- What is a Fitness Clinician?
One who prescribed, administers, monitors and problem- solves fitness training and nutrition relative to individuals needs, for the general exercise enthusiast, special populations, or injury rehabilitation.
A fitness clinician is not a personal trainer who primarily acts primarily as a motivational exercise coach and may not have the skills to take on the responsibilities of a fitness clinician.
- What does a health coach do?
A health coach is a guide and mentor who empowers clients to take responsibility for their own health and supports them to implement and sustain lifestyle and behavior changes that will contribute to the achievement of their personal wellness goals. Some common areas where a Health Coach may help a client to focus include weight management, food cravings, sleep, energy, stress management, and digestion, just to name a few.
- What does a health coach not do?
A health coach does not take the place of any medical practitioner; rather we serve as the missing link- the patient guide- that helps develop strategies to enact real, lasting lifestyle changes that address not only the diagnostic label ( i.e pre- diabetic), but also serve to enhance the client's overall wellness.
- How can 30 minute per week get results?
Basically its quality over quantity. We're not saying it is necessarily optimal (varying the demands is best- 4-8 sessions a month) , but one intense session a week can bring about very impressive results for the average trainee. Most people aren't planning to enter a bodybuilding contest, they just need a basic- sustainable routine. All aspects of fitness (increased muscle tone, bone density, insulin sensitivity, improved blood pressure/ cholesterol levels ect) can be improved and maintained in as little as one session a week, its clearly documented within the scientific literature, and self evident once experienced.
Because it is sustainable (most that train this way continue for life), convenient, and allows for complete recovery (or close to) our clients are always ready for the next session, and enjoy giving their body quality attention. Most of my clients trained consistently in this manner for over 2 years, and never lost their motivation and were always eager to train.
Remember exercise like any stress, is a negative (think about how long a small cut takes to heal completely). More is not always better, and often can cause weakness and eventually illness. This is the main reason people jump into a program for a month or 2 and then slack off for a year. They aren't working with the nature of the body. Remember we get stronger when we're resting, not when we're exercising.
- What is the difference between a personal trainer and a Fitness Clinician?
Mainly the academic standards the certifying body holds. Many certifications are weekend courses that much like modern education are based on memorizing trivial information and regurgitating it (what plane of movement does one move in a squat, or how many times does the heart beat in a minute) leaving the actual "prescribing" up to the trainer, to in most cases "guess" whats best. Many trainers have kinesiology backgrounds and know a lot about anatomy and physiology, then take one of these certifications for insurance reasons. They proceed to do "what worked for them" or the latest trend, as opposed to understanding the principles of an effective program. In our opinion, most trainers don't understand the basics of a repetition, a set, a workout, let alone a full program.
- What happens at the initial consult?
Quite simply we learn what your health goals and concerns are, and we will explain our approach and why. Once you get started then we do an in depth health history, and learn much more about your situation and the barriers to your destination and set up holistic plan of attack to guarantee success.
- What can I expect from our sessions?
Focused, quality, intense work, performed with safety as the number one priority. We build great rapport with our clients, but this is not social time, participating in "activity" or about "having fun" this is health care.
- How soon can I expect results?
In terms of exercise, after the first set. Most clients seem surprised initially, saying things like, "I've been doing it wrong the whole time", or "Wow, now I see why I only need once a week."
As far as overall health goes, it depends where you are at and how much you want change. Nutrition is such a big element to health transformation, and if you really take us seriously on this, you can expect noticeable changes in days, big changes in months, and If you stick with us for 6 months + and implement our recommendations into your routine, you can expect to have a level a health way above what is considered "normal" and a body you can be proud of. Chronic disease, regular/ seasonal illness, and the myriad of symptoms most modern day people face will not be a concern for you, it doesn't matter your age, genetic endowment, or how bad you think your situation is, we have a solution just for you.