As a Personal trainer, there are common questions that we are asked, especially by those who are just beginning their fitness journeys with us. Here are some answers to your most common questions:

How often do I need to work out?

Depending on your fitness goals, we usually recommend four days of exercise each week. Resistance training should be involved in at least three of these days. You should be getting around 150 minutes of moderately intense activity every week.

How often do I need to work with you?

Everyone is different, and it will take a few sessions to evaluate what kind of program will work for you and how often in-person guidance will be needed. Typically, at least three a week until you consistently get to the gym and perform the workouts that keep you on track to meet your goals.

How quickly will I see results if I sign up?

Again, everyone is different and results also show in different ways. After we take you through an assessment and gauge where you at in terms of fitness and health, we can properly create a plan personalized for you. It could be two weeks, it could be four. You will most likely feel your results before seeing them as well.

Can I just do cardio?

Studies have shown that more pronounced results are reached with strength training, but the right combination of the two can achieve great results. It does also depend on you and your goals. Strength training also varies your load, muscles used and range of motion vs. running on the treadmill or using the Elliptical Machine, which do not have these necessary benefits.

What should I eat before and after a workout?

You will need energy before you work out and time before your session for your meal to digest. If you have ample time, a balanced meal is best, while if you are pressed for time, something as simple as a banana with some peanut butter will serve you well. Check out these articles on what to eat and what not to eat before and after your workout in more detail.

I've been working out for a month now, why are my workouts not getting easier?

In order to keep improving your fitness and continuing to gain strength without plateauing, you will have to continue to challenge yourself, whether it be increasing weight, repetitions or type of exercise.

Is it better to do strength training or cardio first?

If you’re looking to lose weight, you will burn more fat if you strength train before you perform any cardio exercises. You just don’t want to be completely exhausted by the time you get to the cardio aspect of your workout. Additionally, strength training workouts can be tailored to increase your metabolic burn and thus more calories throughout the day.

How often can I have a cheat day?

Goal and person depending, once a week is usually okay to have a cheat meal. Cheat days filled with multiple cheat meals can derail your progress a little too much.

When should I work out?

Whenever you have time throughout your day and when you think you are most likely to continue to get to the gym without hindrances. Look at your schedule and determine what works best for you, when you will have energy to do so and do so consistently.

What should my diet look like?

Depending on what you hope to achieve with your fitness plan, this will vary and nutrition will play a key role in the success of your health and fitness goals. Proper nutrition is commonly composed of lean proteins, plenty of vegetables and fruits and whole grains.