Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I reconnect people to their youth. If you train with me, I won't be following you around with a clipboard. You'll be busting your butt and getting in "game" shape. My most successful clients are those who were active at one point in their life but have fallen to the side of the road. Most of these people need their competitive juices flowing and hunching over a treadmill for 1 hour isn't going to do it. We compete against ourselves and set the bar a bit higher every couple of workouts. If we workout for several months I guarantee you will be in great shape.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. Training people is just plain fun. I especially like working with small groups for the camaraderie and motivation.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. How do I burn fat? Two ways, through exercise and nutrition. They are the yin and yang of fitness. If you exercise but you don't eat right, you'll never reach your total potential. 1 hour on the treadmill is 3 donuts at best. It's not uncommon to see the same people in the gym month after month on the treadmill with no visible change in body composition. On the other hand if someone diets without exercise you end up being "skinnyfat" and in danger of becoming even more overweight should you return to your old eating habits. You need lean muscle and bone mass to improve body composition. This is why calipers, tape measures, and bodyfat measurements are more useful tools than just getting on the scale. I work with people who are out of shape, and some that are in great shape. To go from the former to the ladder you need to focus on exercise and nutrition.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. This business has a lot of gimmicks and people trying to reinvent the wheel. Gyms are filled with expensive equipment that your average trainee doesn't really need. When I trained at a gym I was always leading clients into the aerobics room with a couple sets of dumbells. Some machines, like a lat pulldown, definitely serve a purpose but there are too many $5000 machines that don't compare to free weights in terms of overall benefits. Good trainers can train in a state of the art facility or on a playground.
There are also lots of philosophies, and tools that invariably end up with their own certifications and classes. For instance, I like training with occasionally sandbags but I don't think it is necessary to have a certificate for training with sandbags. Believe it or not, there is a certification offered for training with sandbags. I try and evolve with my clients and play to their strengths while improving their weaknesses. So one day we might sprint/run, and another we might hit weights, or bodyweight exercises. Not being married to one particular exercise equipment or philosophy allows me to do that, - using the clients cues instead of letting what's on the clipboard dictate what we are going to do today.