Online Training

The personal training model is broken. To justify the expense there is pressure to constantly change things, which means that most trainers deliver individual workouts, not a plan to go from Point A to B.

Fitness marketers and influencers often exaggerate misconceptions as a way to make themselves stand out.

When you see a woman with a fit and “toned” body, understand that she spent a long time building muscle. Not living on the cardio machines, doing complicated HIIT routines, and constantly chasing fat loss.

For the men, the same workouts from ten years ago or randomly getting smoked (high heart rate & lots of sweat) are not the answer.

Whether you’re a man or a woman, you’re dealing with a similar set of givens: time is tight and trying to over exercise and under eat our way to fitness is not the solution.

The answer is to map out a plan that has your actions lined up with your goals.

You can make real changes and do so in a way that fits into a life that doesn’t revolve around training.

Whether your goals are fat loss or putting on muscle, the answers are always the same.

We all need to protect lean muscle mass, stay mobile, do a little conditioning for overall health, and do basic things that include eating like an adult and not sacrificing sleep to binge watch Stranger Things.

Who do you train?

I’ve worked as a trainer for over twenty years and the overwhelming majority of my clients are ordinary people who know they need the benefits of strength and conditioning work, but who aren’t inclined to spend hours per day in that pursuit. Some of my clients are in their late twenties, some are in their mid-sixties. Some of them played sports, some of them never picked up a weight prior to working with me.

So, what is Point B?

  • Becoming a good fitness generalist. Strong, resilient, actually look like you work out, able to move well, and in good condition.
  • Feeling more confident because you’ve put in the work and it shows.
  • Feeling healthier. This isn’t just vanity.
  • Being more inclined to do fun things (keeping up with your kids, skiing, hiking the challenging trails, etc.) because you aren’t scared of getting injured or looking foolish

I have a different proposal than most of what’s out there:

For the cost of a single personal training session, you get a month’s worth of training (including video tutorials) that’s an actual program designed to take you from Point A to Point B as well as weekly accountability check-ins.

Spoiler alert: it doesn’t involve drinking a gallon of water per day, giving up red meat, or eating a bunch of kale.

So, what does the plan look like?

  • Three strength workouts per week for 40 to 60 minutes each.
  • Two optional conditioning workouts per week for 20 to 30 minutes each.
  • Eating like an adult most of the time and prioritizing protein.

I feel like I’m bracing for impact. This is going to be bad, right?

Work hard, but don’t push yourself to the point of hating exercise.  

Do you need a coach to watch your every move?

No, but I’m always glad to provide feedback if want to send me videos of you doing exercises that you have questions about.

Do you have to join a gym?

Not if you don’t want to. You can set up a great home gym for under $200 and make progress with that for a long time.

I like this style of dumbbell because you can really load them up for the big engine lifts (squat, deadlift, press, and row) and you can lighten them for isolation exercises. Cost: $70 to $130.

  • Most women should start with a set that goes up to 25 LBS per hand. (50 LBS total)
  • Most men should start with a set that goes up to 40 LBS per hand. (80 LBS total)

FAQs

Am I signing up for forever? Is there a contract or autopay?

No. This is one month at a time, but I would highly suggest only signing up if you’re willing to give this at least three months.

How much does it cost?

$75 per month

How do I pay?

Venmo or check

Is this personalized?

Yes. This is a team effort. Your starting point, movements that work better for you, and making adjustments all come into play in putting together your program.

Can I email and ask a few questions about getting set up before getting started? Yes.

If you’re buying weights, buy these. They can adjust up or down. You will get stronger over time.

What about kettlebells? I’ve heard a lot about those.

Kettlebells are good, but they’re not as well suited to as many movements as adjustable dumbbells.

How do I get started?

Email me at 513fit@gmail.com with “Online Training” in the subject line. In the email let me know:

  • Are you just starting, are you on again/off again, or consistent with your training?
  • Have you done strength training before?
  • How old are you?
  • Are you working around any injuries?
  • Are you training in a gym or at home?
  • Will you be doing a mix of training in my classes and working out at home or the gym?