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Menopause Personal Trainers: London

The last few years have seen an increased media focus on the menopause and menopausal symptoms. Unfortunately though, this has also made some personal training companies exploit an advertising opportunity without the knowledge or service to back it up.

At Fitness Lab, we strive to do things differently. When we say we can provide outstanding personal training for people who are going through peri menopause, menopause, or post menopause stages, it means we have considered every practical and scientific factor and built a personal training service around them.

You'll almost certainly see and feel differences in the way your body and brain works during the stages of the menopause. From a dedicated fitness programme and nutritional support right through to private training facilities, we've got everything you need to reduce menopause symptoms and feel your best.

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Training safely in private workout pods

There aren't many people who like the idea of working out in crowded gyms - and that certainly isn't going to change if you're going through the menopause.

At Fitness Lab, you'll be training one-to-one with your personal trainer in a dedicated 'pod' - an area that's exclusively yours when you're here.

Within your pod, there's everything you and your personal trainer will need - from cardio machines and weights through to mats, rollers, and even your own towels.

This means unrivalled privacy, no feeling of being watched as you exercise, and no wiping down machines or wasting time queuing for equipment.

We understand the menopause

At whatever age it begins, menopausal clients are going through changes that are completely unique - not occurring at any other time of life. To get the most out of personal training, it's extremely important that you work with a personal trainer who understands these changes.

There's no generic fitness class approach here. When you come to our boutique studios, we'll create a personalised programme that makes a real difference.

For some people, that means resistance training, body weight exercises, and mobility focused activities. For others, it can mean a focus on high intensity interval training or exploring the benefits of strength training.

Our consultation process is second-to-none - we'll get to know you and start building an evolving personal training programme that helps you feel your absolute best.

Adaptability that keeps up with you

There's no getting around it - some of the changes you'll potentially experience during the menopause can take a toll on on your physical and mental well-being.

On a longer-term physiological level, this means differences in lean muscle mass, bone density, some weight gain and changing risk factors around illnesses - but on a here-and-now level, it can mean sleepless nights, changing moods, hot flushes, and even problems with memory and concentration.

We understand - and when you train with Fitness Lab, we work fluidly around the way you feel during every session.

Your personal trainer will always be able to adapt your training around the way you feel, even on a moment-to-moment basis. You'll always feel like you've worked out - but you'll never feel like you're not understood or not perfectly catered for.

Balancing strength training and cardio fitness

Often, people are under the impression that simply upping their activity level is the best way to exericse and fight the symptoms of the menopause. While there's no denying that more activity is good - the right kind of activity can be significantly more beneficial.

Typically, this will involve some strength training alongside some effective cardio. Strength training isn't just about picking up heavy weights - it's about activating and toning muscles that are often neglected in our everyday lives.

Strength training will see your muscle mass grow a little. Don't panic though - we won't be turning you into a bodybuilder (unless that's your goal!) - instead, we'll be helping with increase this lean muscle mass to firm and tone your goal areas.

As if firming and toning didn't already sound positive enough - adding a little more muscle also helps you burn more calories, even when you're not exercising. This can lead to impressive improvements in body fat and all the benefits that offers.

What does an initial consultation involve?

Firstly and most importantly, a consultation with Fitness Lab is completely free and there's never any obligation to commit to personal training.

If you'd like to visit us and talk with us about what we can offer, we'll find a time that works for you. We're open before and after typical office hours - and we can arrange weekend appointments too.

We have a mixed and diverse team here at Fitness Lab - but we completely understand if you'd prefer to chat with one of our female personal trainers. Just let us know.

The consultation itself is a detailed discussion about your fitness history, current situation, possible goals (no matter how far off they might feel!) and a chat about how we could get you there.

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Testimonials

A Word From Our Clients

Based on 139 reviews.
Fi Kim
Fi Kim
2022-06-28
Verified
Great, clean facilities and tailored programs that have helped me with my fitness and health goals. Everyone is very kind & supportive, which makes for the perfect environment to train in. My PT Matt has helped me build strength as well as aid with the recovery of longterm muscle injuries. Highly recommend Fitness Lab.
Peter Tsonchev
Peter Tsonchev
2022-06-24
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tom graham
tom graham
2022-05-03
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Brett and Soho Fitness Lab are quite simply the best PT team I have trained with. Professional, knowledgeable and fantastic at tailoring a very tough work out with adaptions for my various historical injuries. The results speak for themselves. I can't recommend them highly enough!
Simon Purton
Simon Purton
2022-04-13
Verified
Unbelievable professional in everything they do and it feels like the client is at the centre of everything with the strength and conditioned tailored specifically to goals and needs. Would recommend them to everyone
Darryl Samaraweera
Darryl Samaraweera
2022-02-24
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I've been training with Olivia at Soho Fitness Lab since the beginning of December and the experience has been brilliant. As a newbie to working with a P/T I was nervous going into it, but from the first session I saw I had nothing to worry about. The space is unlike your usual gyms - it’s private and just the right size, and has a smart feel to it. It's a perfect spot for pre-work workouts if you are in or around Soho, or live there like I do. Never thought I'd be happy getting up at 6am to go to the gym but always look forward to it as I see the progress I am making!
Michael Ash
Michael Ash
2022-02-16
Verified
My experience with the FitnessLab team has been great. They listened to my ailments and put together an excellent program so that I can get on the road to recovery. Can’t recommend enough!
Sean S
Sean S
2022-02-15
Verified
I’ve recently started training with James after a bit of a hiatus with my fitness. He really gets where I’m coming from, as I’m working around old injuries. The sessions are a lot of fun and I feel great afterwards. He really know what he’s doing and I’m excited to be back on the right path.
Matt Black
Matt Black
2022-02-08
Verified
Going to miss this place! Rhys was a top trainer 👏 highly recommend for those looking to progress in succeeding and living a healthy lifestyle 💪
Elio Elia
Elio Elia
2021-11-01
Verified
I've found the team at Fitness Lab to be very professional, knowledgeable and flexible based on my capabilities and fitness goals. My PT, Rhys has been a great help in tailoring sessions and even adapting them whilst I had some sporting injuries. He has also taken the time outside of sessions to send tips on diet, demo videos of exercises to do at home and just generally communicate with me outside of the hourly sessions to keep me motivated, which is not something you normally get from past experiences elsewhere. I would highly recommend Fitness lab if you're serious about improving your fitness and/or have hit a brick wall with your 'run of the mill' PTs out there. It's well worth it in my opinion.
Max Lom-Bor
Max Lom-Bor
2021-10-15
Verified
Professional, knowledgeable and personal. I had a really brilliant trainer in Rhys who helped me achieve and even surpass my fitness goals while making the whole thing seem fun and manageable. No idea how. Class act, class gym 👍

Frequently Asked Questions

Our experience tells us that some strength training can be enormously beneficial for people who want to manage symptoms of the menopause. Don't worry though, that doesn't mean we expect you to be an Olympic power lifter!

Instead, we'd typically start with some low intensity strength exercises - focusing movement and technique, rather than heavy weights.

In time, you and your personal trainer might discuss adding weight to your programme - not least because building lean muscle mass is one of the very best ways to deal with unwanted body fat.

If you'd like to read more about this subject, check out our blog: Strength Training During the Menopause.

We're not professional nutritionalists - but we do have a very good understanding of how different foods and eating habits can impact your health. In fact, we've put together a detailed blog about Diet and the Menopause.

Typically, we'd chat with our clients about the kinds of foods that would help with their goals - and if you decide to use our online training app, you'll be able to link food, calorie, and macronutrient diary apps like MyFitnessPal for your personal trainer to see and advise around.

We also have a partner meal prep delivery service that you may wish to use. They have registered nutritionalists onboard who we can work with to help you work towards your goals. The best bit is, all their meals are healthy, freshly prepared, and delivered to your door ready to eat!

Yes, as part of a well-thought-through PT programme, cardio exercise can help to avoid or deal with any weight gain you might be worried about. This is especially true of HIIT (high-intensity interval training) - which promotes quick weight loss and toned muscles.

In fact, cardio exercise has a range of benefits beyond just helping to manage your weight and body fat levels - including lowering the risk of heart disease and helping to even out some of the 'mood swings' you might experience as a part of depression and stress.

We've explored the benefits of cardio training for menopausal clients in our dedicated blog post: Cardio Training During the Menopause.

Exercise is one of the very best ways to encourage your body to produce 'feel good hormones' called endorphins. The best bit is, these hormones tend to stick around for much longer than your PT session - so lots of people find that exercise really helps with their general feeling of well-being throughout day-to-day life.

Of course, exercise isn't a cure-all when it comes to mental well-being and mental health - some people find talking therapies like cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and other similar approaches to help deal with the stresses and strains that the menopause can bring.

Virtually all medical professionals will agree that exercise can help to change the way you feel - but if you feel like you need additional help, it's always a good idea to chat with your GP about what else can be done to support your mental well-being.

According to numerous academic studies, exercise actually complements the effectiveness of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and visa-versa.

One Australian study found that muscle performance, muscle mass, and muscle composition were improved by HRT - and concluded that the benefits of HRT combined with physical training may exceed the benefits of HRT alone.

In another study, HRT was shown to result in reductions in leg fat mass and body fat percentage - with no adverse effects on peoples' ability to effectively exercise.

Of course, it's always important to talk to your GP about exercise and any medication you're taking. If you do, we're more than happy to share information about your workout plan.

Yes, a training programme for someone who is either approaching, going through, or moving beyond the menopause would typically involve exercises designed to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. These exercises are sometimes called 'Kegels'.

Changes to your hormone levels and muscles approaching and during menopause can impact the effectiveness of muscle tissue - sometimes leading to urogynaecological problems and other symptoms that can effect your overall quality of life.

Of course, pelvic floor exercises are just one part of keeping your pelvic floor muscles healthy - so it's always a good idea to see your doctor if you're experiencing any discomfort - but most health professionals will agree that the right kind of exercise can help.

Thinking about training before, during, or after pregnancy? Talk to the Fitness Lab team taking the next step!

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