Fitness professionals come from a range of backgrounds, but REPs member Louise Hazel’s route to becoming a fitness professional is slightly unique in that her journey took her to London 2012, the World Championships in 2011 and a gold medal in Delhi and the Commonwealth Games.
Having qualified as a REPs member in the winter of last year, Louise has been looking into how she can combine her unique, elite level training with fitness and education for the wider public.
Through research, consultation and education, Louise coined The Podium Effect®, a 60-day interactive fitness and health programme
“The Podium Effect® has been designed to be an educational tool as well as a fitness plan. We have worked with specialist nutritionists to make sure it is a holistic programme that can benefit people’s health, fitness and lifestyle.” said Louise.
Louise’s background as a world-class heptathlete has certainly shaped the training, and this is demonstrated from the warm-up and extends right across the programme.
“I wanted to include elements of training from my athletics background in The Podium Effect®. Coming from a multi-discipline event, I required a varied training schedule and I wanted the programme to reflect that.
“The programme is 60 days, the time I normally gave myself to get fit again after an injury. This is enough time to change someone from being inactive and out of shape to become fit and healthy.”
Aware of not being able to directly assist the consumer, Louise has created these videos to feel like one-on-one session, asking questions throughout, taking time to ensure everything is done correctly, and tailoring workouts (where possible) to the demands and requirements of the client. As well as offering expert tutorials on her Youtube channel.
A key aspect of The Podium Effect is the online community Louise is aiming to create and develop across a range of social media channels. The community will also be in with a chance to win a unique personal training session with the Olympian.
“I want people to be able to engage with and learn from each other, to be able to share their concerns, goals and achievements. Whether it’s a client or another REPs member, an online community is really important in this industry.”
It is certainly an exciting time for REPs member, Louise, who, in the same way she did throughout her athletic career, will undoubtedly give her all to this new, exciting project.
Image credit: Louise Hazel, Running Ambassador for The British Heart Foundation, is launching The Podium Effect® on Monday 2nd September www.thepodiumeffect.com