1Why did you decide to become a Personal Trainer and what is your philosophy?
Since I was a teenager, I have had a passion for fitness and health. I find the science behind how the body functions, muscular strength improvement, metabolism functioning (weight management), nutrition, and physical performance intensely intriguing. Due to this growing love for fitness and my desire to help people become the best version of themselves that they can be, I decided to get certified as a Personal Trainer. In addition to being a Certified Master Fitness Trainer, I have earned many other special certifications, while also earning my Bachelors Degree in Exercise Science. Over the years, I have worked with many people of different ages, goals, and fitness levels, including many with disabilities and health concerns. I feel it’s a blessing to be able to meet and work with everyone I come across and I feel it’s my personal responsibility to ensure that trust, satisfaction, and personal improvement are always a priority.
2Why do I need a Personal Trainer?
Individuals often assume that as the body becomes stronger and more familiar with the exercises performed each week, the workouts will eventually start to feel easier. However, a big advantage to working with a seasoned trainer is that he possesses the knowledge to dictate the training so as to keep your body guessing and moving forward at a reasonable rate. When exercises are progressed frequently and consistently, the body never truly adapts to the workout, making each training session feel just as challenging as the one before.
3Do I need to take dietary supplements?
The majority of clients do not require dietary supplements unless they present with a documented vitamin deficiency or they are not consuming a balanced diet. Using supplements as an alternative to a sound diet can lead to deficits of other nutrients. It is healthier, and easier for the body to absorb and utilize, to acquire vitamins and minerals from whole food sources as opposed to obtaining them from a pill.
4What is the best way to lose fat?
Exercises that incorporate several major muscle groups and are weight bearing will utilize more calories per minute, and thus are going to be better suited for fat loss. The amount of adipose tissue burned after a workout depends, in part, on the exercise intensity during the workout. While both strength training and endurance exercise have been shown to decrease body fat percentage, a combination of endurance and strength training results in more fat loss than either exercise regimen alone, as well as proper nutritional intake.
5How are training session packages and programs designed?
I offer a wide variety of training packages of 60-90 minute Personal Training sessions, partner training sessions, and group training sessions. Each program is customized to the individual based off their physical fitness level, fitness assessments, and personal fitness goals. I provide multiple package options that are designed to provide the best results while simultaneously giving you multiple financial options, making this life changing investment less stressful, less of a financial burden, and more enjoyable and rewarding.
6How many days per week do I need to work out?
Depending on your health and fitness goals, you'll need to commit to a minimum of 3 days of exercise each week to see results. Any fewer than that and each workout will feel like you're starting all over again each and every time. The general recommendation is that all healthy adults need to be performing a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise, 75 minutes of vigorous intensity exercise, or a combination of moderate and vigorous intensity exercise per week. Resistance training and flexibility training should be practiced at least twice per week. Don't forget that you can break these recommended workout times into smaller chunks if necessary. Not having enough time to exercise is no longer an acceptable excuse.
7What are the best exercises for getting rid of unwanted fat in specific areas?
Excess fat on the belly, upper arms and inner thighs doesn't typically occur in isolation. If you've got it there, chances are you've got it everywhere. You can't spot reduce. No exercise will target fat cells in just one part of the body. You need to target them all via exercise and proper nutrition. If you really want to see muscle definition, first we will reduce subcutaneous fat that is blocking the appearance of muscle, then by consistently following a strength training program designed for muscular hypertrophy, muscle development and definition will soon follow. (This is where having a personal trainer comes in handy).
8How frequently should I see a trainer?
The ideal frequency of personal training sessions varies from person to person. Just getting started with exercise and healthy eating? Need regular motivation and support to get to the gym? Have an injury that you're working through? You'll probably need to see a trainer once or twice each week. Many of my weekly clients reduce their frequency of personal training sessions to once a week or bi-weekly once they've demonstrated the ability to consistently get to the gym and progress through their exercises as recommended. However, I ensure that they know they can contact me anytime on any day if any questions or concerns should arise or if they would like to schedule an appointment.