If you are reading this, then you are on the right path in obtaining your goals. This is my bio, however, my goal is not to go on about myself but rather provide you with the confidence that I can safely and efficiently get you to your goals! I have accumulated over 18 certifications throughout my 20+ years working as a trainer, however, these stats, are not what I want to praise. My dominate skill set lies in the ability to work with each client on a true, personal level. Each and every person has obstacles that prevents them from achieving their goals. It's critical to not only understand these challenges but to be able to empathize with the clients as well. It is only then, a trainer can generate a practical and realistic solution to overcome such restraints. Injuries, limited time, minimum space, kids, finances, motivation, eating habits, medical issues, process uncertainty, attention deficit, etc., the list of reasons, why you are not where you want to be physically, can go on forever, but you can't!
My training style is truly unique because it will vary not only from client to client, but from session to session as well. One day you may need a drill sergeant, another day a motivational speaker, and yet another day a someone to just listen to you. This is what I pride myself on, because this is what it really takes to make sure your goals become a reality.
For those who desire more about my accomplishments, I have had the honors of working with collegiate and pro athletes, have owned and operated my own fitness facility, and have written fitness articles for national magazines. I was awarded one of six finalist as "Trainer of the Year" by the International Youth Fitness Association (I.Y.C.A.) and received the "Distinguished Achievement Award" and "Outstanding Achievement Award" from International Sports Science Association (I.S.S.A.) I have also coached soccer, basketball, and for over 10 years, youth baseball. I received my B.S. in Computer Programming, graduating Magna Cum Laude while minoring in Sports Management. Having experienced back surgery six years ago, and living in Nassau County, New York with my wife and three kids, I can soundly relate to some of the top challenges of peak fitness; financial restrictions, limited time to train, and back discomfort! But, there is ALWAYS a way! Let me show you how.
I help people change their bodies. This promotes client's confidence, happiness, a complete new outlook on life. On top of that, they are healthier, have more energy, and live a better quality of life. I change people's lives for the better! When this happens, there is no greater gratification! My clients work hard for what they accomplish however, I have never been told it wasn't worth it.
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When beginning with a new client, I like to send some general ParQ's documents (or links to fill out online) along with a goal form. Next, I like to set up a phone meeting so that we may get to know one another. I will discuss the forms and ask for any questions the client may have. The call usually ends with setting up a time for the first session.
The first training session will consist of a body compensation (if desired) so that we can measure and monitor progress. This is followed by a warm up and a workout. Every client recieves a unique workout everytime! I come to each session with a specific workout created for that day. These workouts are based on the client's goals and limitations along with all prior workouts that have been executed, consideration for clients upcoming activities, and future workouts.
I currently posses numerous national certifications (see list below for complete list) and over 20 years experience working as a trainer. I have managed small and large gyms and have even owned my own. I have obtained a BS Degree in Computer Programming with a minor in Sports Management. Believe it or not, I use my computer skills extensively with my clients. This is done with online exercise routines, meal and nutrition monitoring, scheduling, and much more.
My investment rates are as follows:
single session 1 on 1 for 60 minutes: $89
single session 2 on 1 for 60 minutes: $129
Purchase 10 session package receive 10% off
Purchase 20 session package receive 20% off
I got started when I was 18 years old by teaching martial arts within a martial arts studio. To promote enhanced martial arts training, I studied and received my first certification as a personal trainer which was followed shortly by martial arts conditioning specialist and sports nutrition specialist. The more I learned, the more I wanted to share my knowledge and watch people benefit from it.
Just about every trainer replys "I work with everyone", although this may be true, I rarely see trainers to have education in all the categories that would make up "everyone". I have over 20 certifications because I want to know how to help as many people as possible, and that still doesn't cover everyone. This is why I am & will always be, continuing to learn. Just because someone has worked with a certain type of client doesn't mean it went well. That all said, I began training about 20 years ago, working mostly with middle age individuals, looking to either lose weight, tone up, or get bigger/stronger. I quickly realized that a good amount of clients always had some form of prior injury or have just finished physical therapy. This promoted me to research, learn, and take courses/certifications to help me properly and safely to work with these people.
When I was in my prime condition, I was always looking for exercises that would work on my core, strength, and speed & agility. These variable are often stressed in sports conditioning. After completing multiple certifications and training, I then began working with athletes of all levels, from high school athletes to professional athletes. I quickly began noticing these athletes had poor form or bad training habits due to improper training as adolescents. Next stop, youth conditioning research. Perhaps this was the most need category to fulfill, partly because it can make the biggest difference (negatively or positively) for a person, and also because there was very few trainers who could properly perform youth conditioning. To keep it short, I obtained over 7 youth training certifications and was one of the finalist for the International Youth Fitness Association, as "Trainer of the Year". I even opened my own interactive fitness training facility that combined video gaming with exercises called Fit Fusion Interactive. So, if you are still reading this, I proudly say, I have worked with almost every type of client.
Most people know they can do research online on just about anything, so that should be the first step. Certifications are great however, I've seen great trainers who only had a few, so don't let that be the only credential. Professional trainers will be able to prove they are insured. I don't recommend working with a trainer who is not. I feel if the trainer is serious about his/her field, they will hold a policy (it only costs about $150 a year). If they are not willing to invest that little bit in themselves, how can they ask you to invest in them.
It is a good idea to ask for references of past and or current clients. Oh, and call them! Testimonials are good to see but actual conversation with a client is much better.
Another common mistake I see is client's thinking, the more it costs, the better the trainer must be. This is not always true. See if the trainer will provide a complimentary session or perhaps a money back guarantee first session.
Some questions you may want to consider asking a trainer are:
1. How long have you been training?
2. How many hours a week do you currently train now?
3. What is your education background
4. What agency(s) provided your certifications
5. What is your cancellation policy
6. What training methodolgy(s) do you offer
7. How long are the sessions
8. What hours are you currently available
9. Can you provide me with some references
10. What forms of payment do you accept
11. Will you be able to provide me with workouts to do on my own and if so, is there an additional charge?