Frequently Asked Questions
Where in Las Vegas Do You Train Your Clients?
I train my clients out of a personal training studio in Hoffman Estates called "Advanced Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation." The studio is a state of the art facility that has all types of free weights, machine weights, and cardiovascular equipment that covers over 5,000 square feet. It is only open to clients working with a personal trainer. I feel that training my clients in a private facility truly defines the term "personal training."
Can you train me out of my own home?
Yes! One of the services I offer is in home personal training. In home personal training is for clients that prefer to work out in comfort of their own home or private gym. Keep in mind, to be trained at home by me, you don't need to have your own private gym! Please contact me for more information.
Do I need to join the studio/gym to train with you?
No, there is no membership fee to use the studio. The only thing someone pays for is the personal training. This is a major incentive for many clients, because to work with a trainer at one of the big gyms or clubs in town you have to sign up for a membership on top of the personal training fees.
What are your credentials?
I have my Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois and I have taken and completed course work in graduate school in Exercise Physiology at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). I have been personal training since 1998 and have had my personal training business in Las Vegas since 2000. I have had various certifications through the years including personal training certifications by AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) and the IFPA (International Fitness Professionals Association). I always let anyone I talk to know though that a personal training certifications mean nothing. The industry is unregulated and there are over 200 different personal training certifications out there. It is really embarrassing how ridiculously easy it is to obtain a personal training certification and because of that there is widespread unqualified personal trainers in the profession. There are certifications people can take in 30 minutes on the internet to be a trainer that are $70, consists of 40 multiple choice questions with 20 correct answers (50%) being a passing score. That doesn't even get into how easy the questions are. It is beyond pathetic. Most personal training certifications are no more valuable than if you got it out of a Cracker Jack box. Hopefully one day the industry will be regulated and a rigorous national or state board exam will be put in place for personal trainers. Until then please read my article on "Rules to Finding a good trainer" in the Articles section. I explain all about how unregulated the industry is and some tips on how to find a good, qualified trainer.
How much do you recommend I exercise?
It all depends. It depends on a bunch of different factors including a person's goals, body type, health, level of experience, etc. For the majority of my clients goals strength training 3 to 4 times a week is pretty much about optimal. My cardiovascular exercise recommendations can vary a lot by the client although I never have clients doing long duration, low intensity, steady state aerobics. I prefer to have my clients do high intensity, short duration, interval training that tends to be more anaerobic. It is much more beneficial for fat loss for a variety of reasons. Once again though both types of exercise recommendations will vary from person to person. A lot of variables in training are highly individualized.
How long will it take for me to get in the shape I want to be in?
That depends, it depends on a lot of different variables such as genetics, goals, fitness level, and most importantly, how hard you want to work! The more dedicated a client is, the quicker and better the results will be. This means dedication to all aspects of fitness, including weight training, cardiovascular exercise, and perhaps most important... nutrition!
I cover all aspects of fitness in my personal training programs and most peoples goals are very reasonable as long as they follow the guidelines and principles I lay out. I have helped people make amazing body transformations in as short as 3 months. For others, it may take 6 months, a year, or maybe longer.
What type of clientele do you have?
I have a wide variety of clients. My clientele varies from 10 year old children to 70 year old grandmas and grandpas. My clientele varies from doctors and lawyers to housewives and show girls. I have clients who have never exercised before in their lives and I have clients who are athletes looking to excel in their specific sport. I have clients who are just looking for general fitness and do not want to be pushed too hard. I also have clients who want me to push them hard and to really motivate them because they want to get in the best shape possible and make a huge body transformation. So basically, my clientele is very diverse. I work with people no matter what their goals or fitness level.