Frequently Asked Questions

Are you a real person?

Yes, of course I am a real person who is happy, willing and able to help you with your health and wellness. How may I help you with Personal Training, Health Coaching and Group Fitness Instruction?

I never worked with a Personal Trainer before; how does this work?

I meet with you at your location. I do a thorough interview consultation to find out what you need and want from your Personal Training, Health Coaching or Group Fitness program. You only answer the questions you are comfortable talking about with me. The more you tell me, the better I am able to help you. I ask about your past and present medical history, past and present fitness endeavors, past and present diets, and past and present attempts to reach goals. I also need your photo identification card, contact information, address, doctors’ names, addresses and contact information. A waiver must be signed by both of us according to insurance requirements. All information is kept confidential and stored safely.

My last trainer hurt me. How do I know you will do right by me?

I am certified with American Council on Exercise and have ten years experience of personal training people of many backgrounds, ages, conditions and abilities. I work with your wishes, needs and wants along with your doctors’ instructions, if necessary. I train you according to your abilities, not mine. I am hired by you for your best interest and take my job seriously. As a professional, I do my best to take good care of you so you get results safely and comfortably. All my clients are safe, well and happy.

Do you help me with nutrition?

Yes, I am trained as a Fitness Nutrition Specialist to show you the proper way to eat with some fun ideas along the way. You will get results while still enjoying your current lifestyle.

Do you provide meal plans?

No, specific meal plans are outside my scope of practice as a Personal Trainer, Health Coach and Group Fitness Instructor. You will want to work with a Registered Dietitian for detailed personal meal plans.

Do you accept credit cards?

No, I only accept cash and check. This way I keep my costs down which are passed on to you.

How do you take payments?

Your options are to pay me: (1) at the end of each session, (2) for a week’s worth of sessions in advance, or (3) for up to a month’s worth of sessions in advance. The payment options are flexible to work with your wishes. I need full payment at the conclusion of the current visit before I meet with you again.

When do I meet with you?

You and I make appointments that fit into our schedules. The schedule is open and available on a first come, first serve basis.

How often do we meet?

You want to train with me three times a week for best results. Two meetings with a Personal Trainer/Health Coach/Group Fitness Instructor is good if you take care of yourself the rest of the week. Once a week and once a month check ups are also an option. You must show me that you are able to do your program with proper form and that you understand all the directions, if you choose to exercise independently.

What did I sign?

You sign the interview consultation forms to say that you answer the questions to the best of your knowledge so I am able to design the best program for you to follow.

I do not want to sign up for long-term contracts. Did I sign a long-term contract?

No, you will not sign a long-term contract; because,  I do not utilize long-term contracts. I am here to help you as you wish.

What if I want to work out on my own?

That is great. I am able and happy to design a program for you with all the directions you need. We will design a customized health and fitness program together. You and I are a team; but, you do need to do the work. Many people have NAPS 2 B Fit notebooks to use at home, the gym, or on the road, at their leisure. For your safety, you do need to prove that you understand the directions and use proper form before I am comfortable letting you exercise independently.

How many sessions does it take before I can work out on my own?

Typically, it takes a minimum of four sessions to iron out all the kinks for you to have the right health and fitness program that works for you.

How long is the first consultation? What is involved?

The first consultation usually lasts two hours and can take up to three hours. You answer the typical questions that are not very personal: age, address, etc. The more I know about you, the better I am able to help you reach your goals. I will also, with your permission, weigh you, do a body fat measurement and other body measurements with a tape measure. The choice is yours to have physical testing done or not; but, I highly recommend you have something measured to get a starting point for designing your program.

I don’t like to exercise; so, how can I lose weight?

That is one of my specialties: Weight Management and Health Coaching. I will find out what works for you and we will put that into practice. I work with what you are willing to do. You have many options to choose from for your success.

I don’t like to diet; so, how can I lose weight?

That is another one of my specialties: Fitness Nutrition Specialist, Health Coach and Weight Management. I show you what you need to do to get the results you desire. I make suggestions and you choose your option.

Why is Personal Training, Health Coaching and Group Fitness Instruction so expensive?

You get more than what you pay for with me. My services are professional and worth up to $100.00 per hour. I pay for: insurance, continuing education, taxes, vehicle, equipment, office and business expenses throughout the year whether I am training you or not. I spend eight hours or more behind the scenes working for you for every hour I spend with you. I work 24/7 to stay current with the ever-changing  health and fitness industry.

Do you work with children?

Yes, of course, another specialty of mine: Youth Fitness and Punk Rope. The parents/guardians need to be present for minors who are under 18 years of age to sign  paperwork and make payments.

Will you check how I use my gym equipment to make sure I am using proper form?

Yes, I can do a quick consultation. I will have you sign a waiver and do a quick interview to make sure you are doing what is safe for you. It does no good for me to just watch you perform a move with proper form if I find out that the move is contraindicated for you for some reason or another. It is my job to keep you safe and I take that responsibility very seriously.

Do you do physical therapy?

No, physical therapy is outside my scope of practice as Personal Trainer; but, I am able to work with you when you are finished with your physical therapy.

Can you help my older adult parents who have joint issues?

Yes, that is another one of my specialties: Orthopedic Exercise. I enjoy working with our wiser population to help keep them mobile and independent. Aging at home is something  I encourage passionately. There are many things you can do to take care of yourself and remain safe in your own home.

What is Punk Rope?

Thank you for asking. Punk Rope is a total body workout for all ages and fitness levels. This class is a mix of  fun-filled playtime, boot camp, games, single and group drills with a jump rope. The creator, Tim Haft, likes punk music and jump rope; so, he calls the class Punk Rope. I let you play the music you enjoy; but, only after the first session with punk music so you get the full experience of the creator’s design. This class is family friendly, taken by two-year olds up to over seventy-year olds. You will learn how to do jump rope tricks to wow your friends and family.

Is the punk music too loud and noisy?

No; Tim Haft of Punk Rope did a great job of creating a punk music mix to satisfy all ears, young and older alike. I keep the music playing at a safe level in the background only, so you are able to hear my instruction. The punk music is family friendly, as is all music selection used for group sessions.

Do you do massages?

No, touching you is outside my scope of practice as a Personal Trainer. I do show you how to do self massage for relief.

What is the difference between a Personal Trainer and a physical therapist?

A Personal Trainer works with people who are “well” for the most part who are cleared for exercise. A physical therapist works with people who are “sick” at the moment and need specialized care. I help you decide, through phone call or messaging, what the best route is for you at the moment.