Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. The VAST majority of people I work with are looking for a total body transformation. More than half of my clients are women in the age range of 25-55 looking to burn fat, lose inches, and become toned and defined. So I have dedicated my career to becoming completely educated in this process and honing into the most efficient means to produce incredible outcomes.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Do your research. Ask for references or check for testimonials and real world proof of success and satisfaction. And...try before you buy.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. The industry is jaded. It's just way too easy to become a "personal trainer". You can bank on having a 33% chance of getting either a poor training experience, and okay one, or a great one. Do NOT shop purely on price. You will get what you pay for. You may feel like you save money in the front end, but in reality you're likely to be throwing money away on an unqualified, unprofessional, very sub-par experience.
Check experience, education, and always always always look for testimonials and references.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I got into this field of work because of my passion for fitness and my desire to help others. I get to enjoy both each and everyday. Nothing feels better than watching someone not only transform their bodies and their health, but the also the positive impact it has on their confidence, happiness, and overall life.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. How do I lose weight? I love when I get this questions. Because as simple as it is, it is also complex to answer. It's not as easy as 1-2-3. Actually it is...it's just not a 20 second answer. It takes a respect for consistent and intense resistance training, a proper amount of prescribed cardiovascular activity, and a supportive nutrition plan. Each of these need to be broken down further and individualized for each person and tailored to their goals, history, capabilities, etc.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. I've been doing this for 20 years, so pin-pointing one story is very hard. My very first success story would probably be my favorite, as it was my first. An older lady with bad style over 200 lbs sat in front of me and stated "I want to be able to get naked in front of someone and not be embarrassed". I was taken back a bit at her open confession. And at the same time, while looking at her, thought "there is no way!" Well, I learned my lesson. About 6 months later, there she was over 60 lbs lighter and a new style. Super attractive. And she was enjoying life in ways she never knew she would.
But overall, my career is filled with so many great stories of life changing experiences that it's hard to really pick just one. My career as a whole is my favorite story. And it doesn't have an end yet!
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. Read my answer to the "If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?" question.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. Simple. From a young age, I always had a passion for fitness. A week out of college, I was contacted about a personal training/fitness director job at a new health club. I took it thinking that I just would earn some money until I found my path. Well...my path found me. I loved helping others. I loved transforming bodies. And I loved changing lives. Coupled with my passion for fitness, I found my life's calling.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. When I was younger, I thought I knew so much. But I never stopped learning. And the more the science of fitness kept evolving, the more I learned. One of my daily goals is to learn something new. My continuing education NEVER stops.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. My training is done in a program I call the "Series". The cost is predicated on certain variables:
1) Where the training takes place,
2) How often one trains with me in a week (1, 2, or 3 times)
3) How many people are involved in a session (from 1 and up to 4)
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. First, go get some schooling in basic Anatomy and Physiology. Some kinesiology classes would help, too. Then get certified. Get your feet wet by working at a big box gym. They aren't going to pay you anything worth your value, but it's important to get some experience and build up some testimonials/references/referrals. Then, if you really want to make this a career, you'll want to go off on your own.