Personal Training FAQ

What is personal training?

Personal training is more than having a coach to help you do cardio and weight training. A personal trainer is an expert in exercise science and safe body movements that programs a pathway to your individual health and wellness goals. Personal training is helpful for those looking to shed body fat, increase strength, or improve their overall ability to perform daily tasks. A personal trainer can also help athletes train for a specific sport by improving performance while avoiding overtraining injuries.

What are the benefits of having a personal trainer?

A personal trainer narrows down your movements and overall training plan to exercises that will have the most impact for you, making the most of the time you spend exercising. Trainers will help track your performance, adjust your training and lifestyle habits to achieve your goals, and ensure that you are properly progressing. They will also make modifications to your plan around injury or overtraining, helping you rehabilitate back to normal performance while still making progress in your goals.

How many days a week should I work out with a personal trainer?

Sessions per week depend on your overall goals and the time you have available to dedicate to training. Most clients prefer two to three sessions per week. It’s important to dedicate specific times each week to maintain consistency in your training. Your personal trainer will help you determine your optimal training schedule.

How do I find the right trainer for me?

Every personal trainer brings their own expertise, whether it’s sport-specific or a training towards a certain goal, such as weight loss. It’s important to find a trainer that has both the experience and certifications you will need to achieve your goals. You trainer should have one or more of the following:

  • CSCS: Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • NSCA-CPT: National Strength and Condition Association – Certified Personal Trainer
  • NASM-PES: National Academy of Sports Medicine – Performance Enhancement Specialization
  • ACSM-CPT: American College of Sports Medicine – Certified Personal Trainer

You should also match with your trainer on a personal level. You’re entrusting your health to your trainer, and should feel comfortable with that person. Your success will depend on this bond, and it might take a few trial runs to find the ideal trainer for you. Don’t feel badly if you need to try a few to find the right fit; it’s your health and your choice.

How do I get the most from my personal trainer?

There are a few ways to ensure you’re getting the most from your personal training sessions.

  • Set clear goals and share them with your trainer
  • Be consistent in your training schedule
  • Communicate pain or discomfort you may be feeling
  • Track your progress with metrics specific to your goal
  • Adjust lifestyle habits to support your goals

How many personal training sessions will it take to see results?

Progress to your goals will depend on a number of factors, including nutrition and consistency in training. You can spend three hours a week with a trainer, but without the proper fueling behind it, you could be sabotaging your results without realizing it. Each individual will see results based on their own program and conditions.

However, with proper nutrition, training, and lifestyle adjustments, most people can expect to see results in weight loss, muscle gain, strength or mobility in approximately two to four weeks.

What’s the difference between MPOWER personal training and box gym training?

MPOWER personal training focuses on each individual, giving them the training and support to make attainable and positive lifestyle changes. We achieve this through combining our expertise in orthopedics, exercise science, and performance training in a medical facility focused on improving all aspects of health and wellness. Our training program offers:

  • One-on-one attention in an exclusive facility
  • Programming reviewed by medical professionals
  • Easy access to orthopedic and musculoskeletal experts
  • High-tech equipment not found in box gyms
  • Special programs for returning to a sport or daily activity, due to injury or orthopedic restrictions
  • Special programs for reducing overtraining injuries
  • Easy access to massage therapists and dietitians

How much does personal training cost?

Prices of personal training sessions in Middle Tennessee can vary greatly; we prefer to keep our pricing simple. We do personal training prices in session packages, for individuals, semi-privates, and groups. To learn more, contact us.

We encourage potential clients to test us out before committing to a package. Give us a call for a free trial session!

Can personal training be tax deductible if I use my HSA?

Medically-directed weight loss expenses may be tax deductible if it is treatment for a specific disease diagnosed by a physician (obesity, hypertension, heart disease). Membership dues in a gym, health club, or spa are not deductible, but separate fees charged for weight less activities could be. Please contact your tax advisor for guidance. If you are interested in medically-directed weight loss, please contact our Concierge Physician, Dr. Cordovez.

Can I train with a group?

Yes. We do offer limited availability for groups up to six. As we are a personalized facility, we don’t allow too many large groups. We do have private and semi-private training as an option at any time.

How do I get started?

Start by filling out our training goals assessment here.

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