Frequently asked questions
How many days per week should I exercise?
Training frequency varies from one person to the next. A good starting point is 2 or 3 days each week.
What's your missed or late session policy?
If you miss a session due to an emergency or need to reschedule, please let me know as soon as possible. Clients who are late will be able to use the time remaining in their scheduled session. If time is available (usually the last client for the day), you'll be able to still have your full session.
How soon will I see the results of my training?
Expect to feel the results of your training before seeing them. People I've trained who are consistent with good eating habits, exercising, etc. have reported sleep, energy and mood improvements within the first four weeks. Body composition changes do take longer to notice unfortunately. The longer you adhere to your program(s), the sooner you'll see and appreciate the results!
Can a friend join me for a training session?
Yes, please let me know in advance to ensure they won't need a medical release.
Can you train me at my house, gym, etc?
Yes. This can be discussed upon request.
Eat before or after working out?
Before and after! It's important to have some fuel in your system to help you through your session. An easily digested carbohydrate (bananas, peaches, etc) an hour before your session is ideal. After your session, it's just as important to refuel and feed the muscles you've trained.
Do you offer meal plans?
Unfortunately, I no longer offer meal plans due to the State of Missouri's policy for personal trainers. I do give clients nutritional guidance instead to ensure clients have a better understanding of the relationship between food and exercise. To receive a meal plan, I recommend speaking with a Licensed Dietician or Licensed Nutritionist.
Can I take food, weight loss or muscle enhancement supplements?
I cannot suggest that you take anything, because I'm not a Licensed Nutritionist, Physician, Dietician, etc. I recommend that you speak to your Licensed Nutritionist, Physican or Dietician to determine what is and/or isn't right for you.
Do I need clearance from a Licensed Physician before training me?
It's not a requirement for some clients, but I recommend that everyone is cleared by a licensed physician to ensure that you're 100% ready and able to exercise. If there are red flags in your health history (prior or current injuries, health conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure, etc), you'll need my consent form signed by a Licensed Physician.
Do I need a FREE consultation before any training session?
Yes. The consultation usually takes 30 minutes. This is to ensure that I can help you.
What happens during consultations?
This is where we'd meet and get to know each other. I'd tell you about my services, fees, etc. You'd complete a short questionnaire and ask any questions you may have. If you have any prior or current injuries and/or health conditions, you'll receive a medical release form to take to your Licensed Physician. Once you're released (if needed), we'll schedule you for a fitness assessment from there.
Why are fitness assessments required?
To write helpful fitness programs, I need to gauge your strengths and limitations. Before beginning the assessment, I'll get your bodyweight, skinfold measurements and photos (front and side shot).
What forms of payment do you accept?
In-Person - Cash, Credit/Debit Card (through Paypal) and Check
Is there a refund policy?
The policy can be found and read here: https://www.giftedfitness.net/terms-and-conditions
Mobile App/Online Software
What and who's your mobile app and online software for?
My app and online software is perfect for busy individuals who want to train on their own and at their own pace. Even clients who do in-person training have the ability to access their profile too.
How will I learn all of the exercises?
The app/online software is preloaded with 200+ different exercises. If you're unsure of an exercise, each one has a link to a demo video to help you if you're training on your own.
Where can I download the mobile app?
My fitness app is only in Google's Play Store for android users. If you have a device with a web browser and have an internet connection, you can access your account online as well.
Can anyone see my info, profile or account?
I take confidentiality seriously. No one can see your information except you and me. Your account is password and username protected. The only way someone can see your information is if you share it with them or you give them your login information (Do not share it with anyone other than your spouse.).
How do I pay to get my fitness programs?
If you don't pay in-person, the only option available is paying using Paypal. You'll receive an invoice from me every month 7 days prior to the date your payment needs to be made.