Frequent Asked Questions

 

How many days a week do I need to workout?
This question can only be answered effectively after you have talked with a trainer. It depends upon your present physical condition, your goals, schedule etc. You may "need" to workout with a trainer four days a week, but only have time for two days a week. In this case, the trainer will work with you to teach you a program that you can follow on your own for the days that you cannot be accompanied. This, of course, necessitates your willingness and ability to implement such a program.

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I have done everything, but I still can't lose weight. Is there anything you can do for me?
It is often the case that people exercise regularly and are unable to lose weight, not because what they are doing is wrong but rather because how they are doing it is not correct. There are some very simple principles you need to follow that cover cardiovascular training and resistance training which will help you burn fat and lose weight at a much faster rate.

Losing body fat effectively is the result of a combination of a specific diet and calorie burning aerobic exercise carried out consistently for a particular duration of time. We usually find that when people think they are doing "everything," one or more of the elements specified above is either not being carried out correctly or is not being carried out at all. Sometimes people will try a variety of fad diets one after the other for short periods of time and then give up. Or they may get on the treadmill at the gym for short time periods with very high heartbeats. Body fat reduction or "getting lean" is a requested goal of people who come to us. Our trainers will work with you on an effective diet and fat-burning exercise program and will discuss how long you need to sustain this program to achieve results. They will then help you to attain the discipline and motivation to carry it out.

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Next month Iíll travel to another country and stay there for a long period. Can you recommend trainers other than in Belgium?
At the moment I can recommend trainers in Belgium but not as yet trainers in other countries. When you look for someone I advise paying attention to the following points. Your trainer should have the correct skills and experience. Ask him/her to show you their qualifications. Only highly qualified sports teachers, physiotherapists and sports doctors can give you the right advice. Make sure he/she is experienced in the things you want to be coached in (diet, exercise, particular sports).
A trainer canít give you the right advice unless they set a good example and have already tried and tested what they intend to teach. Something you obviously canít predict is the relationship between you and your trainer. Ask to have a face-to-face talk before making any decision. If you feel positively about the trainer, give it a chance but donít make any long-term commitment at the start. But most of the time it will work. Good luck!

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I do hundreds of sit-ups but still have no definition in my abs. How do I get a six-pack?
Getting abdominal definition is only partially accomplished through specific workouts involving crunches or flexion of the abdominal muscles. For the most part "definition" of abs is accomplished the same way that "definition" of any other body part is accomplished: by losing the fat that obscures the muscle and building the muscle. Losing the fat is done through diet and aerobic exercise, not abdominal crunches (or sit ups). But even if you lose the fat, to see a nicely developed six-pack, the abdominal muscles need to be developed. This is accomplished by intense ab crunches with or without added resistance for about eight to fifteen repetitions, four to eight sets, about three times a week.

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I don't have the discipline to train on my own, but I want to make my fitness a long- term commitment. Over how long a period will a trainer work with me?
How long an extended period of time you work with a trainer depends upon many factors. These include the relationship between you and a trainer, availability, scheduling and logistics. Often trainer/client relationships extend over many years.

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After I start working with a trainer when will I begin to see results?
This is an impossible question to answer without knowing your present condition and training history. There are many variables, including your specific starting point, genetics and metabolism as well as your consistency, commitment and the time you are willing to put into training. You will get results commensurate with what you put into your training and dieting. Also, we can set up programs that are aimed to work very quickly, but involve exceedingly stringent dieting and training. Generally we like to suggest that, if you are starting from a very low level of fitness, you take it slower at the beginning so you can accustom your body gradually to a training program. We want you to be fit and fabulous for your lifetime, not just weeks or months!

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I spend a lot of time on the road as part of my sales job and really struggle to find any healthy lunches and snacks. My sedentary lifestyle means that I have put on a lot of weight. Do you have any advice on how this can be avoided?
With the best intentions in the world, it is often incredibly difficult to travel on roads and continue any form of healthy eating plan. I don't see why it is so difficult for companies to offer their customers good quality fruit, great salads, and healthy snacks. If you are travelling at breakfast time you should be looking out for decent quality muesli with low fat yoghurt or semi-skimmed milk. There is no reason at lunch time that you shouldn't be able to find a good piece of fish or chicken with a salad, perhaps with some mixed beans, or brown rice. When you want a snack you should be able to reach for fruit, vegetables, nuts etc. But in many places you struggle to find these things. What we suggest is to get into the habit of having your meals prepared the day before and put them in your car. In my experience it is hard in the beginning, but with a little advice and coaching it works. Youíll get more and more motivated as soon as you start to see and feel it works.

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How do I get started?
Once you have sent us a mail or filled in the form, weíll call you. Consultations are set up by phone only. Then weíll have a no obligation first meeting to see if the expectations on both sides are in line. When we both feel good about each otherís offers and expectations, the sessions can start after the check ups weíll have discussed the first time weíve met.

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Once I begin, am I obligated to continue?
Our commitments are only made for short time periods. Even when you want to train with us for years, we feel great about the fact you are free to skip whenever you like. For us itís the right way to build up a trusting relationship with the people we train

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How long is a training session?
Weíll meet you each time for one hour. Your trainings sessions may be longer for instance the trainer may suggest you warm up and cool down before and after he meets you for the training session. But these things depend on the way you need to train in order to have maximum benefit from your training sessions.

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