1. What makes you different from other trainers or fitness apps?
Reputable certifications, years of experience, ongoing education, and a sincere desire to help others improve. I'm not here to sell gimmicks or quick fixes. My mission is to genuinely connect with my clients and teach skills which allow them to reach goals and be healthy for life.
Please view my certifications and education listed under the “About Me” section. Some of my certification requirements include having completed a bachelor’s degree, passing exams, maintaining a current CPR/AED Certification, undergoing a background screening, and submitting mandatory continuing education credits. These rules ensure I achieve and maintain the necessary skills to safely and effectively deliver coaching and programming.
2. What types of clients do you coach?
Online coaching and remote programming work best for women and men who have had at least some experience strength training. These services are ideal for people who want to build muscle and strength or lose fat, with the guidance of a proven strength coach. Often these folks may have stopped making progress and need more advanced coaching or programming than they can provide themselves.
In-person training is great for women and men who want to get stronger and lose fat but who might be intimidated by or completely new to strength training. I love teaching new lifters how to build the body they aspire to by making real progress lifting weights.
3. How are in-person training and 1:1 online training different?
Face to face coaching is unquestionably the best way to reach your goals. In-person training allows me to educate clients on proper exercise technique and give moment to moment feedback and instruction. I can also make real time adjustments to loads being lifted, exercise selection, or assignment of sets/reps, based on how someone is feeling and moving.
One on one online training is a convenient option to get quality individualized coaching and accountability, without the accompanying price tag or commitment to meeting multiple times per week that come with in-person training.
4. How is 1:1 online training different from remote programming?
Both services provide a completely customized program and communication through text and email. However, 1:1 online training involves a more guided coaching experience which includes an initial movement assessment, a mobile app with exercise video examples, the ability to send workout videos for analysis and feedback, and weekly Skype or phone call check-ins. Online training is better for athletes who may not have had much experience, who want exercise technique help, or who would benefit from the accountability of weekly check-ins.
Remote programming includes the mobile app with exercise video examples but is recommended for athletes with training history, who are confident in their ability to follow a program and execute training on their own.
5. Why should I pay for programming when I can get free workouts online?
All training programs are completely customized based on your training goals, ability level, and training history. I also make adjustments to programming as needed, so you aren't stuck with something you dislike or isn't working. My programming is backed by education, experience, and previous client results/satisfaction.
Much misinformation regarding fitness instruction and health recommendations exist on the internet. Many “trainers” do not have certifications or real life coaching experience. I would suggest performing a quick Google search for reputable training certification bodies and only buy services offered by coaches who have achieved credible accolades.
Beware of programs that do not account for mobility restrictions, previous injuries, or personal ability levels. The fitness industry is a multi-billion-dollar industry that depends on people buying into schemes, hoping for “the next quick fix”.
6. What is a periodized program?
Periodization is a deliberate approach to programming physical training. The program is progressed through training cycles that are designed to achieve performance goals. The body needs recovery time to improve—training loads (weights) and volume (sets/reps) need to be varied to create a proper training stress vs. recovery relationship. Periodization allows maintenance of this balance which ensures continued progress.
7. How will you make sure I have proper exercise technique?
Online training clients will have access to a mobile app with exercise video examples and will also be able to submit exercise videos for analysis and coaching feedback. Technique questions may also be addressed through text, email, or during our weekly 20-minute Skype or phone call check-ins. All methods of communication will receive a response within 24 hours, except on Sunday’s.
8. How often will I get to communicate with you if I purchase 1:1 online training or remote programming?
Online training will involve an initial one-hour Skype intake call during which I will walk you through a simple movement assessment and we will discuss your goals and preferences. You will also receive one weekly 20-minute Skype or phone call check-in. The service includes unlimited text and email access.
As a remote programming client, you have unlimited text and email access. I will return all messages within a 24-hour window, except on Sunday’s.
9. Why can't I communicate with you on Sundays?
Sunday is my designated off day. Thank you for understanding that everyone needs some rest and recovery time. I will return any messages left during that time by end of day Monday.
10. Why do I have to apply for in-person training?
I have very few available in-person client spots. An application allows me to save that valuable and limited time for those who are fully committed to achieving progress. Additionally, I want to ensure I am the right trainer for your specific training goals and history. Some potential clients will have needs that are outside my areas of expertise. In these cases, I believe it best to refer out to a specialist who is more qualified to address the issues (e.g. a Physical Therapist, Chiropractor, or Registered Dietician).
11. How soon will I see results?
Individual results vary greatly from person to person. For best results, consistency is key! Eating enough of the right things is also extremely important. If you do not have a solid understanding of nutrition, seek out knowledge and guidance in that area.
Adding on additional nutrition coaching may be an appropriate choice if nutrition has been a difficult obstacle in the past. For some information to get you started, see my blog post titled, "Nutrition Resources", which includes reference articles and trusted online nutrition services.
12. I want nutrition coaching. Will you give me a meal plan?
Prescribing specific diet plans without a degree in dietetics is illegal. I cannot legally diagnose medical conditions nor can I prescribe diets or supplements to treat medical and clinical conditions or symptoms.
My scope of practice allows me to provide general dietary suggestions and discuss healthy eating strategies and concepts. I am able to determine appropriate calories and macros and counsel you through fat loss/maintenance/weight gain strategies. I am allowed to provide education regarding nutrition principles and offer behavior change coaching to improve dietary habits.
If we are unable to address more advanced issues, I am happy to help you find a credible registered dietician. In the meantime, see my blog post titled, "Nutrition Resources", which includes reference articles and trusted online nutrition services.
13. Do I have to sign a contract?
No, online training and programming services are offered on a month to month basis. Clients may cancel at any time with no extra fee (please sign into the site or contact me to cancel).
Personal training sessions are purchased in session packages. You decide how many sessions you'd like to commit to when you purchase (initial three session minimum).
14. Why do I have to become a site member to make a purchase?
15. Why can't I purchase in-person training online?
Face to face clients may purchase their sessions directly through me using PayPal, QuickPay with Zelle, Venmo, or check.
16. What are your cancellation and refund policies for in-person training?
A 24-hour cancellation notice is required for in-person training sessions. Cancellations less than 24 hours in advance forfeit the scheduled session. More than four cancellations in one month will result in termination of the trainer/client relationship.