Frequently Asked Questions

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We get a lot of questions. I’m sure you’re curious about some of your own – rates, discounts, specials and promotions, how we operate, etc. While we won’t be able to always answer your questions without seeing you first, I hope these answers can give you a better idea.


Does your coaching work?

Yes and no. Like anything in life, you generally get out what you put in. In any coaching service, the client meets the coach halfway. If you work hard, stay consistent, and communicate with your coach, you’ll increase the chances of being successful.

Then there’s the coaching. Not all coaching and coaches are created equal. Some coaches eat, breathe, and sleep fitness. Others do it as a side-hustle until their acting gig calls. Though I’m not knocking the side-hustler, you can probably guess who is going to be more invested in your success.

In short, yes, my coaching works. It works even better if you do.

If you want a better idea of what type of success to expect, check out some of my rockstar clients on this page.

Do I need to be in shape to work with a trainer?

You might be surprised at how people view trainers. Many people believe trainers are like drill instructors who scream, spit, and stomp around, which leads people to believe they’re intimidating, scary, or out to kill you.

Nothing can be further from the truth. A TRUE personal trainer will first look at how well you move before he/she prescribes ANYTHING. Using this logic, it makes sense that you work with a trainer FIRST so you can get into shape, not the other way around.

Do you do bootcamps or big group stuff?

We do not have ‘bootcamps’ or group exercises classes with more than 6 people. While we’re not sure if we’re ever going to introduce that option, we’re currently focusing on providing the most personalized experience possible for our clients.

Our goal is to be a premium, results-driven, and client-centered service for people who are looking to achieve the best possible results with their buck and time.

While bootcamps and large group classes are very cost-effective and high-energy, we also understand some people want MORE, which is why we exist.

What makes you different? Why should I train with you?

I’m funny? Charismatic? A good singer? Hm. I don’t know. I do, however, think the thing that makes me ‘different’ may actually what makes me the same as my clients.

Many of my clients are those wanting to look, move, and feel better in a general sense. They’re not trying to be paid, competitive athletes. They have lives outside of the gym, like kids, a demanding job, social stuff.

I am very much the same way, so I can relate to many of my clients. I wasn’t an athlete growing up. I didn’t play sports (have you checked out my bio?) growing up. Most personal trainers are ‘lifelong athletes who love fitness and want to share it with the world’. Though I joined the military, it wasn’t because I wanted to hunt ‘bad guys’, but because I needed money for college. I discovered fitness because I wanted to be more confident in myself and was quite ashamed at how weak I was.

I don’t necessarily want to ‘share’ my love of fitness with other people. I want to share how fitness can improve their lives. Fitness is just a means to an end.

In this case, I’ll just use some words my clients have used to describe their experience with me:

  • Energy
  • Empowering
  • Serious yet fun
  • Thoughtful and caring
  • Accommodating
  • Knows the names of your spouse, kids, dogs, cats, and the birds you never had
  • Human?

Human? Yes, I am human. I make mistakes and I have to do my best with fitness, just like you.

What kind of results can I expect?

We know the obvious ones, right? The ones you want a coach to help you with. Losing weight. Gaining muscle. Getting tighter. Getting stronger. Getting healthier. Additionally, there are some other benefits you’ll experience you may not have anticipated:

  • Better energy levels, which means you’ll be able to play with your kids or pets
  • Better self-confidence, which means you’ll feel ‘better’ about yourself
  • Better productivity, which means you’ll get more done and your bosses will like you more
  • Better stamina, which means you can play your favorite sports longer
  • Better digestion, which means you won’t need diapers
  • Better injury prevention, which means you won’t need to change your own diapers until later
  • Better ‘sex’, which means… yea, you get it
  • Longer life, which means you’ll be around longer for the ones you care about
  • Higher quality of life, which means you’ll be around longer for the ones you care about, not some sicker version of yourself

As you can see, the benefits extend far beyond the superficial and common goals, not like there’s anything wrong with them. It’s just there’s way more to fitness than losing weight.

How quickly can I expect results?

This largely depends on your current fitness levels. The MORE fit you are, the longer it will take for you to see results. The reason is because the body is already conditioned, which makes it harder to change. I’ve had clients who only had 10 pounds to lose, and it took them nearly 12 weeks to get rid of them.

The LESS fit you are, the faster you’ll see results. I’ve had clients who were 100 pounds overweight lose 5 pounds in the first week.

Regardless of what your long-term goals are, you’ll most definitely see results within the first month, no matter your fitness levels.

How would you describe your style of training?

Athletic-based strength and conditioning using resistance training designed to help clients get stronger, faster, more mobile, more balanced, and conditioned. These things lead to clients getting into better shape, thus losing fat, building muscle, getting stronger, and getting more fit.

Clients use various implements to get the job done. Are you familiar with any of these?

  • Barbell
  • Dumbbell
  • Kettlebell
  • Bodyweight
  • Cable machine
  • Jump rope

Occasionally, we will use the treadmill, bike, rower, or other cardio-based machines for endurance and stamina work.

What's the difference between a nutritionist and dietitian?

Great question because many people don’t know. In general, both certifications and licenses require you to take an exam and pass. However, licenses go through a more rigorous process to be recognized nationally. The scope of practice of someone who is ‘licensed’, like a Registered Dietitian, chiropractor, nurse, or physician, is protected. In other words, someone cannot call themselves a dietitian unless they’re licensed.

Additionally, someone who is licensed must meet a certain educational requirement in order to even sit for the license exam. Most exams require at least a four-year degree from an accredited university.

Are licensed professionals more qualified than certified ones?

Not necessarily. Licensed professionals must meet education requirements, but those requirements have little direct bearing on the score of the exam. Someone could have aced all of their courses yet failed the exam. Vice versa, someone could have just cruised through the coursework, not learning anything, and still pass the exam.

Then there are certified professionals who gobble up education and seek out learning opportunities left and right, making them extremely educated and qualified.

There are also professionals out there who are neither certified nor licensed, yet do amazing work for their clients. They probably have a breadth of experience, and through those experiences, learned how to best work with people.

Do you work with people who have injuries?

Yes, though it largely depends on the nature of the injury. As someone who is familiar with corrective exercises, my experience with injuries include:

  • Spinal dysfunctions: cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacro-iliac
  • Hips
  • Knees
  • Shoulders
  • Elbows
  • Wrists
  • Ankles

However, I typically do not work with people post-operation. Once they are cleared from their surgeon and Physical Therapist, I can accommodate.

The most common issues I run into are those that typically plague the ‘desk jockeys’:

  • Lower back pain
  • Tight hamstrings
  • Knee pain: meniscus, ACL
  • Shoulder pain: rotator cuff
  • Upper back: upper trapezius, levator scapulae
  • Elbows: Tennis/Golfer elbow
  • Wrist: carpul tunnel

Do you offer a guarantee?

Yes. Personal training is an investment that doesn’t always have a clear path to success. And especially since there is a significant human component, it’s quite tricky to say, “do this and you’ll get that.” As such, people tend to be a bit skittish when it comes to personal training.

To help allay some of the concerns people may have, we stand behind a 30-day money-back guarantee where if you’re not completely satisfied with your experience and results (even though 30 days is a bit premature for results, anyway), you’ll get back your full investment. No taxes, no fees, no joke.

We are confident you’ll be pleased with your investment. Can a commercial gym do that?

Do you have a cancellation policy?

Yes, out of respect for our coaches and clients, we enforce a 12-hour cancellation policy as much as we can, ‘as much’ being the operative words. Many of our clients are busy professionals, such as doctors and lawyers, so they might get wrangled into last minute things. If this happens to you, give us a heads up, and we’ll practice a bit more discretion. Work calls.

Do you offer discounts?

This might be surprising. No. After David left New York Sports Clubs, he realized one important thing. Discounts erode trust and value. It’s not fair for one person to pay more than another, especially if they’ve been around longer or because they’re not a ‘friend’. We do our best to provide the best service to each and every person, regardless of profession, status, or good looks.

While we love our teachers, first responders, and veterans, other people shouldn’t be penalized with a higher price tag just because they didn’t go that career route. We truly believe all humans hold innate value.

How long are training sessions?

They can either be 30-minutes or 60-minutes, depending on which option you choose and what you need.

I'm nervous and anxious to meet a trainer. Is this normal?

No. Just kidding. Absolutely. Based on my experience with clients and their feedback, I believe the reason is simple: we’re not comfortable with people telling us that we’re doing something wrong, especially pertaining to something as important as our health. Even constructive criticism can be tough to handle. This stuff puts us out of our comfort zone.

  • “You’re doing this wrong.”
  • “Why can’t you do this?”
  • “That was pretty bad.”
  • “Go faster. FASTer. FASTER. FASTERRRR!!!!”

Your anxiety is absolutely normal and common, and it’s not going to just go away simply because you know about it. What will help it go away is experiencing a ‘different’ type of training – coaching.

It’s where you’re encouraged, empowered, and educated to make the best decisions possible on your terms. You’re not told, dictated, instructed. At the very least, you’re not repeatedly told you’re doing something wrong. You’ll be kindly told you did well, be taught, quickly or slowly, how to improve on this area or that, and then be told you did well, again.

Can you at least stop dancing and singing? You're pretty bad.

Not a chance. How else am I going to get better?

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