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Questions To Ask A Personal Trainer

Looking for a Personal Trainer but Don’t Know What to Ask?

Let me give you some ideas

(along with my answers so you can learn a little bit more about me.)

Beware of Personal Trainers with fuzzy helmets!

Beware of Personal Trainers with fuzzy helmets!

Personal trainers intimidate people.

I think it is because of the nature of our business. When you meet a personal trainer, you are usually not at your best.

Most of my future clients are down on themselves and feeling a little embarrassed they need to hire a personal training to get them in shape.

They don’t like the way they look or feel and they know they need to do something about it.

Stepping into a gym or meeting with a personal trainer is a weird, alien concept for a lot of people.

I get it. What other profession has this many stereotypes?

  • Big mean steroid guy trainer.
  • Arrogant personal trainer in tank top looking in the mirror more than he looks at you.
  • Mean woman personal trainer stereotype.
  • Beach bunny personal trainer stereotype.
  • Fat guy eating a hot dog with a mustard stain over his “Personal Trainer” logo.

I have seen them all. Yes, they do exist and they all seem to be in no short supply.

Luckily there are a number of us who take this profession seriously.

 

So don’t get intimidated. Most of us are not judgmental and we honestly want to help you.

So with that in mind, here are a few questions you should think about asking.

I pulled these from an interview I did recently.

What advice would you give a client looking to hire a personal trainer?

Don’t base your decision on price. You are making an investment.

If you want a high return on that investment, then talk to a few trainers and go with the one you feel knows how to solve your problem.

The difference between rates with trainers isn’t that much to begin with.

There are very good reasons some trainers try and get clients based on price.

What is Your Fitness Philosophy

Work hard and have fun with your life.

Don’t be the person sipping warm water and eating carrot sticks in the corner while everyone else is drinking wine and eating real food!

Michael Medvig-personal trainer

Things I will do for a cold beer!

Hopefully you can relate to this. Many of my clients tell me,”I wish I had called you a long time ago”. I joke with them and tell them that nobody every calls me first!

I think it is human nature. Most people need to get in shape and start with the least expensive option. So maybe it is a diet from Facebook, joining a bootcamp or buying a DVD.

And for some people that works…for a while. Most of my clients…in fact all of them have tried those methods and found themselves frustrated with lack of progress and/or injured.

That is where I come in. Combine my in home training with my online training and you have a comprehensive system for re-shaping your body. Fat loss is a by-product of getting healthy.
1. We need to fix joint pain and movement issues with corrective exercise.
2. We need to find an eating pattern that you can live with.
3. We need to work on flexibility and mobility so you don’t get injured.
4. We need to to get you lean and strong.

You won’t be successful with #4 unless you work on #1-#3.

That is why I have been selected as Trainer of the year in Parker for the last 3 years.

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By the way, I come to you. If you have equipment that is great. If not, not problem. I always carry a bunch of exercise stuff with me.

If this sounds good, give me a call and we can schedule a free 30 minute consult to see if this is right for you.

What do you enjoy about your job?

The most enjoyable thing about what I do is show people that they are a lot better than they think they are.

People come to me and they are at a crossroads. Some lack confidence, have body issues, a lack of self-confidence and are generally at a low point.

Getting in shape is more about changing the way you think than the actual exercises.

Exercises are exercises. You can find them anywhere on line.

Although I see some truly awful ideas, most of the workout programs will produce some good results.

The key is not finding the right workout.

The key is working with a coach that can unlock or breakthrough those things holding you back from achieving success. That is what I enjoy about my job.

How did you get started in this line of work?

Fitness coaching is one of the few professions where you can help change a life.

I started out as the most unlikely candidate to have a career in fitness. I was a tall, gangly, goofy teenager with asthma.

Life sucked and I thought getting bigger and stronger would be a solution to my terrible life. And it was but it wasn’t easy.

Along the way I have made every mistake in the book and fallen for almost every scam. But I learned from it.

I was never a natural athlete. Everything I have I had to work for.

I am not this stud who was born with a six-pack from the womb. I have studied the science of getting in shape and really what it means to be in shape.

In fact, I am still learning after 35 years of working out. I think that makes me relatable to my clients in a way a lot of trainers aren’t.

So in a way I feel obligated to help others.

What type of clients do I work with?

small group personal trainingClients are 30 to 75. I actually prefer working with older clients because they are less concerned with looking good than feeling good. The one thing I have learned is that fat loss is a by-product of getting in shape. If you can’t move well, you will never be able to do the work you need to make a meaningful change in the way you look.

What support do you offer?

The biggest reason people don’t reach their goals is a lack of consistency. That is why I developed my online training system to help clients when I am not there. For only $10/month (yes that is only .32 a day) you get full access to my exercise library, workouts, workout calendar and more. It is just another tool to help you stay on track. Click here to find out more about my online training.

What is the typical process of working with a new client?

1. I offer a free 30 minute consultation. This is not a sales pitch. This is an opportunity for us to talk and see if this is a good fit. I can only train so many people. I need to make sure that the potential client will be a good fit for me and is comfortable with my training style.
2. We set goals. Realistic goals.
3. I look at body mechanics and work up a plan to make sure you can move without pain.
4. We look at eating and come up with a plan that you can follow.
5. We start working out and track the progress.

What is your pricing?

$55 an hour for one-on one.
$70 an hour for groups of 2-5 (everybody splits the cost. Not $70 apiece)
$10/month for online training

What things should a prospective client think about before hiring a trainer?

The number one problem is that people think there is a shortcut to getting in shape and losing weight.

There are more effective ways than others but even the most effective method demands effort, consistency and time.

The second problem is that the general public thinks all trainers are the same.

The truth is we are all wildly different in our approaches.

Just because your prospective trainer looks good in a tank top doesn’t mean they know what they are doing.

The third problem is that most people I meet are filled with misconceptions about fitness.

Either they are still living in the eighties or they repeat stuff from infomercials.

The science behind fitness has changed drastically so all I ask is that you have an open mind to some ideas that may not make sense to you.

Describe a recent project you worked on.

My greatest project is myself. If anyone thinks they have this fitness thing figured out they are lying to you. I am a strength guy but I can also run half-marathons and complete Spartan races. I do this to challenge myself and see if I can do it. I would urge everybody to fire up their imaginations and sign up for something that will challenge them. A little fear is a great motivator to make a change.

If you would like to find out more about my in home or online personal training, click here.

 

Why Personal Training Doesn’t Work.

 

Personal training doesn’t work.

I hate to be the one to say this, but it really doesn’t. While I am at it, I don’t think diet centers work either. I had this thought today and I have been trying all day to disprove it. And I can’t.

When you think of a personal trainer, what do you think of? A kid at 24 hour Fitness that shows you how to use the machines?

“This is a chest press. It works your chest.”

“This is a leg press, this works your legs”.

What I am saying is this. A trainer shows you how to use equipment and how to do the exercises. What else do they really do?

What does a diet center do?  The same thing.

“Eat this and swallow these pills and weigh in at the end of the week.”

Do you need this?

I mean, I have all this stuff on my website and it is free! If you want to learn how to use a chest press machine, there are hundreds if not thousands of videos on YouTube.

How many blogs talk about fat loss and nutrition?

What about Corrective Exercise?

All the information is out there. To be fair, some people can make progress. But there is a difference between progress and change. What happens when you stop going to the diet center? What happens when you stop going to the gym?

That is why I think trainers have a limited role in fitness. What you need is a coach and yes there is a difference.

Example 1: When I first started using my Ipad to shoot videos I needed help. I went right to YouTube and found some helpful videos that showed my how to operate the video camera. Problem solved.

Example 2: When I wanted to grow my fitness business I hired a coach. I wanted someone who knew my industry and could look at what I was doing and give me advice. What was I doing right and what did I need to fix? This is personal stuff and there is no way can I find this on a YouTube channel. I didn’t want generic advice or motivational speeches. I wanted to make a change.

Of all the clients I have trained, I can’t think of a single one that hasn’t tried to do it themselves. Getting back in shape is easy when you are young and gets more difficult as you get older. Throw in old injuries, aches and pains and the job of getting fit gets exponentially harder.

You may be in the same situation in your life. Everybody is different and has different needs. Whether you train with me in your home, in a small group or online, I want to deliver a true coaching experience.

Want to know the true secret to getting back in shape? It isn’t the exercises. You know what exercises you need to do. It isn’t nutrition. I think by this time everyone knows what they should eat more of and what they need to eat less of.

The value of a coach

The key is having someone coaching you to the next level. Someone who can watch what you are doing and make changes. Someone you can call, email or text with questions as they come up. A coach is someone who has a vested interest in you and will work with you.

I can attest that hiring a coach can be a difficult decision. You are going to hear things you don’t want to hear and asked to do things that you may not want to do. You may get taken out of your comfort zone. But isn’t that what change is all about?

As a coach, I need to figure out:

  • A solution for you that you can fit into your lifestyle.
  • A program that you will do even when I am not there.
  • A way to make practices become habits and habits become lifestyles.

At least that is my philosophy. Sound like something you have been looking for? If so, please fill out the form below and we can det up a free, no-obligation consultation.

I offer:

  • One on one personal training
  • Small group 2-6 people sessions. (a great way for the family to workout or some friends to get together)
  • Online Training
  • Individual phone or Skype consultations.

Contact Me

I offer in home and online personal training. This is customized training directed at achieving your goals. I offer a free 30 minute consultation and would love to talk with you. Just fill out the consult form and I will be in touch with you. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Should Diabetics Exercise?

personalShould you workout with weights if you are diabetic?

Being diagnosed with Diabetes changes your life. It is a shocker. Luckily in a number of cases you actually have time to reverse the effects before it becomes permanent. Over 29.1 million Americans have been diagnosed as having diabetes and another 86 million are pre-diabetic.

So what does Science say?

The research is overwhelmingly in favor of exercise.

Here are a few reasons exercise helps (info courtesy of the PTDC)

Sorry if this gets a bit technical.

Exercise:

  • Increases glucose uptake in skeletal muscle via insulin-dependant and insulin-independant mechanisms.
  • Lowers fasting blood sugar levels.
  • Improves fat oxidation.
  • Can reduce systolic blood pressure and LDL levels.
  • Can elevate mood. Help stave off depression.
  • Lower hemoglobin A1C levels
  • Reduce cardiovascular morbidity.

So what all does this mean and how much work is this going to take?

Good questions. It means you need to get moving. Walking is a good start but if you really want to make progress consider lifting weights. I work with people who need to make massive changes in their life and have a few pre-diabetic clients. To be honest, they usually are my hardest workers. They realize the stuff has hit the fan and they need to change immediately.

 

So far everyone has made huge progress. I love it when my people stop fearing the visit to the Doctor. Would you believe they look forward to the lab testing  because they know the results will be better than the last time?

Some people can do this themselves and some people need a little coaching. If you fall into the latter category I would suggest hiring a competent personal trainer. The eating will be simple enough. Reduce carbs and up the protein and fats. The hard part will be changing the way you eat. The other tricky part will be starting your exercise program at a level where you can make steady progress without hurting yourself.

If you need any help with that, let me know. I offer one on one training, small group training, online training and nutrition coaching.

If you are interested in online coaching starting at $10/month, click here.

Contact Me

I offer in home and online personal training. This is customized training directed at achieving your goals. I offer a free 30 minute consultation and would love to talk with you. Just fill out the consult form and I will be in touch with you. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Podcast 11: Super Bowl, Ken Dolls and Rites of Passage

Podcast 11: Super Bowl, Ken Dolls and Rites of Passage

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In this episode I tackle the following topics:

  • The Super Bowl
  • Great NFL Quarterbacks
  • Neil Peart of Rush
  • Technique
  • The Human Ken Doll
  • The Man Whose Arms Exploded
  • Why We Lift Weights
  • Rites of Passage

Podcast 10: Overtraining and a Rant about Men’s Fitness Magazine

Podcast 10: Overtraining and a Rant about Men’s Fitness Magazine

 

Episode 10

Episode 10

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Congrats to me on episode number 10! In here you will find:

  • Online personal training coming Feb. 14 2014
  • Artist of the week: The Almighty and The Black Star Riders.
  • Question of the Week: How many days should I train? when should I take a day off?
  • 3 Things you need to buy at Costco.
  • Why Dieting is ineffective and why lifting weights rules.
  • A 10 minute rant about the strange and bizarre world of Men’s Fitness magazine.

Post 120: Arnold Is Now Working at Gold’s Gym

Even when Arnold is goofing around at Gold’s Gym he givesout better advice than most trainers. Ha!

Long live Howard the gym manager!

P.S. if you are the kind of person that would rather listen to me rather than read, then y0u need to get in on my podcast. The M Factor Fitness Funkcast. 30 minutes of fitness stuff, goofing around and general good times. Get it here on Itunes or here at podbean.com

Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitnessandnutrition.com

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Tweet with me @mfactormike

Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved.

Podcast 7: Christmas Goodies for Your Home Gym

Episode 7: Christmas Goodies for Your Home Gym

 

 

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Episode 7: Christmas Goodies for Your Home Gym

December 28, 2013

Episode 7: Goodies for your home gym.

Why do people buy so much useless crap for their gyms?
I can only hope it isn’t too late for me to save you a little cash and keep you from having to put your abdominator on Craigs list.
 

Podcast 8: Are Vitamins Worthless?

Episode 8: Are Vitamins Worthless?

 

 

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January 10, 2014

This may be the best podcast yet. I tackle the study that came out saying that vitamins are basically worthless. Are they right? Am I right? Take 27.02 minutes and check it out.

 

Podcast 9: Where to Train- Gyms vs. Fitness centers vs. Rec centers

Episode 9: Where to Train- Gyms vs. Fitness centers vs. Rec centers

 

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 January 12, 2014

The editing is choppy here but I think I cover some good stuff. You should get a couple chuckles out of this one.

 
Topics Discussed:
  • The mystery of the appendix.
  • Snowblowing vs. snow shoveling: A moral quandry.
  • Gyms vs. Fitness centers vs. Rec centers.
  • A rant about a trainer I saw at the Rec center.
  • I try to be nice to Curves.
  • I insult runners, pilates and yogis (in a nice way).
Online Training coming in February!
 

Post 95: Leg And Butt Kicker Killer Circuit: Can You Take The Challenge?

Butt workout Supremo #butt exercises, #glutes, #circuit training, #leg workout

Workout courtesy of http://fit-is-confident.tumblr.com/post/17101750339/anytime-d

Look at what I found on Pinterest! As much as I would like to take credit for this, the credit here goes to http://fit-is-confident.tumblr.com/post/17101750339/anytime-d. Or send them a nasty note if you want. I guess it depends on how you feel afterward.

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Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. |

 

 

 

 

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