What type of education and certification do Personal Trainers need?

All of our trainers hold a national certification as a personal trainer or strength and condition specialist. National certifications such as the NSCA, NASM, ACSM or ACE require that all candidates obtain continuing education in order maintain their certifications. In addition, many our trainers have degrees in a health related fields, posses state licensure in their respected disciplines and have decades of experience.

How often should I work with a Personal Trainer?

The training frequency depends on the individual’s specific needs, goals, motivation level, financial commitment and personal preference. In some cases a client may see a trainer as frequently as 3-4 times per week and as infrequently as once a quarter. Some folks need greater frequency when they are just beginning a program, are looking to “jump start” their fitness program, or when they have a time sensitive goal that they are trying to achieve. Some individuals are looking for additional accountability and come in on a one session per week frequency. Some individuals are very motivated and capable exercising independently but like coming on a once a month basis for updating and progressing their program. The Majority of our clientele who are looking for Technical Expertise, Guidance, Motivation and Accountability receive training 2x/week. An experience trainer can help you to figure out which training frequency will best work with your personal situation. In addition to the One-on One trainer time you will be given recommended guidelines of training that you should be doing on your own.

How long are the training sessions?

Training sessions are typically 1 hour long. We often encourage our clients to stay a little after their session to work on additional programming when needed. For example we frequently will teach pre routine warm-up programs and post exercise stretching routines that we recommend you come in a little early or stay after a session to complete.

What happens at the initial fitness assessment appointment?

The fitness assessment process is tailored toward the individual’s specific goals and goal setting is a integral component of the fitness assessment. For example a college athletes fitness assessment will be very different from a middle-aged sedentary person’s assessment, as their goals will likely be very different too. There are some similarities with regard to general range of motion and functional movement screen testing. Similarities exist in testing baseline screening of vitals such as resting heart rate, blood pressure, body composition testing and anthropometric measurements. Sub-maximal cardiovascular assessments can be done treadmills or bicycles and will also be more specific to the individual’s physical ability. Muscular strength, endurance and power testing is individual and sport specific too. In some cases agility testing is conducted as well as performance metrics such as timed 40 yard, 1 mile or 1.5 mile run, vertical jump, long jump, and hop tests.

What if I am completely new to exercise?

Each trainer works with each client based on their current fitness level of the individual and their specificgoals. The advice given is individually tailored to help the client make steady progress towards achieving a higher level of fitness and well-being. Our goal is to provide you with empowering and guiding fitness advice, teach you how to safely and effectively use your body, and to educate you on how to incorporate fitness in your lifestyle.

What is a medical release and when is it necessary?

A medical release consists of a note from a healthcare provider stating any necessary exercise restrictions and/or provisions, or in most cases will state that the client has been cleared to exercise with no restrictions. Clients with a known medical condition (i.e., cardiovascular, metabolic, pulmonary, orthopedic, etc.) may be required to obtain medical clearance from a healthcare provider before they can work with a trainer. Clients with symptoms suggestive of a clinical condition, or with multiple risk factors, may also be required to get clearance. Your trainer will let you know if you need to obtain a medical release.

How do I get started?

Call or email to get started, we will ask you some pre participation screening questions to get to know you a little better and try to fit you with a compatible trainer.