How many days per week should I work out?
This varies depending on your goals. The general rule is that we should work out 3 days per week minimum. Any fewer than that, and you won’t see much benefit. Depending on your age, you will need more or less time to recover from resistance exercise, i.e. weight lifting and bodyweight training. Resistance training should be performed 3-6 days per week for most people.
Besides resistance training, we should walk daily—or at least 6 days per week. Resistance exercise is not a replacement for the health benefits of walking. Most authorities recommend 10-30 minutes per day of walking.
What type of education/training should a trainer have?
Anybody can call themselves a personal trainer, fitness trainer, group fitness instructor, etc. The law in most states does not require that fitness professionals be licensed. It’s up to you to make sure you are seeing a qualified trainer, and not somebody who just looks the part. This is in the interest of keeping you at a low risk of injury, and working out according to your body’s ability—not someone else’s.
At the very least, your trainer should have a certification in some type of fitness instruction from a reputable certifying body that requires more study than a weekend workshop. This certifying body should also require your trainer maintain his/her certification with continuing education.
Though not necessary, it is preferable that your trainer have some higher education in a related field such as Health Promotion, Exercise Physiology, or Kinesiology, etc.
Why is the price of 1-on-1 personal training not listed?
Time with an expert in almost every field is not cheap, and fitness is no exception. If you are interested in working one-on-one with Joe, we start with a complimentary consult which includes a workout. You will be able to have a look at the gym, learn how to push your body to improve, enjoy an amazing workout, and learn about your options to start experiencing a better body.
Zero gimmicks and no pushy sales tactics, we promise.
Do you offer 2-on-1 personal training?
Yes, and you and a second person will each save 25% of the price of a 1-on-1 session.
How quickly will I see the results of my training?
That depends a great deal on your body composition (fat vs. lean mass) and your current level of fitness. A common rule of thumb is that you will start to notice the results of your hard work after approximately 6 weeks.
A great deal of your progress depends on the choices you make outside of your workout. This means that we need to make food choices throughout the day that help us accomplish our goals, and take the stairs when possible.
You will most likely feel your hard work before you see it. It won’t be long before you start feeling stronger and lighter because of your body adapting to your new exercise program. Instead of hoping to see results in the mirror immediately, you should focus on the victories along the way such as being able to do another rep, or saying “no” to your favorite junk food.
How heavy of weights will we use?
That depends on you. We have to find out what your goals are. The type of movements we will do, and how heavy we do them vary greatly depending on age, ability, goals, etc.
One thing is for sure, we do not improve ourselves without challenging ourselves. So be prepared to be challenged in an environment where safety is number 1.
Will we use weight machines?
The likely answer is No. The Metal Wellness philosophy is to challenge yourself using your bodyweight and free weights. The idea behind most weight machines is that they isolate a particular joint or pair of joints, and keep you operating in a particular track of movement. This does not require much stabilization (which we need), and it does not translate to the free-moving objects that we encounter in the real world on a daily basis.
If there is a particular situation or goal, such as bodybuilding or needing to activate a particular muscle group, then we will use machines as necessary.