Austin, TX Personal Trainer - Joey G
I've worked as an employed personal trainer since 2012 training clients aged 17-75 for about 600 client hours a year on average. For freelance training, I work best with individuals who need help learning proper form and development of an effective exercise program progressing to your fitness goals. I do a lot of beginner to intermediate strength training, balance and coordination training, and flexibility. Basically once you are clear to exercise from your doctor or physical therapist, I'm your guy.
I have my own equipment that I bring to your place. As an exercise physiologist, I'm well-versed on what types of exercise can do and not do for body composition and medical conditions. As a licensed dietitian and provider for various health insurance (you can use preventative and medical nutrition benefits with me if I'm a provider for your network), I'm a credible source of information for your dietary needs. As a dual professional, I specialize in counseling individuals toward what they need to focus on to reach their goals, as there is conflicting information on the best protocols on the Internet. If your primary goal is weight loss, I suggest seeing me as a dietitian and not as a trainer because it is cheaper through your insurance and more effective. Please note weight loss is not the same as fat loss!
I explain and demonstrate, monitor form, write down exercises we do, and monitor progress on those exercises in subsequent sessions in terms of reps/sets/weight/form. Goal is for client to feel confident in the routine and be self sufficient. Beyond the technical, I think the people skills of personal training are what people stay for. I keep up on news, popular culture, and enjoy learning new things about my clients. I think a healthy relationship with your trainer is a catalyst to long term behavior change.
24 hour--standard. I'm strict about this as well since it reserves time of the day I can't schedule other clients during and clients often wish to meet on weekends and evenings (affecting personal life scheduling). This means if your session is at 2p, you must cancel by 2p the day before, not 8a. Even if it is less than 24 hours, I do appreciate the courtesy call of not being able to make it.
People cancel exercise or diet consultations/counseling for all reasons, from real emergencies to resistance to personal change to poor time management. Unfortunately, as a business, I stick to 24 hours for all reasons. My time is just as important as yours. I hate enforcing the policy, but it is a necessary evil in this line of business.
Basic human tricks, from posture assessment, flexibility and range of motion, ability to perform certain test exercises, and balancing on one foot.