Colm Woulfe

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Whangarei Personal Trainer: Colm Woulfe

I have a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation degree, and then I went on to do my post grad. I ended up doing my master’s in Sport and Exercise, as I wanted to work as a strength and conditioning coach working with teams.

Alongside my studies I started competing in strongman back in 2011. I worked my way from the local NZ scene all the way up to The World’s Strongest Man competition. While I still compete every now and again, I prioritise coaching others and sharing the knowledge I have learnt.

I have a Bachelor of Sport and Recreation degree, and then I went on to do my post grad. I ended up doing my master’s in Sport and Exercise, as I wanted to work as a strength and conditioning coach working with teams.

Alongside my studies I started competing in strongman back in 2011. I worked my way from the local NZ scene all the way up to The World’s Strongest Man competition. While I still compete every now and again, I prioritise coaching others and sharing the knowledge I have learnt.

I suppose my main points of difference are my education and background as a strongman. My education allows me to prescribe exercise based on evidence and research. My experience as a strongman gives me a different view about what the body is capable of. As well as teaching others to learn from my own mistakes and preventable injuries!

The big thing with training someone is communication. I do my best to understand exactly what a client is after and tailor the training to fit their own goals. While we are after results I want the client to enjoy what they are doing. If someone enjoys the act of lifting heavy and hates burpees I’ll use their love for lifting heavy to keep them engaged and vice versa.

The first session is about assessing where the person’s at. So it’s usually on the easier side as we can always do more in the future. If someone is completely new to training they will get a good physiological response from a moderate workout and will be ready to train again sooner compared to pushing them to the point of failure.

With my background in S&C if I trained an athlete into the ground they then wouldn’t be able to perform their sport and I would get fired. I keep a similar process here, although a client might not be training for a sport I still want them to be able to walk up the stairs after our session and go about their day. The stairs will be harder than normal sure, but I don’t want to train them to the point of their legs cramping at the 3rd step.

 So let’s say their goal from the one-on-one sessions is that they would like to be able to play with their kids, and they find out they get too out of breath doing that, then that’s kind of what the goal of the conditioning would be. It’s about setting expectations for them as well; things take time and it’s just about building up slowly.

If you’re new to fitness and join a training session, we’ll just do an easier version. It’s about the patterns and the principles and catering the fitness task to that person’s fitness level. There’s only so many ways, the body can move. So I help develop the foundational patterns, finding out where they’re at in terms of level.

My main principle is always consistency; so if two friends are coming to train at the same time, even if they have different goals. I find that this keeps my clients accountable. I actually prefer buddy sessions for that reason. Even if you have different goals, there’s the support and the camaraderie. So I’d say find your gym buddy and come along.

The way I run it normally depends on the level, however if goals and objectives align, there’s nothing wrong with healthy competition.

I always advise not to change a whole lifestyle at once. For example, a sedentary person who is inactive and never exercises might focus on one small goal each week. Week 1 they come to a personal training session. Week 2 they come to one PT session and do one 20minute walk later in the week. Week 3 they add a stretching session in. Over time this will add up to a big lifestyle change and is much more manageable and sustainable than jumping into 4 hard training sessions a week.

The best program to me is the one that the client can do. Yup, it sounds simple, but it’s just whatever is going to fit their lifestyle. My focus is trying to create an environment so that they can train consistently over time, and create good habits. The points we emphasize are all about consistency, making those small incremental changes as opposed to changing everything in one go.

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