2. Coach Parker Fitness, LLC
- 4 years in business
- Serves Ogden, UT
When choosing a personal trainer, everyone should have high standards. We're paying decent money and we expect (injury-free) results. This means a good trainer has personality, credentials, workout variety, a science-based methodology, the necessary experience and expertise, and availability.
Personality is probably the most important criteria and Parker wins. He's exceptionally easy to get along with, has a great sense of humor (he's witty, too, which I greatly appreciate), and makes workouts entertaining. I get bored with even the hint of a routine, and in the six months I've been training with Parker I've not once fallen victim to boredom. He also creates highly-effective program modification when goals shift, and that level and skill of adaptability is rare. I also expect a scientific approach to fitness and nutrition, and Parker provides that, disagreeing (providing evidence) with the PT party line when it falls outside of evidence-based science.
Being older, I require a level of experience to ensure I get the most out of training while remaining free of injury. I also expect a high level of expertise to I get the maximum benefit from each training session. Parker has both experience and expertise, which means I don't need to worry about injury or that I'll be throwing money away discussing the nutritional and spiritual merits of eating asparagus and mushroom Jell-O out of a quartz bowl while listening to ritual tantric chanting. If, on the other hand, I want to try something new that Parker hasn't done before (this is rare), he'll do the research, find the relevant scientific information, and create or modify a program around that.
All of this means I'm healthier, stronger, and in far better shape than at any other point in my life (even when I was regularly running half marathons). I cannot recommend Parker enough."