Hiring a personal trainer can be intimidating. So this page is dedicated to being a Personal Training FAQ to answer many of the common questions I get asked.
What is your typical process for working with a new client?
When working with a new client, I will first email you a questionnaire with a few questions to help me get to know you. Then, we will schedule a phone call where we can discuss your goals and fitness background in more detail. After that, I will bring you in for a complimentary fitness assessment, where I will take a look at how you move and where you are physically. I will then use all of this information to design a workout program customized for you specifically.
What is your pricing?
Prices start at $110 for a single session. However, I offer a variety of packages to suit your needs and budget.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I am a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and StrongFirst certified bodyweight instructor.
Do you offer any discounts?
I offer a 10% discount to students, military, law enforcement and fire department personnel with proof of ID. Additionally, packages purchased in bulk are cheaper per session.
Do you have a referral program?
If you refer someone to me who up coming in for the one hour intro session, you will receive a free personal training session of your own. If you introduce someone to me who ends up purchasing training sessions, I will pay you a 10% referral commission. This referral program is available to clients and non-clients alike.
What type of clients do you work with?
I work with clients of a variety of different ages and fitness backgrounds. Some are fitness enthusiasts and athletes while others are typical working professionals. Age wise, the youngest are in their teens and the oldest are in their 60s.
What should prospective clients think about before hiring a personal trainer?
Think about why your particular goals are important to you. For example, if you want to lose 20 pounds, think about how that would improve your life. Be specific as well. Does that mean you'd be more comfortable taking your shirt off at the beach? Does that mean your spouse will find you more attractive? Etc. Also think about the negative consequences that will occur if you don't take action right now. Additionally, think about whether or not you are willing to challenge any (limiting) beliefs that you may have. If you don't have a fitness background, you can expect to drink from a firehose when it comes to learning new information. Ask yourself if you are willing to be open to any new ideas that may come along.
What type of training equipment do you use?
I specialize in kettlebells and bodyweight training. However, I am familiar with other types of training tools as well (such as barbells, dumbbells, TRX etc.) and will ultimately use whatever tools and exercises that will progress my clients closer to their goals.
What does a typical training session look like?
Sessions are completely customized for each individual. However, they typically will start with a quick mobility flow and general warm up to get the blood flowing and joints loosened up. Then, we will focus on the most difficult part of the workout. For most clients, this will be either a skill or strength exercise that is typically higher intensity/heavier weight with lower volume. After that is done, we will move onto the assistance exercise phase. These exercises will typically serve a secondary purpose related to the individuals goal such as strength endurance or hypertrophy (building muscle). After that, we will end the session with some conditioning work, mobility and cool down as needed by the individual.
Do you cover nutrition?
Yes I provide nutritional guidelines and tips for all of my clients based on my own experience and research. However, I am not a registered dietitian and do not prescribe specific meal plans.
Banner photo by John Armitage