FAQ & Fees
Do you have a personal training specialty?
My teaching experience includes pre- and post-natal, seniors, teens, people who have never exercised, and ex-athletes. I've worked with clients with medical issues, such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, back/neck problems, and pre/post-surgery. I also served for seven years as Maryland's personal training sponsor for the Miss USA pageant.
What is a typical personal training session like?
After a brief warm-up, we usually do some type of resistance training, beginning with major muscle groups, like the legs. I like to incorporate functional, or "real-world" movements that mimic the activities we do in daily life. (For example, we squat when sitting down in a chair or bending with the legs to pick something up off the floor.) Type of exercise and degree of difficulty are determined by the condition of the client, specific goals, and other factors.
Other components of a session may include cardiovascular exercise, working on balance, abdominal/core training, and flexibility.
How soon until I see results?
Results depend on the frequency and type of exercise and the quality of your diet. Unless a client is highly committed to working out on their own, I recommend no fewer then two sessions a week with me for best results.
Do you offer nutrition counseling?
Understanding nutrition and the role diet plays in fitness is very important to my work, but I'm not a dietician. I encourage clients to think of food in terms of nutrition -- fuel for the body -- instead of "dieting." For specific diet recommendations, especially for disease-related requirements, it's best to consult a registered dietician, but for advice on healthy food choices, we work together.
Often, clients have spent years yo-yo dieting, binge-eating and/or severely restricting food, or often feeling guilty about food choices. I also offer wellness coaching apart from or in conjunction with personal training.
Do you offer online personal training?
Online personal training is a more affordable and flexible option for people with busy lives, family or work constraints, or those who just want to exercise on their own. I will develop and supervise fitness and nutrition programs, communicating via email and Skype.
What is the cost?*
In my studio $65 per session
20 sessions $60 per session ($1200)
In your home $75 per session (plus mileage over 5 miles)
20 sessions $70 per session ($1400)
Online $45 per session
20 sessions $40 per session ($800)
* In-person sessions are one hour; online sessions are 45 min.
What does a wellness coach do?
A wellness coach guides you in making lifestyle changes to improve your personal well-being and achieve quality-of-life goals that you set.
A coach also provides accountability to help you take better care of yourself. You will be encouraged to make progress, not seek perfection.
What are some features of wellness coaching?
Wellness coaching can include discussions about anything that impacts your health, fitness, and general well-being. The five main areas that a wellness coach can help with are: fitness, nutrition, stress management, weight, and other health-related issues. The main focus with wellness coaching is to make long-lasting healthy lifestyle changes, not to provide quick fixes.
What is the difference between coaching and therapy or between coaching and personal training?
Unlike therapy, wellness coaching is not focused on understanding your past experiences or why you may be stuck with certain behaviors; coaching is more action- and future-oriented. Clients who have deeper, more complex issues in their lives often find that working with a therapist along with or prior to working with a coach is an important step.
When I'm wearing my personal trainer hat, I develop and lead you through the program that will help you achieve your goals. As your coach, instead of designing a program for you to follow, you will determine the next best step to take in order to move towards your defined goals. You'll be in the driver's seat, but we'll work together to develop strategies to overcome the inevitable obstacles that get in the way.
In coaching, the main focus is to concentrate on your strengths and build on them to help you achieve success. Coaching is especially helpful if you feel like you've tried and tried but continue to fail at reaching your health and fitness goals.
What is a typical coaching session like?
Coaching is generally done over the phone, so that we can talk most anytime and anywhere. Before each session, you'll complete a coaching plan which asks you about your accomplishments and challenges since our last appointment, and your objectives for the coming session.
Do you have a wellness coaching specialty?
Although I am comfortable with all areas of wellness coaching, my special area of interest is working with those who struggle with food issues. After recovering from over four decades of disordered eating patterns and eating disorders, I well understand the challenges in changing one's relationship with food, whether it's been one year or a lifetime.
How many sessions will I need?
My program consists of an initial evaluation (up to 1½ hours), and then 12 weekly sessions of about 30-40 minutes each. Many clients find that their goals can usually can be completed in 12 weeks, although it is not uncommon for coaching relationships to last much longer.
What is the cost?
$1200 includes the initial evaluation and 12 weekly sessions, plus unlimited email check-ins or questions.