2. Nathan DeMetz Personal Training
- 6 years in business
- 30 hires on Thumbtack
"I am a medical professional who also serves in the military reserve. My initial over goal in choosing to work with a personal trainer was to increase upper body strength. I decided to go the route of an online personal trainer due to time constraints and hoping to do majority of the workouts either at home in my apartment or at the apartment fitness center where I live. Nathan was very thorough in utilizing his intake form by asking about what my fitness goal was in addition to asking about what kind of equipment or gym access I had in order to devise a workout plan that would work best for me. The initial week involved performing exercises that he assigned so that he could get a first look baseline at what I was capable of doing which enabled him to come up with a good following week workout plan for me.
Within the first couple of weeks or so in working with Nathan, I was disrupted by being activated to respond to the Hurricane Harvey natural disaster. I let him know about my situation as I was only given a one day notification before I had to report and leave to go on a humanitarian mission. Nathan was very understanding of my situation and encouraged me to keep him updated if I could about when I might expect to return home so that we could continue on our journey together in helping me reach my physical fitness goals. I would have continued the workout while I was away, but I did not have access to any gyms or equipment that I needed in order to continue with the workouts that he had been assigning me. He ensured me that the weeks I missed due to my situation would not be deducted from the amount of time that I had paid for initially to train with him. After three weeks being away, I returned home and let Nathan know as soon as I knew when I expected to be back and was able to continue on with training with him.
Throughout our time together, I continued to have interruptions in my schedule that made it challenging to work around such as an out of town medical conferences and long drill weekends that caused me not to have the typical access I expected to have to the few pieces of equipment that I made the decision to purchase to be able to perform my workouts in my apartment or my apartment fitness center. However, Nathan did a great job working with me in adjusting which days I would complete the workout in order to get it in. I fell ill with an upper respiratory virus a few weeks ago that caused me some energy loss and strength. I did the best I could during those workouts and made notes about how I was feeling and annotated the reasons why I thought I was only able to perform a certain amount of reps or run a certain speed/distance based on the energy level I felt that day. Nathan was encouraging and understanding and, if anything, supported my overall well-being with his feedback during that time and altered my workouts for those weeks in order to ensure that I was taking some time to rest and recover as well. I’ve felt my energy and strength have returned since then.
I only have a couple weeks left with him in my training cycle and will soon be deploying where I will have limited access to the internet which is the main reason why I am ending my strength training subscription that I enrolled in with him. I am however purchasing a bronze workout template from him in order to continue working out with some great guidance while I am away to reference and use as I continue down my path of striving towards increase my upper body strength. Prior to joining his program, I was not able to perform dips very well in addition to a slew of other upper body exercises. I have also improved my run time in a matter of weeks. His program is effective if you put in honest effort, and do your best to stick to it to the best of your abilities."