What kind of certification and education do your instructors have? (top)
Since we are a network and not an organization, we do not require that our instructors be certified by any one particular certification organization. There are a number of highly respected nationally recognized professional fitness and personal instructors certification organizations. Our instructors have certifications from at least one, in many cases more than one.
Each of these certification groups offers courses and testing in subjects including anatomy, exercise physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics, range of motion, structural integrity, fitness screening and testing, training principles and techniques, understanding equipment, sport nutrition, sports injury, physician interfacing, sport psychology and motivation, safety and injury prevention. To be certified by these organizations requires rigorous study, participation in courses, hands-on training trials, and passing difficult examinations.
The organizations our instructors are certified by include, among others, the American College of Sports Medicine, National Academy of Sports Medicine, American Council on Exercise, International Sports Sciences Association, International Sports Medicine Association/American Aerobic Association International, National Strength and Conditioning Association, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America.
Some of our instructors also have graduate or post-graduate degrees in exercise physiology or related sciences.
I want to workout at home, but I don't have any equipment. Will I be able to accomplish anything?(top)
While it is always better to have access to quality cardio and resistance equipment, it depends upon your condition and goals. A lot can be done without any equipment at all. Also available by mail order is a range of excellent home equipment, including resistance bands, ankle weights, dumbbells, balls and other easily stored and relatively inexpensive, yet effective items.
I currently belong to a gym. Can an instructor come to my gym to train me? (top)
Yes, if your gym allows private personal instructors. You need to ask your gym if they welcome independent instructors and, if so, how much they charge you for the instructor to come in. Most gyms will charge you for this.
If I come to the instructor's gym do I have to pay a gym fee in addition to the instructors fee? (top)
Yes. By "instructor's gym" we are referring to a gym where an instructor in our network regularly trains clients. Our instructors are independent and do not work for a gym. Therefore your fee to MBP is separate from your gym fee, which must be paid directly to the gym.
Do I have to join the instructor's gym and what are the gym fees? (top)
No, you do not have to join the gym. You can pay a "daily fee" each time you come. We encourage this option when you start working with an instructor until you decide whether you want to continue. Often a gym will give you a free guest pass for your first session. If you decide to continue you can discuss directly with the gym options for discount daily packages.
What if I want a structured workout but don't have the flexibility in my schedule to see an instructor? (top)
We offer online personal training instruction for people with those exact needs. You can view those services and rates under the Health and Fitness links. After you select this service and fill out a questionnaire, we will select an instructor that will work best for your needs and contact them. That instructor will contact you within a couple of days.
How many days a week do I need to workout? (top)
This question can only be answered effectively after you have talked with an instructor. It depends upon your current conditions, goals, schedule, budget and your instructor's availability. You may "need" to workout with an instructor four days a week, but only have the time or budget for two days a week. In these cases, the instructor will work to teach you a program that you can do on your own for the days that you cannot work with an instructor. This, of course, necessitates your willingness and ability to implement such a program.
I don't have the discipline to train on my own, but I want to make my personal fitness a long-term commitment. How long a period with an instructor work with me? (top)
Some instructor/client relationships extend over many years. How long an extended period of time you work with an instructor depends upon many factors. These include the interpersonal relationship between you and an instructor, availability, scheduling and logistics. If after a time, your instructor is unable to continue and you want to still work with a instructor, you can either contact us again and we'll find someone for you or your instructor may know someone who he/she thinks is suitable for your needs.
I can workout on my own, but I need to learn what to do and how exercise correctly. Will an instructor work with me on this basis? (top)
Yes. A instructor will evaluate you, access your needs, and work with you over a number of sessions to teach you fat loss and toning/building exercises necessary for you to achieve your goals. You will come away with a program tailored to your needs and can workout on your own. The number of sessions needed for this depends upon your fitness needs, how quickly you master the movements and your budget. You can always schedule an additional session or sessions later for a refresher or to upgrade your program. Our instructors are responsive to occasional follow-up phone or email questions for no additional charge.
After I start working with an instructor when will I begin to see results? (top)
This is an impossible question to answer without knowing your present condition and training history. There are many variables including your specific starting point, genetics, and metabolism as well as your consistency, commitment and time you are willing to put into training. You will get results commensurately with what you put into your training and diet. Also, we can set up programs that are aimed to work very quickly, but involve exceedingly stringent dieting and training. Generally we like to suggest that, if you are starting from a very low level of fitness, you take it slower at the beginning so you can accustom your body gradually to a training program. We want you to be fit and fabulous for your lifetime.
I have done everything, but I still can't loose weight. Is there anything you can do for me? (top)
Losing body fat effectively is the result of a combination of a specific diet and calorie burning aerobic exercise carried out consistently for a particular duration of time. We usually find that when you think you are doing "everything," one or more elements specified above is either not being carried out correctly or is not being carried out at all. Sometimes folks will try a variety of fad diets one after the other for short periods of time and then give up. Or they may get on the treadmill at the gym for 15 minutes two times a week and wonder why they can't lose fat. Body fat reduction or "getting lean" is the single most requested goal of clients who come to us. Our instructors will work with you on an effective diet and fat-burning exercise program and will discuss how long you need to sustain this program to achieve results. They will then help you to attain the discipline and motivation to carry it out.
I've have been working out on my own for a long time, but have stopped making any progress in muscle gain. Can you help me? (top)
Yes. Most people who have been working out on their own for a long period of time eventually hit a plateau and stop making gains in muscle mass. Often, genetics plays a role in this. That is, when someone comes close to or reaches their "genetic potential," muscle gain slows down and sometimes stops altogether. However, even taking genetic factors into account, we find that in most cases, plateauing is due to an inability by someone to push themselves to greater heights in their workouts and/or to find new types of routines. Without steady increases in muscle "overload" and varying of types of routines, gains will not be made.
How do I get started? (top)
What happens if I am late for a session? (top)
The instructor is not obligated to make up time due to a client's lateness. More than 1/2 hour lateness constitutes a late cancellation and the instructor is not obligated to conduct the session. In some cases an instructor will wait and work with you for the remaining time. But this is solely up to their discretion. In either case you will be charged fully for the session.
What if I cancel a session? (top)
Once you have scheduled session, you must cancel the session more than 24 hours in advance or you maybe responsible to pay the instructor fully for that session. It will depend on what you and your instructor have worked out prior to your training.
What happens if I am not satisfied with the instructor? (top)
If for some reason, you are not satisfied with a recommended instructor, we will work together to find another instructor for you. The instructor/client relationship is very important to your success. The chemistry has to be right for both communication and motivation.
Once I begin, am I obligated to continue? (top)
No, you are never under any obligation to continue unless you have actually scheduled a session or sessions. In that case, you must adhere to the cancellation policy guidelines.
When must I make payment? (top)
Payment must be made prior to your scheduled appointment. You will bring the receipt on that payment for proof to your MBP professional at the time of that service. If you can not print out receipt, contact MBP and we will contact the MBP professional directly.