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Originally coined by Chila, Peckham and Manheim, back in 1981 and used for the title of their course at Michigan State University: ‘‘Myofascial Release’’

What is fascia tissue?

Fascia is the body’s connective tissue. It's fibrous cobweb-like connective tissue found throughout the whole of the body runing from head to toe. Your fascia provides a framework that helps support and protect individual muscle groups, organs, and the entire body as a unit.

What is a strength curve?

strength curve is a graphical representation of how a muscle generates and applies force in a specific direction. This force is then represented using three basic categories: ascending, descending and bell-shaped.

Eccentric contraction explained:

An eccentric contraction occurs when a muscle lengthens under load. An example of this would be when you're lowing yourself into a squatting position. Generally speaking, a muscle can be upto 150% stronger during an eccentric contraction than a concentric contraction. 

Concentric contraction explained:

A concentric contraction occurs when a muscle shortens. An example of this would be when you're coming up from a bottom of a squat.

What are muscle fascicles?

In anatomy, a muscle fascicle is a bundle of skeletal muscle fibers surrounded by perimysium, a type of connective tissue.

Who is Michael Goulden?

Michael Goulden is the founder of a training company and is a resistance training specialist in exercise mechanics. He has been integrating exercise mechanics with neuromuscular preparation to create a uniquely sustainable approach to health, fitness and performance.

Who is Charles Poliquin?

Charles Poliquin is recognised as one of the world’s most accomplished strength coaches, and has produced hundreds of medals, wins and personal bests for elite athletes in over 17 different sports, including athletes for both the summer and winter Olympics, the NHL, and NFL.

Who is Ben Pakulski?

Ben Pakulski, nicknamed the Pak-Man, holds an Honors Degree in Kinesiology and is an IFBB professional bodybuilder and winner of the 2008 Mr. Canada competition. In the IFBB, he finished 2nd twice in 2008.

What is a level 5 trainer?

Our level five trainers are our ‘elite’. They’re seriously experienced, and incredibly knowledgeable. They have all gone above and beyond, attending numerous industry events, clocking up multiple courses, and spending numerous hours learning through practical experience with clients. They have shown unparalleled dedication to becoming the best personal trainers possible, and have been recognised in the health and fitness industry for their level of excellence.

What is a level 4 trainer?

Our level four trainers have gone the extra mile. All of them have further industry qualifications, whether in nutrition, post-natal exercise, endurance or hypertrophy. They have attended workshops, webinars and courses to lift their learning above others in the area. They are likely to have been a personal trainer for several years, and be pushing to learn more about how they can offer the best possible advice to you.

What is a level 3 trainer?

Our level three trainers are fully qualified, with industry-recognised qualifications, but are relatively new to personal training. What they lack in experience, they will make up for in dedication and enthusiasm. All our level three trainers work closely with a more senior member of the team to ensure the Hall Training quality of service is maintained, and you make constant progress towards your goals.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • What time are the personal training sessions?

    Our sessions run on the hour and half hour nearly all day, from 6 or 7am to 8:30pm on weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturdays. Simply hit the time you want to train at in the app, and then turn up!

  • What time are you open?

    We're open from 6am or 7am-8:30pm on Monday to Friday, and 8am-1pm on Saturdays. We also open on bank holidays too, using our Saturday hours.

  • What kind of members do you have?

    Our members are all different types of people! Some are 16, some are 86, some have never exercised in their lives, some run ultra-marathons. We tailor your personal training sessions to you and your goals, so everybody is welcome. One thing all our members have in common is a drive to be the best version of themselves, and have a great time working towards their fitness-related goals. 

  • Do I need to be fit?

    Absolutely not. Our members range in age from 18 to their 80s and come to us with all kinds of fitness levels. Everyone starts their journey somewhere and everyone has their own goal. We’ll look at where you’re starting from, personalise your training and work at the level that’s right for you.

  • Do I need to find other people to train with in the 4-on-1 sessions?

    No, we’ll do that for you - just book the time you want to train!

  • Does it matter how old I am?

    No, we work with clients from 18 to 80+, making sure that their training is always tailored to their goals, lifestyle and mobility levels. However old you are you’ll be in good hands.

  • Do I need a membership to another gym to train often enough?

    Absolutely not, everything you need is under this one roof.

  • What if I have an injury?

    Unless it’s serious it shouldn’t be a problem. Lots of people come to us with aches and pains, sore backs or post-natal issues. Although we’re not physiotherapists our team is all well trained and can design a programme that will work around your problems. We’re also partnered with a fab team of physiotherapists, osteopaths and sports masseuses that can help you address the cause of the problem.

  • How much do your memberships cost?

    That's entirely up to you, and depends on the type of training you want to do and how often you want to do it. We have over twelve different memberships available with options to suit most budgets. Our memberships start at £150 per month, and are all based around personal training sessions, not just gym access. 

  • How do shared personal training sessions work?

    Even though the sessions are shared, they are not "mini bootcamps." Each session is tailored to you and your goals. If you're in a semi-private personal training session or small group personal training session, you may have people alongside you doing something very similar, or you may all be doing completely different things. That's for us to worry about.