What is personal training?

Personal training is exercising under the guidance of a certified fitness expert to reach your weight, health, exercise, or athletic goals.

Amateur to pro athletes have long used personal trainers to increase their performance in competition. To look their best on the red carpet, movie stars are known to hire personal trainers. Training can consist of one-on-one workouts, as well as group and team coaching. The trainer will motivate you, and get you to push pass your threshold into a whole new mindset of exercising, taking you to limits that you never would have gone to on your own.

Working with a trainer, anyone can achieve their fitness goals – whether they’re as simple as touching your toes to finishing a marathon, losing weight to gaining flexibility, developing speed/agility to simply feeling good again.

At F.A.S.T. our main interest is you. Not only do you reach your goals, but you will be educated at the same time to help give you a better understanding of how to exercise and achieve results.

How will I benefit from working with a personal trainer?

By a variety of ways. Here are just a few:

Weight loss
Fat loss
Toned muscles
Increased strength
Improved athletic performance
Exercise motivation
Exercise dedication
Workout consistency
Reduced risk of injury
Increased metabolism
Improved flexibility
You’ll be better educated on exercising properly
Measure and track your progress
Eliminate aches and pains
and the list goes on…

How often should I train?

To effectively answer this question, you must first be assessed and speak with a trainer before any amount of days are determined. Everyone is different, so what may work for one may not always work for the next. The amount of training days also depends upon your current conditions, goals (how quickly you want to achieve them), schedule, budget and your trainer’s availability. You may “need” to workout with a trainer four days a week, but only have the time or budget for two days a week. In these cases, the trainer will work to teach you a program that you can do on your own for the days that you cannot work with a trainer. When considering the cost, be sure to remember that this is your health and there is nothing else that is more important…if you don’t have your health, then what else is there

On average most clients do best when they meet with a personal trainer 2-3 times per week…less than that many people slack off and don’t reach their goals. Here are a few things to keep in mind when determining how often you’ll meet with your trainer:

  1. Do you really know the exercises that well, and are you doing the same thing all the time?
  2. Are you really and truly pushing yourself to the max and beyond? Honestly?
  3. How fast do you want to see results and achieve your goals?

The more frequently you meet with your trainer the faster you’ll see results and achieve your goals.

How do I get started?

Once you have supplied us with the necessary information about yourself by email or phone, a trainer will then contact you directly and from that point on you deal directly with your trainer on all matters. All consultations and sessions are to be set with that trainer.
Contact us to get started with your new fitness program today.

What if I’m not an "athlete", can I still get the Athletic Package?

Absolutely, just because you may have never participated in sports before does not mean that you cannot start, especially if one of your goals may be to someday complete a marathon or even a triathlon; these packages are definitely encouraged to try. Giving flag football a shot? How about getting a little extra power in that softball or golf swing? Want to increase your endurance and durability for that recreation basketball league? This package is designed for you too!

What if I want to purchase a group athletic package but I don’t have a group of friends or teammates. Can I still train with a group?

Yes, when contacting us, you must mention that you want to train in a group setting but don’t have 3-4 extra training partners. In that case you will be put on a waiting list for athletes looking to group train, and once a compatible group is put together (compatible with sport, age and skill level) you will be contacted.

The amount of time to form a group may vary depending on the athletes that are training. To form a group based on different skill levels and other variables, it may take anywhere from 2-10 days. You may even receive a response during our conversation.

Where will I meet my trainer?

Personal training is offered in the comfort of your home or office, your housing development fitness center (if there is one), the trainer’s studio (where applicable), and also at local gyms.

If using the local gym, you must first consult with your trainer to find out if that gym allows outside trainers to train at the gym of your preference, is that trainer already a trainer at that particular gym, and if not, what additional costs are there for the trainer to come to the gym. The trainer can answer these questions.

The cost of our programs is the same whether you have a trainer come to you or meet with one in a health club. The only additional cost may be a membership fee (or a guest fee) if you are working with a trainer in a health club and you are not already a member.

Where does athletic training take place?

All athletes training in groups will train in a gym with state of the art power-systems equipment for what ever the goal of training may be. Weather permitting, training may take place outside on turf, as well as outdoor tracks.

Those training one-on-one sessions, you too will train in a gym setting where state of the art training equipment will be used, but you may also request for in-home training as well, but be aware that training can be limited if performing in-home during cold seasons. However, given great outdoor weather conditions, athletic training in-home can be done with minimal limitations

Do I need to have equipment if I am going to be working with a trainer in my home?

No, there is no need to feel like you have to go out a buy a complete universal home gym, unless you want to. The trainer will supply/bring all the equipment needed for the training sessions. However, some clients already have dumbbells, treadmills, and other cardio equipment. Unless you are into power lifting, bodybuilding, or athletic training you don’t need a lot of machines… and even then the trainer will bring the necessary equipment.

Do you offer a payment plan?

Yes. There are flexible payment plans in which the form of payment is accepted in cash, checks, money orders and all major credit cards. Nearly all of our programs can be split up into payments. Contact us for more information: 443-860-9169.

What areas do you service?

Our in-person training programs are currently servicing in the Columbia, Baltimore, and the DC Metro areas. For all other areas out of state, we offer an online service for both nutrition and strength training programs.

Are all of your personal trainers certified? Insured?

Yes, all of our personal trainers hold multiple nationally recognized certifications, (IE. ACE, NASM, NSPA, Etc…) and/or related B.S./Kinesiology degrees, we carry a comprehensive insurance policy, and we have both male and female personal trainers available.