Personal Training

In a nutshell

We believe having your own Personal Trainer is essential to your success which is why our unique challenge makes it compulsory!

  1. You’ll be seeing a Personal Trainer (PT) once every four weeks and a minimum total of five times.
  2. You can choose any PT providing they are registered.*
  3. If there’s no registered* PT within 20km of you we have Global PTs who can help.
  4. Ideally you should choose your PT before the challenge starts.

*Registered means with a body recognized by ICREPs of which there are 1000s around the world:-)

FAQs with Challenge Girl.

If your personal training questions aren’t answered below  just get in touch with Challenge Girl here.


Why have a personal trainer

A personal trainer will help you get to where you want to go – and beyond!

‘75% of people who exercise are not getting the results they want.
Of the 25% of people who do get results, 90% of them are working with a personal trainer.’

IDEA International Health and Fitness Organisation.

And here’s some of the reasons why…

1. Personal trainers do essential and accurate assessments.

At the risk of losing in you in the lingo, PTs may assess your VO2 levels, ROM, BP, hydration levels, FHP, lean mass, body fat levels, metabolic age, take before and after photos with a plum line, test your glucose levels and a whole lot more!

If you’re not sure what any of those things are trust us, they are  important to you achieving your goals and your PT will know how to do them accurately which our judges need to be assured of.

2. PTs write individualized training programmes!

At Catch Fitness we don’t dish out the one exercise programme for everyone.  Imagine if everyone got the same programme as Dan Carter?  We have had entrants who have been 180kg and sedentary to 30 years young with arthritis, to elite athletes who blitz Ironman races to entrants with a broken leg going through re-hab.

One of the reasons we are so successful is because we support trainers writing programmes specific to the individual, adjusting them for your ever-changing fitness levels, injury status and a whole lot more.

Undeniably this individualization of your training plays a huge part in why 20 Week Challenge™ entrants do so well – whether you see it or not, they all have programmes for you either written or well thought out in their heads and bets on they are constantly thinking of ways to change them to help you even more.

PTs can also obviously write you ongoing programmes to do at home too or while you’re on holiday which will suit you and where you’re at way better than ever magazine fit blitz programme ever could.

3. PTs will help you fit fitness in

PTs are great at providing tools and ideas to help their clients fit fitness in no matter how demotivated or busy they are.   Tell your PT where you at on this level and explore the options with them.

Read the fabulous stuff entrants said to us on their feedback forms about their PTs – click here 

How often to see a PT

You’ll need to see your PT a minimum of…

  • Once every four weeks and a total minimum of five times over the 20 weeks.
  • Your first session, in May, with your PT needs to be  one – one i.e. just them and you. This is important in order for them to be able to get through what they’ll need to get through.
  • After your first session the rest can be as part of a group, a seminar, a class, a walk,  for as long as short as you like, whatever you both agree on but it does need to be face to face, in person, not via skype for instance, unless you fall within one of our exceptions.
  • Nb – Some PTs do have their own conditions around how often they like to see entrants. If you’re not keen on those conditions, simply give another trainer a call.
  • Online exceptions. Entrants who have no registered PTs within a 20 km radius have the option to use one of our three Global online PTs for the 20 weeks, please inquire.  Clients who have trained with PTs at least 12 times before entering the challenge may also be eligible to do one session on-line.

Based on the success of previous entrants we recommend that….

  1. If you are new to exercising…

    aim for weekly sessions with your PT, ideally one to one, just you and them, for the first 6-8 weeks, of 20 minutes or more. This will ensure you get great technique on the right exercises for you, which means results faster and less likelihood of injury.

  2. If you’re not very motivated when it comes to exercising…

    you’ll do well to have more regular PT sessions or to at least commit to a weekly group session with them, or even ones they recommend like a Zumba class, PUMP an 8 week Salsa course, or to join the local cycling club, walking group etc i.e. commit yourself to hanging with a group of active people each week.

  3. If you’re motivated, regular exerciser but not getting the results you want or commonly getting injuries…

    it may be more about having your PT change what you do rather than seeing them more often.  Have them check out your current training and nutritional regime and tweak things around a bit.  This is probably the best most underrated benefits of any PT in the life of well trained individual or athlete.

How much PTs charge

Personal training prices

Entrants pay PTs directly for their services.

Unfortunately we are unable to give you one specific price that all PTs charge but on the upside, that does mean you can shop around to find a PT who’s budget and session times suits you.

To give you an idea of some prices:-

a) large group training sessions with a PT typically range from $5 to $15,
b) small group training with 4 or 5 others around $20, and
c) one to one’s, i.e. just you and them, anywhere from $30 to $125.

Please feel comfortable talking to several PTs about their prices and packages and your budget before making a decision.

How much would you have paid?If you’re in doubt that you won’t be able to afford a PT then consider the money you’ll save!

Clients have told us they regularly save between $40 and $120 a week by getting involved with the challenge, using a PT and incorporating new healthy habits.

And if you’re wondering if previous entrants got good value then Click here  to see what a 100 of them said about that!

How to choose a PT

Choosing a PT

Any PT can support you on your 20 Week Challenge™ journey providing they are registered with a member body of ICREPs  or the International Confederation of Registered Exercise Professionals .

ICREPs help ensure exercise professionals worldwide reach a minimum standard and continually up-skill themselves.  Each country will have a list of PTs that are appropriately registered that you can search for PTs in, for instance:-

NZ = REPs 
Australia = Fitness Australia
Europe = EREPS

It doesn’t cost PTs anything to register with us and they are normally super happy to support people on this challenge:-)

7 top tips for choosing a PT.

Apart from being ICREPs recognised we’d also suggest considering these factors.

No.1: Location.

Generally, the closer your trainer is to your home or workplace the more likely you will be to see them.  If parking is an issue for you then be sure to choose a place where it isn’t going to be.

No.2: Support.

If your friends or family are already training with that PT you’re more likely to succeed if you do too simply because you will all be on the same page when it comes to say dietary issues or training regimes and times.  Alternatively you could always have your family or friends to join up with your PT.

No.3: Results.

If you’re keen on getting results then ask them to show you the results of their other clients.

No.4: Reviews.

Ask your PT to show you testimonials from their other clients or even better ask if you can have a chat to a few of them.

No. 5: Do you respect them?

You don’t always have to ‘like’ your PT, although chances are you will, but you do need to trust and respect them and be willing to follow their lead.  It might be helpful to ask them about their philosophy on training, nutrition and motivation as well as their qualifications and experience.

No. 6: Costs,  packages and services.

Ask about additional costs and services.  Some PTs do weekly walks with their clients, monthly seminars and yearly retreats.  Others may supply you with home fitness equipment and access to all their resources. Some work with a wide array of other specialists. Find out about the stuff they do and don’t do and think about how those things may help you achieve your goal.

No.7: Then go think about it.

Interview other PTs, ask your friends etc and go back with questions or queries. Rest assured you can always change PTs during the 20 Week Challenge™ too.  It rarely happens but when it does PTs understand, they totally get that some clients click better with other PTs for all sorts of reasons.

When to choose your PT

By when?

Ideally you need to secure your PT before the challenge starts.  That will help them and you.  The latest date for you to find a PT is May 21st, 2017.

Ready to enter?

Personal Trainers keen to support entrants click here

If you are a personal trainer registered with a body recognized by ICREPs then you can help support our 20 Week Challenge entrants or enroll your own clients. There’s no fees if you’re keen and lots of other cool benefits.  Register here to read what the other PTs say about it all and how you can jump on board