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Personal Training In Charleston SC

Are you ready to start your personal training journey? People work with trainers for various reasons because a personal trainer will provide them with substantial motivation and accountability. A personal trainer will be beneficial to your overall health and fitness journey if you want to get the most out of your workouts and receive the desired results. Their knowledge and expertise will make your exercise program more effective, safe, and fun. CDFIT welcomes Charleston, SC clients as we provide a safe space for clients to explore fitness.

About Us

We are a personal training studio with cutting-edge equipment and expert trainers who use one-on-one training services to help our clients with their fitness or physical therapy. Our exceptional individual workout plans help guide our clients on their fitness journey and consist of specific workouts and exercises tailored to each client for optimal results.
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About Our Services

At CDFIT, we emphasize developing correct posture, glute and hip strengthening, and stabilizing the development of a strong core through neutral spine movements. We only use state-of-the-art equipment and professional training methods and modalities to help our clients achieve their fitness goals.

We offer a few services to attribute to our client's fitness goals:

  • One-on-One PERSONAL TRAINING (30, 45, or 60 minutes)
  • SMALL GROUP sports performance training
  • Six-week posture reset program
  • 15-minute foam roll sessions
  • Full Spectrum Infrared Sauna
  • COLD PLUNGE (Ice Bath)

Why Do You Need Personal Training?

As you ponder how to take your fitness to the next level, you may wonder whether hiring a personal trainer is the right call.

Whether you are new to exercising or are a fitness enthusiast, there are ways a personal trainer can help you work out and contribute to your weight loss, muscle building, and toning journey.

Here are nine benefits of hiring a personal trainer:

Consistency is a hard concept in regards to building a solid exercise routine. If you are not expected to work out with someone at the gym and are on your own, you are more likely to slack off or skip out on exercising.

Once you hire a personal trainer and have begun your workouts, you may work harder with a trainer than you ever would have alone because they give you direction.

An analysis of 11 years of collected data looked at the correlation between how well people could stick to their weight loss routines factoring in accountability. It was found that the more accountability they had, the more likely they were able to stick to their weight loss and exercise programs.

Alongside your exercise program, you will obtain useful information regarding your health, body, and fitness. Your trainer has extensive knowledge of body mechanics and human physiology, behavior changes, exercise science, and more. They can assist you in learning proper form and how to use the equipment effectively. They will also determine what exercises best suit you and your specific fitness journey.

Have you ever set a fitness goal that was too high or too far to reach? Do you need assistance in setting goals that are more realistic and attainable? Your trainer can help you with that. Personal trainers can help you set goals based on your abilities and experience to aid you in the process.

Many fitness websites usually give surface-level advice on workouts and programs that you can follow. However, this may not be best for your specific targeted goals. A trainer will strategize and ensure that you get the best-individualized workout plans for this specific reason.

You can meet with a trainer as often as your schedule permits. Whether daily, weekly, or monthly—do what is best for you. Virtual training is also an option if that is most convenient. In this format, you will work out from home while on a video conference with your trainer. As you go through your workouts, they will be available to guide you through the workout remotely.

It is easy to be a creature of habit and gravitate towards your normal exercise routine and equipment for your workouts. Your trainer will be able to introduce you to new and improved exercises to add to your routine.

Your trainer is not a nutritionist or a dietitian, and they are not legally allowed to make meal plans or construct recommendations regarding food, especially for clients who may have underlying conditions. However, they can let you know which foods are healthy for you.

Personal trainers can assist in improving your mental health. A notable amount of substantial research directly supports the positive effect of physical activity on certain mental health factors such as anxiety and depression.

As exercises work to increase blood circulation to the brain, this helps reduce stress and improve overall cognitive function and mood. A trainer will consistently assist you in reaping the benefits of better mental health.

A personal trainer can help you develop healthy habits for a lifetime. If you do not start integrating healthy habits—taking the stairs instead of the elevator or drinking water instead of soda—you may have more difficulty seeing results.

A trainer will be by your side to smoothly make these changes and support you if roadblocks arise. The most effective way to succeed in changing habits is to start small. A good trainer will be involved in your process as you adopt a much healthier lifestyle.

Marry Ann C.

Our Client

“I’ve had a knee replacement, sports injuries and have worked with many trainers. I’ve never found anyone as knowledgeable and motivating as Carl. And, because of him, I’ve never been stronger. He’s a rare find.”

Liz J.

Our Client

“I have personal trained with Carl Dearing for 3 years. I am 48 years old and training with him he has challenged me to achieve more than I ever believed. There are too many accomplishments to list. Carl is committed to his clients and is passionate to share his knowledge of fitness and nutrition.”

Nan V.

Our client

“It’s been 21/2 months since I started training with Carl after my left hip replacement last December. My gait has improved 100% and I am feeling my body strength improving. Carl is very devoted to great nutrition, fitness and whole body health!”

Who is Most Likely to Get a Personal Trainer?

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According to The IHRSA Health Club Consumer Report, adults ranging from ages 25 to 34 and youths aged 6 to 12 are most likely to use personal training. About 19% of adults aged 35 to 44 use personal training clients. Adults over 55 are least likely to leverage a personal trainer's expertise as only 10% of them do so. The percentage in each age group consists of 3% of the entire membership base.

Among most health clubs, personal training generates the most profit. There are three key insights to further explore the demographics of who utilizes personal training; they are as follows:

It was reported that in 2016, males were the main clients for personal trainers consisting of 54% of the clientele. Personal training usually has an even split of male and female clients. It is believed that the exponential growth of small group training (SGT) is what led to the vast increase in male personal training participation. That is because women are more likely to participate in small group training than men. As a fitness club operator, it is advisable to create a strategy to encourage men to use personal training while encouraging women to participate in one-on-one training.

This method has been exceptionally popular for women as group training could be intimidating. One-on-one training is more personable and allows them to move at their own pace.

In 2016, millennial clients had the highest participation in personal training, as 17.2% of clients between 18 and 34 used a personal trainer. Studies show that more than 3 million millennials engage in personal training, accounting for 39% of the total clientele population.

Millennials represent an extremely profitable target market, and they are highly inclined to purchase non-dues services. Personal trainers also utilize the opportunities to engage Gen Z, Gen X, and Boomers to start personal training considering they each have unique fitness goals and health requirements.

A multipurpose club is fully equipped with substantial space to supplement their client’s fitness goals beyond normal exercise and workout routines. These fitness clubs often have a larger footprint as they can accommodate food and beverages, offering a restaurant or cafe specializing in smoothies and recovery drinks.

11.6% of fitness-only club participants used a personal trainer, while only 7.2% of YMCA/YWCA/JCC clients used a personal trainer.

Why Us?

Functional. Intentional. Training.

Those three words are the epitome of our training studio. As we apply an individual, holistic approach to fitness, it is important to us that we provide our clients with the tools and resources to achieve a better functioning body and an overall healthy mindset.

Our Team

Carl Dearing

Owner/Exercise Physiologist/Trainer

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Owner Carl Dearing’s work in functional training and individual program design stems from work as an exercise physiologist in the hospital and physical therapy settings and as a sports performance coach for high school, college, and professional athletes in Philadelphia. Athletes, top business professionals, and people of all stages of life have chosen Carl and his outlook and insight into the human body to help them achieve peak performance, heightened body awareness, and increased quality of life.

Amy Lucas

Personal Trainer

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Amy has been competing in triathlons, teaching cycle classes and strength classes since 2010 and has been a lifelong athlete. She knows how it feels to be competitive, highly motivated, strong and win races. She also knows how it feels to be weak, unmotivated, struggle with nutrition, and not want to get off the couch. She enjoys working with all types of clients helping them achieve their goals.

Amy became a Certified Personal Trainer in 2015. Amy has her B.S. in Nursing and enjoy working in the health/ wellness field. she believes that exercise and strength training should be fun and individualized. Build a strong foundation first and grow from there. Exercise is essential for wellness in life.

Amy enjoys competing in triathlons and other races. Amu also teaches cycle classes and small group strength training.

Scott Greendyke

Personal Trainer

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Scott Greendyke started his fitness career after losing 80 pounds in 6 months in 2013. He originally was a computer network engineer for over 20 years when he decided to make a lifestyle change and become a personal trainer. His focus is to simplify fitness and weight loss for his clients. Scott prides himself on the relationships and trust he builds with his clients.

Andrew Howard

Personal Trainer

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Head Baseball Coach for Oceanside Collegiate Academy. Speed/Agility specialist in ALL high school sports. Speed training has become crucial in the development of young athletes and this studio provides the necessary equipment to combine Speed and Strength to perform at the highest level. All ages and experience levels encouraged to call or text (770)377-6146 to schedule an appointment.

Kelsey Quinn

Personal Trainer

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Kelsey is passionate about helping others achieve the best version of themselves through fitness and nutrition. As a holistic health coach and personal trainer, she knows that true health starts with how you treat your body. Learning how to move your body efficiently and safely aids in weight loss and an overall better life. Kelsey is dedicated to helping her clients realize their fitness and health goals through a personalized approach.

Instagram: @kqwellness

Kiera Dare

Personal Trainer / Functional Trainer

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Kiera Dare is a certified NASM Personal Trainer and has completed the Functional Patterns’ Human Foundations course. Kiera works with her clients on increasing range of motion, mobility, and strength so they can pursue their passions and live more active lives. Kiera Dare is a passionate mother of three crazy kids and an active competitor in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. She understands all too well the importance of energy, strength and movement.

Instagram: @Kieradare

Dr. Nate Harris, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS

Physical Therapist

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Dr. Nathan “Nate” Harris is the owner and founder of Velocity Sports PT. Nate is a physical therapist, athletic trainer, and strength and conditioning specialist who specializes in treating athletes. Nate received his Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from the University of South Carolina, and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina.

Nate has always enjoyed working with athletes, and has treated athletes from many different sports. While at USC, he worked with many of USC’s athletic teams, including football, baseball, men’s soccer, swimming/diving, and cheerleading. He also worked with the Seattle Seahawks and the Pittsburgh Pirates before moving to Charleston and starting Velocity Sports PT to treat the athletes of the Lowcountry. As a former baseball player, Nate has a special interest in treating baseball players, focusing on injury prevention/screening and analyzing pitching mechanics. In addition to starting Velocity Sports PT, Nate is an adjunct faculty member at MUSC in the Physical Therapy department.

If would like to schedule a physical therapy/performance evaluation, please send us an email to get started.

Instagram: @velocitysportsphysicaltherapy

Nick Baldwin

Personal Trainer

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Nick Baldwin is an NCCA-Accredited Action Certified Personal Trainer and Advanced Nutrition expert. He graduated from Union College with a degree in Exercise Science. He also holds certifications as a Level I and Level II TRX Training Pro.

Nick has a passion for helping others and believes that feeling, moving and looking Better is achievable for everyone. For more than 10 years Nick has been training athletes, busy professionals, stay-at-home moms and dads, retirees, and everyone in between.

To learn more, meet Nick, and discuss your fitness and wellness goals, book your free one-on-one, no obligation needs analysis today!

Dr. Emily Scott PT, DPT

Physical Therapist

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Physical Therapist Dr. Emily Scott of Velocity Sports PT works with a variety of orthopedic injuries, but specializes in treating athletes and other highly active individuals. Emily received her degrees in Exercise Sport Science and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She immediately followed her time at UNC by getting her Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree from the Medical University of South Carolina here in Charleston.

Emily has experience treating athletes in various sports such as soccer, tennis, basketball, softball, swimming, cross country, gymnastics and dance. Over the past few years, she has helped several local dance teams of various levels with creating injury prevention programs as well as individualizing treatments for any athletes who become injured mid-season. As a former softball player herself with a history of multiple injuries, Emily recognizes the importance that sleep, stress, nutrition, strength and confidence have on someone achieving their goals!

If you would like to schedule a physical therapy or performance evaluation, please send us an email to get started.

Instagram: @velocitysportsphysicaltherapy