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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

    "I was a 49-year old amateur triathlete looking for ways to increase my speed and endurance, as well as improve my swimming abilities and confidence. I had just finished the Wildflower Olympic Distance Triathlon, but was disappointed that I wasn't faster... in fact, they were closing the finish line when I came in! I needed someone or something to inspire me to train harder, or simply to get me off the couch!

    One day I saw an ad for Mark's Tri-A-Triathlon Class and I immediately signed up for the 6:30 AM session. During the course of the class, and knowing Mark, we learned about power swim drills, bike racing techniques, training course tactics, brick workouts, strength workouts and much more.

    Having Mark as a trainer and hearing about his competition in triathlons really motivated me to train not only harder, but smarter! As a result of meeting Mark, I have taken his Tri-A -Triathlon class 3 times and have gone on to place 7th in my age group at the 2003 Treasure Island Triathlon and 1st Place at the 2003 Tahoe Donner Sprint Triathlon.

    Mark was an inspiration to all of us who met him!"

    Mary T. Aycock

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