- Do you guarantee results?
No, I do not, for the simple reason that I am not you. I only promise to give you the best advice that I can, based on both evidence and experience, and to also admit when I don’t know something or when the evidence for a claim is lacking. Ultimately, your success at weight loss, fitness improvement, or any other health goal you have, will depend on your ability to implement and sustain the strategy that we will develop together.
- Do you have a satisfaction guarantee?
Yes, I do. If you believe that, after eight coaching sessions, we failed to cover a topic or issue that really mattered to you (and that you did wait until the last minute to raise), I will give you an another coaching session at no charge.
- What kinds of people can you work with and help?
I can work with anyone who is willing to work, learn, grow, and change.
- Because you are a physician assistant with expertise in internal medicine and rehabilitation medicine, can you diagnose or treat illnesses or injuries?
No, I cannot. I can, however, talk to you about the interplay between fitness and your health. Fitness impacts, and is impacted by, disease risk, disease states, and medications.
- How is working with you different from joining a gym?
I believe that the world is your gym. In the last three years, however, I had an awakening because after taking up karate I discovered that although I was very strong, I did not move well. So, I set about a strategy of improving my movement, but maintaining (even improving) my strength. And, I’ve done that, using a few kettlebells, sandbags, a slosh pipe, and the weight of my own body. I’ve actually sold all of my conventional weights.
According to Statista.com, there are about 34,000 gyms in the U.S., with over 50 million members, which means that about 1 in 5 American adults belongs to a gym. Yet, we are in far worse shape now than we’ve ever been and equally confused about what to do. Most Americans don’t belong to a gym and never will; the ones who do belong frequently don’t go, which is exactly what the gym industry wants. You don’t need a gym. You need a strategy that will work and the gumption to do it.
- Why does the knowledge component matter so much?
Because we are drowning in gimmicks, myths, and outright lies when it comes to personal fitness and health management. You can sell almost any fitness gizmo to anyone because everyone wants the quick fix. There are no quick fixes. There are no shortcuts.
- Is this the same as personal training?
To call what I do personal training is like saying that a Ferrari is just a car.