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Thank you for your interest in Bend Personal Trainers. We’re here to help you on your fitness journey. With that in mind, here are some commonly asked questions about personal training we are asked by clients before they choose a personal trainer.

What is a Personal Trainer?

Personal trainers are fitness and exercise specialists who help clients to develop exercise and nutrition programs to improve their physical fitness and health. Chiefly, personal trainers spend most of their time teaching clients how to safely and effectively use exercise equipment, developing workout and eating plans, and motivating their clients to strive for improvement (and work hard!). Personal trainers are coaches, teachers, cheerleaders, and accountability partners wrapped all in one.

What kind of training do personal trainers have?

Personal trainers vary widely in the kind of experience they bring to the gym. Some are former and current athletes with hands-on experience about exercise physiology, while others have more traditional academic training. All personal trainers must hold a personal training certificate from an approved institution, such as the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) or the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), in order to work as a personal trainer at a gym. These certifications ensure personal trainers know the essential health and fitness principles necessary to facilitate client success.

Do personal trainers work for a gym or for themselves?

In most cases, the relationship between a personal trainer and their home gym is that of an independent contractor, not an employee. Personal trainers share revenues with the gym for personal training revenues for the ability to use that facility and are generally responsible for their own marketing and accounting. The personal trainers on Bend Personal Trainers are private contractors who have an agreement with Snap Fitness – Reed Market to use the 11,000 square foot facility.

Do personal trainers offer classes?

Personal trainers offer a variety of classes, such as bootcamps, group training sessions, plyometric exercises, among others. Other classes, such as yoga classes, spin classes, pilates classes, among other specialty classes are generally hosted by trained teachers who hold certifications for their given discipline. Some personal trainers hold these specialty certifications, but not all.

How much does personal training cost?

Personal trainers vary in their pricing based on experience and availability. Some personal trainers who are in high demand charge up to $150 per hour. The average rate for personal training is $60 per hour. These rates also vary depending on the type of sessions a personal trainer offers. For example, some personal training is only offered in 30 minute high intensity sessions at a $45 per session rate, while others are hour long sessions at $60 per session.

Most personal trainers base their rates on the recommended pricing set by their home gym. This is because gyms advertise certain rates to drive personal training business, and so personal trainers are encouraged to adhere to those rates.

If money is a concern, be sure to ask about special introductory rates. All personal trainers, by virtue of being small business owners, regularly offer discounted rates for new clients, as well as introductory package rate. Another good way to save money is to pre-pay for sessions ahead of time as part of larger packages, which always offer savings. An example of such a package would be: “Buy 8 sessions and get the 9th free.”

What happens if I miss a personal training session?

In most cases, personal trainers maintain a policy of charging for a session that was missed if it wasn’t canceled more than 24 hours in advance. However, first time misses are generally forgiven and rescheduled. Because personal training is appointment based, the standard procedure regarding “no-shows” is similar to that of a physical therapist, doctor appointment, etc.

Will a personal trainer help me with nutrition?

Yes. Your personal trainer will help you to develop an eating plan to aid you in achieving your goals. Keep in mind that personal trainers are not nutritionists, nor do they pretend to be. Any advice in regards to nutrition given by a personal trainer is simply a recommendation, and not prescriptive. If you have any serious concerns or needs with nutrition, you should see a licensed nutritionist.

Can a personal trainer help me with my health conditions?

Your personal trainer will not be trained or qualified to diagnose or treat any specific health condition. However, he or she can work with your primary care physician to make sure you are healthy enough for exercise, and to develop a fitness program that suits your specific needs. Most personal trainers require a doctor’s note if you have a chronic or acute health condition as part of their intake process. If you provide specific instructions from your doctor, your personal trainer can tailor your fitness program to meet your needs.

What are some other services a personal trainer can offer me?

Personal trainers are fitness experts who have a knowledge base that you can and should exploit for your own gain. Depending on experience, your personal trainer can offer additional services such as going shopping with you to recommend to you what to buy and what to avoid, develop special workouts for travel, and even visit your kitchen to evaluate how prepared you are to start cooking healthier meals. Some personal trainers also double as health coaches and can help dig deeper into your lifestyle to help you make better choices to live healthier and happier.

How do I choose a personal trainer?

Finding the right personal trainer is about personal preferences. Are you more comfortable with a male or female trainer? Do you prefer someone who is bubbly and cheerful, or a bit more serious and to the point? Ultimately, it is during an initial consultation where you will decide if the personal trainer you have chosen is the right fit both personality-wise and style-wise. Personal trainers are also keenly aware of the fact that they may not click with everyone they train. Most will not hesitate to refer you out to someone who is a better fit if they feel they are not the right trainer for you.

Are there special considerations for the elderly?

Yes. There are specific needs present among the elderly that are not present among younger populations, and your personal trainer should be prepared for that. There exist certifications specific to training older clients, as well as specialized mobility techniques and goal setting methods. For older clients, look for a personal trainer with ample experience training with older clients.

Are there special considerations for youths?

Yes. Young adults (i.e. under 18) also require specialized programs. Their bones and muscles and joints are all very young and still fairly unstable, and so it is important for the trainer your choose to understand the physiological differences that distinguish young people from the general population. High school athletes need to be especially mindful of these differences when pushing themselves above and beyond their current limits.

What is Bend Personal Trainers?

Bend Personal Trainers is a local referral service that matches clients with personal trainers. We have a standing partnership with Snap Fitness – Reed Market to use their brand new 11,000 square foot facility for training, classes, and bootcamps. Our goal is promote health and wellness in our community one client at a time. The personal trainers on our team are independent contractors who work for themselves, and are not employees of Bend Personal Trainers.

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