Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Get Started?
Just click Contact to send a brief message with your name, number, and your goals. We’ll message you back within 24 hours to book your first free Start-Up Session online!
This free Start-Up Session will serve to help you decide if the personal trainer is a good fit for you, what will be expected from you by the trainer, and help you identify and hone in on your clearly defined goals.
Before contacting, think about your goals and how often you wish to invest in a personal trainer per week. This isn’t how many times you wish to workout, but rather how many times you wish to have a trainer each week. You should decide between monthly or packaged plans — and the trainer will help you understand the differences as well as help you identify your goals.
How Many Workouts Per Week?
Generally, we’ll recommend lifting weights 2-4 times per week. But you need to understand a few things…
First, the golden rule: Frequency is better than volume (Frequency > Volume) for most. This is especially true for beginners who need frequent repetition to become acclimated. Second, your brain is wired to learn efficiently at shorter periods. Exercise research has proven that two shorter bouts of exercise less than 45 min. each is more superior than one long bout of exercise 60 minutes or more.
Training once weekly is never ideal. Training everyday isn’t either. Based on these principles and depending on your personal goals, injury history, and lifestyle, we recommend lifting between 2-4 weight-training workouts per week. There are obvious exceptions to the rule with endurance athletes and other specific situations, but most general plans can suffice under the 2-4 range guidelines.
All exercises will be programmed online to ensure you have free access to all your workouts when you need to exercise on your own.
How Long Are The Workouts?
Personal Training plans – 60-65 minutes. Monthly Semi-Private plans – 40-45 minutes.
Exercise duration is dependent on age, goals, gym experience, stress level, and injury history. Generally speaking, most workouts are successfully completed just under an hour if you omit long breaks and small talk. You’ve got a life to live. Get in. Work hard. Go home and eat.
Our plans are structured to give you several options for your fitness needs. We offer a standard 60-65 minute duration for personal training plans and a slightly shorter (and cheaper) 40-45 minute duration for semi-private monthly training plans.
We encourage you to stay a bit extra to finish your lift, cool-down, or stretch if we run out of time. We also encourage you to arrive early to begin your warm-up without tapping into your paid time. We never want to rush you out — all trainees are free to stay as long as desired following the training session for any additional post-exercise work or cardiovascular activity.
Are Workouts Paired With Others?
Some workouts are partnered (semi-private monthly). Some are not (personal training package). But it all depends on what hours you train.*
If you enroll in a semi-private monthly-training program, we’ll pair you with 2-3 trainees during your workout. You’re welcome to enroll with a friend if you do not wish to be paired with somebody you don’t know. Monthly sessions are 2-3 persons at 40-45 minutes per workout.
For personal training plans, priority is 1-on-1 training with meticulous attention. However, please note if you enroll in a personal training plan, you are subject to 1-2 person sessions (as opposed to 2-3 persons) based on your desired training time. All personal training sessions are 1-2 persons at 50-60 minutes per workout.*
*(Note: Please understand that during peak season (spring, holidays, new year) and peak hours (6-8am, 5-7pm) you are subject to 2-person sessions for private training plans. All programs are customized and your experience will not be any lesser as you’ll never exercise with the second individual, but occasionally share the time slot during designated peak hours. It is still tried and true 1-on-1 training as rest cycles enables trainer to switch from one individual to another.)
How Important Is Stretching?
Stretching is important. Very important.
Most injuries are caused by the way we train and the way we move (or lack thereof) over a long period of time. Are you moving poorly because you’re in pain? Or are you in pain because you’re moving poorly? Chances are you’re tight…and tendons that are attached to muscles do not like to be in tight spaces. They enjoy some breathing room and stretching does just that.
Implementing an effective stretching habit can and will address imbalances caused by improper training and/or movement. If you’re flexible with an ongoing routine that currently works for you — keep it up. If you’re stiff, you must earn the privilege to weight train by demonstrating proper joint mechanics and the willingness to stretch. Your joints are constructed to move relative to one another in specific ways and if you load them incorrectly through negligent training or bad posture, you’re screwing with how your body was intended to move and you’ll need ample stretching (and training) to correct this.
And it doesn’t have to be fancy. Old-school static stretching on your bedroom floor with little to no equipment is all it takes! This static stretching will be a vital part of your program and shall serve as the foundation. The good news is we’ll guide you along the way and teach you how to stretch as part of your personal training plan. We also offer Stretch-Therapy (ST) sessions for those needing a little extra help with those deep tissues. See plans for details.
What Is The Stretch-Therapy Service?
Stretch-Therapy is our signature 30-minute stretching and myofascial-release therapy session using various modes of muscular facilitation and deep-tissue release for those tight, stubborn muscles. It helps relieve muscle soreness and stiffness and improves range of motion and flexibility. ST may help accelerate warm-up and/or recovery while also promoting better tissue circulation. It’s simply a feel good 30-minute stretch and release therapy session on the table to help you recover, reduce soreness, or get you ready for an activity such as a workout. Some clients enjoy pairing this service with traditional or semi-private personal training. ST currently costs just $199 for a 5-pack or you may purchase them a la carte at $45 per 30-minutes.
Do You Train Both Men And Women?
Yes we train both men and women, but specialize in men’s fitness.
Arin Training specializes in men’s fitness, but welcomes all individuals. While there are pros and cons to gender specialization in fitness, there is a certain level of comfort, expertise, and necessary program adjustments that make specialization ideal. This is similar to a medical doctor specializing in children (pediatrics) or an entire fitness center dedicated to women only (e.g. Total Woman). Read more about differences in training men versus women here.
What Do Online Workouts Include?
All plans – personal training and monthly semi-private – include complimentary online access to your own customized workouts.
Access your custom workout on your smartphone or computer with a free app we use at the App Store or Google Play. Your workout plan will continuously be updated every 2-4 weeks in conjunction to your personal training goals. This ensures you have 24 hour access to all your workouts and stretches no matter where you are.
Custom online materials include (when applicable) your comprehensive workout log (reps, sets, speed), warm-up protocols, and a stretching library for upper and lower-body flexibility needs.
Will I Learn How To Lift Weights Alone?
There’s an old aphorism you already know: Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. It would be a disservice for us not to teach you how to plan your workouts or lift correctly. Our goal is to ensure you’re confident and independent when exercising at your own gym. We want to make sure you know exactly what to do when at your gym — crushing every aspect of the workout from warm-up to cardio to lifting weights.
Making an investment in fitness is a big financial decision. But your investment isn’t for the trainer to stand there and dictate what to do or merely count reps for you. Your investment is made towards education: Education in competency of your body in making better long-term decisions. Competency that can transfer to other aspects of life, relationship, & in educating those around you. Please read The Manifesto statement here.