Interview with Riverside Sports & Leisure Club’s personal trainer

Sharing her secrets for maintaining motivation in the gym, eating a balanced diet and getting the most out of your workout, SoGlos chats to personal trainer, Gemma Porter.

Gaining an insight into the world of health and fitness, SoGlos chats to Riverside Sports and Leisure Club’s duty manager Gemma Porter about what the Gloucester gym can offer.

Offering tips and tricks for staying motivated with your fitness plan, avoiding boredom in the gym, and sticking to a healthy diet, Gemma talks all-things fitness in this interview.


Can you tell SoGlos readers about yourself?

I am the duty manager here at Riverside, I teach spin classes and I have just started personal training.

I’ve been training in Riverside since about 2015 as I was a member for a while before I started working here. It’s just a really good gym to be a part of really!

How can Riverside help clients to get fit?

We’ve got loads of ways! We have squash courts which are really good for fitness, and tennis courts which are better for when the weather is nice. In the gym itself, we’ve got a weights room downstairs, with bars, weights and dumbbells.

There are a few cardio rooms upstairs which is great, because even when we’re busy, you don’t feel like you’re on top of people. There’s so much – a dance studio, spin studio, and a lot of flexibility to find something you like.

What is your favourite part of your role?

I love all of it really and I’m very fortunate to be able to say that! But I do really love to teach spinning because I get to exercise myself while I’m doing it and you get a lot of the same people coming back.

You get to know everyone who comes into the gym. I see a lot of the same people who just make the club, there’s always someone to speak to which makes it all a bit more fun.

What advice would you give to someone struggling for motivation?

The thing is to find something they enjoy – everyone will enjoy something that keeps them coming back. For some, that will be the classes because they get to see the same people, whereas I personally enjoy power lifting, so I’ve got into that and I’m seeing progress which keeps you coming back.

I would say try as many different things as you can because you don’t know if you’ll like it until you try it.

What can visitors expect from the personal training service that you offer at Riverside?

They’d get a personalised programme so it’s not going to be the same thing for everybody. We would sit down with each client and take time to understand what their goals are, what they want to achieve and also, what they enjoy doing.

You’ve got to enjoy what you’re doing in the gym otherwise it becomes a chore, so each plan is tailored to them. It’s all about finding out what the client likes and doesn’t enjoy, and finding ways around that to suit them.

What advice would you give to someone who’s nervous about joining a gym?

It’s easy to say, but don’t be nervous! Everyone is so friendly and there’s always someone at Riverside to speak to. We do inductions to show someone where everything is and how to work it.

If you’re really that nervous, I’d say classes are a great place to start because you can always tuck in at the back if you like and you won’t be watched.

What advice would you give to someone that is trying to stick to a balanced diet?

When it comes to dieting, it’s very difficult to cut things out because as soon as you do that, it’s all you’ll think about. If you’re craving a certain thing, it’s normally for a reason, whether you need more energy or because you haven’t had enough sleep.

It’s all about making sure in your meals that you’re getting enough protein, carbohydrates and good fats and making sure your body is getting everything it needs. Have a treat now and then as this will help you keep on track.

Finally, Riverside offer junior memberships – what do these involve?

With the junior memberships, girls and boys can go and play tennis which is great to get them outside. We also have the cardio equipment that they can use as well as our body conditioning room.

It’s all about getting children used to exercise but within sensible parameters. We have a few parents who come as a family on the weekends and it’s great as if children enjoy it, they’re much more likely to stick at exercising as an adult.


For more information, see Riverside Sports and Leisure Club, call (01452) 413214, or visit riversidesports.co.uk directly.

© SoGlos
Friday 10 November 2017

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