What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
When I'm working with a client, the most important thing that I want the client to realize is that fitness is only one aspect of overall health. While it is an important one, too often individuals ignore or don't give much attention to other vital aspects of health that tend to be the primary drivers behind why they cannot achieve their result. Before the onset of training with a new client, I take an extensive inventory of the health history of the client, going over all musculoskeletal, hormonal, neuromuscular, and digestive issues that have been/are currently present. We take a look at nutrition and sleep habits, movement habits, and relationships that are in the clients life. From there, we go over an initial movement screen, looking at the strength and mobility at each segment of the body, from the toes to the nose. Current research is very clear that the body operates in a chain reaction. With this in mind, it necessitates the need to assess the ENTIRE body for assymetries and muscle weaknesses. The outcomes of the movement screen provides the blue print for the program design of the client, blending the wants of the client with the needs of their body, with the health and well being of the client always at the forefront.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have 10 years of in the trenches experience working with clients. In addition, I graduated from the University of Texas Masters program in Kinesiology. During this time, I had the good fortune of working with the UT Men's and Women's Basketball program for 2 years. After getting my Masters, I became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA, and Corrective Exercise Specialist through the NASM, PTA Global Certification and Advanced Certification back in 2011 and 2012. More recently, I have become very interested with Chain Reaction Biomechanics and the principles, strategies, and techniques of the Gray Institute. I became Certified in Applied Functional Science, and then, a Fellow of Applied Functional Science through a 40 week mentorship program. At the conclusion of this mentorship, I also became certified in Functional Manual Reaction. Being certified in FMR allows me the ability to use hands-on technique to achieve the right muscle motion and joint reactions that are authentic to the human, to help clients get out of pain, move better, and perform better.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
• (In-studio)- $40/30min; $60/45min; $80/hour
• (Travel)- $100/45min; $120/hour *Price based on travel to the Downtown area
• Small group- Price varies based on duration & number of participants
• Skype- $30/30min; $40/45min; $60/hour
How did you get started doing this type of work?
When I was in high school, I always was fond of the idea of taking an individual through a complete transformation of mind body and spirit. Too often, individuals get caught up in the "more is better" mentality when it comes to their health... I need to cut more calories, I need to exercise more intensely... etc. All the while, not giving any attention at all to the spirit of the individual, the movement quality of the individual, the quality of nutrients the individual is consuming, the quality of sleep they are having, the relationships the individual actually has in their life.... all of these other factors play a tremendous role in goal achievement. I take pride in going into more depth with these factors and show individuals if, where, and how they are lacking in their life.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I've had the pleasure of working with collegiate and professional athletes, stay at home moms, business executives, doctors, lawyers, high school athletes, elderly clientele, and even elementary and middle school aged kids.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
A client of mine who I've been working with for quite some time had an mcl tear as a result of an accident that happened while he was wake surfing. He ended up getting surgery, had less than stellar rehabilitation with a physical therapist, and came back to work with me being 3 months behind on his post-operative rehabilitation. Through careful assessment, appropriate exercise selection and progression, testing and retesting functional performance, we were able to get him back to very close to 100%. He now enjoys cutting, jumping, running, playing vigorous tennis, and regular lower body strength training sessions to maintain good strength in the joint and the surrounding musculature.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
I always tell prospective clients the following when it comes to selecting someone to guide you in your health and fitness endeavors:
- Look for at least a bachelors degree in a related field... Kinesiology, Teaching and Coaching, Nutrition, Exercise Science, etc. If they don't have this, then they absolutely must have a handful of certifications that are up to date. Look for the big 3: ACSM, NASM, NSCA. These are the industry standards. These are the bare basics of personal training education and certifications.
- look for satisfied customers. What are their clients saying about them? How long have they been working together? High retention rate = satisfied customers. If you see trainers constantly looking for new business, it might be because they don't know how to provide value to their clients.
- How much in the trenches experience do they have?
- What are they doing for continuing education? Good trainers will try to attend at least 1 conference, or complete 1 certification per year. If your trainer isn't up to date with new research and learning from the best, maybe it's time to find a new trainer.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
In addition to the advice given in the previous question, I would strongly recommend that prospective clients consider the following:
- be honest with your reasoning for hiring a trainer. If you have limitations, speak up. This may mean physical, emotional, psychological limitations. Being honest and up front will only help your trainer help you better.
- Be ready to commit and be all in. No matter what a trainer promises you, at the end of the day, if you aren't committed to making positive changes in your life, then you aren't ready to make changes. A good trainer will have a plan to guide you down from the very beginning, no matter what your starting point is.
- Be aware of wants vs. needs. For example, while your goal may be fat loss, and you desire to exercise intensely to do this, if you have joint pain while attempting to exercise intensely, this is your body telling you that something is not working right. You absolutely should not work through this pain. An experienced movement professional (like myself) will most likely be able to determine what the problem is, how to resolve the issue, and figure out alternative ways to help you achieve your goal.
- know that anything worth value will take time. This means months, years, and continued effort throughout life. The clients I work with know that I am there as a humble facilitator, guiding them through the treacheries of the fitness industry that we get inundated with... fad diets, HIIT training, ketosis dieting, etc. While some individuals will get results with these "buzz" words, many times the journey to get to the desired destination is too difficult, not sustainable, which leads to derailment and a much more frustrated client. At the end of the day, NOTHING will replace healthy movement, whole, REAL foods, proper sleep and stress management, exercise and healthy relationships. Consistently strive for these entities, and watch your happiness and satisfaction go through the roof.