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NOT ALL PERSONAL TRAINERS ARE THE SAME.

Don't settle for anything but the best. Here's what to look for in a personal trainer and see how our Shaping Concepts team stacks up.

 

 

 

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Is Your Personal Trainer Properly Qualified?

FACT: not all personal trainers are equally qualified. Industry surveys report that a lack of experience, knowledge, or application of professional training practices can result in the program being ineffective or worse lead to unnecessary injury. Shaping Concepts understands we may not be your only stop in your search for the right fitness training provider. We've put together a consumer guide below to help you make an informed decision when assessing other personal trainers and fitness providers in the Charleston, SC area. Read through the info then meet our team below along with visiting the "How We're Different" page to see how we stack up.

  • non-accredited certifications.   
  • no formal education or degree in related field 
  • provides random workouts and can't show you a professionally designed program they've designed exclusively for YOU!
  • doesn't perform a movement pattern assessment PRIOR to prescribing you exercises...without this they're simply guessing and possibly putting you at risk 
  • doesn't have CPR training / certification for necessary competency in an emergency situation
  • lacks experience with effectively helping others with personal change...having been successful with getting themselves in shape doesn't necessarily equate to being able to help others do the same!
  • follows the same modalities or tends to do similar exercises with ALL their clients despite each having unique needs and preferences (giving the same exercises they personally like to do)
  • talks the talk....but doesn't walk the walk
  • demonstrates the lack of having a plan to measure progress regularly in order to make changes in exercise prescription when needed
  • they don't utilize a scientifically-based comprehensive program consisting of nutrition, strength training, mobility/flexibility and cardiovascular training. 

Are they even part of a team, and if so does their training team:

  • Leverage combined expert skill sets and ideas?
  • Collaborate several expert viewpoints to best serve YOU?
  • Coordinate their efforts and share in the completion of tasks to provide you with optimal support?
  • Guarantee success if you follow the program?

Are you assigned to one trainer randomly? Here are potential pitfalls of service providers who continue to use this outdated approach:

  • Reliance on one person’s view and perception on what may work best for you 
  • You being at the mercy of one person’s skill level and expertise
  • The trainer assigned to you may not have adequate experience, education, or knowledge of the research to know how to validate new fitness fads and trends for effectiveness and as a result, may fall for many of them 

Questions to Ask to Determine If A Fitness Service Provider's Personal Trainers Are Qualified.

Know what to look for and questions to ask when comparing our Shaping Concepts Team to other service providers claiming to have qualified trainers.

Answer Should be:

Industry experts developed the system based on credible peer-reviewed research and NOT subjective or anecdotal evidence.

Answer Should Be:

Yes! Both pieces of the puzzle must be integrated into an effective program for changes to one's body composition. 

Answer Should Be:

Yes! The foundations for our programs come from industry experts and each individual workout program design we create is peer-reviewed by other coaches to ensure validity and to draw upon the skill sets and knowledge of others.

 

Answer Should Be:

We utilize a comprehensive system of gathering information about your unique needs through an introductory movement assessment, metabolic rate assessment, body composition analysis, and health screening questionnaire. 

We combine those findings with information about your individual wants, preferences, and goals to come up with a TRULY personalized program and plan. 

Answer Should Be:

I have a bachelors degree (or greater) in exercise science or related study and OR have a nationally accredited personal training or strength and conditioning specialist certification.

Answer Should Be:

Yes! We are required to go through a rigorous in-house training program. In addition to a multiple year career development program, we are required to get continuing education credits. 


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How Do We Stack Up?

Shane Doll
Fitness Professional

  • NSCA Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
  • NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • B.A. Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, Ohio
  • 20+ Years Experience As A Fitness Professional
  • Founder & CEO of Shaping Concepts Personal Training Studios
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Trevor Parsons
Fitness Professional

  • NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • B.S. Exercise Science, Salisbury University
  • ACSM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
  • 10 + Years Experience As A Fitness Professional
  • Assistant Studio Director - Mt. Pleasant Location
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Sean Sheppard
Fitness Professional

  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
  • B.S. Kinesiology University of Maryland
  • Specialist in Athletic Sports Performance & Functional Exercise
  • 20 + Years Experience As A Fitness Professional
  • Head Trainer - Mt. Pleasant Location
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Colleen Castiglione
Fitness Professional 

  • NETA Certified Personal Trainer (CPT)
  • B.S. Exercise Science - Queens College City University
  • Specialist In Strength Training For Older Adults / Exercise & Arthritis
  • 20 + Years Experience As A Fitness Professional
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Jack Dunphy
Fitness Professional

  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) 
  • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES)
  • Emphasis on Strength Training and Corrective Exercise
  • Specialized training on Functional Exercise for middle age adults 
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