Royal Parks have been running a license scheme for fitness operators for two years and Muddy Plimsolls wholeheartedly supports it. The license scheme helps protect customers by identifying those training companies that take outdoor exercise seriously. Muddy Plimsolls doesn’t just go out in to the park when the summer is here. Or when the gym is full. We’re out there throughout the year.
So remember to look out for the license on our trainers: it’s displayed as a brightly coloured armband by the trainer when they are working with a client.
We use the whole park
Outdoor training shouldn’t just be a case of laying down a mat in one corner of the park and performing some kettlebell swings. So we use a multi-site approach over a number of sessions. Moving from Chester Gate to the Boating Lake, or the Hub to St Andrews Place, opens up the advantages of different locations.
We train in all weathers
If outdoor exercise is to be most effective, it must be done regularly. And that includes during the winter or when the weather isn’t so great. Regent’s Park is very beautiful when covered in snow. And often deserted too! But we do have lots of advice about training in the changeable conditions of spring, autumn and winter.
The key is to pick the right exercise gear to protect yourself and for comfort. The outdoor training becomes a breeze. And after your session there’s always the Hub or the Smokehouse.
We use the space and the landscape of Regent’s Park
As I mentioned above, by moving around the park, our trainers can incorporate elements of the park in the workout. The jungle gym by Gloucester Gate, the long, straight sprinting track behind Regent’s Park zoo, the steep bank that surrounds the hub. Even the smallest of inclines of a grassy bank will be used. These are all features that Regent’s Park have we can use. But we do respect the benches and don’t encourage using them for step-ups.
We are 10x better than a bootcamp
Both bootcamps and Muddy Plimsolls use primarily calisthenics – bodyweight exercise. Which is why, from a distance, it can seem that bootcamps use similar exercises as our one-to-one training. But here is where the comparison stops. Because Muddy Plimsolls training goes far beyond the low-level ‘grinding’ exercises of the average bootcamp. We aim to improve your strength and endurance, but also your balance, speed, coordination and physical awareness amongst other physical abilities. The learning curve is much steeper with us.