Frequently Asked Questions
How Do I Get Started With The Personal Training Program?
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.
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 connecting, please 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 with you each week. You should decide between personal training or condensed training plans — depending on your budget and desired training frequency.
Will I Learn How To Lift Weights Alone?
Regardless of if you’re a distance client or an in-person personal training client, we want you to get the most out of your experience by learning. Our in-person sessions (personal and condensed) are expertly guided to ensure easy understanding and adherence.
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 — 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.
How Many Personal Training Sessions 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 shown that for beginners, shorter bouts of exercise 40-60 min. with more frequency is more superior than one longer bout of exercise (60-90 minutes) with less frequency.
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 sessions per week. There are obvious exceptions to the rule with endurance athletes or those with advanced muscle building goals, but most individuals can fall safely under the 2-4 workout 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 Personal Training Sessions?
Personal Training plans are 55-60 minutes. Condensed Training 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 in 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 needs. We offer a standard 55-60 minute duration for personal training plans and a slightly shorter 40-45 minute duration for condensed training in those interested in a more budget-friendly offering or who wish to add a family member for even more savings (partnered).
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 workout 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 cardio.
Are Workouts Paired With Others?
Personal training plans (60 min) are private one-on-one (10 pack, 20 pack, or 30 pack) sessions. You may add a friend or family member to your sessions for an additional cost. See Plans page for pricing.
Condensed training plans (40 min) also have the option for both private one-on-one or partnered format. A partner *may* be provided for you on condensed-training programs upon request. See Plans page for pricing.
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.
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.