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How long is an exercise session?
The length of an appointment depends upon the purpose of the session and how physically active you already are. Generally, a one-hour training is scheduled to start, then subsequent appointments are shortened or lengthened based on your personal exercise needs.
How should I dress?
Proper attire is necessary to assure your comfort and safety and to allow for a wide range of possible movements and activities. Appropriate choices are loose-fitting clothing such as sweat suits, jogging shorts or pants and T-shirts. A sports bra is recommended for women. Sneakers and sport shoes should be supportive and snug to ensure safety on the equipment. You may be asked to remove jewelry (also for your safety).
What is the average cost of a personal session?

Fees vary with the location, education and experience of a trainer. Fees may range on average from $50 to $85 per hour. At The Abbott Center a single session of private Yoga, Pilates, Stretching, or Exercise Training is $80. The best buy is $37/hour for a Trio for a series of 15 sessions.

Should I tip?
The trainers at The Abbott Center do not accept tips. (Compliments or feedback, however are greatly appreciated!)
What credentials should a qualified trainer have?
As a basic requirement to legally practice as a Personal or Private Trainer,
a person should be certified by an approved organization (ex: American College of Sports Medicine or Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) or have a degree from an institution of higher education. Certifications should be current and followed up by continuing education as required by each organization. For other kinds of exercise such as Therapeutic Yoga, Stretching, Tai Chi, Pilates, Aquatic Exercise, the regulations are looser and usually consist of a certificate of completion of a course of study.

What is the difference between the certifications and degrees?
Certifications range from $40 by mail certifications to advanced level programs with courses (in attendance) requiring a written and practical exam. Some certifications are aimed at those who want to teach an aerobics or fitness class and some at those who want to work in sports medicine. College education is not a prerequisite.
A person with a Bachelors Degree in Exercise Physiology or Health and Fitness has a significant amount of knowledge and training and is qualified to coach professionally and work in medical settings. A Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology is an even higher level of expertise.

Does the client have any responsibilities during a session?
The two most important things for a client to do are 1) to provide accurate feedback throughout the session and 2) to ask questions whenever necessary. For example, if an activity is too easy, or if you are having any pain or physical problems, you should immediately inform your trainer. Secondly, if you don’t understand what an exercise is for or how to do it properly, your trainer will want to know. Safety is the first priority in exercise, but your success with your program is essential.
What are the benefits of learning to exercise correctly from a trainer?
The benefits are many. You learn to be efficient, productive and safe in your exercise sessions. You can set and achieve goals. Your program is personalized and changes as needed under expert guidance. You can address nutrition and weight issues. Modifications for medical reasons and painful areas can be made. You will learn about your muscles and your physiology. A trainer will motivate you to keep to your routine, and do it with you if that’s what you need.
Who should exercise?
Unless the doctor says no….everyone! Short ones, tall ones, fat ones, skinny ones! No one is ever too young or too old to start exercising. Exercise will increase your cardiovascular endurance, your muscular strength and endurance, your flexibility and range of motion. Exercise will help you change your body composition to increased lean and decreased fatty mass. Your chances of injury will decrease. The health and vigor of your heart and lungs will increase shown by decreased resting heart rate and blood pressure and increased SV, CO and stamina.
How many sessions will I need?
Some need 3 sessions and some need 3 years. It all depends on how physically active you are currently, whether or not you exercise on a regular basis and if so, how much. How much training you need also depends on your body’s needs and your personal goals and how much you know about exercise. The last consideration is how much you and your trainer are able to accomplish in each session without getting overwhelmed.
What makes exercise at The Abbott Center different?
First and foremost, your sessions are completely private. You are in the exercise room, the studio or the private pool or in your own home with just the instructor. All sessions are one-on-one and designed to be done in your home with equipment you can easily keep there. You don’t need to go to a gym to get a great workout or a good therapeutic exercise session. Secondly, our offerings are geared toward a mind-body connection to exercise rather than just building big muscles and running a marathon (although you could also achieve those goals). We want you to feel great in more ways than one when you leave.
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