Personal Training FAQs
Q: Do I need my own equipment?
A: I have a collection of equipment from over 14 years of personal training. I bring everything you need. Many of my clients buy a few of their own favorite pieces to use when they are not working with me as well.
Q: Do you help with nutrition?
A: Yes. Nutrition is easily 60% of the results one gets from training. Without a healthy eating plan there will be minimal changes. I am not a RD, but I will recommend healthy eating habits one can sustain for a lifetime. We’ll work together to make sure you are complimenting your exercise program with the right nutrition and I will hold you accountable.
Q: What sort of exercises do you recommend?
A: That depends on you, your fitness level, any injuries you may have and your goals. However, generally speaking I recommend functional exercises. Movements that mimic those you do in every day life.
Q: How many days a week do you recommend training?
A: For weight training a minimum of two days per week. For best results, I recommend three. Cardio should be done on those days when you are not lifting or 4-5 days per week.
Q: I don't have a lot of space for training at home. Will that work?
A: I once trained someone in a walk- in closet. True story. Space is not an issue. I can be creative and still give you a great workout.
Q: Do I need a lot of equipment to train at home?
A: I have everything you need for a great workout-including battle ropes, Kettle bells, dumbbells, medicine balls, bands, barbells, TRX, BOSU and more.
Q: Do you offer video workouts?
A: Yes, video workouts are extremely popular now with Covid. After an initial assessment, I customize a program for you and work with you 1:1 via skype or Zoom to take you through your training session.
Q: Is online training available and how does that work?
A: I have been doing online training for over 5 years now. Each client is onboarded with a thorough assessment, including goal setting, health history and measurements, including body fat. Then a custom program is delivered to your phone every week with videos and an easy to follow program unique to you.
Q: Do you work with people with injuries?
A: Over the years I have worked with and helped clients rehab and get stronger after knee replacements, back surgeries, hip replacements, torn rotator cuffs, scoliosis, arthritis and many other injuries as well. We start slow, follow protocols and work together to get you back to an active lifestyle.
Q: I don’t have a lot of space to workout in. Will, that work?
A: I can give you an effective workout in a walk-in closet. We don’t need a lot of space. You just need a customized program to help you achieve your goals.
Q: Where do you travel to?
A: I work throughout Chester County in Downingtown, West Chester, Chester Springs, Malvern, Exton, Westtown, Chadds Ford, Kennett Square, Garnet Valley, and Newtown Square.
Q: What is covered in the assessment?
A: I use an amazing software package called Bodyevolver that asks a series of questions regarding family health history, past and present injuries, body fat measurement, flexibility testing, resting metabolic rate, goal setting, and lifestyle questionnaire. I use all of this information to plan and write a program to help you reach your goals.
Q: Is weight training good for weight loss?
Studies have demonstrated that after a weight-training workout, metabolism can be boosted for up to 38 hours post-workout; this can make a HUGE difference in your daily calorie expenditure, assisting weight loss tremendously if you keep up on your weight training. In order to generate a good post-calorie burn from a cardio workout, you'd have to be doing it for a very long duration of time.
Weight training will enable you to build up more lean muscle mass, which in itself serves as a calorie-burning powerhouse within the body. The more muscle you have on your body, the higher your basal metabolic rate will be and the better the calorie-burning results you will obtain all day long. Since muscle tissue is fairly stable as long as you continue to stimulate it regularly, weight training is an effective long-term strategy for losing body fat.
Weight training also allows for a complete reshape of your body. Cardio training will generally help you lose weight, but this weight loss is typically a combination of fat and muscle. When you are weight training, as well as following a calorie-restricted diet, you are more likely to lose strictly body fat.