Podcast Transcript: 242 – Simon Shawcross – Is HITuni right for you?

This is the transcript for podcast episode 242 – Simon Shawcross – Is HITuni right for you?

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Lawrence: Lawrence Neal here and welcome back to highintensitybusiness.com this is episode 242 todays guest is Simon Shawcross. Simon is the founder of HITuni.com the leading provider of High-Intensity Training certification courses for personal training. Simon has 20 years of experience in High-Intensity Training as a personal trainer and has spent almost seven years helping personal trainers get certified, creating bespoke certifications for existing businesses and helping people start their own HIT business. Simon, welcome back to the show.

Simon: Great to be back Lawrence.

Lawrence: Great to have you again. It feels like we spoke about yesterday because we did speak very recently.

Simon: We did speak recently, yeah.

Lawrence: Always a pleasure, so I wanted to really take this episode to focus on an introduction to HITuni. I know plenty of my listeners know you very well. They know HITuni, but I also have to cater for those who perhaps come across this for the first time and want to understand how they can learn more about High-Intensity Training or start a business and get certified. And I thought it would be valuable to create a podcast that’s really focused around what exactly HITuni is, how it helps people, what the options are. Answer some of those frequently asked questions that you might get. Ready to give people a resource to help them decide if it’s the right fit for them and also help them decide on what course is appropriate for them to. So that was kind of what I wanted to focus on this one. So a great place to start would be, do you want to just talk about exactly what is HITuni for those that don’t know?

Simon: So HITuni and the HIT part of that stands for High-Intensity Training and provides online courses around High-Intensity Training and about High-Intensity Resistance Training. A more Evidence-Based Resistance Training. The goal with the courses is depending on what type of courses it is. Is to take somebody either completely new to High-Intensity Training and give them a really solid underpinning of what this approach to exercises, the important underlying factors to it. How it’s built on the anatomy and physiology and the biomechanics and how High-Intensity Training interact with those aspects.

Simon: And then the purely practical side of it, applying it for right exercises, how to do the exercises, how to structure routine. So all of the… Sort of I’d say the underpinning science to High-Intensity Training from a conceptual basis to the practical basis. And we have different, we have our three certification courses. And I know we’ve talked about those before on the podcast, but very briefly there is the personal trainer course which covers pretty much everything you need to know to start out from scratch.

Simon: There’s the master personal training course, which includes some additional factors to that. So there’s more special populations covered for more sort of so-called Advanced Training Techniques or Alternative Training Techniques covered. There is more information on sort of managing your own stress and your client’s stress and wellbeing aspects. And also various business and marketing element to that master’s course as well. And so that’s the first sort of two flagship courses.

Simon: And then if we look at the third certification course, that is our CPD course and that’s aimed at individuals who come from an exercise background. Now that could be as a person or you’re a personal trainer already or you come from a physiotherapy background or you’re a chiropractor or you have an understanding baseline of things like anatomy and physiology. And you just want to transfer into High-Intensity Training or add High-Intensity Training as a nother skill to your quiver as it works.

Simon: And that covers the conceptual and practical side without delving into the anatomy and physiology because the understanding is you already have that information if you’re taking the CPD course. And the CPD course just shows, well how this may be High-Intensity Training may be somewhat different from the approach to exercise for your already using or instructing your clients to do and how this differs and how you can fit it into your business and why High-Intensity Training just makes a great deal of sense as a trainer. In terms of the amount of time that you spend with your clients, how somebody or many individuals who are time pressed can still benefit from resistance training. And the safety aspect of his approach to exercise as well.

Simon: Now in addition to our certification courses, we also have a shorter courses as well. So we currently have four of those and I’ll just mentioned them briefly. If you want to Lawrence, you can ask more about those as well at some point too. But there’s the DIY HIT, course which is aimed at individuals who are not interested in training other people. Just want to learn how to apply High-Intensity Training to and for themselves, be that with body weight free weights or machines.

Simon: We have Jay Vincent’s High-Intensity Training Ultimate Physique course, which takes a perspective of an athlete who is very much a fitness model and how they applying High-Intensity Training in generally year around and sort of tips on how they get ready for photo shoots and nutrition and so on, like that. We have functional training. A biomechanics approach to integrating functional training with High-Intensity Training by Bill DeSimone. And that looks at how would your clients, A you can really focus on the biomechanics and the biomechanical principles, behind the Standard Resistance Training exercises we use in HIT. And then how you can apply some sane functional training elements to your workouts to add variety as well and for additional.

Lawrence: So no battle ropes.

Simon: You can use battle ropes. And then of course bill shows how to use correctly.

Lawrence: Really?

Simon: Yep, and it’s something a little bit different. And then our most recent course, which we talked about briefly before we came on air is Skyler Tanner new course with HITuni. Which is called Running with Strength. And that’s really about how over the last several years Skyler has grown a passion for running and in this course he has taken everything he knows as an exercise physiologist. And the mistakes that he’s made on route, and the learns he’s gained from those as to, if you were to want to run an ad that as an output of the strength that you’ve built through High-Intensity Training, a different physical outlet.

Simon: This is how you can do it in a sane low volume, low frequency approach by building the skills, the specific strength and the specific fitness you need to do that safely. And for instance, Skyler is just on between one, usually one and sometimes two training runs a week. And less than an hour a week. Just completed a 25 K run where he came 10th overall and third in his age division. So it’s not only-

Lawrence: Impressive.

Simon: Can he sort of teach about this stuff. But actually also he walks the talk and he’s put these into practice.

Lawrence: Yeah, it’s also important to know that he’s got like three kids now and he’s in a startup business. And I think he’s brought on his first trainer and business is good, but he’s been working all the hours. So he’s got a big family, working all the hours. And that’s just a testament to what can be done with a brief infrequent low volume program and what you can achieve.

Simon: Absolutely. Something that doesn’t get in the way of life. And that’s one of the core benefits of High-Intensity Training. High-Intensity Resistance Training before you look at adding anything else is that no matter what your lifestyle, this is an approach to an exercise but can work. You could have an exceptionally busy lifestyle socially, business-wise, family-wise, but this is High-Intensity Training will give you and it will give your clients as a trainer an underpinning of strength through which to go through life, and to be able to get the most out of it.

Lawrence: Awesome. Most of you that listen to this Simon, as you know are people who are… It’s probably a few different people that we can address in this conversation, is those who are listening saying, “You know what, I’m so inspired by all of these podcasts. I need to start High-Intensity Training business.” So you got people like that and then you go people who are already in business and maybe they are thinking about upscaling themselves and their trainers and they’re trying to think about the best courses for that. So based those two groups in mind, who do you think… What courses do you think are the ideal courses for those people?

Simon: Okay, let’s take one example. So we work with several, well quite a few different gems and franchises. And if you’re talking about training your trainers, what we can do is, depends on the kind of staff you typically have come to you. So for example, if the trainers that you take on come from an exercise background. They already have personal training qualification or they have a university degree in a related subject, related exercise subject. Then the CPD course covers that transition from somebody generally aware about exercise and the underlying scientific principles of exercise and teaches them this methodology to exercise. So you’ll get them up to speed very quickly with the approach that you’re taking in your facilities.

Simon: If you’re taking on individuals who don’t have an exercise background, but perhaps becoming interested in doing so and you’re sort of wanting to get them from A point to B point where they can start working for you, then the personal trainer course is the one to go for. A little bit like we discussed before and those two options are fantastic for that because they just get that person to where they need to be your staff members and your future staff members. Now, what we also do is bespoke courses for facilities that want to tailor the learning approach that best staff take.

Simon: They might want to add in some specific information, but it’s specific to the way they train or the equipment they use at that facility. And we create bespoke courses as well. So you can pick and choose the modules you want, any adaptations you want so that your trainers are learning exactly what it is that you want them to learn. So various sort of three options there. Your trainers are either going to do the regular CPD course, the personal trainer course, or you’re going to look at a more bespoke option, which can be tailored exactly to you and your trainers needs.

Lawrence: Cool, and then I guess it’s pretty self explanatory for the first group. Which is the person who’s been listening to this thinking they want to start business and they want to get certified and High-Intensity Training or just learn how to be an instructor and learn that skill set. So for those people they’d be like me and they probably should go for the personal trainer course or the master if they want. The extra modules that you mentioned about. Working with special populations, using more advanced techniques and then also business and marketing on top of that as well.

Simon: Exactly, yeah. That’s exactly the differentiation between those two. And one of the questions we get commonly is somebody says, “Oh, which should I do? I’m really keen to get started and take the certification and I’ve been looking at the personal trainer and the master personal trainer. I know there’s more in the master personal trainer. But can I start with the personal trainer course and then upgrade to that master personal trainer course later?” And the answer to that is yes, absolutely. You can start off by taking that personal trainer course. Once you’ve completed that, you can just buy the add-on modules to complete the masters course as well afterwards. And we’ve had many people who’ve taken that approach. So it’s not an either or situation. You can start off with one. You don’t have to buy the whole masters course again after you bought the personal trainer course, you just buy the extra modules.

Lawrence: So, this might be so easy for you to answer Simon, but it’s a lot of competition for personal trainer certification courses, generally speaking out there right now. Why should people listening to this by HITuni over the other options out there, in your opinion?

Simon: The key thing is what is it that you want to learn and what is it that ultimately you want to teach your clients. If it’s High-Intensity Training, then this is exactly what we do. This is what we teach from the ground level up. If you’re somebody who doesn’t have an interest, particularly in High-Intensity Training, there’re hundreds if not thousands of other personal training courses out there that you can take. That will show you more volume-based approach to exercise. Maybe a less efficient approach to exercise.

Simon: But if you found High-Intensity Training and you’ve realized that this when done right, provide such a huge value to individuals in your community, who will be looking for personal training services. And makes them engaging with exercise not only over the short term but in the perspective of longterm adherents and staying with you as a personal trainer. Then I would say the HITuni courses are the obvious and clear choices because it’s going to teach you exactly what you need to know to get up and running. And one of the things we are…. This is another question we get, is like. “Oh, do I have to have access to specialist machines or?” That’s an absolute no.

Simon: All of our courses, our certification courses focus equally on body weight exercises, freeway exercises and machine exercises. So if you’ve got hundreds of thousands of dollars or pounds to start your business and you’re buying a room full of equipment, start off with fantastic. This will show you how to perform those exercises and your trainers how to perform those exercises biomechanically correctly from the get go. If, on the other hand you’re starting out with your car going to visit people with a pair of dumbbells in the back of the car and a few bits and pieces. It will also show you how to do that. And one of the things that I would say is, to be a great trainer, you definitively do have to train yourself with the equipment that you are going to be using with your clients. You need to be training yourself like that all the time. But also for a trainer to elevate to being a fantastic trainer.

Simon: I think they do need to have an understanding of… If you only intend to use machines, I still believe that it’s exceptionally useful to have an understanding of how body weight exercise works and how using free weights works. And how to do that safely should the need arise. It’s like, could you program yourself or workout on a desert Island. And if you could and you could get the most out of that workout, then I think that shows you’ve developed a level of understanding around exercise which is really valuable.

Simon: And that also means like from a purely practical sense, if your client’s going on vacation for two weeks in the summer and they want to keep doing something. You can spend a few workouts before they go. Showing them how they can implement body weight training while they’re away. Or if they’ve got a crappy hotel gym. With only a few dumbbells in direct to use. How they can apply dumbbell training to do that. Should they want to excise when on vacation. So I think the key thing is we emphasize the importance of understanding all of those variations or having the ability to use whatever modality of exercise equipment or lack of, that you have as a trainer.

Lawrence: I guess your default onset of those that go on vacation though is take time off, don’t train.

Simon: Yeah, that’s typically what I do when I’m away on holiday. It is like if you give yourself a couple of weeks, but when somebody is in the groove and especially if they haven’t been into exercise for that long and getting that workout once a week or twice a week, we’re very aware on vacation. Keeps that habit up over that time.

Lawrence: Absolutely.

Simon: That’s what I would say it can be about you for some people.

Lawrence: I agree, I totally agree with that. All right, so obviously I’m a big fan of the courses and I know the answer to some of these, but my listeners might not. Do you want to talk about how the courses actually work. So when you buy a course, the process, the interface, things like that. I mean we could probably also embed some images and a post to give someone an idea of that. But it’d be good for you to just be able to talk them through what they can expect.

Simon: So after you purchased access to the course, you will then get a user dashboard. Which is your base from which to take your course and see how far you’ve progressed through the course. So you keeping the metrics on how long it’s taking you to progress and what you’ve covered already. You have access to all of those modules immediately. And most people tend to take the course linearly. So they’ll start at the very first module and walk your way through. All of the courses are modular, which means that they may be in a course 10 modules. And as you work through those modules consists of a series of lessons and you can work through each of those. Once you’ve got to the end of that module, you move onto the next one. But it’s entirely up to the user. So if they like it, there’s a piece of him. There’s area, they’re super interested, they want to get straight to the protocol and dig into practically how to apply this stuff.

Simon: You can go straight there so you’re not forced to follow a particular path through the course. You can go at it wherever you want. But we’ve structured it in a way that we consider to be the most logical order to take the course and to build your understanding from the outset. And the knowledge builds as you work through the course. So when you’ll get yourself into a lesson itself, usually the first thing you’ll see is a video presentation, a lecture talking about a particular topic. But that lesson is based on, and there will usually be animations on that video as well to explain concepts in more detail for those who are quite visually driven. And obviously there’s also the audio as well. But you’ll also underneath the videos get lengthy notes on the topic as well.

Simon: So for those who prefer to read or want a backup, what they’ve seen heard with the reading side of things as well, they have that full reading underneath. We use things like GIFs through the course, so when we’re showing things like an anatomical, access joint playing a movement, stuff like that. You have GIFs showing those movements. So rather than looking sort of at a dry book, showing you various things where you have to sort of see the start position in that position we use a GIF which shows you what that full movement looks like. Yeah, was I getting off track there?

Lawrence: No, that’s fine. I was just going to add that quickly. That was so useful to me. Because that’s probably the bit I find the most difficult all of this. I don’t know if you get that feedback a lot Simon, but I find the rest of it I’m fine with it’s really the range of motion stuff that joint the planes of movement and the terms, when someone says externally rotated or whatever. Even now, and I tried to memorize as much of it as I can, I do get caught off guard with it. So I have to go back to that one quite a bit and I really appreciate the gifts or the GIFs or however you say it, that actually show how the movement. Like where would you say this is the movement and this number of degrees of range of motion into actually see it, is really, really helpful. So now I appreciate that.

Simon: We’ve broken that down into all the different body parts. All of the specific joints and so you can just wait straight to the area you want to look at and go. Yeah, okay, I’ve got that. And I’ll show you what a normal range of motion is for that movement and you can clearly see that in front of you. And then you’ll have that visual image backing up the sort of written words and it does make it a far more intuitive and easy learning approach. Especially for individuals who have with learning that stuff. And many people do because that’s one of the sort of challenges with old school exercise books or something. You have a photo that shows the start position and a finished position. And it can visually show that accurately, but what you need to see really is that whole movement to really embed it in your understanding and that’s where the use of GIFs.

Simon: And then in the case of the exercise demonstrations on the HITuni course. The value of seeing that through video, seeing that whole movement, seeing what the setup positions are, then what that movement looks like. That really helps to imprint, okay, these are the core fundamental aspects of setting up an individual in this exercise. These are the issues that I need to look at with an individual to make sure they’re capable of getting into this position or if they’re not capable of getting into sort of a standard position because of any physical issues they may have. This is how to best next set them up in the exercise.

Simon: And so it gives you that clear understanding of what we’re looking to do rather than having to think, okay, is it based on ideal stops isn’t there’s no ideal finished position. What happens through the rest of the movement? Well, in terms of the excise demonstrations, it’s all on video. With overlaid animations showing practically speaking, how those range of motions that we talked about earlier, apply when you’re actually performing different exercises. So yeah, it makes it super simple to learn.

Lawrence: Yeah. And also I’ve found that like it really helps you advance learning too. So if I have to HITuni or reading Bill DeSimone’s books or listening to this podcast with some scientists and they start using some of this technical jargon to describe certain exercises, certain movements. I’ve found this myself early on in my podcasting and sometimes even now occasionally, and I have to get the guests to clarify as they’ll say something, they’ll say a particular bar mechanical movement. And because they’ve lost me on that, the next bit doesn’t mean anything to me. And so I think by using the HITuni course to really certify your understanding of these concepts and terms, then your advanced learning is a lot more easier. So I find that-

Simon: And the one thing that we’ve had, from pretty much everybody who’s passed the certification courses is, the amount of times I’ve gone back to a particular module or a client’s asked me a question and I just couldn’t recall that specific thing off the top of my head. And all I had to do is dive back into that particular lesson, refresh my memory. And so it’s an ongoing resource that trainers tend to use as they go forward after they pass for certification as well. And just because you passed certification doesn’t mean that, that’s your course done. You still have access to all that material and when you need to refresh it, you give yourself a refresher.

Lawrence: Yeah, now one last bit of commentary on this. I just wanted to say, because obviously I’m a big fan of the courses and completed recently myself. I just found it to be very motivational. I think if you’re listening to this thinking, Oh God, I can’t be bothered to spend a year on a course and have to go for all that work. It really doesn’t feel like that’s whole. It’s the way it’s designed, the platform that HITuni uses, it’s feels very, very fulfilling and it’s very satisfying as you complete each module. Because you see the progress bar and you check off each module, go to the next one, and you really feel that you’re making progress and there’s no wasted.

Lawrence: Simon’s team don’t waste time educating you on things that don’t need to be learned. It’s all very… The stuff in there is all very relevant. And so that means that you can actually complete it relatively quickly. I was wanting a question I was going to ask you, Simon is if let’s take probably the most popular course, I’m guessing people be interested in listen to this is probably the master personal training course, because it’s all encompassing. How long on average do people take to complete that, would you say?

Simon: That’s a good question. And it does vary.

Lawrence: Sure.

Simon: So if I were to take the average for the master’s course, I’d say it’s probably around five to six months. Some a little slower, some a little faster. In fact we’ve had one or two people go through that who in all reality the individuals I’m thinking of, have probably a five to 10 year background in applying High-Intensity Training exercise already. I think there was one guy, he did it in six weeks.

Lawrence: Wow.

Simon: That was somebody who had a strong exercise and actually a High-Intensity Training background themselves already. So I’d say for the master course, its probably six months. Then for the personal trainer course, I’d say it can be done in three months. Again, we’ve had people do that much faster who come from an exercise background already. Three months would be a good goal for that. I would say if you’re new to this and you’re going through this through the course thoroughly and absorbing the information rather than rushing through the information, it would take that amount of time.

Simon: And there’s some people a little bit longer. Ultimately why it’s a difficult question or a challenging question to answer is because how much time can you dedicate each day to doing this? How long can your mind focus for, and everything else going on in your life. How long can you dedicate to doing this each day? And you might have a week where you can get less done because there are a few extra things that come up in your lifestyle and so on. But the key thing is to, to keep watching that progress bar go up. Chip away at it. Look to stay engaged, look to do something every day if you can, certainly every week because that’ll keep that learning process on track. And remember, we’re here for you as well. So if you have any questions or you want to clarify something, ask the question.

Simon: The courses are exceptionally thorough, but sometimes some people just need to ask a question from certain perspective and we can answer that for you thoroughly and clearly. So that you as an individual get it. And that’s the key thing, is I want to see anybody who starts taking this course or one of these courses to finish the course to extract all the value they can from it. Have that learning, have that understanding and ultimately complete the certification process on obviously education course. Because that’s the whole point of these getting you to a place where you are confident in your ability to train individuals and train clients.

Lawrence: And do you know what your course completion rate is? I remember we talked about this before and it is relatively very high.

Simon: It is very high. I don’t know the exact figure off the top of my head, but I’d say it’s probably around 70%.

Lawrence: Yeah, which to give people context, I don’t know if you know the exact figures Simon, but last time I checked course completion on something like you Danny, was like 10 or 20%.

Simon: Yeah. I think that’s where you’re throwing it up again courses where somebody might be buying like, I don’t know how to knit course, for $15 or something. And before I just take a punt on it. But yeah, in general online courses where you look at sort of across the board it is kind of low later talking about. I’d like to think that somebody who purchases one of our certification courses is motivated. And starts out with the intention of the end goal in mind and they go into to get to that place. And that’s why I think our course completion rate is so high, is because we tend to get individuals who are focused, driven and actually want to absorb the information and achieve the certification.

Simon: So the motivation is high and when somebody gets to that place it’s really rewarding from our perspective as well. Because when we go through that examination process with people, we really see some very high quality in terms of understanding the concepts in the course. And then one of the key aspects for me is seeing somebody’s final certification video like you did yourself recently, is seeing how they’re actually applying that information in a practical sense with somebody they’re taking through a workout and then you get to see how well or otherwise they have absorb the information.

Lawrence: Yeah, that’s a great answer. Let’s go ask the classic question Simon. So what do you say to people that ask you about how official is this certification? Is it recognized by ACSM and ACE and organizations like that?

Simon: Currently it isn’t. When we started HITuni, our goal has been to provide High-Intensity Resistance Training, certification courses, focus on this approach to exercise. And we understand there are almost unlimited amount of approaches to exercise out there. High-Intensity Training is an approach. And before I got into High-Intensity Training myself. I was doing volume training. I’ve done a whole gamut of different approaches to resistance training. This High-Intensity Training when it’s applied well, it works really well and it fits with people’s lives as we… I know I say that multiple times, but it just does, it’s practical for functioning human adults in a stressful and busy world. Having trainers who are able to apply this type of exercise while with individuals is hugely valuable. So that’s what we set out to do when we started HITuni, is educate people, provide the information for people who want to train their clients in this style of exercise specifically.

Simon: And I was very clear that I wanted this information to be out before of what we do. So when it comes to are you accredited with anybody else? I am open to doing that down the road and it’s something that I am looking into, we are looking into that. However, if that means a dilution of presenting High-Intensity Training, that’s something I’m not comfortable with. Because the reality is if you want to be a personal trainer and you want to have somebody training doing, I don’t know five sets per exercise. And training four days a week with you, I’m clear. This isn’t the course for you. This is a course for people who want to train their clients between one and three times a week for between 20 and 30 minutes a session and give them High-Intensity Training with sound exercises.

Simon: A focused approach enables us to get the most out of it because one of the things with High-Intensity Training is it needs to be done right. You can’t provide a weak stimulus once a week and hope that it’s going to be the ultimate way to exercise. You have to apply your stimulus correctly and it needs to be a strong stimulus for it to work. That’s the information that I want our trainers to have and to be able to pass on to their clients, to train their clients in this manner. And if getting accreditation means diluting that information, that’s something I’m not comfortable with.

Lawrence: Yeah, good answer. Yeah, I completely respect that and I’ve already got to butch this. But I think it was Doug who said if you want to do HITuni for a quote unquote certification, then you’re doing it for the wrong reason. The real reason you should be doing it is to learn how to administer this as exercise for your clients. I think he said something along those lines, didn’t he?

Simon: Yeah, something like that. Yeah.

Lawrence: Yeah, now I really respect that it must be challenging working with those organizations. And yeah, I agree with what you’re saying. Okay, so other questions you might get might include. What additional materials do people need if they are buying HITuni courses to anything else I need to buy alongside to support that?

Simon: Sure. Just to hop back to that previous question.

Lawrence: Yeah.

Simon: To clarify my end thoughts on that at the moment is. I am open to doing it and if there’s a way that we can do that, which retains the fundamental principles we set out to teach and doesn’t daily best stimulus. It’s something I’m completely open to but that would need to be how it would be for us.

Lawrence: Yeah.

Simon: Go on, just going back onto the question you just asked now. Are there any other materials that you need when you take any other certification courses on HITuni? We’ve been as comprehensive as we can be in providing the materials that you need to take the course. One additional thing that we recommend you have is a particular anatomy and physiology app. And the reason we recommend is it’s beautifully made and it shows so many exercise physiology principles in such a beautiful way in terms of animations and in terms of videos and so on. And it’s in depth and it makes that learning process really pleasurable again in as part of the topic that some people can find quite dry.

Simon: So it just makes learning anatomy and physiology much more pleasurable. And this the app that we recommend makes a really good synergistic fit with HITuni course. If somebody doesn’t want that app? But we’re not saying you have to have that particular app, it’s our recommended app. But if you happen to have an anatomy and physiology textbook that you enjoy using. You already have that, then by all means use that book to learn. But yeah, we recommend the app. In terms of that is there anything else that you need to know? The rest of it is all provided. Yeah.

Lawrence: And do you still provide discount code for AMP in your course? So when people buy the course, you normally have a link to say get this here at the right time. You’ve had a discount code for it at all as well or no? [crosstalk 00:39:55].

Simon: I think when they run promotions, the link you can click through will take you directly to them. If they’re currently running a promotion with a price. But the apps as I recall, it’s inexpensive. It’s like I think $20 or something like that off the top of my head.

Lawrence: Yeah, I don’t know what it costs exactly, but I bought it and well worth it. I completely agree it’s the animations, the videos. It links really nicely with HITuni and makes the whole learning experience a lot more informative and pleasurable. Like you say.

Simon: And the other thing is we don’t just give you free and say, “Hey go off, use the app.” We will be talking about a specific concept in the course and then we will say open the app then go to this specific parts of the app and watch that video or read this bit of information or study this animation on the quadriceps muscles.

Simon: And so it’s driven. You’re not left to just sort of set with this app and think, well what do I do with it, no-

Lawrence: It’s like very overwhelming, drive you insane.

Simon: No, it’s like go to this part study this bit. Carry on, on the course. Okay, open this part of the app. So it’s clearly signposted.

Lawrence: Yeah, we’ll see if I can get links after the show notes, but if not, when you purchased the course as Simon said, there’s a very clear step in that which directs you to, when you need the link to get that piece of software too. So don’t worry too much about that.

Lawrence: Okay, so we’ve talked about that. What about, do people require any previous certification or qualification order to… I think you may have already answered this, but then if it’s more-

Simon: For the CPD course.

Lawrence: Yes.

Simon: You need some previous type of certification and one that shows effectively that you studied anatomy and physiology and passed a certification course or a qualification which has an anatomy and physiology element to it. Because essentially that’s one of the key factors. Its taken out of the CPD courses back, because if you’re somebody who’s already a fitness professional, we expect you to have, that and understand that information already. Which is providing the High-Intensity Training approach for you to learn. But the rest of the courses, like say for masters and the personal trainer course, you don’t have to have a background in exercise when you start taking them.

Lawrence: Awesome, great. Simon, I really appreciate you coming back on. As we’ve alluded to here and another podcasts, I’ve recently finished the course. I was really impressed. It took me a very, very long time. But that’s not because of the course. It’s because I was distracted with so many of our projects as it took me until it was six years. I must be the slowest. Am I the slowest, the longest to say probably?

Simon: If we put your time to completion into the equation.

Simon: Yeah, the average this way to one side.

Lawrence: Take me on.

Simon: Though some people will take a bit longer. I think Lawrence, you do have a record. So if anybody finds it-

Lawrence: Embarrassing.

Simon: Challenging Lawrence’s record, then.

Lawrence: [crosstalk 00:42:58] happy about that Simon.

Simon: I wouldn’t say that. But different people learn at different speeds. The other thing we’ve had is people taking our certification courses, who had no intention of being a personal trainer themselves but wanted that in depth information for themselves, just for themselves. So we have had people not complete the certification course or not get to the final part where they upload the video of themselves, training somebody. And when we’ve touched base and said, “Well how’s things going with the course? We noticed that you haven’t got this done this.” They’ve turned around and said, “I’m not doing it to be a trainer. I just want that information and thank you very much. I use that information regularly and I log in to the course and I extract what I need from it.” So there are some people who take the certification courses without actually completing it. So in that respect, there are people who take longer for you to-

Lawrence: They ruin your average as well, that’s terrible. You just have to remove the sun when I ask you in that case. Yeah, and I’m very careful as you know, about who I partner with in this podcast, or the partners that sponsor the episodes or whose products I promote on different podcasts episodes. I really fought a lot about, I think about this podcast, this website, this business very long term. And I want to build longterm relationships with people who have got the same values as me, whose products and services I believe in and who are a good fit for my listeners. So that’s just want people to understand a lot of work goes into this.

Lawrence: And for that reason, is obviously one of reasons why I wanted Simon on the show. Again, I love promoting HITuni, I want HITuni to be successful. I think it’s a great partnership, a very congruent one. And not only that, but just the process myself going through the courses, I just enjoyed it so much. I honestly found it probably the best online course I’ve ever done and I’ve done it quite a lot and I enjoyed the whole process and only wish I’d completed it sooner. But, yeah.

Simon: I’m really glad to hear that. That you enjoyed it and we did get that feedback and it’s like we want this to be a pleasurable learning experience, that’s the key thing for us is, do people enjoy the learning? Have we presented it in a way that makes it absorbable and makes it something that somebody is excited to log back in and go through the next lesson or go through the next module. So it’s brilliant to hear that feedback.

Lawrence: Yeah, I think one of my favorite things. Its one of my favorite thing, was the exclusive interviews in the content. So you’ve done interviews with James Steele, PhD, James Fisher, PhD, Dr. Doug McGuff. And they’re littered, littered wrong word. They are included.

Simon: [inaudible 00:00:45:50].

Lawrence: Yes, throughout the course and you don’t get that content anywhere else. And it’s really good because it will be like you’ll be learning about something like the cardiorespiratory system and How HIT helps that and you’ll hear a clip, a short clip from someone like James Steele about, explaining that. And there’s lots of that all the way through. And that for me was really fun. Because I mean I think there are a lot of us in here who will just… You could listen to those guys talk just forever even if we’re not interested in the business side of it or just interested in exercise.

Lawrence: So that’s another perk which I really liked. And for those listening, if you’re interested in learning more and learning more about the courses and potentially buy a course, please go to hituni.com/HIB. That stands for High Intensity Business for 10% of your course. And Simon, what is the best way for people to find out more about you? How can they contact you if you want to do that?

Simon: Well, I mean best places to go to the website. And then if you want to contact me directly, simon @ hituni.com If you’ve got a specific question you want answered, you want to introduce yourself before you start taking the course, feel free to get in touch that way. Yeah, I look forward to welcoming you on board.

Lawrence: Cool. And whoever listening, to find the blog post for this episode, please go to highintensitybusiness.com and search for episode number 242. And until next time, thank you very much for listening.

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