I know that deciding to start a fitness program can be intimidating, and I want you to make the right decision for you. So I put together a list of the most common questions I get to help you discover whether Max Velocity is a good fit.

Q: Why you?

A: I’ve been a personal trainer for 10 years and have helped hundreds of people in the Little Neck-Douglaston-Bayside area build functional strength, increase their energy and boost their confidence. My successful training methods are based not only on a decade of experience, but also science … not theory :-) As a professional sports journalist for 25 years, I've also had the unique experience of observing and learning from the best athletes in the world. And what I've learned is, the simple approach that works for them will work for you, too.

Q: I have joint pain. Isn’t weightlifting bad for your joints?

A: The short answer is … no! Most joint pain can be resolved through strategically and intentionally strengthening the muscles and connective tissues around the joint. By increasing your functional strength, you’ll be able to improve the resilience of your joints. And by losing some unwanted fat, you’ll decrease the pressure that your joints absorb through all your daily movement. When done properly with good form, strength training doesn’t get you injured. Being weak gets you injured.

Q: Will there be cardio?

A: Chances are, most fitness programs you’ve experienced relied heavily on cardio exercises. That’s probably due to the laziness of the trainer. Cardio exercises are easier to coach than strength training, and they give the participants the feeling of being sweaty and exhausted … so it feels like they had a great workout. Unfortunately, doing a bunch of random exercises until you’re sweaty and exhausted isn’t training … it’s entertainment. And a dangerous form of it, at that. At Max Velocity, our focus is on getting stronger, improving our flexibility, and supporting healthy joints so we can do all the activities we love without pain as we get older. Short, simple doses of high-intensity cardiovascular training will be sprinkled in here and there. Think of it as the seasoning, whereas strength training is the meat and potatoes.

Q: What if I can’t keep up?

A: There’s no expectation here to compete with anyone other than yourself. Since our sessions are small and personalized, everyone moves at their own pace and performs the appropriate variations of the exercise so they get the most out of the time they spend with us. 

Q: Every time I join a gym, I feel awkward and out of place. How is yours different?

A: One of Max Velocity’s biggest strengths is the people. When you join us for your first training session, you’ll be welcomed by a small group of supportive workout buddies who will become your friends and feel like family. Our experienced clients love helping newcomers get acclimated and feel comfortable so they can enjoy their workouts and get amazing results together! 

Q: Can you help me with my nutrition?

A: Most people know what to eat … lean protein, veggies, fruits, unprocessed carbs and healthy fats. But what I’ve found is, they’re not doing it consistently enough because they don’t have the support or guidance to make the healthy choice the easy one. That’s where coaching and accountability come into play. My private nutrition coaching program, nutritionOS, isn’t a diet or a meal plan. It’s a brand new operating system that we’ll install over the course of an 8-week course so you’ll have the tools, knowledge and confidence to enjoy long-term success. It’s a 1x1 coaching program, so you can join any time. And you don’t have to be a gym member to work on nutrition with me.

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