||Frequently Asked Questions
|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
|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?
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
||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
|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
|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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