Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. When looking for a good personal trainer its important to find someone with passion and experience. Someone that loves doing what they do, has experience helping others achieve their goals and has personal experience striving for, struggling through and achieving their own goals in fitness.
Sadly there are trainers out there that only do 'the job' because working out is all they know, they may even look down on others that may not be in their best shape. Find someone that cares about your goals and understands your struggles towards trying to achieve those goals. Someone that listens, is attentive and has a smile on their face when you see them. All good signs, all must haves.
Its important to give new trainers a chance, they may be great trainers in the making, but if you find two trainers that care and had to choose, choose the one with experience for now. You can always give the new trainer a shot later down the road. Knowing how to adapt an exercise, or an entire program, around your specific needs and limitations is a vital attribute of a great trainer.
Now if you are lucky enough to find two trainers that care, and have a good deal of experience in training others, you'll want to go with the trainer that has the most personal experience with your specific goal. If they themselves have lost weight, choose them for weight loss training, if they competed well in sports, choose them for sports performance, if they exercise just to feel good everyday and that's your goal, they're the trainer for you. Matching personalities and matching goals make for great combinations in training.
When you find a trainer with all of these qualities and you give them your time, effort and commitment, then you are truly on your way to changing your life, the sky's the limit.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. One of the first questions people have in regards to working out usually has to do with how many reps and sets should they do for an exercise, which exercise should they do and in which order, how much rest time, etc., but the secret is their main concern, when starting out, should only be how to perform each individual exercise safely and efficiently. Regardless of the workout program you're utilizing if you're doing it with improper technique you going to most likely injure yourself and regress in training rather than progress. That's why its important to get a trainer with a high level of technical knowledge. Focus on learning proper exercise technique first. If it aint fixed, don't try and break it.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Have you always wanted to be a personal trainer? What made you want to decide to do this for a living?
How long have you been a trainer? What type of people do you train most often? Which types of clients do you like training most?
Have you ever struggled with the goal I'm trying to achieve? What did you do to overcome?
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. I still coach gymnastics and tumbling and occasionally conduct tumbling clinics around the United States, so my availability is somewhat limited, however if we have an agreed upon time for our personal training sessions I will certainly drop everything to make it to you, please have the same level of commitment. If scheduling a session, be sure its a time and day you can maintain having free until your goal is achieved. I'll give you my all if you give me yours, together we'll be unstoppable!
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. What makes me different as a personal trainer is the fact that I know exactly how it feels to struggle with weight and body image issues, I was not a confident or natural athlete as a kid (understatement) and still wasn't as a young adult. It took quite some time to pick myself up and change my life. After losing 30+ lbs and getting back into shape I took up gymnastics.
For the past 10 years I've been a full time Junior Olympic Gymnastics Coach and helped coach many state and regional champion gymnasts to reach their best.
I know exactly what it takes to lose weight and exactly what it takes to prepare you for any physical activity or sport, to help you achieve your future goals in either of those endeavors and teach you how to apply those to all the goals in your life. I live for that, that's my purpose in life.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. Helping others. Being their coach.
There were a lot of times in my life I wish I had a coach. To show me what I could be if I never gave up. Someone who pushed me never to settle for anything but my best. Someone who believed in me and showed me how to do the same. Someone to give me the information I needed to succeed. Someone that motivated me and reminded me to have some fun once in a while.
I've been fortunate to find a job where I can do these things, I love being this for others. There's nothing I'd rather do.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. 'Are your workouts hard?'
Answer- 'its up to you.'
The basic layout of my workouts will allow for you to go at your own pace and can be adapted for your own personal limitations and abilities. I will encourage you, (once proper technique is achieved) to push yourself to a more intensive pace. The more you put in to it, the more you'll get out of it.
But your in control, you decide how hard it is. Once your comfortable and you'd like to go harder, try to push yourself a little more each session and the workouts will increase in difficulty.
Soon you'll be shedding excess weight and toning up, getting you one step closer to a different life.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. My greatest success story in fitness is with my Mother. She completely change her diet and began exercises a little over a year ago and is 40+ lbs lighter. She takes regular Zumba lessons (she never would have had the energy before) and is helping her friends all do the same.
I come from a fairly large family (literally), as they all would agree, and slowly but surely I hope to help them all change their lives for the better. Its hard to compete with good Italian food, but I'm doing my best.
In the meantime I'll lead by example and continue to encourage healthy lifestyles.
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. My attention to detail and my passion for getting results in others.
I've always been artistic, it was one of the only classes I really excelled at as a kid. I remember my art teacher, seeing that I was struggling one day with a painting, taught me one of the greatest lessons that I carry with me today as a coach. 'Its not about what you know is there in front of you, recreate what you see inside.'
As a coach I don't teach based on a formula, or based on what I know others do and say, I look at things my own way and use my creativity to get results in others. Often called 'outside the box thinking', to me is just having the guts to stand out and blaze your own path.