Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ is designed to answer your questions and reassure you of the positive impact Transformations By Sean Michael will have on you. If you don't see an answer or question you're looking for please contact us!
are you qualified to train me?
Yes. Fitness, weight training and helping people have always been a part of my life. I have been working out in one way or another since I was in sixth grade. More importantly, I have been certified and operating as a personal trainer since 2005. Any legitimate personal trainer is required to be certified by a number of nationally recognized organizations. I am certified by NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) with their Certified Personal Trainer certification. NASM is the gold standard and most recognized certification. Their requirements are to take 1.9 Continuing Education Units in a two year span in order to keep your certification current. NASM also requires a current CPR/AED certification through a nationally recognized association like the American Red Cross before they will provide you with your certificate. In addition to the CPT, I also hold a Weight Loss Specialist certification through NASM as well. You can find them posted here on my site.
Are you insured?
Yes. I carry a policy through Hoffman Insurance Services, Inc. which is Underwritten by Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance Company. The effective dates are 6/25/16 to 6/25/18. The policy can be viewed here.
What are the benefits of working out at home instead of joining a gym?
Working out from home allows you to train where you feel comfortable. You can eliminate commuting times, gym memberships, need for daycare, waiting for machines and looking or feeling lost. Tone up, lose weight, be yourself and have fun without having to go anywhere!
What should I expect when we meet?
I like to sit down with you first and discuss in depth your previous fitness experiences, good and/or bad. It's important to establish a rapport first and overcome any fears or hesitations you may have that have kept you from reaching your potential. Equally important is to go over your past and current medical history so I know what things we need to strengthen or avoid. The more information you provide to me, the better our communication will be to ensure a successful working relationship.
What if I have previous or current injuries?
I have been a personal trainer since 2002 and I have dealt with a variety of injuries successfully. If I do not have enough information on a particular injury, etc., I want to learn more about it so I can tailor your workout towards or around that area. If you are currently seeing a physician or physical therapist, I implore you to ask what your limitations are so I have a better understanding. Also, I am more than willing to speak to your healthcare professional directly as well. You can never have too much information in cases such as these.
How far do I travel?
I typically stay within the area of Bergen County but occasionally travel out of that realm if the distance is not too great. I like to keep my commute to 30 minutes or less from my home to yours or from appointment to appointment in order to be efficient in serving as many people as I can in a day.
Do I need equipment?
Not necessarily. I have a variety of dumbbells, resistance bands, kettle bells, TRX straps, etc. with me at all times. If you feel like you may need or want more equipment for your own use in addition to ours, we can discuss what the best options are to secure those items.
Are you sure I have enough space?
One of the biggest hesitations I have encountered with in home training is people feeling like they have little to no space to operate in. I have worked in tiny living rooms, rooms with low ceilings and even bathrooms. It's my job as the fitness expert to make the most use of the space provided by you and be creative. If you enjoy the outdoors we can use your yard or find a common place to meet as well.
WHAT IF I DO NOT WANT TO TRAIN IN MY HOME? ARE THERE OTHER OPTIONS?
Yes. I have access to personal training studios in Ridgewood as well as Ramsey should you want to workout and be away from the distractions of home.
How often do you recommend we meet?
There are a few factors (i.e., scheduling and budget) that determine this answer but in a perfect world, I always recommend three times a week. However, we all know that life is not perfect and three days can quickly diminish to two or one when life happens. The more that we meet in the beginning, the best chance you have to meet the goals you and I have put in place. It is about being honest with yourself as well as me to know that there are 168 hours in a week and I will most likely be with you for only 2-3 of those hours. That's a whopping 1.8% of the time! Therefore, it is extremely important for you to be able to set aside 20 minutes here and 30 minutes there to maintain what we are trying to achieve in the rest of those hours.
What type of workouts do you provide?
I adapt to every situation. I have worked with every population from the young to the senior citizen, the fit to the overweight. I have been in a gym environment for close to 10 years, trained in an all-women's facility providing challenging circuit routines and run successful outdoor bootcamps each spring and summer. Each client has their own needs, requirements and goals albeit somewhat similar. I customize our workouts based upon the conversations we have in our initial consultation. It's part of my job to assess your performance as we progress in order to make your workouts continuously challenging.
What is your philosophy?
Great question! First and foremost, I am not a dictator. I do not yell and scream because in my experience, that is not the best way to get the most out of you. I have yet to have someone ask me to yell at them to keep them motivated. With that being said, I am honest, fair and expect you to work hard in the limited times we meet. What is also important to me is that you have fun because we can still laugh and get done what we need to accomplish.
I am very strict on the basics and form. If your form is not there, you will not reap the benefits of the exercise and can open the door to injury. I have an outstanding safety record and I intend to keep it that way. Once I have determined that you have mastered the basics, then we can move on to more challenging routines. I have two ears so I do my best to listen twice as much to suggestions and questions. I am a Life Coach too, after all. In the long run, it will make me a better trainer and keep our relationship strong as well. I promise it will never be my way or the highway but I usually do have a method to my madness (even if you don't always like what we are doing.).
What forms of payment do you accept?
I accept cash, credit cards, checks, PayPal and Venmo as well.