We've just started working together, but It doesn't take long to know that Rick knows training. Here's what I know so far from a general business standpoint:
Rick is punctual - always where he's supposed to be when he says he'll be there
Easy communication - always returns calls, emails, and texts
He's very engaging - never any awkward silences in between sets - he's always got something relevant to say
Easy to pay - this is overlooked sometimes - but he takes credit cards, personal checks, and good old fashioned cash.
Has a very pleasant, easy going demeanor - no judgement here. And believe when I say it would be real easy to judge me (6'3", 315 lbs)
He's very good at encouragement. You can tell that he WANTS you to succeed - he WANTS you to achieve your goals. I'm generally pretty skeptical of all the rah-rah stuff - but you can tell that Rick is sincere.
His workout facility is well equipped and comfortable
I was an athlete at a former life stage, so I know a little about training. I think I'm well equipped to see through any BS - and I haven't seen any from Rick. Here's what I know about Rick professionally:
He knows training - He's got me doing some movements that I haven't seen before that are really effective - I can feel the burn where we're targeting.
And of course, we're doing the 'ol standbys too. Curls, presses, etc., but he's a stickler for proper form - if you're not doing it right, you won't get the benefits - he keeps you focused on form
He's teaching me about training, not just going through the motions. In between exercises, he's teaching me how to listen to my body, what to watch for, what to look for, and what to do when I see those triggers.
Rick knows nutrition - he's giving me solid direction on what to eat, when to eat, and how to get those muscles recovered and ready for the next session.
I would recommend Rick to anyone, young or old, in any kind of shape - It's been a real pleasant experience.