Friday, August 12, 2011

New Review

Sam is not only a great trainer, but also a great human being to work with! Though I was a professional dancer and used to be very active up until a few years ago, after starting grad school in architecture, my lifestyle, alignment, and habits all took a dive... Long story short, I ended up with a back injury which got worse and led to me having to have spine surgery. The injury obviously had prevented me from exercising, and I ended up gaining a lot of weight. Post surgery, I really needed a trainer who was well versed in all aspects of fitness, not just rehab, not just weight loss. I needed someone that was knowledgeable enough to help me achieve major weight loss while also knowing how to help me do it in a safe and injury-free way (which is rarer than one may think in the world of personal trainers, they're usually one extreme or the other). Sam was the guy.... though I couldn't continue training because I'm not yet fully healed from surgery the way I need to be in order to train (this is not due to my workouts with Sam, this is due to me returning to my grueling school schedule two weeks post-op), for the time that I did train with him, he was amazingly understanding of my condition, yet he also pushed me enough to take me out of my comfort zone and keep me motivated!! That's exactly what you need with a trainer, someone that pushes you to your max potential, but is also sensitive and understands what you're going through so that you feel safe and comfortable with the person training you.

One other thing that is very important to me is a trainer who's open to feedback and new information. Sam was very open to my feedback and didn't let his ego get in the way, and even has said multiple times that he'll actually read any book his clients give him and ask him to read. He also would send us (his clients) links to health related articles and videos when he came across something that he felt was important, relevant, and useful to us.

When I had to stop training due to medical reasons, Sam was also amazingly understanding about this and would still periodically check on me to see how I'm doing, even when it didn't mean dollars in his pocket. He is a really trustworthy and sensitive person, and also one that knows what he's doing and that will push you to get you your results and to live a healthier life!

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