Customized training by Matt Gleed
People often think that customised training simply means that training is tailored to what a person can and wants to achieve. But there is a lot more to customised training than that. Mobility, agility, variety, balance, nutrition and motivation are all integral parts of any particular concept. As part of the Moving Mountains pillar Move, Matt advises us on how to create customised workouts. We are proud to have him at our side. He is known worldwide for the holistic approach to his workouts and the success certainly speaks for itself. He has trained all kinds of people – from Hollywood greats through football stars to Formula 1 drivers – helping them all to reach their individual goals.
We talked to Matt to find out what customised training really means and how it can be integrated into a person’s everyday life.
What does customized training mean?
Customised training is about the person and making the training the right balance of what they can do in movement, with the right amount of intensity, the right amount of attention like motivation or encouragement to keep them safe but challenged.
What are the 5 biggest training mistakes you can make?
So many people struggle with the right intensity from over working a tired body or under preparing for the physical demands of a workout. Both of these can lead to poor form and injury. Another big mistake is always trying to progress load, or to demand more from the body, this can often cause a lack development as you need to mix up various types of training to work towards goals. It is important to improve mobility or range and not simply strengthen your current movement for example. Another common mistake is not having structure to your workouts, this will lead to loss of focus and often lack of achievement.
What do you look for when putting together a workout for someone?
I look for balance in a workout, a little of what they need, some of what they want and lots of support in the direction of their goal. Over my 20+ years experience I would say the best skill i have is to listen, observe and react appropriately. Through experience i have recognised that little changes can have great benefits. Now when I train the coaches I mentor I pass on meaningful interactions to up skill knowledge. I want every coach to develop in the way they want so I don’t tell them everything I allow them to experience the exercise or workout then we talk through the why. I want them to remember how they can feel so they can consider it when they ask an athlete or client to do the same. It helps them have compassion and better understanding across different methods.
Do you consider nutrition when creating customized workouts?
Nutrition supports Wellness and getting support is essential for getting further towards goals. ‘You can’t out exercise a bad diet’ The classic line than has so many deeper meanings. When I write a workout it is often about the exercises and intensity but when you build it into a program then the importance is huge. It’s about fuel to train and high nutritional value to recover but further to this nutrition will help you sleep, sustain emotional balance and deliver support on levels that often get forgotten like focus, mind body connection and confidence too. I talk to my clients about where they are in on this scale and what they could do for the best results.
How can I put together my own workout for myself at home, what do I look for?
The home is just a different workout environment, gyms are not the only place where training happens. Doing a run then recovery at home with 10 minutes of yoga is great training. Foam rolling, massage devices movement practice and preparation on the gym floor before a class are other examples of great habits. Fitness comes from different types of training and the home workouts can be an essential part offering balance or potentially the complete environment. I would recommend being objective about what you are looking to achieve. Could you get there quicker by going to a gym or complementing your program with some homework too. With digital services the opportunity is huge.
How did your career start and what distinguishes you from other personal trainers?
I started as an aspiring Football and Tennis player, who soon realised I lacked the higher skills and attributes. Not to be defeated I recognised where I had other passions and saw a path in bringing my coaching skills with a huge interest in fitness. I built on my qualifications, learned and earned respect over years and then the opportunities came. Many Personal Trainers have similar clients like weight loss or post natal but I wanted to learn them all. I wanted to be able to have a conversation with anyone and everyone and be able to say ‘I know a lot about that’ and ‘Yes what you could do is…’ My aim was to be able to train a junior aspiring athlete through to the highest levels of Olympic success through to the seniors that tell the stories of past glories. It was a big challenge but it has lead me to meet incredible people along the way.
Who have you trained? Who was the most interesting and/or the most challenging?
The list is long and I’m afraid some ’Non disclosure’ contracts are still in place but Premier League Football teams including Manchester City, Liverpool have had my experience. Through to Formula 1 teams and many individual athletes including Professional Tennis players and Olympic Medalists across a range of disciplines. I find them all interesting as I have the film stars from Hollywood and TV, but they are all just people who want to improve. I have turned some away for not wanting to commit to training or not following programs but it is the same for everyone. I can give advice and support but the work has to be done. I try to make it fun and balanced but the client has to want to put time in or they simply aren’t worth my time. I’m happy to recommend another trainer or coach who might be interested but you get what you give I think.