Irene Pastore Answers Your Questions

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Q.  Who will be my trainer?

A. Irene Pastore, Certified Personal Trainer is based in New York City, and has taught exercise since 1996.  To read her certifications, visit the About Page.

Q.  What is Tour de Core Personal Training? 

iA.  Irene Pastore, Certified Personal Trainer, designed Tour De Core Personal Training to serve populations with wide-ranging needs in time, finances, interests and fitness levels.    Clients are offered flexible pricing tiers and can choose whether to make short or long-term commitments. They can also choose whether to focus on core strength, or to venture into Price Saver Themes.

Q. What are Price Saver Themes?

A. Price Saver Themes are 30 Minute training sessions designed for people with special interests, or who are time pressed. Price Savers are offered at half price of a regular 1 hour session. Visit the Price Saver Page for more detailed information.

Q. How will I be trained?

A. Your training depends on what you would like to accomplish, whether you prefer long-term or short-term training, if you have special interests, and whether you want to use equipment.

Q. Do you charge a fee for the Consultation after I send in my Contact Form?

A. There is no fee for sending in your Contact Form, or the Consultation.  Irene Pastore, Certified Personal Trainer will get back to you to answer your questions, and discuss your training plans during the initial Consultation.  After that, you’ll eligible to sign-up for the 1-hour Fitness Assessment, for which there is a one-time fee.

Q.  Why do you have a Fitness Assessment?

A. Every client begins their training with different levels of physical ability.  Assessing each client is a prerequisite to training.  Each client is also required to submit their Personal Fitness Profile (PFP) prior to their assessment.  Once the CFA and the PFP are completed, the client is eligible to register for any type of training they prefer, as long as there are no medical restriction

Q. What type of training is Tour de Core?

A.   Tour de Core personal training teaches you how to strengthen your core muscles. In addition, we also offer Price Saver Themes, which may or may not involve core strength. Price Saver Themes focus on special interests.

Q.  Is core training easier than other forms of training?

A.  Core training isn’t easy.  If the exercises seem easy to you, either you need a more challenging routine, or you’re not doing the exercises correctly.

Correct refers to your ability to steady your body in a neutral position while performing stabilization exercises.  A neutral position means that you’re not leaning forward or backward during an exercise, and that you’re able to maintain good posture.  For the average person, holding neutral, is the most challenging aspect of core training.

Q.  Who benefits from having a strong core?

A.  Literally, everyone benefits having a strong core.  Some examples are people who want to improve their posture, improve sports performance, be more efficient during daily activities, improve balance, get rid of muscular-related back ache and trigger points, have a stronger pregnancy, avoid sports-related injuries, and for older people, avoiding falls.  

Q.  At which level will I start?

A.  You’ll start at your strongest point. To determine Your starting point is determined during your Fitness Assessment, during which you’ll be given exercises to see where your strengths and weakness are, before actual training begins.

Q.  Do I have to buy equipment? Is it possible to improve my strength without it?

A. Purchasing equipment is optional. Bodyweight training is a method of strengthening that requires no equipment.  Stretching can also be done without equipment.  Equipment is used if you want more challenge in your routine, or if you just prefer using it.  Or you can combine both styles of training. 

Certain individuals may want to start learning a core fitness routine without added equipment, and then add it on, as they get stronger.  The best way to figure this out, is to send in the Contact Form, and discuss your fitness goals with Irene Pastore, Certified Personal Trainer, during the free Consultation.

Q.  What are fitness goals?  Do I need to have them in order to work with Tour De Core Personal Training?

A. Fitness goals vary from person-to-person.  For example, an outdoor cycling enthusiast may have tight hamstrings.  Their fitness goal would be to learn hamstring stretches in order to develop more flexible hamstring muscles .  Someone in a weight-loss program may want to learn non-weight bearing exercises.  Their fitness goal would be to increase flexibility and strength while exercising lying on their back or side.  Another would be a frail individual who cannot exercise in a standing position.  Their fitness goal might be learning to become stronger and more flexible while seated in a chair.

Q.  Is there core equipment suitable for people over 65?

A.  People over 65 can safely learn core stabilization exercises by using age compatible equipment.  Peanut Stability Balls, Balance Pods, and Foam Pads would be suitable for seniors.  A client doesn’t have to use equipment if they’re uncomfortable with it.

Q.  Are there exercise modifications?

A.  Yes. Exercise modifications make the exercise(s) more accessible, and help you build a strong foundation without the frustration of attempting exercises your body can’t do.  Modifications help you avoid getting discouraged, and subsequently quitting exercise altogether.

Q. How are modifications taught?

A. Modifications are taught using equipment that makes the exercise more accessible. A few examples of this type of equipment are Elastic Bands, Foam Wedges, Peanut Ball, and Mini Exercise Balls.  

Q.  Why is it necessary to sign-up, and fill out paperwork before I begin training?

A. Filling out health forms and agreements is a standard requirement in the fitness industry, for anyone starting a training program.  Whether you plan on taking a few sessions, or many, your health and fitness status should be known to your personal trainer.  Your trainer designs your program based on the information you provide in these important forms.  Once registered, you can take as many trainings as you like, whenever you want within a six-month period.  After that, your Personal Fitness Profile has to be updated.

Q. Why don’t you have a phone or email address on your website?

A. To avoid marketing, scam calls, and junk email, neither phone or email appear on the website. Early communication is facilitated by email.  Clients who are signed-up receive other ways of communication.

Q. How do I pay for personal training or group classes?

A. Clients pay for their training through Pay Pal, a financial tool that allows online payment transactions, by linking a credit card or bank account to PayPal.

Q.  What type of computer do I need for remote personal training or classes?

A. In order to participate in remote personal training and group classes, you’ll need a either a desktop, laptop or a cell phone and Skype.  If you don’t have Skype, you can download the application from Microsoft.  Webcams are built-in to most laptops, and some external monitors.  If you don’t have a built-in webcam, you can purchase one from Amazon. 

Q. Why do you offer short training sessions?

A. There are several reasons why 15 and 30-minute training sessions are offered.  Short sessions gives clients an opportunity to test drive Tour De Core Personal Training, while making a modest financial investment.  Once comfortable, they can make better buying decisions when purchasing long-term packages.  Short sessions are also beneficial for anyone who is has limited time.  Also, there are people who want to refine a few exercises, and need some professional guidance to reach a short-term goal.

Q. May I record my Skype training session?

A. Individual consent for permission to record varies by state.  However, clients are advised of company policy, that Irene Pastore, Certified Personal Trainer, and owner of Tour De Core Personal Training, does not record a client’s training session(s), nor does she give her permission for a client to record their session(s).  

Q.  Where is your physical location?

A. New York City


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