Every personal training program must begin with a series of assessments. The objective of this process is twofold. It provides the data needed to tailor a program to your specific fitness level and goals while establishing a BASELINE from which your progress will be measured on a monthly basis.
What to Expect
✔ Questionnaires addressing everything from your health and fitness history to your lifestyle.
Your goals – or what we like to call your S.M.A.R.T goals! – will be discussed in detail.
✔ If weight loss or weight management is a priority, I might collect a full set of measurements,
including both circumference and body composition (i.e., body fat percentage).
Though highly recommended, this step is optional.
✔ A test of your flexibility and range of motion
✔ A cardiovascular assessment, which will include:
Resting heart rate (HR) – pulse and blood pressure
Target HR Zone
VO2Max and Active HR
(usually, a 12-minute walk/run on a treadmill at a 1% incline)
✔ Strength tests – both upper body and lower
✔ Endurance tests – both upper body and lower
The assessment is free of charge and generally takes 90 minutes or more to complete.
In some instances, I will schedule 2 one-hour sessions for steps 1-3 and 4-6, respectively.
In my experience, beyond its practical value to my program designs, the assessment also allows me and the new client time to get acquainted and to build a rapport. By the time we’re done, you’ll have a clear sense of my training style and what to expect going forward.
I have trained men and women, ranging in age from 26 to 61, whose fitness levels and goals were as distinctive as their personalities. I take great care to design appropriate programs and keep meticulous records of each workout, noting any and all information that will be of value as we proceed.
While the programs themselves are unique, my training philosophy holds true for all.
YOUR FITNESS PROGRAM IS NOT A MEANS TO AN END; IT’S NOT A QUICK FIX FOR AN UPCOMING REUNION OR A WEDDING. FITNESS IS A LIFESTYLE – A LIFESTYLE, MOREOVER, THAT DOES NOT AND SHOULD NOT HAVE AN EXPIRATION DATE.