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Frequently Asked Questions

In our Frequently Asked Questions area Mark answers your questions about losing weight, fitness & exercise, vitamins & supplements, personal training and triathlons.

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Weight Losstop of page

  1. How do I know if I am at the right body weight?
  2. Every year my number-one New Year's resolution is to lose weight. I never seem able to stick with it and I fail. What can I do to make it happen this time?
  3. How do I go about setting fitness and weight loss goals?
  4. I've watched people doing stretching exercises with fitness trainers. How does this help anybody lose weight?
  5. I was told to exercise at a low heart rate within the "fat burning zone" in order to lose weight. I exercise five times a week in the "fat burning zone," eat moderately, but I am losing very little weight. What am I doing wrong?
  6. I saw a bathroom scale that also tells you your body fat percentage. Does this thing work?

Fitness & Exercisetop of page

  1. How do I go about setting fitness and weight loss goals?
  2. I've watched people doing stretching exercises with fitness trainers. How does this help anybody lose weight?
  3. I was told to exercise at a low heart rate within the "fat burning zone" in order to lose weight. I exercise five times a week in the "fat burning zone," eat moderately, but I am losing very little weight. What am I doing wrong?
  4. I will be going on vacation and may not have time to exercise. I don't want all my hard work to go to "waist." What should I do?

Vitamins & Supplementstop of page

  1. What vitamins and supplements do you recommend?

Personal Trainingtop of page

  1. What qualifications should a personal trainer have?
  2. What PFT (Personal Fitness Trainer) certifications should I look for?
  3. What areas of specialization do Personal Fitness Trainers offer?
  4. How long do Personal Fitness Trainer sessions last?
  5. How often would I train with a Personal Fitness Trainer?
  6. How much does it cost to train with a Personal Fitness Trainer?
  7. Is there a cheaper way to train with a Personal Fitness Trainer?
  8. How do I find a Personal Fitness Trainer?

Triathlonstop of page

  1. Doesn't a triathlon involve running a marathon and other insane distances?
  2. Aren't triathlons for super-conditioned, super-star athletes with zero body fat?
  3. What are the advantages of triathlon training?
  4. What kind of equipment do I need to do a triathlon?
  5. Where is the best place to purchase triathlon equipment?

Fitness Technologytop of page

  1. I saw a bathroom scale that also tells you your body fat percentage. Does this thing work?

On-line Trainingtop of page

  1. How do you prepare my workouts?
  2. How do I receive my workouts?
  3. Do you adjust my workouts based on my progress?
  4. What wearable fitness technology devices are compatible with your online software?
  5. Do I need a wearable fitness technology device to do on-line training?
  6. How much do wearable fitness technology devices cost?
  7. What options do I have for XBigMan On-line Personal Fitness Training and how much do they cost?
  8. XBigMan Testimonial

    On Top Of The World (One Woman's Journey)

    On Top Of The World

    "This is a picture of me, standing at the highest peak of Africa... 19,340 feet above sea level. Less than a year before that moment, I never went to the gym, didn't really like working out and led a pretty unhealthy lifestyle.

    Now my life is different. Since beginning to work out with Mark in the summer of 2000, I have become healthier, more energetic, I work out at least 3 times a week and I've never felt better in my life....oh, and I also climbed the highest free-standing mountain in the world.

    Although I've worked hard to achieve my goals, it is only with the help of Mark that I have been able to achieve them. Mark is the epitome of what a personal trainer should be-he is inspirational, encouraging, realistic and most of all, he really wants you to succeed... it is this last point that has really inspired me.

    Most people find it hard to motivate themselves to achieve personal fitness goals. A trainer will usually "help" but in Mark's case, because he truly cares about helping you reach your goals, you're much more inspired to get up early and make the trek to the gym or to push yourself to achieve.

    Nicola On The Summit

    Mark doesn't need to be aggressive or militant, never pushes you do things you don't want to and doesn't set unrealistic goals. He simply makes you believe you can do something - and you always end up surprising yourself by succeeding.

    In addition, Mark has his own inspirational story to tell. However, unlike many people with similar stories, Mark does not force his story on you, make you feel like you need to do what he did, or in any way compare his life to yours. He treats every client as an individual and helps him or her to only achieve what he or she wants to achieve.

    There are many trainers that I have worked out with who have gone through the motions of training you and are clearly there only because 'it's a job' for now and are probably thinking about doing something else at the time. Mark however, is dedicated, professional and if only all trainers were half as good at their jobs as Mark is, we'd probably all be healthier for it!

    Thanks Mark -I couldn't have done it without you."

    Nicola Mummery

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