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Q. I hate exercise. Why would I want to exercise more?

A. If you're here, you already have some idea of why exercise is good for you, whether you want to fit into your jeans better or your doctor has told you it's time to get off the couch before your heart stops working. Luckily, the more you exercise consistently, the less it will be a pain and the more you will start to feel good about it. Your body will start to feel better and your mood will even start to improve - exercise has been proven to help improve mental health. A personal trainer can also help you find exercise that you enjoy and a plan you are more likely to stick with.

Q. What's the value in using a personal trainer versus a regular exercise class, or just working out by myself? 

A. A personal trainer serves many purposes. One is to motivate you by developing a rapport with you and finding out what you need to stay on track. The trainer will work with you on a complete plan including what is done outside of sessions to ensure you get the results you are looking for. Exercise plans are personalized just for you, taking into account your specific goals, any injuries or weaknesses, likes and dislikes. Sessions are scheduled according to what is convenient for you as opposed to what is convenient for everyone else. A trainer will know what the next step is when you need a new challenge, hit a plateau, get bored or get injured. A trainer can help prevent injury in the first place. A trainer keeps you accountable for the goals you set for yourself.

Q. I'm not interested in long-term training. Can I just meet with you once or twice to learn a few things? 

A. Absolutely!

Q. What is involved in the initial consultation? 

A. During the initial consultation, you will meet your personal trainer and discuss your needs and goals in starting an exercise program. The trainer will assess your health status and whether you may need clearance from your doctor before becoming more active. The trainer will ask questions about your lifestyle and preferences in order to determine the best way to help you achieve your fitness goals.  Baseline measurements such as weight, body fat percentage, resting pulse and circumference measurements will be taken if you are comfortable, and you will have an opportunity to ask questions. 

Q. What can I expect from a training session? 

A. Sessions are different for each person depending on their health and fitness status, goals, preferences, frequency of session and other factors. In general, the session will include cardiovascular, strength and flexibility training and will progress from a warmup period to a more intense workout period followed by a cool-down section and a thorough stretch. The trainer will take the time during or after the workout to discuss concerns and achievements, assign "homework" and assess overall progress. 

Q. What equipment do you use with clients? 

A. Sessions at a fitness center may use cardio equipment like treadmills, eliptical machines and stationary bikes and strength training machines or free weights and other items like stability balls, kettlebells, resistance bands, tubes, etc. I have found that body weight, free weights and other resistance tools give more options and often better results than machines alone and encourage clients to include them in their programs.

 I will bring any necessary equipment to sessions in other locations such as your home, which can include stability balls, dumbells, kettlebells, resistance tubes, bands and other fun stuff. 

I can also show you how to use a minimalist approach - using as little equipment as possible for workouts you can do anytime, anywhere without a gym or any *stuff*! 

Q. How often should I meet with my trainer? 

A. This depends on your goals and needs. Clients may meet with a trainer 1, 2 or 3 times weekly; some may meet more or less often. Those who have already achieved their goals and wish to maintain their fitness gains may meet with a trainer occasionally to reinforce good habits and learn new exercises to vary their workouts. Clients who meet with a trainer once or twice per week will need to do some exercise outside of their sessions. The trainer will discuss safe and effective individual workouts with these clients and assist them in accountability by reviewing written weekly schedules when meeting.

Q. What should I wear to my sessions? What should I bring? 

A. You should wear comfortable clothing that you can move fully in and which will dry quickly. Cotton shorts or sweatpants and a t-shirt will work well. Footwear should be supportive (like tennis shoes) and not readily fall off (i.e. flip flops or sandals). Socks should be worn. Long hair should be tied back. 

It is recommended that you bring  a water bottle to drink from during exercise and a towel to lie on. You may want to bring a sports drink like Gatorade to drink after your workout. If you enjoy music during exercise, you may bring an iPod or cd. If exercise is to be performed in a public place please keep music selections clean.  

Q. Can you tell me what I shoud be eating, too?  

A. My education as a personal trainer and self-directed research has given me a good grounding in nutrition and I can provide basic nutritional advice to the average client. I encourage the use of food diaries and am more than happy to help clients analyze their diets and suggest improvements. I am not a registered dietician or nutrionist and am not qualified to provide advice to clients needing special diets for medical issues such as diabetes or coronary artery disease, but I will be more than happy to work in cooperation with your doctor or nutritionist to help keep you on track.  

Q. How long will it be until I start to see results?

A. Different people respond to exercise in different ways; results also depend on how consistent you are in training, how often you exercise and other factors such as nutrition. Many people are discouraged because they do not lose scale weight right away - often this is because they are beginning to build muscle and though the scale hasn't budged their clothes will fit better and they may begin to see results in the mirror. Most people will begin to notice strength and endurance gains within a few weeks.