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Brent's knowledge of how the body works, is great. I learned so much, with one session. I feel the personal attention Brent gives, exceeds most other trainers. Thank you Brent!Oct 17, 2014VerifiedAdvanced Training Techniques, Inc.'s reply
Thank you Gary! i am so happy to be a part of your fitness journey!
My personal experience is that Brent's training approach is very conservative and his advice does not seem to align with mainstream medical, physical therapy or other personal trainer recommendations. Examples include his advice to only use heat for pain, never ice. After three (3) weeks of working with him, I asked for key words so that I could research his training methods/approach online. He was not able to provide me any reference sources other than his company. From my experience and research, his bill rate/price seemed to be out of line with other personal trainers. Although his price was published at $70/session on Thumbtack, he charged me $129 for the first session for an assessment. I really felt that this was a "bait and switch." I also found it very odd that although his website referenced "Certifications," none were listed on the site. The Certification section on his website was blank. However, he emailed me a list of several certs, including a degree. I must be truthful; I do not know how to begin to validate what he sent in the email, but found it concerning that the information was not consistent. After the first session and $129, I was promised that he would send me a text/email with details of the homework he wanted me to do, and that the information would come two (2) days after our first session. This did not happen, and I needed to text him to remind him of his commitment. Of which, he did send me the information a few hours later. Three (3) weeks training with Brent...following his eating and exercise recommendations, I am now having a hard time buttoning my pants; this after seven (7) months of working out on my own and dropping over 2 dress sizes. I feel very disappointed and frustrated that I have lost 3 weeks of opportunity to continue with my health and fitness goals.Jan 10, 2015VerifiedAdvanced Training Techniques, Inc.'s reply
Client feedback is important to me. I care what my clients think and am always happy to identify areas for improvement. I am sorry that you werent pleased with your experience. When I work with clients over time, we develop a strong rapport and a good level of trust so any issues that might arise can be addressed openly and easily. * Yes, my approach frequently departs from mainstream advice, which I have learned can be flawed. People seek me out because I have 23 years in the industry getting results with no fads, no hype. * It isnt possible to research my methods online and that is by design. Everything we do is personalized. And as I said earlier, we dont buy into the hype. We are the only source of information on our training methods because what we do is proprietary. I always explain this in pre-visit phone calls, and it is documented in the materials that every client (including you) signs. We ask that our methods not be shared outside of your personal experience with a trained ATTI staff member. * We never meet with clients until they have agreed to our pricing. We review procedures and fees before meeting with a new or potential client. Visits to clients homes cost more than when clients come to our studio. Assessments cost more than regular appointments. * I apologize that the link to the certifications on our website was broken. It has been fixed. * My initial assessment with you was on a Sunday at 6 a.m. in your home the week of Christmas. I apologize for not being completely responsive to you following that. As I explained at the time, I was heading Up North to be with my family for the holiday and would have limited access to phone and internet service. * After our assessment (a two-hour session for a one-hour fee) I recommended that you train twice a week; you opted for one. I do not assign homework this early on with a new client; you insisted on it. I offered to continue to train you via Skype while you went on vacation; you turned me down. I never gave you a nutrition consultation or a specific eating plan. You had only one training session with me after the assessment before your text messages made it clear to me that you just werent going to be happy. We are and continue to be committed to providing the most effective and positive experience for our clients.
I have never written an online review before, but after reading Leslie G.'s comments, I just had to speak up. I have been working with Brent for more than three years and can't recommend him highly enough. He is knowledgeable, professional and very, very good at what he does. He has helped me recalibrate my body completely. I am stronger, have no pain, and feel better than I ever have. Brent is very clear about his credentials: A BS in Kinesiology and Exercise Science from Michigan State University, and certifications in personal training, senior fitness, nutrition and sports nutrition. Certificates are posted in his studio. But I don't imagine Leslie saw those certificates, because I'm sure she never stepped foot in the studio. How do I know that? The $70 per-hour fee is for clients who come to him. If you ask Brent to come to your home, the higher fee applies. When I began working with Brent, he made it very clear that everything he does is tailored completely to the individual under one-on-one supervision. No mirrors, no machines, no pushing to the point of pain. He has developed his own, proprietary method that is very different from what you would find from a typical personal trainer in a gym. His overarching concern is wellness and functionality, calibrating your body so the muscles work properly and are aligned correctly. Body image and weight loss are secondary. His methodology is sound and effective. Quick to debunk the latest fitness trends, Brent will give you complete, academic explanations about everything he does if you ask him. I am a curious journalist so I always ask, and that is why I know exactly why he recommends heat-only for muscle soreness. Heat, I have learned from Brent, increases blood flow and nutrient exchange, promoting healing. Ice is used to reduce swelling and dampen pain. This can be warranted when you have a major injury and swelling, but ice will also prevent blood flow and the corresponding nutrient exchange, which makes healing take longer. I am quite sure that if Leslie is this unhappy after only three weeks, she was looking for something different than what Brent provides. And that is fair enough. I just want to make sure that other people who are looking for a knowledgeable, effective trainer don't discount Brent based on one malicious review.Jan 12, 2015
Im 34 and have been training with Brent for almost 6 years. He is by far the best trainer I have ever had! A little background on me, I had been a speed skater all thru my teens and in turn had a lot of back and knee issues. I have been to physical therapy 3 separate times over the years for those issues, all of the times never fixing my problems. I then hurt my shoulder working out and went to see this well known sports medicine doctor, who spent a total of 10 minutes with me. He only asked a couple questions, pushed and pulled on my arm and then wrote me an RX for physical therapy diagnosing me with a pulled rotator cuff. I had met Brent a few months earlier and decided to take a different route since traditional physical therapy clinics had not worked for me in the past. Right off the bat I was shocked and delighted that Brent spent an hour with me for my assessment. He really took the time to find out the root of the problem. By the end of the appointment he figured out that I had been misdiagnosed by the highly endorsed doctor and that my real issue was a pulled bicep where it attaches in the shoulder, which he told me, gets misdiagnosed a lot. He told me that if it had been my rotator cuff there was no way that I would have been able to do everything that he had me do during my assessment. I started training with him 2-3/week and I couldnt believe how quickly I healed and learned so much from him. I love that he educates his clients so that we know why hes doing what hes doing and how it affects the body. I apply the information given to me and understand that my results are driven by the degree of which I follow Brents advice. I will never go anywhere else, Brent is the best at what he does and he is a trail blazer in new methods and his knowledge of the human body is astounding.Jan 19, 2015
Mary Beth H.
I have been in the fitness industry myself for over 20 years, both teaching fitness classes and managing fitness facilities, and I have never come across anyone as experienced and knowledgeable as Brent. I have been training with Brent for at least 5 years now and he has done more to improve my overall health and, most importantly, a shoulder issue that I have struggled with for a very long time. For years I had been referred to numerous rehabilitation facilities by very reputable doctors and orthopedic specialists for a repetitive motion injury of the shoulder. I eventually had rotator cuff surgery, which I now feel may not have been truly necessary. None of that provided the results that my training at Advanced Training Techniques has. Their whole approach is completely different from the conventional rehabilitative programs. The individualized, one-on-one attention alone provides far greater benefits and results than any typical physical therapy or rehabilitative program. Brent has an incredible knowledge of the inner workings of the body and musculature and he pays particular attention to details such as proper body alignment and posture. These basic details are often overlooked in the typical physical therapy setting. Also, the one-on-one attention and genuine concern I have received from Brent and the Advanced Training Techniques team far surpasses anything I have ever experienced before. Their methods are more intuitive and, quite simply, make much more sense. Training with ones own body weight and building strength and flexibility through proper form and alignment produces far better results than using any of the typical rehabilitative equipment in a typical clinic setting. I would highly recommend Brent and Advanced Training Techniques to anyone. Brent is highly qualified and excellent at what he does. Not only does he have the credentials and experience, but he also has a very genuine concern for the wellbeing of all of his clients. He certainly has changed my life for the better.Jan 20, 2015