Frequently Asked Questions
When talking about my business, I am asked a lot of questions about what we do at BAM Fitness Coaching. Here are some frequently asked questions . . .
“What kind of machines and equipment do you have?” We don’t have typical weightlifting machines. We have a limited selection of cardiovascular equipment that is used for conditioning. We have free weights, kettlebells, dumbbells, medicine balls, chin-up bars, bands & tubing, physioballs, a couple of kickboxing bags & gloves, a slide board, a few bikes, a few other non-traditional items, and a lot of gadgets. We have a lot of creative ways to provide you a great workout.
“Can I workout by myself? I only like one-on-one training.” At BAM Fitness Coaching, workouts generally will have 2-4 clients working out together at the same time. You might occasionally train alone, especially in the beginning. After your initial visit or two, you’ll be scheduled at regular training times with other clients as the schedule allows.
“Can I come whenever I want?” ”Can I drop in for workouts?” No. All training sessions are by appointment only and are scheduled in small groups to allow for individualized workouts and attention. The schedule is planned in advance.
“How long are workouts?” Workouts start on time and end on time – an hour or less. If you arrive late (without notice), your workout will be modified, but you’ll still finish at the regularly scheduled time.
“I’ve got bad knees. I can’t do squats. . . . I’ve got a bad back. I can’t lift weights.” There are plenty of ways to modify exercises to make it work for all body types and chronic problems. If something hurts you, don’t do it! We’ll find something else. Of course, everyone should always check with her physician before starting any new exercise program.
“I don’t want to lift heavy . . . it will make me bulky.” Lifting heavy will not make a woman get “big and bulky” and look like a man. Women are unable to increase muscle mass like men due to a lack of testosterone (naturally) in their bodies. Lifting heavy will make you stronger, increase your bone density, help you burn more calories and lose body fat.
“Can you give me workouts to do on my own?” I’m happy to help you with workouts to do on your own time as long as you are a current client.
“Do you give your clients a diet to follow?” I am not a dietitian. I will, however, give you ideas and ways to learn how to eat healthier. A great way to start eating healthier is to start writing down EVERYTHING you eat. Learning about and tracking what you eat is very enlightening and a great way to improve your diet. Keep a food journal! It will help you lose weight.
“Do you sell or recommend any brand of supplements?” No. But, all clients are welcome to a free post-workout recovery drink as you leave. These are typically G2 (low-cal Gatorade) + 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder. We also have plenty of cold water, and “emergency” snacks/bars, if needed.
“Do I have to buy any special equipment or gear?” No. Wear some comfortable workout clothing, some athletic shoes and be ready to work. A lot of clients actually don’t wear shoes for lifting workouts, especially for single leg exercises. The only thing you might want to invest in down the road might be some boxing gloves. There are plenty at the gym to use, but if you don’t like sharing – you’ll need to buy your own.
“What if I have to cancel?” We understand that emergencies happen. If you have to cancel within 12 hours of your appointment, you will be charged for the workout. If you have an illness or a family emergency contact me as soon as possible so we can make arrangements and reschedule your appointment.
“How do I make payments?” Check, cash, and ACH (checking account) on a monthly basis. All payments are due at the beginning of the month.
“Do you have showers and a locker room?” No showers. No locker room. We have a large, single uni-sex restroom, with towels, toiletries, wash cloths, etc.
Do you work with men or kids? At this time, BAM Fitness Coaching only trains women. Occasionally, we might invite spouses to join us for Suffer on Sunday or an occasional workout, but not on a regular basis. Sorry!