How is Personal Training with Us Different?
People have been asking me lately what makes me different. What differentiates me from other personal trainers? Well first, I am not “just a personal trainer”. I am a nutritionist & wellness coach as well. Each of these skills allows me to have different relationships with my clients.
When I’m a nutritionist, I inform, educate & give feedback. Depending on the client, and what their goals are, I will do as much education as I need to in order to get the client to a point where they’re able to make good decisions.
As a personal trainer, I am focused on working my client out, and making them strong. I make sure that they’re using proper form, using equipment safely, and design their workout so that they get the most out of their time with me. I mostly perform circuit-style training, and push my clients gently; always trying to get more out of them than they would give the workout if they were by themselves.
Wellness coaching is a relatively new area in the Health Industry. Many people don’t understand it, but it’s where I can impact my client’s lives the most. Wellness Coaching is where I work with my clients to help them to make & accomplish their goals. Everyone has their own idea of what “healthy” or “healthier” is for them; where they want to be next year, or by the summer. Maybe you want to add more fruits & vegetables into your diet & sleep better, but you’re not ready to kick that soda habit? That’s cool. I won’t push it – there will be a day when you are. I walk people through the process of gradual behavioral change until it becomes a habit.
So again, what makes me different? It could be that I’m a nutritionist, personal trainer and wellness coach, but more than that. Clients that come to me want to do it on their own. I want to teach, engage & inspire each of my clients so that they will be healthier next month than they are now. I teach sustainable health habits: habits that are repeatable, that you can do while no one is watching & checking up on you.
It today’s economy, people don’t have the extra cash to be spending on anything outside of the necessities. In this article, we discuss how the best thing you can do in a down economy is to take care of your health. It’s an investment in your quality of life as you age. Science has the ability to keep us alive well into our 100′s. How much fun is that if you can’t do anything for yourself? By learning now how to take care of your body through nutrition and activity, you can increase your quality of life tenfold & also enjoy the money you saved.
I don’t want to meet with clients on a weekly basis for many years, however I do want to have relationships with my clients that last for years & years. The difference is that I want to watch them grow & have my clients inspire me with how they’ve integrated health into their lives. I think that relationship could look differently than meeting 1-3 times weekly for an appointment, but rather do that through iterative phases: learn, incorporate, refine. Our initial phase is the learning phase – I teach, explain, motivate, discuss and you learn. The next two phases are cyclical – you go off on your own & incorporate the information into your life & come back when you need refinement, or want to take that next step in towards better health.
Our approach is what makes Total Health by Elizabeth different. We teach sustainable, resilient and repeatable habits for healthy living.
Who Do We Work With?
Although we work with a wide spectrum of folks, we work with people who want to change thier lives. Period. Depending on your goals, our expertise is in two areas: Weight Loss and Healthy Behavior Change, and Slowing the Aging Process.
Weight Loss and Healthy Behavior Change
Be aware that if you are hiring a personal trainer to lose weight, that the trainer won’t do anything for you. All of our clients who have had success have done all of the work themselves; we just guide them in the process.
Although we will be spending the bulk of our time together strength training, you will be assigned “homework” (i.e.: extra-curricular exercise, journaling, etc. ), and you will be evaluated on completion. If you are hiring us, you need to be a walking, talking, billboard for our services.
If your goal is to lose weight, be aware that you will be required to keep a food journal as well as wear a calorie monitor.
Slowing the Aging Process
I’m sure you’ve heard that our metabolism slows as we age; something like 2% a year after the age of 35. But the truth is that the cause of that is loss of muscle mass – and it’s reversible!
For clients who are hiring a personal trainer to help slow the aging process, we’ll concentrate on strength training.Falls account for about one-half of the deaths due to injury in the elderly, so we will also work on balance, and agility. Two other important aspects to staying young as we age!
Private Personal Training
|Individual Sessions||$65 per session|
|10 Pack Sessions
$5 discount per session
($60 per session)
Semi-Private or Small Group Training
|2 Persons per Session||$45 per person per session|
|3 or More Persons per Sessions||$35 per session|
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We do our personal training out of a small personal training studio in the heart of Austin. The studio is called Pathway to Fitness and is located 1 block West of Central Market North, near 40th Street and Medical Parkway. You can only workout there if you’re working with your personal trainer. What I love about working there is that it’s a little like The Island of Misfit Toys — Everyone belongs. And because everyone belongs there, our clients don’t feel uncomfortable. Ever. There’s no grunting, or gawking. No one is there to be seen and so no one cares what you look like. It’s just a bunch of folks trying to get healthier.
The studio is fantastic because it’s just the right size, it has all of the necessary equipment, the location is perfect, and our clients don’t have to pay for a membership. Sometimes we have complete privacy where no one else is in the studio, and other times we share a space with a few trainers & their clients; It all depends on the time of day. Everyone knows everyone else, is happy to see you when you’re there and doesn’t judge when you’re not. Oftentimes we share in group discussions (or eavesdrop if that’s your thing).
It really is an awesome place.