If I come to the trainer's gym do I have
to pay a gym fee in addition to the trainers fee?
By "trainers's gym" we are referring to a gym where a trainer
in our network regularly trains clients. Our trainers are independent
and do not work for a gym. Therefore your fee
to the trainer is separate from your gym fee which must be paid
directly to the gym.
Do I have to join the trainer's gym and what
are the gym fees?
No, you do not have to join the gym. You can pay a "daily fee"
which is usually $15 or $20 each time you come. We encourage this
option when you start working with a trainer until you decide whether
you want to continue. Often a gym will give you a free guest pass
for your first session. If you decide to continue you can discuss
directly with the gym options for discount daily packages, or for
monthly, quarterly or yearly memberships. These fees are generally
quite modest as compared with the high-end health clubs.
Where are the trainer's gyms located?
At this time, the trainers in our network work with regular clients in gyms located in the Chelsea district of Manhattan.
I currently belong to a gym. Can a trainer come to my gym to train
Yes, if your gym allows private personal trainers. You need to ask
your gym if they welcome independent trainers and, if so, how much
they charge you for the trainer to come in. Most gyms will charge
you for this. The franchise health clubs such as Bally's Total Fitness,
New York Sports Clubs, NY Health & Racquet Club, Equinox, and
Crunch do not allow private personal trainers.
Do your trainers travel to boroughs outside Manhattan?
Yes, some of our trainers do travel outside Manhattan, but it depends
upon their availability to meet your schedule. The fee is usually
higher because of travel time involved.
I want to workout at home, but I don't have
any equipment. Will I be able to
Yes. Of course, it is always better to have access to quality cardio
and resistance equipment. However, it depends upon your condition
and goals. A lot can be done with no equipment. Also available by
mail order is a range of excellent home equipment, including resistance
bands, ankle weights, dumbells, balls and other easily stored and
relatively inexpensive, yet effective items. Please check out our
links pages for websites offering such equipment. You must remember,
the most important ingredient needed to change your body is desire,
motivation, hard work and commitment. If you have these, the rest
will fall into place.
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How is a specific trainer selected for me?
A specific trainer is recommended to you based upon the information
supplied by you including your profile, fitness needs and schedule/logistical
requirements. We know our trainers personally and determine who might
be best for you. Up to this point our matches have a 99 percent success
rate. This method saves precious time for both you and the trainer.
What happens if I am not satisfied with the
If for some reason, you are not satisfied with a recommended trainer,
we will find another trainer for you. The trainer/client relationship
is very important to your success. The chemistry has to be right for
communication and motivation.
Can you supply me with a list of trainers
to choose from?
No, we do not supply lists of trainers. These lists are meaningless
to you if you don't really know the trainers. There are plenty of
individual personal trainers listed on the Internet and elsewhere if you prefer
to go that route.
I have trained with one of your trainers in
the past but I had to stop for a long period of time. I would like
to work with the same trainer. Is that possible?
Yes. You should contact the trainer directly. Once you have established
a relationship with a trainer, it is not necessary to go through our
network. The trainers in our network work together cooperatively and
we do not charge a referral fee either to the client or to the trainer.
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What kind of certification and education
do your trainers have?
Since we are a network and not an organization, we do not require
that our trainers be certified by any one particular certification
organization. There are a number of highly respected nationally recognized
professional fitness and personal trainers certification organizations.
Our trainers have certifications from at least one, in many cases
more than one.
Each of these certification groups offers courses and testing in subjects
including anatomy, exercise physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics,
range of motion, structural integrity, fitness screening and testing,
training principles and techniques, understanding equipment, sport
nutrition, sports injury, physician interfacing, sport psychology
and motivation, safety and injury prevention. To be certified by these organizations
requires rigorous study, participation in courses, hands-on training
trials, and passing difficult examinations.
The organizations our trainers are certified by include, among others, the American
College of Sports Medicine, National Academy of Sports Medicine, American
Council on Exercise, International Sports Sciences Association, International
Sports Medicine Association/American Aerobic Association International,
National Strength and Conditioning Association, Aerobics and Fitness
Association of America. For more information about these groups, please
check out our links page category Personal Training Certification
Organizations. All of these organizations require certification in
cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) by the American Red Cross.
Some of our trainers also have graduate or post-graduate degrees in
exercise physiology or related sciences.
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How do I get started?
Once you have supplied us with the necessary information about yourself
by email or phone, a trainer will be selected for you. The trainer
will then contact you directly and from that point on you deal directly
with your trainer on all matters. All consultations and sessions are
set up by phone only. You then have three options: 1) set up a Free
Evaluation/Consultation; 2) schedule to start the Three
Session Special Trial Offer; 3) schedule one training session.
The Free Evaluation and Three Session Special Trial Offer are only
available at the trainer's gym. Because we don't require advance payment
for first-time sessions and consultations are free, we ask that you
give us the courtesy of an advance call if you are unable to make
Once you have met with your trainer or had a session (or sessions), you
can decide whether to continue, request a different trainer, or stop.
Once I begin, am I obligated to continue?
No, you are never under any obligation to continue unless you have
actually scheduled a session or sessions. In that case, you must adhere
to the cancellation policy guidelines addressed below.
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Do I make payment to Personal Trainers New York City
or directly to my trainer?
Once you are put in touch with a trainer, all transactions are strictly
between you and that trainer. Personal Trainers New York City exists only to
facilitate matching clients seeking serious training regimens with
When must I make payment?
For the first two weeks, payment is expected before a session can
be scheduled. After that payment can be made the at any time up to
and including the end of the session. Payment options vary from paying
one session at a time to purchasing session packages.
Do your trainers accept credit cards?
Most trainers do not accept credit cards. But, you can ask your trainer.
Generally cash, checks or money orders are the accepted methods of
What if I cancel a session?
Once you have scheduled session, you must cancel the session more
than 24 hours in advance or you are responsible to pay the trainer
fully for that session.
What happens if I am late for a session
The trainer is not obligated to make up time due to a client's lateness.
More than 1/2 hour lateness constitutes a late cancellation and the
trainer is not obligated to conduct the session. In some cases a trainer
will wait and work with you for the remaining time. But this is solely
up to their discretion. In either case you will be charged fully for
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How many days a week do I need to workout?
This question can only be answered effectively after you have talked
with a trainer. It depends upon your current conditions, goals, schedule,
budget and your trainers availability. You may "need" to workout with
a trainer four days a week, but only have the time or budget for two
days a week. In these cases, the trainer will work to teach you a
program that you can do on your own for the days that you cannot work
with a trainer. This, of course, necessitates your willingness and
ability to implement such a program.
I don't have the discipline to train on
my own, but I want to make my fitness a long term commitment. How
long a period with a trainer work with me?
Some trainer/client relationships extend over many years. How long
an extended period of time you work with a trainer depends upon many
factors. These include the interrelatonship between you and a trainer,
availability, scheduling and logistics. If after a time, your trainer
is unable to continue and you want to still work with a trainer, you
can either contact us again and we'll find someone for you or your
trainer may know someone who he/she thinks is suitable for your needs.
I can workout on my own, but I need to learn
what to do and how exercise correctly. Will a trainer work with me
on this basis?
Yes. A trainer will evaluate you, access your needs, develop a diet
plan if needed and work with you over a number of sessions to teach
you fat loss and toning/building exercises necessary for you to achieve
your goals. You will come away with a program tailored to your needs
and can workout on your own. The number of sessions needed for this
depends upon your fitness needs, how quickly you master the movements
and your budget. You can always schedule an additional session or
sessions later for a refresher or to upgrade your program. Our trainers
are responsive to occasional follow-up phone or email questions for
no additional charge.
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I have done everything, but I still can't
loose weight. Is there anything you can do for me?
Losing bodyfat effectively is the result of a combination of a specific
diet and calorie burning aerobic exercise carried out consistently
for a particular duration of time. We usually find that when you think
you are doing "everything," one or more elements specified above is
either not being carried out correctly or is not being carried out
at all. Sometimes folks will try a variety of fad diets one after
the other for short periods of time and then give up. Or they may
get on the treadmill at the gym for 15 minutes two times a week and
wonder why they can't lose fat. Bodyfat reduction or "getting lean"
is the single most requested goal of clients who come to us. Our trainers
will work with you on an effective diet and fat-burning exercise program
and will discuss how long you need to sustain this program to achieve
results. They will then help you to attain the discipline and motivation
to carry it out.
I've have been working out on my own for a
long time, but have stopped making any progress in muscle gain. Can
you help me?
Yes. Most people who have been working out on their own for a long
period of time eventually hit a plateau and stop making gains in muscle
mass. Often, genetics plays a role in this. That is, when someone
comes close to or reaches their "genetic potential," muscle gain slows
down and sometimes stops altogether. However, even taking genetic
factors into account, we find that in most cases plateauing is due
an inability by someone to push themselves to greater heights in their
workouts and/or to find new types of routines. Without steady increases
in muscle "overload" and varying of types of routines, gains will
not be made. Some of our trainers are former competitive bodybuilders
and know how to get you out of your rut.
I do hundreds of sit-ups but still have no
definition in my abs. How do I get a six-pack?
Getting abdominal definition is only partially accomplished through
specific ab workouts involving crunches or flexion of the abdominal
muscles. For the most part "definition" of abs is accomplished the
same way that "definition" of any other body part is accomplished:
by losing the fat that obscures the muscle and building the muscle.
Losing the fat is done through diet and aerobic exercise, not abdominal
crunches (or sit ups). But even if you lose the fat, to see a nicely
developed six-pack, the ab muscles need to be developed. This is accomplished
by intense ab crunches with or without added resistance for about
eight to fifteen repetitions, four to eight sets, about three times
After I start working with a trainer when
will I begin to see results?
This is an impossible question to answer without knowing your present
condition and training history. There are many variables including
your specific starting point, genetics, and metabolism as well as
your consistency, commitment and time you are willing to put into
training. You will get results commensurately with what you put into
your training and diet. Also, we can set up programs that are aimed
to work very quickly, but involve exceedingly stringent dieting and
training. Generally we like to suggest that, if you are starting from
a very low level of fitness, you take it slower at the beginning so
you can accustom your body gradually to a training program. We want
you to be fit and fabulous for your lifetime.
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