Personal Training at the JCC Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a member to do personal training at the JCC?
No, unlike other clubs, membership is not required to participate in Personal Training. Members do,  however, receive special discounts on personal training.

What is your cancellation policy?
If you do not cancel or reschedule your session at least 24 hours in advance, you will be charged for the session.

How long are the sessions?
We offer both 30- and 60-minute sessions.

How do I pick a personal trainer?
Please visit our personal trainers page to learn more about our trainers. Still not sure? We would be happy to recommend someone to you. Email cramirez@jccmanhattan.org.

What are the best exercises for my lower body?
Resistance training is a proven method to improve your strength and muscle tone. Body weight exercises such as squats, lunges, and step-ups will help target your lower body problem areas.

How do I flatten my stomach?
Getting a flat stomach is a combination of abdominal exercises and cardiovascular activity. Abdominal exercises such as crunches and leg raises will help strengthen your core. However, you must incorporate at least three 20-minute sessions of cardiovascular training into your weekly routine to decrease body fat.

Are weights going to make me “bulky”?
No. Getting "bulky" is a result of a combination of very heavy weight training and a nutrition plan specifically designed to increase muscle mass.

How many times a week should I be doing cardio and for how long?
For an individual of average health, it is recommended that you incorporate at least 20 minutes, three times a week into your workout routine. However, it is important to remember this a minimum recommendation.

What about carbs? Is it true that if I stop eating them, I'll lose weight?
Low-carb diets can reduce body weight and decrease body fat. However, to sustain long-term results, it is recommended that you eat a balanced diet.