Jan 28, 2021
Scott Laidler is an experienced
health coach and personal trainer. He has personally delivered more
than ten thousand private training sessions and as many more online
coaching calls. He was the sole fitness trainer for the Fantastic
Beasts film Franchise at Warner Brothers Studios. He is a weekly
Health Columnist at the Daily Telegraph since 2015, and he is a
corporate wellness consultant to multiple blue-chip
How did Scott come to be where he is now?
- For Scott, it started with his fitness journey.
He was 16 when he joined his first gym. He had grown up watching
action movies like Karate Kid, Rocky and so on. He wanted to see if
he could emulate the kind of physiques and sequences that he
observed within the films. He started to educate himself about
training and fitness.
- He would spend thousands of hours just trawling
through articles and forums etc. He tried to learn as much as
possible because he believed that he should be as informed as
possible to be genuinely efficient.
- Over the next few years, Scott started to see
results, and it all happened during a time where people were not
going to the gym like in the days of Schwarzeneggar where fitness
was a subculture. People would ask Scott what he was doing to get
the results, and so, Scott started to become a personal trainer
before he even understood it to be a job.
- Scott went to university and pursued a
psychology degree. During his second year, he became intrigued by
business and entrepreneurship. It led him to realise that the best
way to combine psychology, business and health into one was to
become a personal trainer and start his own fitness
What is Scott’s esoteric approach to fitness and
- Scott believes there is a wholeness to the
business. He does not think that you should aim to be different in
your business than in your personal life. He says you cannot have
ethics in one place and not in another. He believes the same things
goes for the body.
- You cannot have a stressed and compromised mind
and not have the same reflection in your body and health. Scott’s
approach offers as much value as he can in the work he is doing. He
believes that anyone can be dogmatic to a training program, and he
thinks you need to take into account what happens before workouts
and build an understanding of what your body needs on any given
- Once you build an intuitive understanding of
your body’s needs, you can move away from being dogmatic with any
training program because you do not have to feel guilty about
listening to your body.
- Scott is a big believer in Karmic law. He
reminisced on a story where two years after graduation, he decided
to take a six month by going back to Kansas. He had been on his way
to a close friend to say goodbye when he realised he did not have
anything to read on the flight. He was thinking to himself at the
time that he wanted to learn more about sales, having already
extensively researched entrepreneurship.
- He had hoped he could buy a book on the subject
somewhere at the airport. When he stopped at his friend’s house,
she handed him a present, saying it had reminded her of him when
she ran across it, and it turned out to be Zig Ziggler the Art of
Selling and this truly solidified his belief in the law of
What is the biggest drawback being experienced in the
professional or personal health industry today, and what Changes
have Corona brought to the industry’s working world?
- Scott states that there is a price for
everything. If you over-index on one modality or one area of
training, then over-indexing by definition will have its
consequences. If all you do is lift weights, you will accumulate
muscle tension, and you will have compression in certain areas. If
you never stretch out or train your mobility work or take rest
times, you will run into problems.
- If all you do is run or only do endurance run
after endurance runs, the run is no longer efficient. The run could
be made more efficient with prerequisite strength training. Still,
you also need to consider the recovery aspects, and that doesn’t
necessarily mean stretching only but also areas like ice baths,
saunas, massages, etc.
- Corona has impacted the fitness industry quite
a bit. Scott believes it has made us more mindful about things like
how we spend our working day and its effect on our long-term and
- Fitness professionals are being mindful over
whether or not pain is being experienced throughout their working
day because of their posture, muscle tensions, stresses, and if so,
they cannot output the same quality of work and feel as good about
the working day as they usually would.
- Scott believes that now there is more of a
focus on making sure that the working environment is healthy. He
urges people to consider the things they used to do, like walk to
the train station or go to gym on the way home from work, now with
the pandemic that is not happening anymore, and you have to find a
way to make up for those things.
Health Forever Ltd
Health Forever Ltd draws on
their team’s decades of experience working at the highest level of
health and fitness to deliver workplace-based solutions to
improving health, boosting performance and avoiding burnout to
create, happy, healthy and vibrant individuals, coming together to
make a more inspired and resilient workforce for your organisation.
They approach the needs of each client on a bespoke basis offering
solutions, depending on your goal and the level of intervention
their clients would like them to make on their behalf, whether this
means helping educate your workforce on how to eat, move and think
more healthily or whether you would like a complete overhaul of
your corporate wellness culture.
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