About the Expert
David D’Amico is a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise (ACE). He also has his fitness nutrition and functional training specialist certifications through ACE. David began working for NexGen Fitness seven years ago. He started as a personal trainer at the South Frisco location before moving into management. He bought his McKinney franchise in February 2021.
Why should I work with a personal trainer versus going to the gym on my own?
There are many reasons, but one of the big ones is to get a workout that delivers results. The trainer has the education and knows how to cater specific exercises to your situation and what we think you’ll need. If you go to the gym by yourself, you may know what you’re doing and have some knowledge, but you won’t have the expertise with every single workout. On top of that, trainers can help prevent injuries by making sure you are using the correct form on exercises, not lifting too much weight, or performing exercises that you probably shouldn’t be doing. They also provide accountability, schedule workouts for you, and talk to you about nutritional goals.
How is NexGen different from a traditional gym?
What makes it different is that it’s private. You come in and have your own room with a trainer, and you get a completely private workout with the focus only on you for 45 minutes. There are no distractions. There aren’t any crowds or sharing equipment with other people — so you can get more work done and maximize your results. Everything is set up to assess your goals and get you there. If you’d like to learn more, visit McKinneySouth.NexGenFitness.com.
Is it possible to get in better shape but not lose a lot of weight?
We do see this frequently where people are building more muscle at the same time as they’re losing body fat. So, when they step on the scale, the weight may not change a whole lot. They’re getting leaner, but they’re also building muscle, so their weight won’t drastically change like some other people.
What else is involved with personal training besides the workouts?
We are constantly analyzing an individual’s biometrics, body-fat percentage, metabolic rate, etc. so that we can set you up with a personalized nutritional plan. Beyond that, there’s the accountability piece, planning the workouts correctly so that none of it is too repetitive, and that you are always making progress toward your goals. Even during workouts, we keep people moving rather than taking too much rest between sets, showing how to properly perform the exercise, etc.
What’s the best way to get started with a new workout program?
If you’re going from not working out in years, the best thing to do is to get up and start moving. Go for a walk and see how much you can do — even if it’s just for 10 minutes. And then try to increase that over time. It’s important to get your body moving, and from there, you can explore finding a personal trainer to help keep that momentum going and get you to the next step in your fitness journey.