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Frequently Asked Questions About Our Charleston Personal Training Programs At Shaping Concepts

From: Shane Doll CPT, CSCS
Founder- Shaping Concepts Personal Training Studios
Charleston, SC

Hi this is Shane. On this page you'll find some of the most frequently asked questions I receive about the Shaping Concepts' products, services, and programs.

If you don't find the answer to your specific question here send me an email by hitting the "Contact" link at the top of this page and I'll be happy to personally get back with you..

Q. What exactly do you do at Shaping Concepts?

A. We help people transform their body regardless of their goals with "burst training" fitness routines and "supportive nutrition" diet strategies. My Charleston personal training programs are for individuals of all ages and fitness levels.

While our specialty is fat loss and body transformations we also provide personal fitness training for those looking to simply tone and firm, improve their overall health, get in peak physical conditioning, improve sports performance, rehabilitate from an injury, and other goals.

Q. Your program sounds interesting but I’ve tried using a personal trainer before, what makes your program different?

A. I can completely understand this concern as many of our clients have tried various ways to reach their individual weight loss and fitness goals in the past, including using a personal trainer, but they simply fell short.

My Charleston personal training programs are different because my team of fitness professionals don’t just provide you with a workout. At Shaping Concepts we work with you on other essential components for a body transformation like nutrition, supplementation, and behavioral modification, to name a few.

Q. Can you really help me to lose weight when other programs have failed me?

A. We are one of the few Charleston personal training programs that actually guarantees your results or your money back. That's not just talk, I know my weight loss and fitness strategies will work if you simply follow your program and the advice of your trainer.

One of the main reasons I can provide such a strong guarantee is because we never provide our clients with cookie-cutter workouts. Your specific wants and needs are different so your program should reflect that.

When it comes to personalization you'll find we go to far greater lengths than most local fitness centers and gyms. All of our programs start off with a comprehensive fitness and health screening assessment. We're also one of the only fitness facilities in Charleston to exclusively provide resting metabolic rate tests.

We'll provide you with all the tools you need for an amazing body transformation and be with you every step of the way with encouragement, education and accountability. The difference is real and the results of our clients are the proof.

Q. Why should I invest in your services when I can join a local gym for $30-60 a month?

A. Well, the first reason is I'll guarantee your results, how many local gyms will do that? The second reason is we'll be with you every step of the way providing accountability, structure, and instruction. Compare that to being completely on your own in the gym or a health club.

Comparing our services to that of a health club or gym is like comparing apples to oranges. They're in the business of leasing you space and equipment to exercise. We're in the business of providing you with RESULTS!

This is a big difference. Think of our services as an investment in yourself to achieve a desired objective or outcome. A gym membership is not your best investment when your primary objective is seeing some set of specific results.

Q. I have a very busy schedule and I’m concerned about being able to fit a fitness routine into my life, can you help me?

A. The majority of our clients lead busy lives, balancing their career and family life. They've found that having an appointment to workout is extremely helpful in making exercise a part of their day.

We work around your schedule, with training sessions starting as early as 6am and going straight through to 8pm at night. Having a set appointment will make it easy for you to get in and out of the studio and on with your day..

Q. What if I've never exercised before, are your programs still for me?

A. It doesn't matter if you are an athlete or someone who's never worked out a day in their life.  We custom design each program according to your individual fitness level and goals.

Our Charleston personal trainers have extensive experience at being able to assess each individual's needs and designing a safe and effective program to get you the results you're looking for.

It all starts with the Lean Code profile and assessments we use at the beginning of your program. No other fitness facility in Charleston goes to the lengths we do to personalize your program for results.

Q. How can you offer such a strong guarantee that I'll see results?

A. Simple, the difference is in our unique approach that personalizes your program based off your bio-individuality. There is no "one size fits all" approach to fitness or weight loss and we understand that.

You'll be thoroughly evaluated and designed a program that best fits your needs and goals. Each person has a unique set of circumstances and obstacles to overcome that need to be identified first.

We'll take the time to do that then provide you with the education, support, and accountability to make improvements. The difference really lies in having a personal coach who will take the time to help you with not only exercise and nutrition, but the necessary lifestyle changes as well.

Q. How quickly can I expect to see results in your programs?

A. That depends on your commitment to the program and willingness to work on all the components to your success. Remember, it's not just about the exercise.

Obviously the more attention to you put on the nutrition and behavioral changes we'll teach you and the more consistent you are with the workouts, the faster you'll see the results you’re looking for.

You'll see changes with a loss in inches, increased energy, strength, and stamina within the first month and significant body composition changes with 12 weeks in my programs.

Q. What if I have a friend or spouse that wants to workout with me, can they join the program too?

A. Absolutely! Many of our clients bring a friend or spouse to workout with. We find this can make your workouts more enjoyable and provide you with an added layer of accountability and support.

Just let us know if you have someone you'd like to do partner training with and we’ll set you both up for a consultation at the same time.

Q. What if I have injuries or specific health concerns can you still help me?

A. Yes, we can. All our trainers are nationally certified, and we train our staff in a variety of specific protocols for working with people with all types of special conditions.

We’ve worked with clients that have had all types of health concerns including hip and knee replacements, stroke, heart attacks, MS, fibromyalgia, cancer, diabetes, and more.

Please let us know about your specific needs and we’ll be up front with you on whether or not our staff is qualified to assist you.

With our "Physicians Communication Program" we'll coordinate with your doctor on your program and make sure you get the complete care you need. Another small difference that really makes our programs unique.

Q. What can I do about the muscle soreness and how long will this last?

A. Although discomforting, the muscle soreness and pain your experience after your first few workouts is a positive sign. It means that your muscles have responded to the increased demands of your new workouts and are breaking down in order to rebuild stronger.

The muscle soreness often referred to as “DOMS” or (delayed onset muscle soreness) may actually start 24-48 hours after your workout. This is due to micro trauma or small tears that occur on the muscle fibers. The best treatment for DOMS is simply ibuprofen to reduce the inflammation and discomfort.

Your body will adapt to the new demands of your resistance training and the soreness will go away after your first few workouts. Periodically through your program, especially when your trainer introduces a new stimulus you will be sore again for a day or so.

This is part of your normal progression and should be expected. However, if you continue to be sore after every workout it’s an indication that something is wrong. You may be over training and/or not receiving adequate nutrition and rest for recovery.

Please consult with your trainer if you’re experiencing persistent soreness and muscle or joint pain. 

Q. How fast will I lose weight and how much weight can I expect to lose in the first 4-6 weeks?

A. This will vary from individual to individual so I can’t give you an exact number but here’s what you should expect. Remember this is not a “Hollywood Diet” or some other quick-fix where you’ll lose a significant amount of weight overnight. When you first start your program the increased physical activity will often result in weight loss of a few pounds.

Some individuals will find they've actually gained a pound or two in the first week or two of our programs. This is completely normal because when you start doing resistance training your muscles will undergo inflammation.

Your body responds by having your muscle cells hold more water to aid in the repair and rebuilding process. The water weight gain is only temporary but you should be aware of this happening..

The entire process of getting your body to effectively and efficiently burn fat stores requires a synergistic approach of changes in your diet, cardiovascular exercise and resistance training.

Your objective is to continually improve and progress in all THREE of these areas if you want to see a body transformation. You can’t just do the resistance training for example and not make changes in your diet or with cardio and expect to see significant changes.

A decrease in 1-2% of body fat in the first 4-6 weeks is very good. If you follow the program correctly you’ll start to see the most significant changes in body fat loss after about twelve weeks.

This is due to the fact that as you progress to higher levels of intensity with your workouts you’ll begin to maximize fat burning. It simply takes several weeks of progression before you can get to that level.

Evaluate your progress by how your clothes fit and use the mirror instead of the scale in the beginning of your program.

Q. How often will my progress be evaluated?

A. We evaluate your progress monthly according to the metrics that you would like to track for your goals including weight, body fat %, circumference measurements, muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardio respiratory endurance, and others.

Q. What should I do if I reach a plateau in my weight loss?

A. Weight loss does not always occur in a linear fashion but rather happens in accordance to the physiological changes that are happening in your body.

Think of it this way, your body likes to be in a state of homeostasis or balance. It will always look to achieve that sense of balance. If you’ve reached a plateau that means you’re in a state of homeostasis and need to change things up.

Our objective is to provide your body with the correct nutrition for releasing fat stores and continually increase the intensity of your exercise so you’ll burn more fat for energy needs.

The most common mistake people make is failing to increase their calories as they progress to higher levels of intensity with their workouts. Remember, calories are nothing more than fuel and you must provide your body with enough fuel to keep your metabolism on high and effectively burn stored body fat.

A metabolic profile assessment is an extremely valuable and effective tool in times when you’ve reached a plateau. You can learn exactly how many calories you need to consume for weight loss.

Ask your trainer about completing a metabolic profile assessment if you’ve reached a plateau in your weight loss. Better yet, complete a metabolic profile assessment in the beginning of your program.

The right information is always an essential part of any successful program. Your metabolism in unique due to bio individuality and therefore a personalized approach must be taken with nutrition and exercise strategies.

Q. As a woman I'm concerned, will I get big, bulky muscles from weight training?

A. I completely understand your concern and want to ease any worries you may have right now. Resistance training is an essential component for any successful fat loss program.

Women need to build lean muscle not only to raise their metabolism and burn fat more efficiently but to also stabilize hormonal levels. For example, the more lean muscle you have the better you can counter the effects of insulin resistance.

Contrary to a popular myth and misconception, lifting weights will not automatically make you get "big and bulky" muscles. The weight lifting programs we design for women are created specifically for toning and firming.

The objective is to increase the amount of lean muscle you have thereby reducing the amount of body fat. This requires a progressive and varied intensity resistance training program.

Q. Ok, this all sounds great and I’m very interested. What’s the next step on getting started?

A. The next step is to fill out the web form at the top of this page to request your FREE no-obligations consultation and trial of my Charleston personal training programs.

You can also reach us by phone at 843-971-8665 M-F during normal business hours. If we happen to miss your call, just leave a message and we’ll get right back to you!


Shane Doll CPT, CSCS
Shaping Concepts Personal Training Studios
1009 Anna Knapp Blvd #101
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Phone: 843-971-8665

Shane Doll is a certified Charleston personal trainer, fat loss expert, speaker, author and founder of Shaping Concepts Fitness Training Studios. You can receive a FREE no obligations trial of his Charleston personal fitness programs by filling out the web-form at the top of this page.