Regardless of whether this is your first time experiencing a personal training program, your first time with Shaping Concepts, or you’re a returning client, learn more below about what makes us different and how we’ve evolved and redefined personal training to better serve our clients.
Hi, this is Shane Doll, owner and founder of Shaping Concepts Personal Training. After over 20 years now in the fitness industry, I've made it a personal mission to help mentor other trainers on becoming more than just someone who leads others through workouts. You see, I believe a personal trainer has the potential to lead, encourage, and inspire change in the lives of those they serve.
More than just a cliche or empty words, this concept of serving others instead of simply instructing, I've found can truly have a multiplier effect on benefiting the lives of not just our clients, but also their spouse, family members, and others around them. We're not just about exercise as there's so much more that goes into making fitness a lifestyle habit.
This is the crux and one of the main differences you'll find at our personal training studio compared to the big box gyms and health clubs. I often refer to our team members as "coaches" instead of trainers as I like to tell them, "any personal trainer can provide a workout, but a coach is someone who serves to help make a positive difference in the life of another."
You can feel confident that your Shaping Concepts coach holds a degree(s) and/or professional personal training certifications. They also undergo a rigorous in-house "Train the Trainer" program where they become experts, not just with exercise instruction, but at helping people succeed.
During your workout session you can expect to find we work to not only give you direction but also to explain the reasons behind our methods, so you’ll know exactly what we’re doing and why.
You'll also find we place a priority an importance on accountability. In order to bring about real change, we’ve found that people benefit most by having a personal fitness coach who is not just their "friend" or workout partner, but first and foremost an accountability partner. You can expect your coach to expect accountability from you – not unkind and harsh, but rather compassionate yet firm out of a sincere desire to want to help.
Because your personal trainer develops a workout plan and organizes each workout for you, all you need to do is come ready to work.
Our purpose is to help our clients achieve and maintain optimal health and performance through a process that includes:
We are not like most personal training gyms that just focus on providing workouts. After studying our most successful clients who achieved significant body transformations, we discovered a common thread in goal clarity, accountability, individualized diet planning, and behavioral changes. Shaping Concepts is unique in that our programs include coaching in all these areas to best meet the needs of our clients.
While many of our competitors simply offer personal training, our model is different in that we look to provide our clients with the level of coaching and hands-on attention best suited for their wants and needs at any given point in time. We understand these needs will change and evolve, which is why we provide several options of personal training programs to choose from.
At Shaping Concepts we employ a team model of providing our clients with coaching and personal fitness instruction. Instead of being assigned to one specific trainer, our clients have the benefit of working with a team of fitness professionals best suited for their goals. By utilizing a team approach, we can simply provide more of the following benefits:
At Shaping Concepts we ensure the safety and effectiveness of all our personal training programs by incorporating an in-depth analysis and screening of movement patterns for our clients. This added step is essential with programming exercises that are truly personalized according to individual needs.
We understand that quite simply sometimes things come up that affect your ability to attend training sessions. For extended absences due to travel, illness, injury, etc., we provide the option for our clients to place their training program on hold until they’re able to resume a normal schedule. No need to worry about losing training sessions or having your package expire.
While most personal trainers just provide workouts during scheduled sessions, at Shaping Concepts our programs are unique in that we provide our clients when needed with personalized routines they can do when traveling or exercising on their own. Through the use of the Trainerize® app for your smart phone or mobile device we can provide you with routines to do on your own regardless of the equipment you’ll have access to while away from our gym.
Experience matters. As a locally owned business we’ve been established in the area for over 15 years providing professional personal training and fitness coaching to Lowcountry residents. The greatest testament to the effectiveness of our programs comes from those who have used our services. Check out our client testimonials and success stories to hear first-hand what our clients have to say about our programs.
At Shaping Concepts all of our programs come with an unconditional 30-day satisfaction guarantee where if our clients don’t feel we’ve exceeded their expectations we will refund their investment for any unused portion of their package, no questions asked.
At Shaping Concepts we provide professional personal training. That means we’re fully licensed, bonded, insured, and all of our coaches have nationally accredited certifications or exercise science related college degrees. These things are very important when you’re entrusting the safety and care of your body to others. You’d be surprised the number of personal trainers and fitness training facilities that put at risk their liability and yours by failing to meet these standards.
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"Shane, I've seen first-hand over the past year that a consistent program of burst training that combines strength and cardio with supportive nutrition has worked for me. I've gone from 29% to 16% body fat and increased 10.5 lbs of lean body mass. Your program absolutely works. I recommend your program for anyone over 40 that wants results."
"Great workouts, adequate facility, great trainers, hardworking but friendly clientele, Mike is a very good trainer, very knowledgable, demanding but realistic, watches out for my safety without sacrificing gains, knows when to push and when to level off, a pleasure to train under and to be around."
"I love my Shaping Concepts total body transformation! It has changed not only my body but also my mindset. I never thought I would go from a size 10 to a 2! I have worked with personal trainers in Charleston in the past but what makes Shaping Concepts a cut above the rest is the relationship between food and exercise. Once my diet fell into place the body transformation followed closely behind."
"I have seen such great results with my personal trainer! In 4 weeks I lost 6 pounds and 2 inches off my waist! When I started I was coming from a pretty sedentary lifestyle but really wanted to make a change. The coaches are great at encouraging you to give your best all the time, and before you know you'll be addicted to exercise and look forward to your workouts!"
"As an older grandfather, I know it's important for my health to exercise, but I've found it impossible to do so on my own. About a year ago decided to try out Shaping Concepts and their unique personal trainer system. My personal trainer Colleen worked with me to design my own program and soon had me doing exercises I wouldn't dream of doing on my own - still wouldn't. I now consider Colleen and the team as my friends and just as important as my doctor, dentist, or any private golf club to which I might belong. Their system works and is now part of my lifestyle"