How can I make time in my schedule to get a good workout?
Because I bring the gym to you, you will save valuable time.  In less than an hour we can complete a full body, personalized workout that will help you achieve your fitness goals.  No need to leave your home to drive to the gym.  I’ll bring all the necessary equipment and have your workout completed in an hour or less!

What should I do first - cardio or weight training?
Resistance training should ideally precede cardio for maximum strength training benefit and fat burning. If your goal is to add muscle mass, weight training should precede cardio.

Adding 30-60 second cardio intervals between training sets (like jumping jacks, jumping rope, stepping, etc.) keeps your heart rate elevated and burns more calories. If you have good stamina, this is usually a good way to kick your metabolism into overdrive.

Sprint training is another good way to spice up your cardio workouts, add variety and get you over training plateaus making you leaner, stronger and faster.  A walk/run format should work well for most, alternating the sprint interval duration often (ie: between 15 to 90 seconds).

I've never really worked out before. What can I expect?
At our first meeting we will go over your fitness goals, a basic health questionnaire and determine what types of exercises you like best.  Then I will lead you through a workout specifically designed for you covering strength, cardiovascular and flexibility training.  You will get a challenging workout, but we will always go at your pace.  We will increase the intensity gradually so you’re not too sore or tired.

Should I be dieting to lose weight?
The word “diet” should refer to what you are eating on a daily basis, not a restrictive meal plan that you follow for a period of time.  You should aim to eat a well balanced, healthy diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein.  Losing weight is really about simple math; you must expend more calories than you consume to create a calorie deficit.   Ideally you should be eating foods in their natural state, and stay away from refined and processed foods which are loaded with extra stuff you don’t need.  I don’t ask my clients to restrict themselves; I believe moderation is key.  And don’t forget to drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated.

How do I get rid of the fat on my inner thighs? I use the elliptical machine and then do the inner thigh machine and I don't see any difference.
To get rid of fat, diet and cardiovascular exercise are the key elements, so you are on the right track with the elliptical machine. Unfortunately, you cannot spot reduce fat, so try a total body weight training program instead of just the adduction machine. This will build muscle to help raise your metabolism.

I'm trying to lose weight. Should I be doing cardio activities (like aerobic classes, running) before weight training?
It’s a good idea to do weight training simultaneously with cardio to lose weight. Muscle is built under fat and will not cause your body to retain fat. In fact, the extra muscle will cause your body to burn more fat. Sometimes you build muscle more rapidly than you burn the fat. Because muscle weights more than fat, you may appear slightly bigger and gain a pound or two.  This will not last long as your body's metabolism kicks into overdrive and begins to burn fat. Then you will start to look much leaner and more toned.

In recent years I have gained weight, even though my diet and activity levels haven't changed. How can I lose this weight?
As you get older, you lose muscle mass, which lowers your metabolism.  Even though your diet and exercise remains the same, you are not burning as many calories.  Adding a weight training program to your exercise schedule will help build up the muscle that you have lost and keep your metabolism in check.

Is it safe to exercise during pregnancy?
Not only is it safe, but under most circumstances it is recommended that active women remain active.   Of course, you should always get clearance from your physician, OBGYN or midwife.  Exercise during pregnancy has many benefits, such as reduction in pre-natal discomforts (such as leg cramps, nausea, fatigue, etc.), help in controlling gestational diabetes, and weight control.  Just remember to go at a comfortable pace, don’t push yourself too hard, drink plenty of water and don’t get overheated.