Fitness Integrated with Nutrition Knowledge

San Antonio, TX

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

I have a genuine passion for health and fitness. On my own free time, for the past 4 (almost 5) years, I've been educating myself on fitness and nutrition daily. At first, it was just for me to figure out how to be the healthiest I could be. Over the past year, however, I have wanted to share my knowledge with others and help them achieve their fitness/health goals as well. I obtained my certification in personal training and sports nutrition in late 2015 and am eager to continue building my own personal training business. I can promise any of my clients a customized, organized, and quality fitness plan. I am very conscientious and organized. On a separate note: I would like to request that if I have submitted a quote to you (and you have viewed it within the 48 hour time frame that Thumbtack gives), that you please take a few seconds to respond. It does not have to be a response requesting a consultation and/or my services. It can be any type of response, even one saying you decided to hire another trainer or that you're not quite ready to pursue services. I ask that you do this for a few different reasons - 1) Thumbtack charges vendors for ALL quotes we send out so it costs us both money and time to send out quotes. As a small business, money and time are extremely valuable commodities. 2) If an individual responds, saying they decided to go with another trainer, I know not to follow up with them. 3) By responding, you can help me improve my quotes, figure out what is working, and what is not working.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I enjoy witnessing results from clients, whether that be lost inches and weight, more energy gained, or improved attitude/confidence.
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Location

San Antonio, TX 78216

Background check

Complete

Years in business

1

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

5

Reviews

4 Reviews
  • Bernadette W. Oct 2, 2016
    Personal Training
    Verified Review
    Thank you
    Mariah is very good and patient.
    Mariah F. Oct 11, 2016

    Thank you for the review Bernadette. You are doing great and I'm looking forward to seeing all of the future progress you will make! :)

  • Trystan M. Aug 29, 2016
    I've trained with Mariah for about 4 months and have nothing but great things to say about her! We've never completed the same workout twice (which is big for those of us who get bored easily), she's got a great attitude and lets you know when she thinks you can push yourself just a littttle bit harder. 5 stars! If you are looking to get into shape and step up your nutrition game, call Mariah!
    Mariah F. Oct 11, 2016

    Thank you Trystan. I really have enjoyed training both you and Veronica. You both have made great progress and I know you'll continue to do so.

  • Kelly S. May 23, 2016
    Personal Training
    Verified Review
    Hiring Mariah as my personal trainer was the best decision I've made! I've really enjoyed her workout sessions because it's not repetitive and it's challenging! I feel like I've come a long way since I started, and I can't thank her enough! She's super flexible with your schedule and always available if you have any questions. One goal that I set for myself is to possibly find a love for working out, and she has made that possible! I would most definitely recommend her to anyone who is looking for a trainer! She's awesome! Thank you so much Mariah for all your help! :)
    Mariah F. May 31, 2016

    Hi Kelly - thank you so much for your great review. I really appreciate it and I am so happy that I've been able to help guide you through your fitness journey! And, I am honored that you chose me out of all the other trainers you could have chosen. And, you're right - you've come a long way in such a short amount of time and it has been great to witness your transformation. I only hope you continue to enjoy working out and continue to challenge yourself!

  • Michelle P. Mar 7, 2016
    I've been working with Mariah in order to improve my running and meet some personal fitness goals. I'm new to running, so I really appreciate Mariah's expertise when it comes to pushing myself in a realistic and healthy way. It's great to know that if I ever have any questions about my work out or technique or if there's an area I am struggling with there's someone I can turn to who has up to date information and knowledge. Most of all, she's great at integrating not just fitness and nutrition, but also encouragement with practical information.
    Mariah F. May 31, 2016

    Michelle, you've been my longest standing client and I cannot thank you enough for your support and trusting me to help you accomplish your fitness goals. I certainly try my absolute best to push all of my clients in a realistic and healthy way. And, yes - I strive to always be available even when we aren't in session. Navigating fitness/health/nutrition information can be daunting. I realize that and aim to be both a helpful/reliable source of information for my clients. Keep up the great work!

Q&A

What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
I have several different pricing options. Personal Training: $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 ONLINE: Personal Training: $75 per week for 3 workouts Nutrition: $49 per week ($7/day) Personal Training & Nutrition: $120 per week
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.
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.