Interview with Nathan

Do you need to be fit or have trained before?

No. Absolute beginners are welcome. All instruction will be relative to your prior experience and ability. You will not be asked to perform movements beyond your intrinsic capabilities. ‘In the Bag’ can deliver sessions to beginners, and also cater sessions for professional athletes, young people and adults alike.

What equipment do I need?

You do not need to bring anything other than suitable clothes to train in and some water. Training is typically done bare footed; indoor shoes maybe needed for some gym equipment. Gloves and pads are provided, however, you are more than welcome to bring and use your own. Sessions utilise a lot of movement and body weight exercise, so avoid training on an empty stomach. If you are committed to your learning then you may consider investing in your own equipment, which can be recommended for you, as what you need will differ to the type of training you are doing.

What do the sessions cover?

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is predominately made up of (but not exclusively) boxing, kickboxing, wrestling and Brazilian jiu jitsu. It is a great way to get fitter and become stronger, as well as to practice self-defence and/or learn something new. What the sessions cover can vary as they can include one or more of the components listed above. We are also happy to tailor packages to suit your aims and objectives. Sessions could just be focused on general fitness, weight loss/gain, strength, speed, stress relief, increasing your confidence, to have fun or to learn something new. Further, we can help you develop particular skills or help you prepare for a competition.

What are the sessions like?

Our sessions are challenging, involving and informative, regardless of your experience and ability. All programmes ensure that a safe and supportive environment is maintained throughout. Delivery is clear, concise, fast-paced and intense – keeping you engaged and maximising learning. Sessions are tailored to your needs and geared towards your goals.

What is your experience/ background?

As the founder of ‘In the Bag’, I have been training all disciplines in MMA since 2010 and actively compete in Kickboxing and Brazilian jiujitsu at an international level, competing at several European and World Championships. I also compete in MMA and have had over 20 professional MMA bouts all over UK and
Europe for top promotions such as BAMMA, Bellator and Cage Warriors.

Are you insured and qualified?

Yes. ‘In the Bag’ is covered by public liability insurance. I am also a Level 3 personal trainer with cleared DBS and valid First Aid certificate.

Do you have an initial consultation with clients?

Yes. This can be over the telephone or face to face. We will discuss your aims and objectives for the sessions. We will discuss your prior fitness experience, medical history, lifestyle and, if applicable, diet also. Subsequently, we will set goals and if you wish, get you booked in for a ‘taster’ or fitness test. There is no charge for consultation.

How will I know I have improved?

There are many ways to measure improvement. We will set SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timed). These are clear goals that are regularly reviewed and re-set. You will also be able to recognise improvement through performance in fitness tests and in reflective conversations throughout the session. Remember you will be kept in the stretch zone – this is where you will progress, so get used to the feeling.

What if I am running late or need to cancel?

The session starts at an agreed time and will finish at an agreed time. Cancellations require a 24 hour notice period. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact us.

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