Frequently asked questions
How does online coaching work?
Online coaching means having your own personal trainer, without having to schedule time to see her face-to-face at a gym location. You’ll get customized workout programs created specifically for you and your goals. You’ll also get plant-based nutrition coaching where you’ll make changes one small – but powerful – habit at a time.
Add to this the ability to track your workouts, nutrition, and body stat progress, as well as personal support and accountability from me, and you’ll be set up to kick some serious ass.
We make use of a select few apps to keep in touch and track your workouts and nutrition, and we schedule regular coaching calls (on the phone or on Zoom) to set new goals and tackle any challenges that might come up.
Why is online coaching more awesome than in-person coaching?
Here are four main advantages of online coaching compared to in-person coaching:
• Scheduling is a non-issue. You work out whenever you want (but still get the benefit of a structured program and ongoing support from a coach), instead of being stuck trying to fit into someone else’s schedule.
• Location is not a factor. You can work with a kick-ass coach who suits your needs from anywhere in the world! I have clients on many different continents. I also have clients who live in “inconvenient” locations (e.g. small islands that are boat access only) and it’s not realistic for them to take several hours out of their days to trek to the mainland for workout sessions. They can get their workouts done without leaving their homes! With online coaching, you’re not tied to a specific gym location. Heck, you don’t even have to go to a gym at all if you don’t want to!
• You get better accountability and support. Rather than booking hour-long sessions at a gym each week, I can provide ongoing (and more effective!) support as you work toward your goals.
• It’s more cost effective. You’re not paying a coach a high hourly rate (plus club overhead), so you can get better training at a fraction of the price. Sweet deal, right?
What’s the difference between the 3 programs you offer?
My 3 programs are essentially different levels of coaching support. Clients typically start with the Gold Standard coaching option, which provides individualized workout programs and one-on-one coaching, and ensures correct exercise form as well as on-point plant-based nutrition.
If you want to go all-out for the most trainer support to help you skyrocket your health and fitness, the Full-On Badass program is for you.
The Fitness Kick in the Butt program is a legacy program for clients who have completed at least 3 months of either of the other programs. It offers new workout programs each month, and ongoing accountability and support.
Who is this coaching for?
My coaching is for vegans (and wannabe vegans) who want to increase their strength, energy, confidence, and plant-based healthy living superpowers. It’s for people who recognize the value of having a solid plan to follow, and the importance of accountability. My coaching is for you if you can make health and fitness one of your top three priorities in life, and you want to build kick-ass health and fitness habits that last the rest of your life.
Who is this coaching not for?
My coaching is not for you if you’re not interested in being plant-based. It’s not for you if you’re looking for a “quick fix” health and fitness solution. It’s not for you if you’re not ready to put in the work it’ll take to reach your goals. My coaching is also not for you if you don’t want to be called out on your B.S., if necessary. (Hey, isn’t that the point of having a coach?!) And I don’t train clients who want to compete in physique, bikini, or bodybuilding competitions. (You can read more about why in the first section of this blog article.)
Do I get a meal plan?
I don't give clients prescribed meal plans for the simple reason that they don't work. They’re really strict and are rarely followed for very long. I work with my clients to create lifelong healthy habits that stick, rather than unsustainable short-term “quick fixes”. A diet plan is not empowering; it takes you away from your own decision-making process (which you need for long-term success).
With support from me, you’ll make your own decisions about which foods are best for you, as well as when and how much of them to eat. We’ll work together to create healthy eating habits, and an effective “food architecture” (the environment that influences your food decisions).
I’m a newbie to this fitness thing. Will this work for me?
Yup! I work with lots of clients who were completely new to exercise and healthy eating when they started. (All of us were beginners at one point, right?)
I’m not a newbie to working out. Will this get me results?
Definitely! I work with clients of all ages, backgrounds, and experience levels (some with 30 or 40 years of experience). Examples: the client who’s been vegan for 40 years but still made effective changes to her diet so it better supported her fitness goals, or the client with 45 years of experience in strength training who’s still learning new exercises and improving his strength in his 70’s.
People with a lot of experience often enjoy having a coach take care of their exercise and nutrition programming so they have more mental energy available to dedicate to other areas of their lives.
Do I need to join a gym?
Not if you don’t want to! With a select few pieces of equipment at home, you can reach your fitness goals without even leaving your house. I have clients who work out anywhere from their living rooms, to their own garage gyms and backyards, to community center gyms, to commercial gyms.
Do I need to purchase any equipment?
If you’re going to be working out primarily at home, you may need to purchase a few pieces of equipment (I’ll help you to choose). A $40 suspension trainer and a $25 set of resistance bands is an excellent place to start. If you’ll be working out at an established gym or community centre, you won’t need any additional equipment.
What kind of results can I expect?
With consistency and time, small actions add up to huge results. If you’re ready to put in the required work, you can improve your strength and achieve a leaner, more sculpted physique in only 8-12 weeks! If you make health and fitness a lifelong commitment (and I encourage you to do so!), you’ll make continuous progress, week after week, year after year.
What results have clients achieved?
Living a healthy lifestyle is a long-term commitment that will continue to reward you with results. Clients have achieved a wide range of health and fitness goals by working with me, including feeling energized and less tired; feeling more confident – both in and out of the gym; increasing strength, endurance, and flexibility; and expanding their health and fitness know-how.
Here are some examples, all from vegan clients:
• The 45-year-old male who tripled his upper body strength in only a few months (measured in weights he lifts).
• The 33-year-old female who lost 3 inches around her waist in 2 months.
• The 31-year-old female who gained 10 pounds of muscle in a year.
• The 28-year-old male who added several inches to his pecs (and improved his posture) in 6 months.
• The 47-year-old female who used to be winded just walking a few blocks, and now regularly competes in 140 km cycling races.
Check out my kudos page for more inspirational results.
How will I track progress?
There are many ways we track progress in my coaching programs, and we’ll choose something that suits you best. Options include body measurements and photos, as well as tracking your workouts and strength progress. Progress shows itself in some awesome other ways, too, like your clothes fitting differently, your sleep quality increasing, or your day-to-day activities feeling easier!
How often am I gonna need to work out?
This is entirely up to you. We’ll create an individualized training program that fits your life and your goals. I have clients who work out for 30 minutes 3 days a week, clients who train for competitive events and put in 12 hours or more of training each week, and clients at every point in between. I’m here to help you create an effective plan, and hold you accountable to it.
How often can I contact you if I have questions?
Support is unlimited in all my coaching programs!
Am I going to need to give up my favourite foods?
Hell no. Any long-term nutrition plan that creates lifelong results should involve eating your favourite foods (in moderation, of course!) Example: I enjoy some of my absolute favourite food – dark chocolate – 7 days a week.
Why do I need a coach? Can’t I just read books and free online articles?
Let me start by saying that I’m so convinced of the benefits of having a coach that I have 3 of my own! (All for different things.) You may notice that many – if not most – of the highly successful people you know have coaches or mentors. The most lasting, meaningful, mind-blowing changes in our lives usually occur from having a real relationship with another human being.
We humans just aren’t wired to transform our lives by reading books or articles, or even taking classes. If you enjoy thinking about nutrition and fitness, by all means – read away! And if you can get awesome results with these resources, all the power to you!
How is online coaching different from personal training?
Online coaching is a bit different from personal training. Working with a trainer at a gym is a great option for some people, but it doesn't work for everyone.
Online coaching is for the type of client who wants an effective and individualized program to follow, with the support and accountability of a coach, but doesn’t need to do it face to face (or can’t, for reasons such as location or schedule).
Online coaching is much more about ongoing accountability, goal-setting, nutrition and daily habits coaching, and helping you to improve your life outside the gym than in-person training.
How long have you been coaching clients?
I’ve been working with clients (in-person and online) since 2011.
Is there some sort of contract or long-term obligation I’ll need to sign?
Not at all. You choose how long you’d like to keep me as your coach. All 3 of my coaching programs are month-to-month commitments, and can be cancelled at any time without penalty.
What’s my next step for working together?
Please fill out my application form. You'll then automatically be taken to a scheduling page where you can book your 30-minute phone or video consult.