FOCUS your RAS to follow your passion

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new”

We quite often find ourselves not focused on what we wish to accomplish, but instead on what we do NOT want.

We focus on the past proof of failure, or fear of some yet unrealised future event.

We see what we don’t want, point to it, describe it, write about  it, sing songs about it and seek more proof to validate it!

We take our past rejection for example, suffer it today and project it into the future.

This can be disastrous for those wanting a happy, successful or healthy life.


The RAS, or Reticular Activating System is a filtering system located deep within the brain.

The brain, subconsciously, deals with 11 million bits of data within our environment.

Consciously however, we can only deal with 60 bits of information per second.

The RAS, filters this info so that we are not consciously bombarded with the massive amounts of info being thrown at us from all directions.

The RAS focuses initially on your survival:

1)It identifies threats in our environment and learns how to deal with them appropriately.

It seeks familiarity, and sees novel or new thoughts that question the STATUS QUO, as threatening.

2)Secondly, and more interestingly perhaps, it can be used to focus on ways to master our environment and work toward GOALS that are important to us, and will move us forward.

The way it knows what is important to us, is largely down to our CONSCIOUS FOCUS.

Those 60 bits of info we are seeing in our conscious mind.

You’ve all had proof of the RAS working.

If you focus on trying to spot red cars, they appear EVERYWHERE!

Even long after you’ve stopped playing the game.

My son said let’s look for copper coloured cars, and I thought to myself,  “I’ve NEVER seen copper coloured cars before.”

Now I see them, not quite everywhere, but they are there.

I didn’t even realise they existed before!

  • Pregnant woman see pregnant woman everywhere.
  • If you work out, you see others who workout.
  • If you see yourself as successful, you see successful people everywhere.

Unfortunately, we can also see the OPPOSITE of these positive images.

So, we tend to SEEK AND FIND what we mentally focus on, more primarily, what we identify with. IE, we seek things, people, places, situations, films, and images that support how we see ourselves!

How we feel about ourselves.

We seek everything that supports our current belief system about ourselves.


We filter our 70 million bits of information through our BELIEF SYSTEMS, which are created through our direct past EXPERIENCES, or the subconscious programming we were hardwired with by our teachers, parents, priest or friends.

  • So, if we’ve been abused we see abuse everywhere.
  • If we are struggling financially, we see lack and poverty everywhere.
  • Those who have a negative self image, see unfit people everywhere.

We will literally look for it in our environment, and with 70 million bits of info a second being streamed through us, it’s not hard to find what it is we are LOOKING for!


So how do we focus our thoughts on what we are DESIRING to see, be, do or have?

1)Write your goals down. Use a SMART goal format.

SPECIFIC- What  is your goal?

MEASURABLE- How will you know when it is complete?

ACHIEVABLE- What Actions would help reach this goal?

REALISTIC- What Resources are in place to ensure this goal is met?

TIME- When will this goal be completed by?

2)TALK about your goals a lot, to everyone who supports you, with passion and excitement.

That focus instantly creates ideas and thought patterns you wouldn’t have had otherwise, helping to embed these ‘new’ thoughts into your brains circuitry.

Talking about it has great power. This is a massive subject within it self, but watch your words carefully.

Only speak words that support what you WANT to see in your life!

3)Have a vision board, or screen saver of your goal on your phone, so that its high visibility and you see it often. An image that represents your goal.

The focus instantly creates ideas and thought patterns that support the search, or materialisation of your goal.

Your brain works in IMAGES and does not know the difference between fantasy and reality!

Even your physiology ( your body),will respond to an image in your head as if it were reality.

4)Read, write, talk, research and look for things in your environment that SUPPORT your goals.

Your brains search function is even more powerful than a computers!

Current studies suggest that the brain is at least as agile and possibly up to 30 times faster than Sequoia Supercomputer at shifting data around!

If your goal exists- and it does- through time, focus and action your brain will find it!

5)Focus as well on what you have already that supports your goals.

An attitude of gratitude is what’s needed to focus your mind, feel good about what you do have, and your RAS will do the rest by seeking out the same or similar experiences.

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As a Personal Trainer I’ve found that I AM the product.

If I want people to ‘buy’ into me, it needs to be representative of what they are wanting themselves.

Self development then is crucial,and is the most powerful thing you can attend to, to create a successful business, relationship, body or mind.

1)Know what you want.

2)Focus ONLY on what you want.

3)Write down what you want.

4)Read about what you want.

5)Talk about what you want.

6)Don’t entertain anything, any thoughts, opinions, actions or contradictions to what you want!

“When you focus on what you want, everything else just falls away”.

Fitness Training Courses Aberdeen

Tyrone WilliamsFor you to become a personal trainer or a fitness instructor you will have to be someone who is motivated and outgoing, however, you’ll also be expected to have the qualifications behind you before you can teach other people.

At BodyCore Training we offer fitness training courses to people in Aberdeen who want to go down either career path, whether it be down the path of being a personal trainer or whether it be going down the path of being a fitness instructor.

In the time that we have provided our courses we have gained an excellent reputation in the fitness industry among our students. This is because we are the only training provider in Aberdeen and the whole of the UK who guarantees our students a job as a personal trainer.

Here at BodyCore Training the main aim of our fitness training courses is to inspire people towards their growth both in their personal lives and in their business lives. It’s also about inspiring our students towards the lives of the people that they impact.

The courses we offer include:

  • Level 2 gym instructor
  • Level 3 personal trainer
  • Gym & PT combined
  • Level 2 emergency first aid
  • Level 2 indoor studio cycling
  • Kettlebell teacher training
  • NASM


We charge competitive prices for our fitness training courses and have finance in place that allows you to spread the cost of the course, we find that this option helps a lot of people who cannot necessarily pay the money upfront.

The great thing about our fitness training courses is that they are internationally recognised, meaning that you don’t have to just work in Aberdeen – you can work anywhere in the world!

You will be fully supported by BodyCore Training both during and after your course, with there being webinars, workshops and blogs all delivered by a team of PT mentors, athletes and entrepreneurs.

A member of BodyCore Training would be more than happy to tell you more about our fitness training courses, simply give us a call today on 0800 246 5712 or fill out our contact form and we’ll get back to you.

Becoming A Personal Trainer Edinburgh

Charles Thompson (Small)Becoming a personal trainer means that you get to change your client’s lives for the better. In our experience there is nothing better than seeing someone be interested in becoming fit and smashing their goals – “motivate others and you’ll also motivate yourself to be a better personal trainer”.

A massive advantage of becoming a personal trainer is that you can stay healthy, this is because you will constantly be around the equipment which will allow you to conveniently workout whenever you want. This not only will keep you healthy but it’ll also attract new clients.

There are several benefits of becoming a personal trainer, giving you the advantage of being involved in one of the most rewarding careers that there is.

Before you can reap the benefits of being a personal trainer you will have to achieve the qualifications. That’s were BodyCore Training can help.

Here at BodyCore Training we specialise in providing personal trainer courses that will assist you on your way to becoming a personal trainer.

The personal trainer courses that we offer are internationally recognised, giving you, the learner the opportunity to work not just in Edinburgh but anywhere in the world.

With our courses we take a unique immersion approach to certification. This combines:

  • PT mentoring
  • Gym based immersion training
  • Hardcopy manuals
  • National hub training days
  • A year of PT business mentoring


PT mentoring – this allows you to interact with a successful and inspirational personal trainer. We are currently the only company in Edinburgh and in the whole of the UK who offer a mentor led, PT course.

National hub training days – these are run monthly and are where you will do your exams, perform your observed assessments and hand in your portfolios.

Gym based immersion training in Edinburgh – these are fast paced, hands on, gym based and they include all of the anatomical and physiological terminology that you will need for your theory exams.

We will happily discuss our courses in greater depth if you are someone in Edinburgh who is interested in becoming a personal trainer. Feel free to give us a call on 0800 246 5712.

Is a career as a Personal Trainer right for you?

I meet a lot of personal trainers in my career. Not only do I work on a day-to-day basis with many talented PT’s in Livingston, Scotland, I also get to train and mentor fledgling personal trainer’s as they embark on their journey – all the way from getting them qualified to establishing successful businesses!

It’s given me a good insight into the personal qualities of the people who build the most successful businesses and the ones who enjoy their lifestyles the most.

You really care for people

This is one of the most important aspects of personal training. Having a genuine interest in people’s wants, needs, struggles, emotions, feelings and lives is crucial.

Everyone that comes to you for help will have tried many things, given up and feel hopeless. It’s up to you, not just to help them to their goals for their body- but help them tackle sometimes lifelong problems with food, body dysmorphia, emotional eating and more.

For this listening skills and empathy are a must have. If a client really feels that you care for them and are their whenever they need you, you’ll have a client for life.

You lead by example

By this, I don’t mean you have to be at 4{00c9fc3b0c04b1c5d0a150e1e4af74c5798b192c7044c1cd852c32d3af5e6a7d} body fat all year (that’s just unsustainable) but personal training is a physical job and you need to be in good shape.

In my day I lead classes, demonstrate exercises and carry pieces of equipment to and from the weights area. From my fitness tracker, I walk an average of 6-9 miles every day around the gym (my gym is pretty big), as well as 2-3 exercises classes and countless squat demos. This means you need to eat enough every day and do all the tasks with a smile on your face!

You are self motivated

Generally, personal training jobs are self-employed. Big chains like Pure Gym, Virgin and Nuffield Health will let you set up and run a personal training business within their facility in exchange for you ‘being on shift’ (doing classes etc.,) for a portion of the week. The great thing about this is that there are little overheads when you first get started. The downside is that you are not making any money initially.

This is where the self-motivation comes in.

When I started as a PT, I aimed to get one session a week more than the previous week. At Puregym, the trainers charge between £25-£35 a session. I knew that if I could speak to as many people as possible, tell them what I could do for them and offer them a free session, I knew this was achievable.

By month two, I had 9 sessions a week. By month 6, 24 sessions a week and by month 10, I was full to the brim with clients official site.

This sort of progress is achievable, but it can only be done with self-motivation and a smile!

You love exercise and health

This is one of the more obvious ones on the list, but you have to love exercise and being healthy and be able to transfer that enthusiasm from yourself to your clients.

Having good scientific knowledge (I follow some great people like Brad Schoenfeld, Alan Aragon, Layne Norton, Ben Coomber and Bret Contreras), a finger on the pulse when it comes to fitness industry trends and a good knowledge of exercises adaptations will ensure you’re always getting your clients the results they want!

If you need any more information or help with becoming a personal trainer then just ask us. We have dedicated mentors who can help you with your business, study and life so you can create the lifestyle you want.

Happy training!



Becoming A Personal Trainer Aberdeen

Jayne NisbetBecoming a personal trainer is about more than just a job, it’s about the passion that you have for being healthy, fit and active. The job itself requires motivation and a love for everything relating to fitness but the first step in becoming a personal trainer is getting the qualifications that you need.

For you to become a personal trainer you will need to complete a course, that’s where we come in. At BodyCore Training we provide personal training courses for people in Aberdeen who want to go down the route of being a personal trainer.

We provide active IQ, YMCA and NASM personal trainer qualifications and as it stands we are the only training provider to offer a full year of PT mentoring that will help you to grow your business.

The thing that is truly great about learning from BodyCore Training is that you will be fully supported during and after your course by webinars, workshops and blogs, all of which are delivered by PT mentors, athletes and entrepreneurs. All of the PT mentors who will be providing the course are current, inspirational and knowledgeable business owners in Aberdeen.

As a provider of personal training courses, our main aim is to help you develop as a strong personal trainer and to motivate you as well as give you the knowledge that you need to succeed in this industry. Becoming a personal trainer through us can further benefit you as our courses are internationally recognised, so you don’t have to just work in Aberdeen; you can go anywhere in the world!

We charge competitive prices for becoming a personal trainer through our courses, you can find our prices here.

Feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have about our courses, we’d be more than happy to help.



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Level 3 Personal Trainer Course Aberdeen

Laura Jane Dickie - Profile PicThe aim of the level 3 personal trainer course is to recognise the skills, knowledge and competence that’s required for an individual to work as a personal trainer without having to be supervised. Once you have this qualification you will be able to offer one-to-one training, nutritional advice and progressive programming that is specific to the individual needs of a client.

Here at BodyCore Training we specialise in providing personal trainer courses, one of which is our level 3 personal trainer course.Our level 3 personal trainer course will help you and other learners in Aberdeen to reach your fitness career goals both quickly and effectively.

The core skills to becoming a good personal trainer are: driven, organised, love helping people and having a real passion for fitness. If you feel that you meet each of these points then all of the other skills that are associated with being a personal trainer can be learnt and developed through both this course and whilst you are out in Aberdeen getting industry experience.

The team here at BodyCore Training are fully committed to providing you with as much information, support and guidance that is necessary for you to reach your goals in a timely and enjoyable manner.

Our level 3 personal trainer course covers:

  • supporting clients who take part in exercise and physical activity
  • health, safety and welfare in a fitness environment
  • the principles of exercise, fitness and health
  • the anatomy and physiology for exercise and health
  • programming personal training with clients
  • delivering personal training sessions
  • applying the principles of nutrition to a physical activity programme


Immersion training comes with this course, this involves weekly training days with one of our BodyCore mentors. The immersion training days that we offer focus on preparing you for your observed assessment and the real world of personal training.

The immersion training involves an hour of review on sections that you have studied during the week and a focus on setting SMART goals for the next week as well as assessing your portfolio.

Your mentor will also spend an hour in a gym in Aberdeen with you where they will prepare you for your observed assessment, covering advanced cardiovascular and muscular techniques and training systems.

For more information on our level 3 personal trainer course or to ask us a question about this course, feel free to get in touch with us today by giving us a call on 0800 246 5712.