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FAQ - GHF Personal Training

How long and how often should I train?

Studies have shown that there is a direct correlation between the frequency of training (how many times you train per week) and results. Simply stated the more frequently you train per week the faster you can get results. Most clients train 2 to 3 times per week with a personal trainer.

Our number 1 priority is to be sure that you get RESULTS. We base our recommendations on your restrictions, current level of fitness and goals. Most clients train for at least 6 months+.

How do I find a personal trainer?

We have over 40 nationally certified PT with a wide variety of backgrounds from injury rehab to endurance running, “Senior” training to youth obesity.

On average our personal trainers have been training clients for over 38 months or 3.1 years of personal training experience.

Clients are placed with a specific personal trainers based on many factors. We usually start with the end goal in mind, and place a client with a trainer that specializes in that specific goal. We then also look at specific training time requirements, personality, and special conditions.

The first step is to meet with one of our personal training consultants. They will then place you with personal trainer that specializes in your area of need.

What is the difference between an “Advance” and “Master” level trainer?

The number 1 difference is the amount of experience the trainer has. Master level trainers must have at least 2100 hours of experience. Master level trainers also must obtain a second certification, complete a physical therapy internship among other requirements.

What type of training do you offer? What is the program?

All of our personal training programs begin with a FMS to identify your movement imbalances and asymmetries. Beyond that a typical sessions begins with Movement prep, which is a dynamic warm-up to get your body prepared for exercise. Then we focus on strength training and conclude with stretching and mobility work. See website: 1-on-1, Express, or Semi-private

Do I have to buy a package?

You can buy as many sessions as you like. We do however have packages that have reduced rates.

Do you have trainers that specialize in…?

See list of trainers specialties

Can I train at multiple facilities?

This is based primarily on the availability of your personal trainer. If your primary CPT is not available at another facility, you can co-train with another CPT

What should I wear to my training session?

Comfortable, breathable clothing that will allow you to move without restriction and supportive Tennis shoes. Jeans and flip-flops wouldn’t be your best choice.

Should I bring anything else to my session?

Water and small towel is recommended.

How do I check in for my training session?

After checking in with the receptionist and showing your membership card, proceed to the training studio/area and log in to our computerized check-in. Your user name will be your membership number and your pin, should be the last 4 digits of your cell number. Please make sure you log yourself in and not your trainer logging in for you. If you encounter any problems with this process let your trainer know.

What happens if I can't make my training session?

It is always best to call your trainer and notify them as soon as possible. Reaching them on their mobile phone will generally be the best option. You may also call the club at which you train. (Main center 377-4955, Women's center 374-4634 or Tioga 692-2180) If you have to cancel with less than 24 hours please note you will be charged for your missed session. If you are canceling from a small group your trainer may be able to accommodate you by placing you in another group provided there is an opening.

What if I don't feel like my trainer and I are a good fit?

We do our best to find a perfect match for you; however we understand that on occasion it may not be the ideal fit. Please notify myself or your fitness counselor immediately so that we can make a switch to a more suitable trainer.

Is my trainer allowed to give me nutritional advice?

Trainers are limited by their certification and by law what they are allowed and not allowed to advise. Some trainers do have additional nutritional certifications which will allow them more flexibility. If you have specific questions or have medical conditions that require more detailed higher-level attention, you will need to work directly with a Registered Dietician.

Can I do other exercises, classes, or cardio in the club in addition to my training?

Of course you can, but communicate with your trainer exactly what your plan is so that they can guide you on what the best options are for you. More is not always better, and may lead to a situation of over training causing you to head 180 degrees in the opposite direction of your goals.

Where will I meet my trainer?

Unless you have discussed other arrangements with your trainer, it is best to meet them in the lobby area of the club. Feel free to let the receptionists know that you are there to meet your trainer so that they can page them.

Is there a safe place to put my keys/belongings?

Yes, all of our clubs have free lockers in the locker rooms. In addition, the club may have supplementary lockers on the workout floor.