Frequently asked questions
Q: What is fitness and nutrition coaching?
A: Fitness and nutrition coaching offers you a comprehensive, holistic approach to guide you to your personal best. This includes everything from the right type and quantity of exercises, to healthy eating habits, to sleep and recovery. Most importantly, as your coach I help you develop realistic goals and the most effective strategies to ensure you’re successful.
Q: What is the difference between online and live virtual coaching?
A: The main difference lies in how it’s delivered to you. With both options, you’ll receive a fully customized and detailed exercise plan, based on your current fitness level, goals and preferences. You’ll begin setting small goals to build better nutrition and lifestyle habits based on what’s meaningful and important to you.
With online coaching, you follow your plan on your own schedule, with regular check-ins and unlimited messaging with me for questions. We’ll also have live video or phone check-in call once or twice per month to keep you on track to reaching your goals.
With live virtual coaching, we are exercising together live over video conferencing on scheduled days and times each week. I can closely observe your form during every exercise and answer any questions right then. We will also have a weekly 30-minute video or phone conversation to answer any questions in more depth, and talk about challenges you may be facing and strategies for overcoming them.
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Q: Will I get the same kind of workout virtually as I did in the gym/studio?
A: Yes – in fact you may find yourself working even harder! But instead of using weight machines, which aren’t all that effective anyway (Read: The Myth of Weight Machines) we use your own body weight, as well as some inexpensive, easy-to-find exercise tools that are extremely effective – such as stretch bands and cords, dumbbells, and even a simple hand towel. I demonstrate each exercise for you (either live or through videos) so you always follow good form.
Q: Is virtual/online fitness coaching just workouts, or is there more?
A: So much more! First and foremost, I customize everything for YOU and your needs. You’ll have daily habit tracking reminders based on your goals. Weekly content I select especially for you provides helpful information about exercise, nutrition, and a healthy lifestyle, based on where you are right now. If healthy eating and weight loss are your goals, we may have regular, separate conversational coaching sessions to specifically address the nutrition aspect of your program. (See the Nutrition Coaching page for more details.) You’ll also receive a customized cardiovascular exercise plan that you’ll follow on your own, along with your strength training sessions. And you can contact me any time with questions or if you just need some extra encouragement!
Q: What are some of the biggest benefits of online and virtual fitness coaching?
A: There are so many! First, it’s incredibly convenient. You don’t have to pack a gym bag, drive to a gym/studio, park, and be there early. Instead, you just put on your workout clothes, grab the equipment you’ll need and set up your laptop or tablet. Second, you’ll have detailed instructions and video exercise demonstrations for every workout. Lousy weather outside? No driving required! And especially with COVID 19, you’re never exposed to the germy environment that public gym/studio spaces present, no matter how diligently they clean.
Q: How much does it cost? And is there a long-term commitment?
A: Fitness and nutrition coaching is an investment in you. I offer a variety of programs – and frequently customize them to meet each client’s unique situation. So it’s best for us to talk about your needs first, so I can offer you the right program to meet them. I ask for a minimum commitment from you of four weeks. After that, you can choose to continue your current program or expand out for a longer time period – whatever’s right for you.
Q: Can I try it out for free?
A: Of course! If you’ve chosen the live virtual coaching option, your first virtual workout session is always complimentary. If online coaching is a better fit for you, try it free for one week. If it’s still not right for you, no worries!