Frequently asked questions about personal training

Los Angeles Personal Training Frequently asked questions

Q: Do I need to join the gym where you train your clients?
A : Yes.  To do personal training with me, you will need a membership at my base gym.  You can pay by the day, but it is not cost-effective.  Our other team trainers also have base gyms.

Q: How much is the gym membership?
A: The gym membership fees depends on location and the length of membership you wish to choose:  At the gym I use in Santa Monica, a monthly membership for my clients is $75 initiation and $95 per month.  The good news is, the gym costs are insignificant in comparison to personal training fees.  Gym rates at other gyms with our other personal trainers are different.

In-home personal training is available in all nearby areas to base locations.

Q: How much does personal training cost?
A: Our personal training rates are within market average for the Los Angeles area.  I.E.: Not cheap.  The specific rates depends on the size and type of personal training package you sign up for and which trainer you train with.  You can view our current team trainer rates by navigating to this page and filling in the form.  You should plan on it being in the range of $100 per session or more.

For lower cost options you can inquire about semiprivate training sessions, online personal training or hybrid coaching.

Q: I’m interested in home personal training. What kind of equipment do I need?
A: I suggest you have: Adjustable dumbbells, barbell, adjustable bench with leg attachment. The more stuff, the better.  My trainers will bring a swiss ball, dumbbells or TRX and elastic bands with them even if you don’t have anything.  You can contact me for info on how to best outfit your home gym.

Q: I’m doing a starter program (2-4 sessions). Do I need a membership?
A: No. The gym fee for the first session is free, and consecutive visits are $25.

Q: What is the nature of your diet?  Do you follow paleo diet or keto diet or other popular weight loss scheme?
A:  My unique diet uses small meals 5-6 times per day in order to stimulate your metabolism to optimize lean tissue and minimize fatty tissue.  The exact composition of your custom diet depends on your metabolism and body type. My diet plans are unique and do not fall into any current fad diet plan.

As every person is different, every diet is different.   Your individual diet will have certain amounts of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.

Q: Will I lose weight just by doing the workouts?
A: A little but the amount you are looking for.  To lose fat,  your body must be put under considerable duress.  The diet enables your body to lose fat and the exercise actually burns it.  Without following a proper diet,  your body cannot and will not burn significant amounts of fat.

Q: I saw an ad at the grocery store for personal training sessions for $20 – Why shouldn’t I just sign up for these?
A: Because you’ll get a $20 trainer. You wouldn’t want a $20 attorney or doctor, would you?  Your trainer is responsible for your body in that session. Quality costs more, but it’s worth it.

Q: Why not just sign up for personal training at my current gym? They have trainers there…
A: Many people that come to me have already gone that route. Now, if you have gotten to this point on my website and don’t see the difference between big box staff trainers and me, go back and explore it fully. I refer you to my before and after photos, testimonials sections and feel free to look my google and yelp reviews.

Now, back to the trainer question.  Let’s talk about large chain gyms like Equinox, 24 hour fitness, Bally’s etc.: These gyms only allow trainers that work for them to practice on their floor. That means you purchase the sessions from the gym, the gym pays the trainer. Regardless of how much you pay the gym for the sessions, their trainers on average make about $20-$40 per session depending on the company and the trainer’s experience. Thus, you are getting the attention of a $20-$40 trainer.  The gym keeps the rest of the fee.  See above.

By the way, some of these outfits are selling you 30 minute sessions and acting like it’s a real training session. See below.

Q: I keep seeing ads for 30 minute training sessions 3 times per week – Why shouldn’t I just sign up for these?
A: That’s simply not enough time or work to change a body or create significant fat loss. If you do, you’ll be calling me later anyway. You’ve got to be willing to put in the time.  Once again, workouts alone will not change your body. You need diet, resistance training, and cardiovascular training.   Anyone who makes it sound easy is out to take your money and doesn’t care whether you get results.

Q: I saw a website that says I can train for 20 or 30 minutes once a week and get in great shape – What’s your opinion on that?
A. As they say, “If it sounds too be good to true, it probably isn’t.” Let me ask you; do you really believe you can get in shape by working out once per week? It’s downright silly.

Q: How are your personal trainers qualified?
A: I require that a trainer has at least 10 years of personal training experience before I will even consider them to join my High Performance Personal Training Team.  In addition, they are required to receive additional training with me to insure that the client receives the High Performance program.  Most of my trainers have in excess of 15 years experience as well as competitive athletic backgrounds.

Q: What about the infomercials that say “Eat anything you want and still lose weight”?
A: Lies designed to take the money of the naive. Nothing more.

Q: I’m planning on signing up with my spouse/fiance/partner/friend. Is there a discount for couples?
A: Yes. We have a twofer deal or you can split a large personal training package between you two. I’ll explain the details when we meet.

Q: I don’t live in Los Angeles but I want a body transformation like your clients have enjoyed.  How can I benefit from your genius?  
A: Great news true believer!  I also offer online personal training and nutritional programs for body transformation, rapid weight loss, muscle building, bodybuilding, physique and bikini competition, strength training, anti-aging and more.  Go to my online personal training page and sign up!

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