What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
First, I offer a complimentary phone consultation to get to know the clients and find out if we are a good fit for each other.
The first session then consists of an assessment where we talk about goals, past experiences with exercise, gyms, and trainers, nutrition, medical history, and beliefs about oneself and how they affect our behaviors.
During the assessment (depending on the goals) we usually also take measurements to have a reference point.
Based on the information I collect during this first session I create a workout plan, nutritional guidelines, and the training schedule.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Since I got certified in Germany I don't need to take continuing education courses to keep my license active (even though I think that is a great idea to ensure you keep up to date with what's going on in your field). However, I do read a lot of the newest research that's coming out, I visit seminars, and I am planning to become certified in nutritional counseling, so I can assist my clients even better.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
In a personal trainer - client - relationship you share a lot of very personal information. Therefore you should make sure you find a trainer you can trust and who makes you feel comfortable.