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What is your role as a Personal Coach? Why do I need one?

The trainers in the Beachbody workout program DVDs are all world class trainers and pioneers in the fitness world. They all give great advice as to how to do their programs properly in their guideas and DVDs. But sometimes you still have questions. That's where I come in. My role as a Personal Coach to you is to teach you what you may not understand from the DVDs or guide on how to exercise & diet properly to get the best results and minimize injury. Also, to motivate you and keep you motivated. While you can motivate yourself, most people find it hard to keep themselves motivated. Over time, this leads to the results minimizing and the person quitting. Studies show that when you have someone to push you and keep you on track, you will see greater results.

If I don't understand an exercise or have another question, can I email you to get further instructions?

Yes, of course! I am online throughout the day and will answer any questions that you have in a quick and timely manner.

How long does each workout last?

It all depends on the Beachbody workout you choose based on your level, goals and needs. Workouts will last anywhere from 20 minutes to 1 hour.

Should I buy equipment?

If you already have equipment then great! Most Beachbody programs require minimal workout equipment and offer the equipment in upgraded packages if you don't have that equipment. So you have options. You can also use whatever equipment you have or buy it on your own if you wish.

How soon will it be before I begin to see results?

Results vary depending on a person's metabolism, stress levels, ability to get a good night's sleep, honest dedication to the program and the person's honest attention and dedication to their diet. With that said, Beachbody programs are built and designed for results so if you put in the work, you will reap the results. The average person can begin to see and feel results at about the end of the 2 week mark. Results will begin with a reshaping of the body. You also may see pounds drop or add depending on your goals (depending on whether you are trying to gain muscle or lose fat). A healthy weight loss is 2 pounds per week. Although that may not sound like much, that comes out to 8 pounds a month! On average, you can expect around that or more, depending on your dedication to the program. Even if the scale is not changing much, the scale doesn't tell the entire story as your clothes and the mirror (not to mention the comments you'll begin getting from those around you) will tell a very different story as you'll be losing inches while gaining tone. You can expect the results to really start kicking in big time around the second month and beyond. One thing I can tell you, is that you can reach your all-time best fitness level using the various Beachbody programs.

I want to gain muscle and lose weight. I want to get big and strong but I don't want to get too big!

Gaining muscle and losing weight are two different goals requiring different approaches so this becomes rather tricky but Beachbody has programs for that as well. In fact, muscle building/toning is a big result of doing a Beachbody program. The reason this is so is because gaining muscle actually helps the body to lose weight more efficiently as muscle needs more energy to maintain itself. What that means is that the more muscle you have, the more calories your body will burn while at rest. As for getting too big, the average person will see nice muscle gains but won't get too big. Athletes, powerlifters and bodybuilders get big because of the way they train, eat and supplement themselves. They train very hard and eat big, especially protein. Not to mention, they take supplements (which gets expensive) and some also take chemical enhancements such as steroids (which I don't condone or recommend for anyone). Keep in mind that the athletes, powerlifters and bodybuilders you see on TV and in magazines are also sponsored which allows them the luxury and freedom of working out as their job and that goes a long way to their being the best they can be.

I'm older and have never really worked out before, will this be too strenuous for me to do?

Beachbody offers many different programs for all ages and fitness levels and while many of these are too intense for older folks, I can help you find the right program. Exercise and beginning a fitness regimen is good for you and your body. It's never too late to begin to improve your health via exercise and nutrition.

However, there are those for which exercise can pose a health risk. If you have or are being treated for health problems such as high blood pressure; diabetes; asthma; a heart condition; bone disease; muscle disease; recently broke a bone or tore a muscle; recently had surgery; recently gave birth; or any other reason that may physically interfere with you being able to workout properly then I advise you to consult a doctor before entering into this or any workout program.