Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. My job/jobs is managing people. Now with their diet and exercise routine when with me and other off site cardio activity. I even text/email clients a few times a week to ensure they stick to meal plan and dont get off track.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Meet with me or another trainer, try 2-3 sessions and see if its for you! Personal training is not for everyone but if you want results and dont want to wait years it is the way to go! Training styles vary so see what works for you. Keep in mind that you should find someone you feel comfortable with as this person will be basically directing you for 2-3 hours a week. Who wants to take orders from a drill sargent type personality or someone that barks orders in a rude manner. Check out a potential trainer and ask for a sample of what exercises you will be doing and if there are breaks, time for water etc. Know what you are getting into and ask lots of questions now. if a trainer is moody or irritable you will find this out now. Also be honest with any potential trainer. Disclose medical issues, sore joints, limitations such as bad knee etc.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Clients are instructed in proper exercise technique, quantity of exercise and intensity but, it does fall on them to be disciplined in regards to calorie intake and eating smaller portions at proper intervals throughout the day.
While results are slow sometimes it directly falls back on eating and no activity level besides one of olympic proportions could possibly burn all the mis-eaten calories of an out of control diet!
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I stand out because I lost 75lbs so can relate to my clients. I also have testimonials and am results oriented. Also its a passion for me to work with, assess and then begin to help change someones life! While I do need enough clients to stay in business, I believe in quality over quantity and only train one body at a time unless however 2 people signed up together. I do encourage couples of all kinds to train together and a couples package is just 20% additional then training solo, not like double the rate as some of the larger gyms out there. I provide the one on one that many people need to push them, offer nutritional support up to and including regular texts checking on food eaten on a particular day and inquiring about extra cardio or activities done on a clients off day
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. Helping others achieve their goal using my expertise. Enjoying the successes and stories of others as they begin to see progress! Seeing a client go from a 40" waist to a 36" waist, now that is quite powerful and incredibly motivating. Imagine their freinds noticing all the changes and all the comments they will start to get. The happier, healthier times ahead will make all the difference and make me feel satisfied as well.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. They usually ask my rate or if I did steroids.
I say my rates vary depending on package and I have never done steroids. Clients ask me if they can have a cheat day. To this i reply "you have been cheating for 10 years" How about 6 months of "No Cheating"!
I am asked how to build or tone a specific bodypart and its a difficult answer as the body reduces weight evenly so spot reduction is very difficult. Building ti however is an entirely different matter and that can be done.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. I train one on one however occasionionally take group. One client had a baby and was going to miss an appointment since she could not find a sitter. I told her to bring the baby with her and a stroller or walker. This turned out to be good and since it was just a group that trained with her they knew the baby and didnt mind. No clients have ever had to cancel since!!!!!
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. i wish potential clients knew that its always time for fitness and its never too late, they are never too old and even if they only have 30 minutes a day 3 times a week they can begin a program based on that. The basic principal to lose weight is to burn up more calories then you take in. So sure exercise burns these up however an individual can easily eat less, cut back on carbs and do simple things like take stairs instead of an elevator, can pick the farthest parking spot at mall instead of closest, can really make smarter choices all day long. Simple fixes include selection a low cal salad dressing perhaps cutting 100 plus calories. Also dont drink your calories. Whole milk, juices and some sports drinks are packed with calories. Select zero calorie water or something with 25 or less calories as your beverage of choice with meals and throughout the day.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. I offer session packages monthly:
2 sessions per week
3 sessions per week
4 sessions per week
10, 20 or 30 session packages
additionally single sessions start at $65 but a discount is available when you purchase 10 or more
Ask about my monthly special or discounted timeslot
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. I would have them greatly research it and check out large chains and small independant studios. While it is a great business to enter, it does take a few years to become established. Ideally one would start part time around another job and then break into it full time based on client demand.
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. Should you eat before working out? It is best to eat minimially prior to workout as you will burn more fat and be more energetic. if you eat a big meal you will be dragging and are likely to burn less fat. This works best for morning workouts. I am a big believer in avoiding carbs pre-workout as you will burn more fat while working out this way. Then carbs are eaten after workout when they will assist with muscle building and shuttle protein to muscle cells throughout the body!