1. How much does this cost compared to a traditional personal trainer?
This depends on their location and level of experience, but on average we charge approximately 90% less than a personal trainer - or about $5/session rather than $50 - the same as a cup of coffee!
We not only save you money but provide a fully personalised plan and the right support to get you there.
2. Do I pay Fitsmind or my coach?
We process all transactions and pass the majority onto our coaches. They get paid for the time they invest in you and it's their livelihood.
We truly value the importance of human interaction and we only select those that we believe will deliver an amazing experience.
3. How does this differ from other online fitness solutions?
Crikey, that's a big question!
To put simply, we are not another website or standardised fitness app offering pop culture training and calling it health advice. Nor do we tell you it's a fully personalised plan and then you discover it's just an off the shelf template (it's a sad reality that some companies and trainers get away with this...)
We are not a robot, we are real people. We take an evidence-based approach and only work with accredited coaches who we know will invest the time to go over and beyond your expectations.
4. I don't think mental training is for me
It should be for everyone! We openly welcome all backgrounds and have worked with a broad range of people - from teachers to pilots, students to triathletes, and many more. Once you train awareness and build resilience, it can have extraordinary impacts not just on your physical activity, but your overall lifestyle and well-being. We don't believe in quick fixes, we believe in developing long term habits and we aim to give you the right healthy ones to make this the last guide you'll ever need
5. How do I access my plan and what device to I need?
Once signed up you can access your MAP training plan through our website and it will work on any device!
6. Can I have a free trial?
Unfortunately a large amount of our coaches work goes into creating you a customised plan and so it is not something we can offer. However, please write to us and we will be happy to send you a demo MAP workout (not tailored) so you know what you're in for.
7. What time commitment do I need to allow?
This really depends on your background and objectives. You should be aiming for at least 2-4 workouts a week, and allowing 1 hour for each (including the mental training content and communicating with your coach)
8. I have a holiday booked, can I pause it when I go away?
Absolutely! Just let your coach know when you go away and return so we can pause things our end and resume on the date you return. Although sometimes holidays are the best places to have time to workout
9. How is my privacy taken care of?
Regarding confidentiality, your information will only ever be seen by you and your coach and we take this extremely seriously.
10. Do I really need to do this now?
The fact is that getting and staying in shape is hard and it's a long journey. It requires both mental strength and physical strength. And it is about building healthy long term habits, not short term fixes. It takes an investment in your well-being and putting things off until tomorrow is one thing we don't agree with, so let's get started today!
1. Meditation and exercise is counterintuitive
MAP (mental & physical) training has been shown to not only improve athletic performance, but also have real medical benefits. A study released last year by Alderman (2016) showed that combining meditation and exercise reduces depression while enhancing synchronised brain activity. It is something that many athletes have been doing for 50 years, but has only been accessible to this exclusive group. Until now.
2. Mindfulness is just a buzzword
Mindfulness is very broad topic and practice, not limited to meditation, and it is not for everyone. Moreover, there is also an awful lot of confusion about what mindfulness is and where it fits in the broader context of mental training.
We aren't doing anything controversial or revolutionary. What we have developed has been done in collaboration with mental coaches and Olympic athletes who have been using these practices for many years, and they stand by as being effective and having a real impact on their performance.
While mindfulness has its critics, there is no denying that it is spreading more widely because people are finding it has benefits. In 2017, we will see it be offered more widely across public schools, in rehabilitation centres and even in jails.
3. Does visualisation really work?
Yes! Elite athletes and accomplished people from various walks of life already know the trick. They don't just dream and hope of becoming successful - they visualise how they are going to perform and what they want to achieve. They see it, they believe it and end up doing it.
Visualisation, however, is not just a thought or day dream. It is a purposeful mental practice that takes time to master. But it works! It is backed up by vast amounts of research in the field of sports and performance psychology, as well as neuroscience. This means each and everyone of our brains is capable of visualising and benefiting from it- whether you want to visualise losing weight, getting an award, or flying on your dream holiday - you decide! We're just here to teach you the techniques and give you a helping hand along the way.
4. Meditation in an app is counterintuitive
We are using technology to reach as many people as possible as cost effectively as possible for the consumer, in order to improve the lives of people all around the world. We would argue we are deploying technology for its best and highest purpose.
5. Meditation and the fitness app market is a crowded space
Today, most meditation offerings tend to be focused on the medical space, neglecting simple and effective design, or just focused on marketing, not ensuring evidence-based practice.
Fitsmind is founded on the highest principles and morals, only offering what has been proven in both theory and practice, while also being obsessed over quality design and user experience.