Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers

What are your opening hours?
How old do I have to be to join Masters Fitness Gym?
What equipment do you have at the gym?
Will I get shown how to use the equipment?
Do you have fitness classes?
Do I have to book for a fitness class?
Is there a car park?
Is there staff on duty at Masters Fitness Gym?
Can I visit to look around? Do I need an appointment?
Do you have personal trainers at Masters Fitness?
Do you have changing rooms, showers etc?
How do I join?
What are your opening hours?

Monday to Thursday: 6am to 9pm

Friday: 6am to 9.30pm

Saturday: 8am to 5pm

Sunday: 9am to 1pm

How old do I have to be to join Masters Fitness Gym?

Masters Fitness Gym members should be 16 years old.

An individual can join at the age of 12, but must always be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

What equipment do you have at the gym?

We chose the equipment at Masters Fitness Gym with care, to ensure you have the best possible fitness experience.

We have one of the widest ranges, including: treadmills, cross trainers, spin bikes, upright bikes, rowing machines, assault bike, Skierg, steppers, hill climber.

And strength based equipment, such as: power racks, bench press, shoulder press, peck deck, reverse fly, lat pull down, seated row, assisted dip and chin, cable machines, cross over cables, leg press, 45° leg press, hack squat, leverage squat, calve raise, preacher curl, GHD, back extension, crunch bench, decline/ incline benches.

An Inbody770 to measure your body composition to clear accuracy.

We also have med balls, core bags, punch bags, a box master, a grappler, bosu, swiss balls, TRXs and monkey bars.

And our dumbbells range from 0.25kg to 45kg each, so whatever your level we’ll have something for you.

Will I get shown how to use the equipment?

Yes. You’ll receive a full induction when you join and there are always Masters Fitness staff on hand to offer help.

Do you have fitness classes?

Yes.

We have a range that are offered throughout the week. See our fitness classes page for a list of the local fitness classes near you at Masters Gym.

Do I have to book for a fitness class?

No, but we do recommend it. Some of the fitness classes for local people in the Ribble Valley area become busier than others and we don’t like to disappoint people who turn up and aren’t able to get their place on the class.

Is there a car park?

Yes. We have our own dedicated car park with ample spaces.

Is there staff on duty at Masters Fitness Gym?

Yes. At all times when the gym is open the staff are in. And, we’re all first aid trained 🙂

Can I visit to look around? Do I need an appointment?

Yes, of course you can come look around the gym.

We’d recommend booking an appointment by phone or sending us an email through our contact page.

Do you have personal trainers at Masters Fitness?

We do.

We have a team of health practitioners and personal trainers who can help you achieve your health and fitness goals. Take a look at our meet the team page.

Do you have changing rooms, showers etc?

Yes.

We have two showers/changing rooms that you can use.

How do I join?

Simply join online using our online system or come to the gym at Brockhall Village to take a look around.

Personal Training Questions

Do I need to bring anything with me for the consultation?
Can I have my consultation and assessment on the same day?
There are many personal trainers out there. Why should I choose you?
How frequently should I see a personal trainer?
What happens during a personal training session?
How early and late can I have personal training sessions?
How do you monitor progress so we know things are working?
When and how do I pay?
Do I pay a monthly membership as well as my PT?
Do I have to sign a contract for personal training?
What if I need to cancel/re-arrange a session?
What is a C.H.E.K Practitioner?
What else is involved?
What are the best exercises to get rid of bingo wings/beer belly/thunder thighs?
What should I eat before and after workout?
What’s the best diet for weight loss?
Will my workouts get easier as I progress?
Do I need to bring anything with me for the consultation?

Just yourself is fine. It might be a good idea to bring a list of questions though. You’d be surprised how much you find out in the consultations and most people forget to ask something they wanted an answer to. So, feel free to bring a list of questions.

And, don’t forget: we’re here to help you and that includes answering any questions you may have.

Can I have my consultation and assessment on the same day?

This all depends on availability.

Preparing for an assessment takes a little time. So, when we do them it’s important to do them well. We don’t want to rush doing them quickly and things get missed.

That means we usually schedule your assessment a day or so after your initial consultation.

There are many personal trainers out there. Why should I choose you?

Quality, service and knowledge.

There are no other personal trainers or team of fitness professionals in the area who come close to the level of service we offer our clients. From the knowledge we bring from years of experience and many successful outcomes for our clients, to the solutions we offer in your sessions, and the equipment at our private training facility.

How frequently should I see a personal trainer?

This is a decision for you to make.

But, the minimum you should be exercising is three times a week.

If you can do all of those by yourself and are motivated to keep going then you might only need one session a week to help top up what you’re doing outside of those sessions.

However, many of our clients believe two or three sessions a week to be best for their motivational levels and where they want to be.

What happens during a personal training session?

Sessions are specific to you as we offer a bespoke personal training programme at MPT, so we can’t say it’s going to be as clear-cut as cardio training or intervals.

But, most clients usually require some coaching on food, exercise techniques and lifestyle habits, so there’s quite a bit of time spent on that. The rest of the time we work on your posture (a big one for people working in an office or sitting at a desk for 2 or more hours a day), muscle tone or interval work. What we work on depends on what you want and what you need, and the outcome of your assessments.

Some clients come to MPT purely for rehabilitation, which means they’re sessions comprise building up strength in weak muscles and confidence in their bodies. Other times, clients want fat loss, so we’ll do some weight training (yes, ladies, you should lift weights) and some high intensity cardio.

How early and late can I have personal training sessions?

From 6am until 8.30pm on weekdays and from 9am to 1pm on weekends.

How do you monitor progress so we know things are working?

We have a variety of different systems to track your results.

One of those is My PT Hub, which provides great communication between you and your trainer on improvements in strength, diet & fitness.

We also use bio signature assessments to track body fat reduction and gains in lean muscle, and we use CHEK lifestyle assessments to monitor stress on organs and to help us coach and guide you to get control of your life.

When and how do I pay?

Payment is required before a session or package starts. However, we offer monthly payments with our packages via direct debit.

Do I pay a monthly membership as well as my PT?

No. There’s no membership fee to use our facilities. A fitness session is deducted from your monthly allocation when you have one with your trainer.

Do I have to sign a contract for personal training?

There are a few options to choose from: single sessions or a package.

If you choose a package then these work out better in terms of value to price. But, we’re not a gym so we won’t lock you into a 12-month contract.

What if I need to cancel/re-arrange a session?

We have a 24-hour cancellation policy: if a session is cancelled within that time period then you will be charged for the session (except in extreme circumstances such as a medical emergency).

If it is outside of that time period then we can communicate about when you would like to move that session to during the week.

What is a C.H.E.K Practitioner?

This is a personal trainer who has taken the time to learn more about the body and the systems of the body, to help more people get the results they want.

One thing an individual learns as a C.H.E.K practitioner is that there is not one system for everyone. Just like not all exercises are good for everybody.

We use the CHEK system to help design programmes around your body and lifestyle to improve the condition of your body and your overall well-being.

Read our blog about why you should choose a C.H.E.K Practitioner.

What else is involved?

Coaching, guidance and lots of team work. Helping you get to your goal isn’t a one-sided or one-person affair. It’s about finding what’s working for you and then getting rid of what isn’t.

Like the saying goes: “If it was easy then everyone would do it!”

There are going to be days and times when you don’t want to train and that’s when we are most useful. Anyone can go to the gym, but it’s at the times when you motivation is low and your direction has strayed a little off the path that a Masters PT can help.

What are the best exercises to get rid of bingo wings/beer belly/thunder thighs?

If we had the secret of spot reduction then we wouldn’t need to work, as it’s the one thing that science hasn’t been able to figure out about fat loss. But, what does come close is our Biosignature Modulation assessment and analysis.

It doesn’t target fat loss, but what it will help you to target your training and lifestyle in order to train more effectively and burn fat better.

Fat loss in a specific area is linked to certain hormones you produce, i.e. insulin tends to be on the hips and love handle area. So, if you modulate how much you produce then you should be able to reduce that specific area.

What should I eat before and after workout?

Before work out: you need to have eaten something small, but no earlier than 45 minutes before you train. However, we advise clients to drink a black coffee this will help to mobilize fats in your body so they can be burnt.

After work out: you should consume a small amount of carbs and some proteins. Protein to repair the muscle and carbs so you produce a little insulin, as this helps shuttle the protein into your muscles for repair.

Remember: carbs aren’t bad, it’s just when you have them and how much you have that are important.

What’s the best diet for weight loss?

The simple answer is one that you can follow.

Diets usually don’t help people lose weight. It’s not always the case, but most of the time a person will start a diet, lose some weight, and then fall of the diet wagon because it’s hard to follow. What happens next? They’ll gorge on the foods they couldn’t have while they were on the diet (not great!).

The key is to not be on a diet, but find a lifestyle that works for you. One that places you on the right path to where you want to be and one that you can sustain.

Will my workouts get easier as I progress?

Your workouts will get easier as you become fitter and stronger, but this is when your trainer will usually make you step things up a little because we want you to continuously improve. If we don’t make things harder then your results will platter and you won’t get to where you want to.

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