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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What's the first step if I want to kickstart my fitness journey and make diet changes?
    Great job! The first step is recognizing the need for change. Here's a roadmap to begin your journey: Set Your Goals: Start by jotting down what you want to achieve in terms of your fitness and nutrition. And don't forget to identify your 'Why' – knowing why you want to make these changes will keep you motivated. Move Your Body: Begin by adding more physical activity to your daily routine. It could be as easy as a daily 20-minute walk. Every step counts! Watch What You Eat: Keep a food journal for a week. Note not only what you eat but also how it affects your mood and energy levels. This self-awareness can help you make healthier choices. Reach Out for Experienced Coaching: Feel free to get in touch with us for some expert guidance. As your dedicated coach, I'll work closely with you to create a personalized and effective plan that's just right for you. You've got this!
  • How can I transition to a healthier diet without making a drastic change all at once?
    Change can be uncomfortable, but it's an essential part of transforming your mind and body. Taking control of your health involves building new habits. Self-education plays a vital role in making this transition easier. Begin by learning more about how your food is made by reading articles, books, and watching documentaries. A gradual approach can be effective. Start by removing one animal-derived food product (such as dairy, meat, or eggs) from your diet, one at a time, and do this for one week. During this time, increase your intake of fruits and vegetables. You can also experiment with plant-based alternatives you've never tried before. For instance, swap cow's milk for any plant-based milk of your choice. If you're looking to reduce meat consumption, replace it in a recipe with beans or a vegan substitute product. Transitioning to a whole foods plant-based vegan diet is a journey that may span weeks, months, or even years. Take it one day at a time, one meal at a time, and always remember your motivation for wanting to make this change. Your reason is your guiding light on this path to a healthier, more vibrant you.
  • How do I start a whole foods plant-based vegan diet?
    Embarking on a whole foods plant-based vegan diet is a journey towards a healthier, more vibrant you. To begin, keep a food journal for at least one week; you can either write down your food choices or use a dedicated app for this purpose. Make detailed entries about what you eat, and don't forget to note how you feel physically and emotionally. Pay attention to changes in your moods, physical energy levels, digestive experiences (ease or issues), bowel movements, skin condition, and the quality of your sleep. This practice helps you develop a profound awareness of the foods that truly nourish your body and those that may not be the best fit for you. Your next step is to gradually eliminate one animal-derived food product every one to two weeks. Start with dairy and cheese, followed by eggs, then move on to poultry, fish, and red meats. The ultimate goal is to minimize or eliminate processed and packaged food products, opting for a return to the basics—whole foods from the Earth. When grocery shopping, focus on the produce section, selecting fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Additionally, stock up on whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Take your time during this transition. A whole foods plant-based diet is rich in nutrients and fiber compared to the Standard American Diet, which means you might experience an intense emotional and physical detox period, depending on your previous dietary habits. Remember, this is an exciting journey! Continue to educate yourself, connect with like-minded individuals for support, explore vegetarian/vegan restaurants in your area, and seek out new recipes to "veganize" your favorite meals. Let your creativity flourish in the kitchen as you discover the countless possibilities of delicious and nutritious plant-based eating.
  • What do I need to do to get really fit?
    Short Answer: Achieving a high level of fitness requires CONSISTENCY in key areas: effective stress management, a well-structured training program, proper recovery, quality sleep, and a balanced, nutrient-rich diet. Longer Answer: First, it's important to define your own fitness goals. Fitness means different things to different people, so understanding your specific objectives is crucial. Your goals will guide your journey. On your path to a fitter and healthier lifestyle, effective stress management becomes . Stress can manifest in various facets of our daily lives, from our thoughts and environmental influences to dietary choices, sleep patterns, and exercise habits (or the lack thereof). Understand that stress impacts our hormones, subsequently affecting our ability to gain or lose weight, build muscle, enhance strength over time, and elevate our natural energy levels. It also significantly influences overall wellness and the prevention of diseases. Identifying stressors in your life and integrating healthier habits can substantially impact your appearance, well-being, and performance, ultimately enabling you to amplify your vitality and lead your best life. When it comes to physical activity, your body thrives on a diverse range of movements. If you're new to exercise or haven't trained in a while, it's essential to begin with a practical, low-impact exercise that suits you and promotes consistency. Options like daily mobility training, flexibility work, walking, jogging, and body-weight exercises can provide an excellent starting point. As your fitness levels increase, consider incorporating full-body movements through resistance training and power training to further enhance your strength and overall physical performance. Your dietary choices also play a pivotal role in attaining a high level of fitness. A whole foods plant-based diet is your superpower on this wellness journey. This approach not only supplies your body with the vital nutrients it requires for optimal performance but also aids in reducing inflammation, elevating energy levels, and promoting overall vitality. With this nourishing foundation, you'll be better equipped to achieve your fitness goals, support effective recovery, and experience sustained energy levels for both your workouts and daily life. Consistency in maintaining a whole foods plant-based diet, managing your training intensity, optimizing your sleep, and allowing for proper recovery will ultimately sculpt a strong and fit physique. DEVI Fitness' one-on-one fitness coaching is meticulously designed to encompass a broad spectrum of movements. Our comprehensive and progressive training programs offer the essential stimuli for muscle growth, fat reduction, and the enhancement of athletic performance
  • I haven't worked out in a long time. I want to get in better shape before working with a Trainer.
    We understand that getting back into shape can be a bit challenging. But guess what? That's exactly what we're here for. We'll start things off with a simple assessment to figure out where you're at with your health and fitness. I've had the pleasure of working with clients of all ages, including those who are de-conditioned, recovering from injuries, new to exercise, or come from various athletic backgrounds. We'll create a custom training plan that's all about helping you rebuild your endurance, amp up your strength, and enhance your overall health. And here's the best part – we'll do it at a pace that's challenging but totally manageable. Ready to get started?
  • How can I be sure I'm doing the exercises correctly when my coach isn't physically present?
    Don't worry; you won't be left in the dark when it comes to exercise form. With our online coaching program, every exercise you're assigned will be easily accessible through our mobile app. Each exercise includes a video demonstration along with clear, step-by-step instructions on how to perform it correctly. But that's not all. When you join our online coaching program, you'll also have the option to submit a video of yourself performing the exercises. Your coach will review your videos and provide feedback to ensure you're on the right track. So, rest assured that even from a distance, we've got the tools to support you every step of the way!
  • What are your training specialties?
    I didn't start out as an athlete or a vegan – that journey came a bit later in life. So, my training specialties naturally gravitated towards women's fitness, especially for those who run and follow a plant-based nutrition plan. When it comes to my training programs, resistance training forms the core of it. I enhance the training experience by incorporating a mix of body-weight exercises and conditioning workouts to ensure well-rounded and effective results. This approach forms a solid foundation to support your journey to becoming the best version of yourself!
  • What's your coaching style like?
    My coaching style is all about understanding and keeping it real. During our sessions, I'm here to listen if you want to chat, but when it's time to work, there's no slacking off. I'm here to empower and educate you, and I'll always give it to you straight, whether that means being gentle or more assertive, depending on what works best for you. The way I see it, we're a team, and I'm all about keeping those lines of communication wide open. We'll work together to help you reach your goals every step of the way.
  • How do I begin my training with you?
    To get started with your training journey, here's what you need to do: Select your preferred option: in-person training, online coaching, or a combination of both. Apply for your chosen coaching service and complete your first monthly payment or session package purchase. Complete the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q), providing us with valuable insights into your training history, current lifestyle, nutrition, and medical background. Once you've finished the previous steps, schedule a phone call with us to address any questions you may have and discuss the PAR-Q in greater detail. After completing these steps, you're all set to embark on your training journey! Following our conversation, we'll design a customized training program tailored to your unique goals and needs, which will be sent to you via email.
  • What methods of payment are accepted?
    You can use any major credit card to make secure online payments. Additionally, we offer direct transfers through popular platforms like Paypal, Venmo, Cashapp, and Zelle. We're flexible, so you can choose the option that suits you best!
  • What is your cancellation policy for training sessions?
    For Private In-Person Sessions: Answer: We kindly ask that you provide at least a 24-hour notice if you need to cancel or reschedule your private in-person session. This way, we can adjust our schedules accordingly. For cancellations made within 24 hours of your scheduled session, the full session fee will be charged. However, we can always work together to find another suitable time for your session. For Subscription Online Model: Answer: With the subscription online model, you have the flexibility to cancel at any time. No long-term commitment is required. If you decide to cancel your subscription, you won't be billed for future months. Your satisfaction and well-being are of utmost importance, and I'm here to support you in your fitness journey.
  • What is your refund policy?
    Your satisfaction with our coaching services is essential. For digital products, please note that all sales are final. Once the coaching service has begun for a specific month, we do not offer refunds for that month. However, if, for any reason, we are unable to continue working together during a coaching package, you may be eligible for a refund of the remaining sessions in your package. We're committed to your success and well-being, and we'll work with you to ensure you receive the support you need.
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