What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I provide a free initial consultation to determine goals. If the prospective client wishes to proceed, I have a contract and basic information for them to look over and complete. Upon receipt of that information, we can schedule sessions.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I obtained my certification in both Personal Training and Sports Nutrition through a 60 hour program developed by Fitness Trainer Academy. It was a dual certification program and we met weekly in a classroom and gym setting. In order to obtain my certifications, I had to not only attend the 60 hour program, but also pass two exams. These exams were long, covered a plethora of fitness information, and required many hours and weeks of preparation.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
I have several different pricing options.
$25 for 30 minutes
$40 for 45 minutes
$50 for 60 minutes
Group Training (3 people):
$25 for 60 minutes per person
Group Training (4-6 people):
$20 for 60 minutes per person
Personal Training: $75 per week for 3 workouts
Nutrition: $49 per week ($7/day)
Personal Training & Nutrition: $120 per week
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Though I have been active and athletic for the majority of my life, there was a time period shortly after college graduation when I noticed a 20+ pound weight gain. I was busy with a job and my fitness and health took a backseat. I quickly learned that, if I wanted to be less stressed and healthy, I needed to make my diet and my physical activity a priority. I began researching different personal trainers, following their videos (actively participating), and figuring out the best types of food for my body. Everyday for several years, I took the time to watch experts and read what registered dietitians were recommending. I quickly fell in love with fitness and nutrition. And, that prompted me to want to obtain my own personal certifications so I could turn my passion into a career.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have built quite the client base since officially opening my business back in April 2016. I started out with only one loyal client to my name and now train 10+ individuals. Most have similar goals - to lose weight, strengthen and tone their bodies. However, several want to focus on how to eat healthier, how to stabilize their core, and how to work on improving their balance through physical activity. All of my clients are unique and I treat them all as unique, creating customized plans for each one.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
I would highly recommend that customers read everything that providers send to them in detail. I would also advise that the customer not be afraid to try and locate the provider on social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.). That way, the customer can get a feel for the type of person they might be dealing with.
I would recommend that they take advantage of having direct contact with the provider and ask as many questions as they can.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I recommend that customers think specifically about what they want to accomplish (setting specific and measurable goals). They should also make sure they are ready to take on the project, both time and money wise.