Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. There are several services we provide to our clients:
1. Body Composition Assessment and Nutritional Guidance - without having a clear understanding of what makes up your body and what you need to do to make changes to it, you cannot establish clear, achievable goals.
2. Supervised Fitness Training - our programs allow flexibility in the number of training sessions per week that we will design and supervise. For those that have their own home routine, but want one day per week of attention we offer a basic package. For the real results, our complete package provides 3 days per week of supervised fitness training with unlimited access to our cardio equipment for those "extra" workouts
3. Group High Performance Fitness Classes - as an alternative to all the cross training and high intensity exercise programs offered at the commercial gyms, our high performance fitness is designed by certified trainers to mix the right amount of intensity with other key aspects of fitness including flexibility, balance, agility and power to make a complete training program that provides unmatched results in a social training atmosphere.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Be sure about your decision and once you are, commit to it whole heartedly. A lot of your success is going to come from simply getting into the gym and sticking with your program. If you jump into a program without truly enjoying it or committing to it and you simply give up within a few weeks, you cannot expect to get the physical results you are seeking. Open your mind and follow the program set forth in front of you. The worst part about our job as trainers is watching someone who truly wants to change their body toil away in the gym but not follow the program completely and not see any results because of it. Get committed, don't look for any easy way out, work hard and nothing will stop you.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. Not all trainers are made the same. Our industry has been somewhat marred lately by the "used car salesman" types who really do not know much about fitness. It's just like our owner Tim says, just because someone has great teeth you wouldn't let them be your dentist, so why would you trust someone with your body just because they are in good shape? To be a great trainer one needs a mix of education, experience, motivation, discipline and ability to instill these traits into their clients while truly understanding how the body works and putting thought into their workouts. Any trainer can make you sore for days but few can actually change your body forever.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. The commitment to make changes to your body is a serious one, that requires work, dedication and sacrifice. It is a great trust that one puts in a trainer to believe they have your best interest in mind. Buyers should research training the same way they research any medical treatment. You don't bargain shop for a heart surgeon or pich the best orthopedic for your family by how big their arms are. In this industry, there are many non-credentialed certifications and lots of novices to fitness training that do not have the educational or practical backgrounds to meet your needs. Ask questions of your trainer regarding their background and research their certifications and credentials...your health is in their hands.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. Unlike others, we offer semi-private training sessions that make your training more affordable and enjoyable. Our trainers are not with you to simply count your reps and babysit, they are professionals who design your program for each trip you make into the gym and evaluate your form and progress. Whether you see a trainer one, two, or three times per week you will always come to our facility to get your workout in, and while you are in FITT Quest, our staff is here to help whether you have a session scheduled or not.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. We are able to help a great number of people every hour instead of just helping one or two like traditional trainers do. With so many people and personalities moving through the facility it is truly impossible to not be motivated while you are in the building. We have a great sense of community and everyone is here to achieve results.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Q: What is the success rate for clients?
A: You get out of it what you put into it, but truly it is our job to not only design the program that best fits your goals but to also motivate you through it. I will stop at nothing to make absolutely sure that my clients see results because that is what my job is as your personal trainer.
Q: Is your program very strict on food and too intense to handle for the average person?
A: Its all about you! I have learned one thing in the fitness world since first becoming a part of it 10 years ago, for 99% of people, the best approach is the simplest. No we do not have to be super strict on food and no we do not have to kill you every time you walk in to see results. We merely want to get you eating right with a conscious mind towards health and moving more to burn some extra calories. If you are an athlete who wants to get intense we can do that too.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. Unfortunately, the fitness industry has exploded over the last 20 years with no real control over certifications, liscenses or real quality research on training methodology. Health and Fitness has followed the course of nutritional supplements in many ways....marketing towards beauty and sex appeal versus what actually works.
At Fittquest, our trainers have degrees in exercise science or kinesiology as well as nationally accredited certifications such as those from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. We don't hang certificates or plaques from weekend seminars up on the wall to impress our clients, we study and improve ourselves and our facility everyday by providing results.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I have always been involved in the study and improvement of human performance. After serving as a collegiate strength and conditioning coach for 14 years and helping athletes win numerous All-American, National, International and Olympic Championships, I transitioned to working in private training facilities helping young athletes and others improve their health, fitness and performance. It has always brought me great joy to watch others achieve their goals, whether it is winning a local tournament or losing 20 pounds. Our facility is designed to help our clients achieve results and have fun doing it.