What Makes a Good Trainer | Temple Gym



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What Makes a Great Trainer

“Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximise their growth.”

Now, I’m not going to take full credit for this quote that struck me hard.

I was going through the Instagram of a long time friend of mine, who also happens to be an Exercise Physiologist/trainer in Sydney. He quoted a man named John Whitmore who said this quote regarding the topic of ‘coaching’:

“Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximise their growth.”

Being in the industry that I am in, along with other Exercise Physiologists (EP), this is where we as EPs can utilise our years of training and education from University to regurgitate what we’ve learnt to those who seek help from our services. As EPs, we are trained to educate, motivate and inspire others to live a healthier and active lifestyle. But there can be a difference between an effective Exercise Professional and Educator, to those who cannot lead those in the right direction.

So what makes a GOOD COACH/TRAINER?

These are the number of qualities that I believe, make an effective trainer:


A coach represents someone who is motivated to help those who seek guidance. They have a solid foundation of knowledge and understanding of the key concepts that will help lead their clients on the right direction.


A coach continuously inspires individuals to become the best version of themselves. They remind them of their goals in pursuit of excellence.


A coach is able to apply their knowledge and put it into practice. They are able to provide valid and evidential reasoning behind exercise and its benefits for an individual’s goals.


A coach understands an individual’s strive for excellence and sets themselves accountable for their results and successes in their journey.


Despite the hardship of training and maintaining utmost professionalism, coaches also are able produce, maintain and continue a friendship with their clients in and out of the gym.

Tiny Ninjas | Temple Gym

Tiny Temple Ninjas

Tiny Temple Ninjas

Dan Keegan | Owner Temple Gym

6 December 2017

Tiny Temple Ninjas

Looking for a session for the school holidays with a difference?

Take advantage of the global phenomenon on Temple Gyms rooftop with Ninja Warrior inspired sessions for your kids. (Adults session planning is underway so don’t panic haha)

Your children will be run through some of the fundamental skills to become a Ninja Warrior, not only will your children sharpen their ninja skills but they will have great fun along the way.

The sessions we will run and times are below-

Ages 5-10

15/12/17 at 9.30am

22/12/17 at 9.30am

12/1/18   at 9.30am

19/1/18   at 9.30am

Ages 11-15

22/12/17 at 10.30am

12/1/18   at 10.30am

19/1/18   at 10.30am

A great way to start your day with something that the kids will love.

Temple Gym

2 Lake Street, Varsity Lakes, 4227

Email daniel@templegym.com.au to confirm your spot.

How important is TEMPO

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No it’s not the name of the gym!

It is the duration of each repetition of an exercise, the amount of seconds spent during isotonic (concentric/eccentric) contractions. I see a lot of people at the gym throwing weight like it was on fire, assuming that the quicker they do it, the faster they will get results… No, no, no! Don’t just go through the motions of performing the exercise by completing the set amount of sets and reps. Take into account the amount of time spend per each rep (time under tension (TUT)). Concentric Loading is still beneficial in creating muscular damage, but Eccentric Loading has been shown to create the majority of the damage during the set.


Why is Tempo so important?

Although Tempo does not take precedence over Progressive Overload or Mechanical Load (this is for another day…), it is still important in adding variation to your training. It leaves your muscles guessing, in order to adapt to the given stressor. Focus on increasing the TUT that your muscle tissues has to endure.


How can you incorporate Tempo into your training?

Simple. As above, Tempo is the duration of each repetition. Each repetition is composed of a 1) Concentric Phase (muscle shortening), 2) Eccentric Phase (muscle lengthening), 3) Isometric Phase (increase in muscle tension without change in length) 4) Midpoint/pause.

Barbell Wide Squat

Sets 5 sets

Intensity 75 % 1RM

Reps 12-12-10-10-8

Phase Hypertrophy

Tempo 4010 (seconds)

4-  Eccentric contraction (lowering of the Squat)

0-  Lowest point of Squat (no pause)

1-      Concentric contraction (pushing bar up against gravity)

0-      Highest point of Squat (when knees are extended)


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