Check Out the Home Bodies Personal Training Frequently Asked Questions

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If you're considering trying Home Bodies Personal Training, you probably have some questions! This FAQ will help you out. Let's jump right in so you can find out all you need to know about our services.

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I have never had a trainer before. What can I expect? 

Contrary to what you may see on reality TV shows, a professional personal trainer is not someone to be afraid of! The folks working for Home Bodies Personal Training are NOT "drill-sargeant" types. Your trainer will start by meeting with you for a consultation. The consultation gives the trainer a chance to get to know you and decide which course of action is best for you in regards to your fitness. The consultation also gives you an opportunity to meet the trainer and find out if the trainer we send is a good match for you.

How is having an in-home trainer different from hiring a trainer at the gym?

If you would like to perform some or all of your workouts at home, it makes sense to use an in-home trainer. This is because  the in-home trainer can work with you in the same setting and with the same equipment and conditions that you will have access to for your home workouts.

For example, the dumbbells and resistance bands you use at home might be different from the ones at the gym. Furthermore, the trainers at Home Bodies Personal Training quite often give you exercises that "use" your home as a piece of equipment such as: step-ups on the stairs, dips off a chair, or push-ups against a counter top.

By using Home Bodies Personal Training, you will also enjoy the convenience of having the trainer come to you. If you only have a certain amount of time per week you can dedicate to exercise, working out at home just makes sense! The time you would have spent driving or changing could have been spent working out! The primary reason that people give up on exercise is lack of time. By working out at home, you can get your workouts done in less time and you will find it much easier to stick with your exercise program over the long haul. You can still be a member of a gym if you like, but it's a good idea to have an at-home "back up plan" for times when you can't, or don't want to, get yourself to the gym. 

home bodies personal trainingHome Bodies Personal Training can serve your needs, whether you are local to New England and would like an in person trainer, or whether you'd like to train with us through video call.

Can your Home Bodies trainers come to my fitness club or gym? 

Yes - we are willing to travel to health clubs, gyms, apartment complex or condo gyms, and fitness studios for personal training appointments and to design exercise programs using the equipment at the gym. Be sure to inquire first if the management at your gym allows "outside" trainers, meaning trainers who do not work for or rent out of the facility, to enter the facility with members and instruct them. Some of our staff have permission to train out of specific gyms, so it never hurts to ask us what is available in your area for training in a fitness center or gym. Some of our trainers also maintain a studio space where you can meet with the trainer and use the equipment available at the studio.

What types of services do you offer?

We offer program design, exercise and nutrition consulting, yoga and personal training. See a full list of Home Bodies programs. More info. on our most popular programs appears below!

Program design is an excellent way to enjoy an exercise routine designed by an expert without spending all the money you would with frequent personal training visits. Program design is when a Home Bodies trainer meets with you to evaluate your fitness needs, and then designs an exercise and/or diet program to help you achieve your goals. During these appointments you will be trying out and learning the exercises you will have in your program, but you will not perform a full workout because we need all the time available to instruct and explain your workouts that you will be doing on your own. We can meet with you on an ongoing basis, such as once every month or once every six weeks, to change or update your routine as necessary to ensure optimal progress. Follow-up appointments for form checks are always available.

Regular personal training is also a popular option. For this option, you'll receive program design plus the ability to perform your full workout with your personal trainer during your sessions. You'll also get more frequent form tips and updates with the greater frequency of sessions. At Home Bodies you're always free to schedule as many visits as you would like with your trainer each month.

home bodies fitness faqWe can work out indoors or outside!

Nutrition consulting is where we sit down with you to discuss the current state of your diet and how to make changes or improvements to help you with better health, more energy, more strength and stamina for your workouts, and muscle building and/or fat loss if you desire those things.

Even if you have a good idea of what it means to "eat healthy," different exercise programs require different nutritional parameters to maximize the results of your exercise sessions. For example, weight lifting leads to better body toning and greater fat loss when you consume certain amounts of carbohydrates at particular times during the day. If you do not know the nutritional requirements your exercise program places on your body, your workouts will simply not accomplish as much.

We also provide both psychological and practical tips and techniques to make it easier for you to follow your nutrition plan. We help you make your nutrition plan fun and enjoyable -it's NOT about deprivation and "starving yourself." With our help you can eat well but still have room for some "treats." We can help you incorporate going out to eat and having your favorite foods occasionally so that you can realistically follow the plan for life! We also help you navigate the confusing world of supplements so you can find out what's worthwhile for you to take and what is a waste of money at best, and downright dangerous at worst.

Personal training is when you perform full workouts with your trainer. Personal training offers the most accountability and motivation for clients because you are obligated to your trainer due to the regularly scheduled workouts. The trainer will come with your workout planned out and will instruct you during the workout. We will check form, make sure exercises, weights and reps are appropriate, and monitor the speed, intensity and duration of your cardio. We will also work with you on flexibility, soft tissue work, somatic exercises and preventive or rehabilitative exercises as needed. Most commonly the trainer meets with you once per week, and you will perform additional workouts during the week on your own as instructed. We will plan those workouts for you and leave them with you so you always have an organized workout designed by the trainer to follow. We also have trainers certified in Pregnancy and Postpartum fitness!

You may meet with us as often as five times per week for personal training, or as infrequently as once every other week. Remember, you can always opt for program design if you would like to have a trainer design your workouts and you would meet less often, but keep in mind that you will not be performing full workouts during those visits because we need all the time to fully explain what you will be doing on your own. 

home bodies fitness training faqHome Bodies fitness training frequently asked questions will ensure you don't have any surprises before starting to use our services.

How long are the sessions? 

Appointments are typically 1 hour. Initial consultations are 30 minutes, so an initial session plus an initial consultation is a 90-minute appointment (we only charge the for 1 hour session part - the consultation part is free). Appointment lengths are approximate - we are much more concerned with giving you what you need than with the length of the session. We will work with you to make sure you are getting exactly what you need. We have some new 45 minute options available for appointments as well and we have always offered 30 minute sessions - however it can be tough to fit in all the usual service we offer in those slots.

How much does it cost?

Get your Price Quote here.

Do I need a home gym or lots of equipment in order to train at home? 

No. Any necessary equipment will cost less than $50 and is provided by the trainer during the time you work with us if you do not wish to purchase it. You will be amazed at how much variety your routine will have even without a full home gym! While we do not require more equipment to guarantee great results for you, if you are interested in using additional equipment we can advise you on which pieces would be most useful and we can design routines for you that incorporate it. 

How much space do I need to exercise at home? 

All you really need is a 6-foot by 6-foot space on the floor. 

How do I perform cardio at home? 

If you do not own a piece of cardio equipment such as a treadmill, your trainer can design your exercise routine so that you do not need formal "cardio" to experience the benefits of cardiovascular exercise. This is accomplished through circuit-style exercise where you do not stop to rest between exercises, or cardio exercise that can be done indoors without much space. Going outdoors for some of the cardio is also an option and we can advise you on that. Many gym memberships cost $10 per month and will allow you to have access to cardio equipment if you need or want it. I personally was able to find a $50 Exercise Bike from Craigslist and I've used it several times per week for the past 5 years with no problems!

What makes your program different from other weight loss programs? 

We guarantee results, for one thing! We also work extensively with you to create a program you can live with and be happy to follow for life. The program is flexible enough to fit around your lifestyle. The program is more effective than most because it's based on science, not the latest fad or hype. It's designed for long-term success rather than a "quick fix" that doesn't last. 

How was your program developed? 

Our programs are based on the science of exercise physiology and nutrition. We combine our years of experience as trainers with the "book knowledge" we have from our cdegrees and certifications. We design everyone's program individually, and constantly re-test and re-assess your program to ensure that it is working at the absolute best level for you, your life, and your body.

home bodies fitnessPeter Accolla got started with Home Bodies Personal Training recently and absolutely loves the results!

What are your qualifications? Have you been professionally trained or certified? 

All of trainers who work at Home Bodies Personal Training are nationally certified. Gina Paulhus, owner of the company, is the author of the weight-loss book "Mind Over Fatter" as well as the book "Change Your Weighs.

What is your educational background?

I (Gina Paulhus, the owner and head trainer of the business) established Home Bodies Personal Training in 2004 after starting my career as a YMCA trainer in 1997. I am a Nationally Certified Personal Trainer with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. I have lots of hands-on experience and I spend approximately many hours per week studying exercise physiology and nutrition to this day. I have my Pregnancy and Postpartum Corrective Exercise Certification which allows me to dispense corrective exercise for all types of issues, even ones beyond being postpartum. See more about my PCES offerings here.

I have injuries. Is your program safe for me? 

All of our trainers are capable of performing full body assessments to determine which parts of your body may be out of alignment. We can use that information, combined with your description of symptoms, to design a program that, at the least will not make your problems worse - and usually will actually reduce pain and symptoms due to increased body balance and improved fitness levels.

What do I do to get myself prepared to get started Home Bodies Personal Training? 

You simply need to be ready to make a change in your life to become healthier. You also need to be willing to meet with us for a complementary consultation. 

Do I have to sign a contract or purchase many sessions from Home Bodies Personal Training to get started? 

Absolutely not! We do not believe in "locking in" clients by getting them to commit to a large number of sessions. We believe personal training should be about you, not us, and we want you to have full control at all times about whether or not you continue with us. We do allow you to "reserve" your desired day(s) of the week and time slots on a monthly basis, and if you choose to do that we provide a price discount on the sessions you reserve for the upcoming month.  

Home Bodies fitness trainingNothing beats having your trainer show you exactly how a move should be done for best results!

Can I save money by purchasing a bunch of sessions at once, or meeting with the trainer more often?

You can pre-pay for the upcoming month's worth of sessions (which could be just one session, or twenty-five sessions, depending on how often you train with us) and receive a $15 discount off regular session rates. The rate is the same no matter how often you train with us for personal training.

What are your rates for Home Bodies Personal Training?

Our trainers do not come cheap, but we take your results very seriously and are worth every dime. Rates vary based on how sophisticated your program needs to be and on our travel time. Please fill out the Quote Request form  for a rate quote.

How do I pay my bill at Home Bodies Personal Training?

We accept cash, checks or cards during in-person visits. We can also send a credit card or PayPal invoice for virtual sessions or if you prefer.

What will take place during my "initial consultation" with Home Bodies Personal Training? 

During the initial consultation your trainer will ask you some questions about your health and exercise background and about what you are looking to achieve with your workouts. We will then present a plan for you to help you move forward and achieve your goals. You will also get the opportunity to ask the trainer any questions you have about the program, and you will have the opportunity to meet the trainer and see if his or her style and personality are a good match for you.

What will take place during my first workout session with Home Bodies Personal Training?

The first session is low-key. We will introduce you to the exercises that we decide are best for you. It will be more about learning the movements than about exerting and straining. You will leave with a full understanding of what to do for your next workouts. If part of your goal is to lose weight or inches, we will also take baseline measurements if you are comfortable with that. We recommend taking measurements because seeing the progress is motivating - but it's never required!

Gina Paulhus personal trainerWe work with those in all ages and stages! Colin is a gifted runner and he uses strength training to support his running and help maintain his weight loss.

What kind of results have your clients achieved? 

Our clients have had varied and diverse goals when it comes to why they began working with us. For the Home Bodies Personal Training clients who follow our program, we have a 100% success rate for them achieving their desired goals. Not all clients stick with our program, of course. But the ones who do truly thrive. Many say they are in better shape now than they were 10 years ago!

For some client testimonials, visit this page: Here's what our clients have to say about their experience with Home Bodies.

What happens after I have reached my goal?

Many clients continue to work with us, although sometimes less frequently than they did when they first started out. Whether or not you continue utilizing our services is completely up to you. We teach you how to work out effectively and how to maintain your progress. We never keep our workouts and methodologies a "secret" from you - you gain an education in working out and eating right while you work with us. However, many Home Bodies Personal Training clients enjoy the camaraderie they develop with their trainer and enjoy the motivation and increased stimulation and variety it provides to continue working with us. Whether you continue working with us or you go off on your own once you're at your goal, you will be equipped to successfully maintain your progress. We also keep you up to date on the latest health, fitness, and weight loss news via our monthly newsletter.

Once I lose the weight and get in shape, how do I maintain it? 

You maintain your weight loss and/or increased fitness by following a modified version of the diet and exercise that led you to your desired weight, which is typically less stringent than your program was during the weight loss phase. At Home Bodies Personal Training we are accustomed to easing clients into the trecherous maintenance phase successfully. The reason that the maintenance phase can be so trecherous is that it's easy to let your guard down once you feel you've "made it." We can teach you how to loosen the reins a bit without giving up your great results.

Do you provide any Guarantees on results? 

Yes! Home Bodies Personal Training offers a money-back guarantee that if you follow the program as designed by your trainer you will achieve the results we've decided on together in the time frame we have specified. We also use customer surveys to ensure that we're creating a "wow" experience with the quality of our services. We will refund money for any training session conducted in the last month at any point if you are not 100% satisfied.

What makes you different from other fitness trainers? 

Besides the fact that we guarantee your results, we are very accessible (responding to calls and emails promptly) and we offer training seven days per week, from 5am to 10pm. We design a unique program for each individual, and we welcome your feedback on how to make your program and your experience with us better. Learn what makes us different at Home Bodies Personal Training.

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