- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Over 50,000 training sessions in 28 years. I've helped thousands of clients get into better shape. I was voted South Bay's Best Personal Trainer and recently named “One of LA’s Top 5 Trainers” on the LA Hotlist! I began my career as a personal trainer at age 15. Since then, I studied Kinesiology and Physical Education, Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, and Anatomy at CSU Long Beach, I've held 5 nationally accredited certifications (ACSM, NSCA, AFAA, NFPT), published hundreds of articles on nutrition and exercise, and I've been featured on SportsDesk, Torrance CitiCable, The Easy Reader, and The Daily Breeze. My clients include actors, fitness competitors, bodybuilders, firemen, police women, runners, tennis players, skiers, golfers, martial artists, doctors, lifeguards, yoga instructors, and even other certified personal trainers.
- How did you get started doing this type of work?
I've worked out regularly since I was 12 years old. I always loved lifting weights. At age 15, I applied for a job as a fitness instructor at a local YMCA, because I thought it would be a fun, low-stress after-school job, and for the FREE membership! By age 17, I realized that I could make a career out of it. But, I never dreamed I'd be so successful at it that I'd still be doing it in my 40s.
- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
First, you must decide precisely what your goals are. How much weight do you want to lose? What body parts do you want to tighten, tone, or strengthen? What injuries do you need to rehabilitate? Exactly what level of fitness you want to achieve? How much better you will feel when you achieve your goals? And how will you know when you've achieved your goals? Then decide how soon you'd like to achieve your goals. What's a realistic time frame to achieve your goals in? How important is it to you that you achieve your goals? And what will happen, or how will you feel if you DON'T achieve your goals? Finally, how committed are you to achieving your goal? How much time are you willing to devote to achieving your goal? How many days a week are you willing to train? What time of day will you devote to training? What days of the week? How much are you willing to change your eating habits and lifestyle? You should be able to answer most of these questions before starting a personal training program.