FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. What sort of activities will I do during my training?

The type of exercises that you perform during training will be influenced by the goals that you identify in your Introductory Consultation.  Most clients will require a cardiovascular or aerobic component to build fitness, aid weight management and improve muscle tone.  This will include, but is not limited to, using cardiovascular equipment.  Other cardiovascular alternatives may be boxing, skipping, stepping and circuit work.  Training does not have to be confined to indoors and an outdoor component to some training sessions may be suitable for some clients.

Another key component to training sessions may be resistance training. Resistance exercises are typically performed using body weight and free weights such as dumbbells or pin loaded machines.  Resistance training has a number of benefits including increased strength and bone mineral density, improved muscle tone, enhanced postural awareness and improved spinal stability.

Mobility and flexibility is another area that will be addressed to varying degrees as part of your training.  This may include assisted stretching exercises designed to help you increase the elasticity and length of muscles.

2. What do I need to bring to my training session?

All you need to bring is yourself and a positive attitude!  I will provide you with a towel, chilled, filtered water fountains and all of the expertise and motivation that you need for a great workout.

3. Where will my training sessions be held?

Training sessions will take place at the Olympic Pools and Fitness Centre, Newmarket or in the privacy of your own home. If you have a gym membership elsewhere, I will have to contact your gym to obtain permission to train you there.

4. Can I train with a friend?

Yes! Training with a friend, partner or relative is another option available to PT clients. It is preferable that both individuals have similar goals but not essential that both are at the same level of fitness, as your trainer can make adjustments to cater for different abilities. The benefits of training with a friend include extra motivation, having someone who understands the healthy lifestyle choices that you are making and discounted training fees. Training sessions for small groups of 3 or 4 are also available on request.

Initial training sessions would be kept extremely light with the emphasis on building aerobic fitness and developing confidence. Your progress would be reviewed regularly, with training intensity only increased once an acceptable level of fitness had been reached.

5. I am quite unfit and am concerned about pushing too hard during my training. How can this be managed?

Training with a qualified personal trainer is probably the safest way to improve fitness for those people in poor condition. Your current level of fitness will be assessed through our Introductory Consultation process and if necessary I will recommend that you get a medical clearance before training. I would then liaise with your doctor if necessary to discuss your limitations. At this point I may suggest we use a heart rate monitors to monitor your progress.

Initial training sessions would be kept extremely light with the emphasis on building aerobic fitness and developing confidence. Your progress would be reviewed regularly, with training intensity only increased once an acceptable level of fitness had been reached.

6. Do you manage clients with special needs?

The consultation process is used to gauge the individual needs of each and every one of our clients, including those with special requirements. I am a qualified, experienced personal trainer and have experience training a number of different clients including:

• Adolescent clients

• Elderly clients

• Pregnant or post pregnant clients

• Clients with chronic back, knee or other joint issues

• Clients who have had hip replacements

• Clients who have not exercised for 10+ years

• Clients with diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiac issues

• Clients with sport specific goals

• Clients of all fitness levels!

During the consultation I will establish what your specific requirements and/or limitations are and discuss how they effect you. I will also review the way that you currently manage these issues and if necessary, consult your doctor, physiotherapist or other specialist for direction on your training program.

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