Shaq Porteous is an experienced personal trainer and Mental Health and Support Worker for vulnerable young people within the YMCA. Shaq’s passion for enhancing mental health through exercise and movement has been the driving force throughout his career, and his work integrating Firstbeat Life has allowed him to take his business to the next level and get more PT clients.
Shaq has a diverse client base with different needs, goals, and lifestyle triggers. From young athletes looking to optimise their performance on the football pitch, to older clients who train to enhance strength and mobility in later life.
“Firstbeat Life is a game changer.” Says Shaq. “It enables me to get a window into my client’s days and weeks, allowing me to optimise their routine and schedule by seeing when they are stressed and when their periods of recovery are.”
Delivering a Unique PT Service
A common frustration among fitness professionals is clients not supplementing their personal training sessions with independent exercise or mobility practice. Yet, the Firstbeat Life app allows professionals to monitor their client’s stress and recovery levels and recommend periods of exercise that are better timed with their lifestyle.
Digital check-in points mean both the client and the trainer can have regular touchpoints to discuss the effectiveness of their holistic training plan and any adjustments that need to be made.
“One of the challenges I face with my clients is the fact that I set them homework, and it doesn’t get completed.” Shaq added. “This makes it more challenging for me to coach and for them to achieve their goals. However, Firstbeat allows me to track the work they are doing which I set out for them and support them without increasing my face-to-face contact. These digital check-in points also mean I have more time to see my current clients, while creating opportunities to get more clients.”
A Growing PT Client Base
As a personal trainer, Shaq thrives from seeing his clients enhance their mental wellbeing, as well as their physical, through exercise. By using Firstbeat Life’s clinically accurate data to support training sessions, professionals can build a better picture of how a client’s body is being stressed, helping to reduce cortisol levels and enhance overall happiness.
“Firstbeat Life has benefitted me personally; using the data I have made simple changes to my sleeping routine which has had a massive impact on my daily life. The data that I get from Firstbeat Life enables me to plan ahead and be well prepped going into client sessions.”
By including Firstbeat Life as an additional offering to his personal training services, Shaq can attract a wider customer base and get more PT clients growing his business, and expanding his income streams.
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