FAQs: Personal Training
Personal Training is a powerful tool that can help you build strength, lose weight, move better, and feel better. A Personal Trainer can help you age with confidence, play with the kids on the floor or play golf without knee pain; fill the gap between post-op physical therapy and your own independent workout; or help you develop a specific skill or reach a specific goal....
Personal Training is a great resource, but it isn't one-size-fits-all. In this article, our professional, experienced trainer answers your most Frequently Asked Questions about Personal Training.
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FAQs about Personal Training
How do I decide if I want to work with a Personal Trainer?
This article addresses some of the questions we have gotten from potential clients who were trying to decide if Personal Training was for them. But if you are unsure, I suggest just calling me! We can meet for a complimentary consultation, in person, over the phone, or virtually, and decide from there.
To contact me, use the Contact form here. Be sure to include your email, or if you'd like me to text or call you, leave your phone number in the message box. Use the check boxes to let me know about the reasons you are interested in personal training, or write a longer message in the box. We'll discuss your past experience, your lifestyle, your goals and needs at a complimentary consultation. After that, I'll let you know if I think I can be of use to you and also make a recommendation for how often I think you should come, and what services will fit your needs.
Do I need a specific goal or problem to work with a Personal Trainer?
No! Personal Training is for everyone. You don't a specific goal in mind nor a major problem. You also don't need prior experience, nor do you need to be at any particular fitness level to get a lot out of working with a trainer. I plan exercises with modifications to accommodate different levels and goals. I offer ranges of reps and weight options. I answer your specific questions, and help you find substitutions if needed, to guide you in getting the most out of every workout.
How should I prepare for my first session?
This article on mindset is a good place to start preparing. At your first session, bring a water bottle, dress in comfortable, breathable clothing - you WILL sweat. Parking is ample and right outside the front door. Try to arrive about 5 minutes early to put your things down, use the restroom, and "switch gears," especially if your day before training has been hectic.
When you arrive, you'll find hooks and cubbies inside the door - please leave all personal items, including keys, phone, extra layers of clothes, bags, etc. there. You'll also find a water cooler - please fill up before we begin. You can stretch on your own, if you'd like, or use the bikes or treadmill to give yourself a light warm up.
Be friendly - say, Hi, to people if anyone is already there. It is a small space and we are all here because we want a better day.
After your workout, you can use the space to stretch or cool down. There is a shower and changing room for your use, so you can clean up before you leave if you want. Drink lots of water, and take time to notice throughout the rest of the day and the next day, how your body feels and moves.
How long is a session? How often should I come and when?
Personal Training sessions are 60 minutes long.
The World Health Organization recommends that adults ages 18+ should do
at least 75–150 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity [per week, and]
should also do muscle-strengthening activities at moderate or greater intensity that involve all major muscle groups on 2 or more days a week, as these provide additional health benefits.
You will meet the minimum WHO recommendation for healthy adults, when you invest in Personal Training 2 days per week; that's 120 minutes of aerobic activity and 2 days of muscle strengthening.
The schedule depends on your needs and my availability. While consistency is key to a successful training routine, I try to accommodate all scheduling requests to the best of my ability. We generally set a commitment, for example, we will see each other on Tuesdays and Friday at 10 am. And then, if we need to make adjustments, we can do that.
Most fitness experts recommend getting some form of physical activity every day, even light or moderate movement. Depending on your fitness goals, you may want to incorporate more than 2 big workouts into your week. Again, use the Contact form on our homepage to tell me about your goals. At our complimentary consultation, we will discuss different schedule and realistic expectations for each.
What happens if I have to miss my scheduled session?
I ask that we agree on a schedule of days and times so that we can both maintain consistency and commitment. Consistency is key to successful, after all!
But life happens! Some of us have unpredictable jobs, families, lives.... If you need to miss your session one day, just contact me ASAP. Knowing early allows me to offer that spot to someone else who may be looking for a make-up time, and helps us all keep the ball rolling a bit easier. The best way is to text me at (859) 333-9402 or email TrainMovePlayPT@gmail.com.
I try to confirm schedule changes within a few hours, so we can figure out a day and time for a make up session.
What if I go on vacation, am injured, or need to pause my training?
No problem. We highly encourage using our auto-draft or ACH recurring payment methods for your membership. That way, your membership can be paused or stopped by either party at any time. You can also email TrainMovePlay@gmail.com to request a pause and we will do it for you. You won't pay for training that doesn't happen.
If you need to take off a month or more, your session time may go to someone else. We will talk about setting a new time, or reclaiming your old schedule, when you return.
What equipment will we use in Personal Training?
Variety is the spice of life, and also the way to avoid burn-out, overuse injury, and plateau. No two workouts are the same, so we will use different equipment each session. But some things you can expect to see are:
Swiss physio balls
barbells and plates
and your own bodyweight!
Can I bring a friend to try Personal Training with me?
From time to time, we have, "Bring-a-Friend," weeks for both Personal Training and Small Group Fitness where we encourage you to bring ALLLL of your friends to check us out! If you have a friend, or a visitor, who wants to join you at another time, I just ask that you speak with me before hand so I can plan accordingly.
If you have a buddy who wants to come regularly, or if you have a group of 3 or 4 people who want to train together, I also offer Buddy Training, Trio Training, and Quad Training price options. Visit the Services page of the website to see pricing.
Can I gift Personal Training to someone?
Yes! Better health makes a fabulous gift! We offer hard copy and digital, printable gift cards, so that you can gift Personal Training to someone. Minimum purchase is one month of training. You can purchase up to one year of training for someone else.
Use the contact form to request a gift card.
We hope this helps answer you FAQs about Personal Training. Ready to get started? Follow this button to Contact Us or email TrainMovePlayPT@gmail.com