We had such a great time working out with certified personal trainer, Andrew Kenny from the Lean Lane in Pleasanton! I have known Andrew for years and he is very knowledgeable and passionate about health and fitness. I remember one time at a 4th of July party he even brought a mini scale to weigh the amount of meat he was eating! Don’t worry, he won’t make you do the same thing! 😉
We had a 50-minute session with 4 different circuits targeting different muscle groups for a full-body workout. Andrew was very attentive to our fitness goals and created an individualized workout targeting them. Andrew incorporated Tabata training, which was both of our first times trying (Andrew explains a little bit more about Tabata training below). We thoroughly enjoyed it and felt very accomplished by the end of our work out! Nicole and I tend to be self-conscience of our arms so Andrew incorporated several exercises targeting that area. We both highly recommend Andrew for any of your personal-training needs if you are in the Tri-Valley area! He is very personable yet professional and makes the work out effective but fun to do. High-end personal training is both a financial and time investment but we think investing in your health is worth it! *Partner training is the most cost-effective type of training session with Andrew but there’s more info with pricing under question #3.
Read below for more information about working out with Andrew at the Lean Lane! (Andrew even offers N&N blog readers a special promotion!)
1) What was the type of exercise we used in our workout and how/why you incorporate it into your workouts?
We did a full body workout and incorporated Tabata style training. Tabata is traditionally 8 rounds per exercise of 20 seconds on, followed by 10 seconds of rest. I like to modify the number of rounds I have my clients do depending on if it’s just body weight or not and how many exercises I use in a circuit. I want to push my clients without overwhelming them.
Tabata is great for keeping your heart rate at a consistent (typically higher level). When your heart is beating around 60-80% your max rate science has shown there is a great fat burning effect. Depending on the client’s goals I assess whether they would benefit from this style of training.
I find Tabata to be fun because you don’t have to count you just are racing the timer. It’s a nice break from the traditional “do 20 reps and you’re done.” I try to keep my clients (and myself for that matter) as engaged and excited about the workout as possible.
For clients that do benefit from the Tabata training, I try to incorporate it about a quarter to a third of the time they are following that program.
2) How did you get into personal training? What’s your favorite part about being a personal trainer?
I fell into training sort of naturally, I guess. I grew up from a young age playing a variety of sports mainly rugby and water polo, and so exercise has always seemed like 2nd nature. As sports became more and more competitive I turned to the gym and resistance training, in particular, to stay on top of the competition.
I remember seeing personal trainers and thinking that’s easy I can do that. So I did. I got the basic certification course and found myself employed at a local chain gym. Boy, was I wrong. Being a personal trainer was one of the most difficult things I have ever done. I almost quit several times. But with persistence, I started seeing results in my business and clients. So much so I decided to open my own fitness company and work for myself.
I haven’t looked back since then!
One of the best parts about my job is working with so many unique individuals (literally no one is alike) and getting to know them and their stories on a pretty personal level (I guess that’s why they call us personal trainers lol). Seeing the progress these people make and the tools I’m able to give them for their health and fitness success is a huge joy!
3) What’s your pricing like? Do you have packages/memberships? How often do your clients typically see you per week?
My clients train with me 2 – 4x a week. I also have online clients that take the weekly exercises I give them and nutritional plans and self-manage themselves.
There is no membership fee at my gym. Just the personal training cost. If someone wants to come in for a training session, the cost is $80. If they want to join a program- 8, 12 or 16 sessions a month- they get a loyalty price that I’d be happy to disclose after a complimentary assessment session with them to see if one on one training is a good fit. Partner training is $110 per session ($55/per person). Online coaching is $399 a month. All sessions are 50 minutes so my clients are in and out in under an hour.
4) Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about you/your business?
My gym is conveniently located right at the corner of 580 – 680 in Pleasanton. I have a passion for people and a track record of success in helping clients reach their goals! I want to offer all N and N Blog readers up to 3 additional PT sessions as a bonus if they come in and decide to join a one on one customized training program, with me. 8x/month = 1 Extra, 12x/month =2 extra, 16x/month = 3 extra!
Thank you, Andrew!!
Xoxo, Nat & Nicole