This is a unique approach to personal training that fuses functional strength training and nutrition with mindfulness techniques, yoga, tai chi and psychology. These complementary practices confer multiple benefits – strengthening and integrating the mind and body, while reducing stress and improving your body's hormonal profile. Techniques from yoga and tai chi help correct posture and alignment so you can train injury free, and they can even help with existing issues like knee and back pain!
The program is tailor made to suit your fitness level, interests and goals. Sessions are also guided by how you feel on the day - if you are feeling tired and run down we'll take it a bit easier and maybe use part of the time for an energy healing instead, but if you're feeling great we'll push hard. I don't yell at my clients like a military sergeant, nor do I push you until you collapse and throw up!
This is the more traditional PT component, strengthening the physical body (muscles, bones and connective tissues) and enhancing coordination and cognition, while greatly improving the body's hormonal profile - making you look and feel great. Strength training also re-sensitises you to insulin and can reverse type 2 diabetes. Challenging yourself with strength training also develops a mental fortitude and a warrior spirit that can help you overcome adversity in life, especially depression and anxiety. More on the benefits of strength training.
Although I’m not a nutritionist, I can provide advice on what has worked for me, and others. The core teaching is to listen to your body and see how it feels after eating different foods. More on nutrition.
Focusing on flexibility and alignment of the body, asanas also strengthen and tone muscles and connective tissue. Focusing on the breath during poses brings one into a state of mindfulness, while being able to stay calm during physical exertion builds mental strength and resilience to stress.
Breathing exercises flood the body and brain with oxygen, helping to increase energy and detoxify the body. They also help to ground and centre you, reducing stress and increasing your focus. Certain breathing exercises are also great for strengthening the abs and core.
Tai Chi is about learning to move mindfully with the breath and correct body mechanics. It helps build coordination and leg strength while correcting posture and alignment.
Exercise if a moving meditation – a way to reconnect the body with the mind. Be in the moment, in the body, not thinking about what you have to do after your session. After an exercise, pause and notice how the body feels and how your energy flows differently.
Exercise is a microcosm of the macrocosm. The discipline and self-mastery you learn during these sessions will flow into all aspects of your life. You'll also learn how to shift the blocks that stop you from obtaining your goals - by becoming mindful of those underlying negative beliefs you can then change them using various techniques.
I'm also an energy healing and use 5 different modalities including Reiki in my healings, along with Shamanic/Earth energies. If you're run down and feel you want to use some of the session for a healing instead, you can.
My name is Andrew Edmonds, and while I've only been a personal trainer for a couple of years, I’ve been training myself for over 10 years. I’ve been doing yoga for almost as long, and I’ve been doing martial arts for the better part of 20 years! All the experience and training from these pursuits are what makes my PT sessions so effective.
I service the Sydney North Shore and I come to you.
My gym space is at 2/26 Tathra Street, West Gosford. This is a small gym and often no one else is here, so it's perfect for beginners who don't feel confident going to a gym, or for those that just don't like big commercial gyms like me! I can also come to you.
The price for an hour session is $80, or you can bring a buddy for just $30 extra! A home or location visit is an extra $20, or you can have a 1.5 hour session that includes the callout fee for $120
I have intermittently been doing yoga for years. Never have my arms nor hips been corrected to create such strength and alignment. Andrew has an in-depth knowledge of the capacity and mechanics of the body and on another level knows how to create and more importantly, help you develop a mind-body connection. I believe this connection is critical when you are seeking results without creating unnecessary stress and injuries in the body.
I highly recommend Andrew for his unique style of personal training.
Dina Cooper, CEO and Founder at Raising Happy Humans
Training with Andrew is always a pleasure. He is consistently punctual, enthusiastic, energetic, and knowledgeable. Since beginning our sessions, my body mechanics and dynamic postural strength have improved tremendously. In addition, I have noticed a significant improvement in my sleep quality, and I've felt an overall greater sense of wellness. I am able to train more frequently, and for longer periods. I highly recommend his services.
I'm inexperienced when it comes to fitness and balancing the body, so I really appreciated Andrew's down-to-earth approach to all the new concepts and lessons. I already had a basic understanding of some of the ideas surrounding the mental and spiritual aspects of Andrew's training/teaching, but he was able to build on that to greater heights and really assisted in my growth. The best point has to be his deep understanding of the body and how it works, being well tempered with a higher level of comprehension. That makes it very easy for someone like me to digest, being less experienced in those fields!
Contact me now for a free, no obligation introduction.