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I’m so glad that you’ve landed on this page. I hope you find exactly what you’re looking for here and that you decide to join us. If, after you’ve read everything I have to say here, you decide this place isn’t for you – then I genuinely wish you the best of luck on whatever journey you are on.

A word about fitness…

The term “health and fitness” has become synonymous with abs and biceps for men, and the perfect “bikini body” for women.

We see people doing lots of “extreme fitness” stuff – often involving lots of jumping on and off things, puddles of sweat, terrifying heavy things and inducing complete exhaustion.

All in the most terrifying of places: THE GYM.

Alex has been the best thing that could have happened to me.

If you want to improve yourself but seem to be getting nowhere, I was exactly the same and Alex’s help made a drastic difference!

Inigo B.

Which is fine. If you like that and you feel it is relevant to you, then you get stuck in and have fun!

HOWEVER – there are lots of people out there who see that kind of thing and it just makes no sense to them.

They take one look and feel downright frightened by it all (which, by the way, is totally fine and normal, most of us at the Studio have never set foot in a gym for exactly this reason!). They just don’t see why or even how they would ever do something like that.

If you recognise any of these feelings, I think you might be one of us.

See, for everyone who comes to the Studio, health and fitness is a means to an end.

It’s not about drinking the fitness Kool-Aid and becoming one of those people who gets up at 5am and goes “Hey guys, let’s go for a run! YEAH GO TEAM! WHOO!!”

Nope, nope, nope. Exercise is bloody hard and most of the time it’s a damn sight easier and more comfortable to hang out on the couch and catch up with box sets on Netflix.

If you feel like that – cool. You’re perfect just the way you are, right here, right now. There’s no need to feel guilty or ashamed for those thoughts, because you’re absolutely right – it is easier, and more comfortable, to stay put.

Hey guys, let’s go for a run! YEAH GO TEAM! WHOO!!

Somebody, somewhere, probably.

But the reward for getting off that couch can be huge. Possibly more than you’ve ever actually thought about.

The reason everyone comes to the Studio, regardless of their specific goals, is ultimately so they can stop feeling limited by the things their body cannot do.

Whether that means struggling to get up and down the stairs, suffering with a lot of excess weight, or just having had a hard time with their health for a while.

Exercise is a means to an end. Whatever the goal it’s always some means to reclaim some LIFE, so you’re able to do the things you love again.

This is really important: All of those things, and many more problems people have, are completely fine and normal problems to have. There is no judgement here. Whatever is going on in your life, you are awesome just the way you are. I really mean that.

You cannot hate yourself into long-lasting change. That’s a very important part of the work we do at the Studio. We must practice what we do from a place of self-love and appreciation.

I really don’t want to sound like a self-help book here, but if somebody undertakes a big health-changing journey by way of extreme restriction and being overly hard on themselves, by being cruel to themselves and denying themselves the things they enjoy, more often than not if they get to where they wanted to be they realise that are just as unhappy as before they started.

Except now they’re a few pounds lighter.

The journey has to be one of building yourself up, not tearing yourself down.

The first time people come to the Studio, they often feel that they are beyond help.

If this is you and this is how you feel, I want to meet you.

Let me show you how things can be different. Alex Pearson Private Fitness Studio exists for people who feel they are beyond help, but are still willing to give it a damn good try.

This isn’t about saying that we’re all going to have washboard abs and be a size 6. It’s just about getting that little bit better every day.

We embrace the concept of practice. Because really, that’s all we ever do! We practice eating more vegetables. We practice doing a bit more walking in our week. Practice, practice, practice, gradually taking the steps necessary to get to where you want to be.

The fact of the matter is, for most of the people who come to the Studio their journey will be a long one. I have clients fighting against morbid obesity and mobility problems. You can’t lose over 100lbs in a few weeks. It’s going to take TIME, and the hardest part of the battle is sticking it out for the long haul, accepting that there is no magic wand.

This is why I call myself a coach.

I’ve been down this road, many times, with many different people.

I’m your SatNav; you’re the one in the driver’s seat, but if you feel like you’re not sure where to go next, then we work together to get you back on the right path.

My coaching isn’t about sets and reps and Instagram posts. It’s about guiding you through your journey so you always have a kind word and a helping hand when you need it most. It’s about being there for you when you really need me – not just during your one-to-one training time, but after those post-cheesecake freakouts, tough doctor’s appointments, or anything that’s made you feel like you need to talk to somebody who will understand.

This really isn’t about what types of food you eat, or whether you walk or cycle instead of driving, or take the stairs instead of the escalator (although, of course, those things can be important). It’s about supporting you now, and for the rest of your life.

Forgive me if that sounds a little crazy, but I’m not looking at where my clients are going to be in six weeks.

I care about where they’ll be in a year, five, ten, twenty years’ time. I care about how mobile you’re going to be when you’re well into claiming your pension. I care about you not having your life controlled by obesity or diabetes. I care about you being given the tools you need now, so you can live the life you want in the future.

This is why I don’t believe in four-week programmes or “transformation” packages – again, if that’s what works for you, then that’s awesome. Go do your thing!

But for us, four weeks just isn’t enough to make the necessary changes. We acknowledge and accept that lifelong change cannot happen in 28 days. The journey might be long, but that doesn’t mean that you should never begin.

If I don’t change now, it may go past the point where I’m too unhealthy to be bothered to change.

Jamie M.

How do you measure your success? I’ll leave that up to you.

For some of our people the scales help – after all seeing that you’ve lost seven stone is pretty good proof of your success! But it’s never just about the scale weight.

Maybe now you can go for walks in the countryside for a couple of hours and enjoy the beautiful world we live in, when before just getting to the end of your garden path was a struggle.

Maybe you can play with your kids or grandkids again, when before a five minute kickabout was enough to leave you out of breath on a patio chair for the rest of the afternoon.

Maybe you can get up off the floor again, when previously you dreaded dropping anything because of the struggle to get down and pick it up.

I’m not here to tell you what you should or shouldn’t do. What you should or shouldn’t look like, or feel like, or act like. But if you’re looking for a coach in the Carlisle area, and have some stuff you really want to change, then I would love to hear from you.