HOW TO HIRE A TRAINER

When working with a trainer, it’s important to know they are qualified and have your goals in mind. Here are a few good questions to ask:

  • What are their certifications and/or educational background?
  • How long have they been in the fitness industry and where have they been employed in the past?
  • Do they understand your goals and are they interested in helping you achieve them?
  • How will your program be specific to your needs and your lifestyle?
  • Are you comfortable in the environment you will be working in – is it crowded or at all private?
  • And the most important, are you comfortable with the trainer you’ll be working with?

We’d love to answer these questions for you – request a free consultation or give us a call at 646-287-6033.

FAQ

What should I expect during my free consultation?
During your consultation, we will discuss your past and present history with regard to general health, working out, past injuries or limitations and of course your goals in training. You’ll meet with your prospective trainer and tour the gym. Please note that the free consultation is not a free training session.
How do you handle billing and payment?
Most individuals find it economical to buy a package of sessions following their consultation. At the end of your block of sessions, you will receive a record of dates those sessions have been used. Payment is expected at the beginning of your next session. If you prefer to go session by session then payment is expected prior to the start of the session.
What forms of payment do you accept?
At this time we accept checks, money orders, credit cards (except AMEX), and cash.
Will your trainers travel to my home or my gym in my building?
We do travel to gyms other than our facility for an additional fee. We also train clients outdoors.
What is your cancellation policy?
We require 24 hours notice to cancel a session without charge.
How often do you suggest I train?
How often you work with a trainer depends on what exercise you are willing to do on your own. Most clients train between two and three times per week and on their own do some form of homework that is determined together with their trainer.
When can I expect to see results?
This question is difficult to answer without knowing what your current activity level, diet, and genetics are like. We will give you a program that will work most efficiently toward your goals, however, without consistency and discipline you will not see the fastest results. We will try to give you the most realistic program possible for your lifestyle. “Too much too soon” is not only unpleasant and unsafe, it’s impossible to maintain. Our goal is to make your workouts enjoyable and your nutritional program realistic to ensure long term results.
What is the difference between Pilates and traditional strength training?
Pilates is a form of resistance training that focuses on strengthening your core as well as maintaining and improving flexibility. Although Pilates is for overall strength, the focus is different than traditional strength training. Proper technique, alignment, and breathing are emphasized along with focus. Resistance training that is not Pilates-oriented typically places a heavier load on muscles. Although your core is working in most exercises in order to stabilize the spine, the goal is more geared toward strengthening muscle groups that are moving the resistance. The goal is often geared more toward changing body composition in order to build lean muscle and decrease fat stores which in turn increases resting metabolic rate.
Will you help me work on exercises to do on my own?

Once we work with you a few times and are able to see where your strengths and limitations lie, we will have a pretty good idea of what you are able to do on your own. If you are not able to do the ideal amount of one on one training suggested, we will work with your schedule so you may participate is semi-private or small group training as well as develop a program for you to do on your own.

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About Us
I’m Penny Smart, and I founded Dakota Personal Training and Pilates LLC in 2003. The following year, I became the proud owner of a beautiful private studio. I’ve designed our programs and our facility to be the most effective way for our clients to achieve their fitness, flexibility, and wellness goals. We always strive to make our facility and fitness training unique and intensely personal. Add it all up, and we’re among the most qualified, experienced, and enjoyable fitness professionals in the industry.
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Capitalize on low hanging fruit to identify a ballpark value-added activity to beta test. Override the digital divide with additional clickthroughs from DevOps. Nanotechnology mentality to derive convergence on cross-platform.As a client of Dakota Personal Training, you’ll be individually trained by a fitness expert in a state of the art private facility on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. In addition to motivation and accountability, all of our clients receive the following:

  • 30 or 60-minute training sessions
  • Strength training
  • Cardiovascular training
  • Metabolic, circadian, and digestive assessments
  • Analysis and improvement of training form
  • Wellness coaching
  • Stress reduction techniques

To get started, please request a free consultation or give us a call at 646-287-6033.

Semi-Private Training

We now offer semi-private training sessions for clients looking for cost savings or the opportunity to work out with friends. Our sessions are designed to give your metabolism a kick by combining strength and cardiovascular training. They differ from typical boot camp classes in that we do not simulate a military feel. The exercises combine balance, coordination, and intensive cardiovascular training along with core work and flexibility training.We limit participation to a maximum of four clients to ensure individual attention and eliminate the “one size fits all” workout. Each training session takes place in our private studio on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Before placing you in shared sessions we’ll consult with you regarding your schedule, goals, and fitness experience. This flexible approach enables us to make modifications when needed or push our more fit members even harder.

To get started, please request a free consultation or give us a call at 646-287-6033.

Pilates

For the uninitiated, Pilates is a system of controlled exercises that combine strength and flexibility to create long and lean muscle tissue while improving posture and reducing stress, We offer one-on-one apparatus training or semi-private mat sessions to increase core strength and flexibility. Our private sessions incorporate reformer, tower, mat, and Pilates chair exercises.In addition to Pilates-only training, many of our clients like to incorporate Pilates training into more traditional strength training regimen to increase long, lean muscle mass.

To get started, please request a free consultation or give us a call at 646-287-6033.

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