Greetings and thank you for visiting The Naked Trainer!
My philosophy is to help people to move functionally as defined by what they choose to do in life, sport & play, and to help fuel & support this movement nutritionally in the most natural, sustainable and primal way possible.
na·ked [ney-kid] adjective
plain-spoken; blunt: the naked truth
Of course being naked means having no clothes on. However, in my world it means not dressing up the truths of health and fitness with hype, fads, trendy workouts or the next big diet.
What the heck is naked training? How does it work? How much does it cost? Why not hire a live personal trainer (or at least one with clothes)?
To answer the above questions, let’s look at why people are hesitant to hire a personal trainer. According to about.com, the top reasons people are afraid to hire a personal trainer or fitness professional are:
- It costs too much
- I think I’m too overweight or out of shape to start
- I don’t know what to expect
- I’m afraid it will hurt or I’ll be too sore
- I’m afraid I’ll get injured
- I have trainer trauma (previously had or heard of a bad experience)
- I’m afraid of failing
- I’m afraid of committing
- I’m afraid of looking like an idiot
- I’m afraid I won’t like my trainer
Let’s break each of these down and see why my coaching programs could be the perfect fit for you, if you have any of these concerns (or even if you don’t!).
- It costs too much – Hiring a personal trainer can cost anywhere from $30 to $100 per hour in some cases. If you’re having one 45-60 minute session a week (not uncommon) with a trainer, than can be $120-$400 per month. What are you getting out of the cost when you’re not with him or her? Are they available via email, text or phone for questions or motivation? What lessons are they giving you to allow you to become self-sufficient with your training and nutrition? What are they teaching you about fueling your body nutritionally for training? In my online coaching programs, I answer these questions by giving you what you need to make small but manageable shifts that will last a lifetime, creating a new lifestyle of habits that is perfect for you. Scroll to the bottom to see what package works best for you, and then come back to read about all the benefits of working with me!
- I think I’m too overweight or out of shape to start – You’re never too (fill in the blank) to start a journey of transformation. All of the choices you’ve made up to this point have made you who you are physically, mentally, emotionally & spiritually. If you’re not happy with what you have, where you’re at or who you are, the great news is that you can make choices now to change these things in the future, and (more importantly) right now. Choose health. Choose a lifestyle that supports who you want to be, where you want be and what you want to have. (oh yeah, and I can help with that)
- I don’t know what to expect – This is a common fear for many people that are doing something for the first time. Is my trainer going to push me too hard? Is (s)he going to listen to what I have to say? I have a simple but extremely effective 4 step system that I follow with clients. 1. Assess 2. Advise 3. Measure 4. Reassess/adjust. I assess by collecting information about where you’re at in a few key parts of your life, such as the state of your kitchen, social support network and eating & exercise habits. Next I put together a personalized training program based on you performing certain basic movements (witnessed in person or on video), and a history of where you’re at physically. Then we discuss and implement nutritional habits at set times throughout the program until you’ve built a new lifestyle of healthy habits. We reassess/adjust at milestones throughout the process (usually every two weeks or so) to note and celebrate positive changes!
- I’m afraid it will hurt or I’ll be too sore – Intense exercise is very often uncomfortable, but growth is very often uncomfortable. Muscle soreness is expected when starting a new exercise program.
- I’m afraid I’ll get injured – Honesty is the best policy. Telling your trainer all of your past injuries, and current limitations (bad knees, low back pain, etc) before (s)he designs a workout plan will significantly reduce the chance of getting injured. I have you fill out a comprehensive list of your limitations (real and perceived) and past injuries, so I can have you modify or avoid certain exercises. I utilize several movement screening methods to gauge where your range of motion issues and muscle imbalances are. Don’t worry, we all have them to some degree. If you life on planet Earth – where we’re in the constant presence of gravity, you inevitably have imbalances and issues.
- I have trainer trauma (previously had or heard of a bad experience) – Have you had a trainer in the past that was a terrible fit for you? Some people want and need a drill Sergeant, others when presented with that coaching style will run for the hills. I’m not a screamer or a rep counter. I’m a trainer and a coach. My job is to find what motivates you and help you to use that to make positive changes in your lifestyle. In my web based coaching programs, I will teach you the skills and give you the tools to get your most healthy & fit self and maintain it for the rest of your life.
- I’m afraid of failing – We’ve all tried crazy diets and new exercise programs that “you’ll lose X lbs in Y days. Guaranteed.” Most of the time you quit after a few weeks because you’re miserable from the restrictive diet, or if you stuck it out and the diet did deliver on it’s promise, you gained the weight back soon after going off the diet. Try to do too much at once or something that is too far outside of your comfort zone, and you’ll fail. In my web based coaching programs, you take one thing at a time until it becomes a habit. You check in daily, and have access to me 24/7 (except when I’m sleeping). I set you up for success and I’m with you every step of the way.
- I’m afraid of committing – There is a lot to consider when hiring a fitness professional. Money, time, willingness to change, and trust – trust that the person you hire will help you achieve your goals. The only person that can make the choice to make a lifestyle change is you. I’ve designed my web based coaching programs to make it easy to commit.
- I’m afraid of looking like an idiot – What if everyone in the gym is watching me? I don’t want to have to do a bunch of weird stuff in front of other people. What if my trainer tells me to eat a salad with broccoli and beans for lunch and then I have to do squats later on? The great thing about my web based coaching is that you can do all your training at home. I can design the perfect workouts for you with little to no equipment. If you prefer the gym setting, that is great too as I can design quick and easy, but amazingly effective workouts that will get you in and out in 45 minutes. If you want to go to the park by yourself or with some friends, I can design a workout program for that! Whatever your roadblocks to exercise are, I have solutions to get you on track.
- I’m afraid I won’t like my trainer – This is a big one. If you don’t like the person that’s supposed to be creating a path toward your end goal, do you think you’ll be motivated to show up week after week? Probably not. Think about what is most important to you in a trainer. The most common things to think about are 1. Gender (who are you more comfortable working out with?) 2. Personality (Do you get along with each other? Do you have a similar sense of humor?) 3. Training Style (Going back to number 6, not everyone likes a drill Sergeant).