What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Not all personal trainers are the stereotypical self-absorbed meat heads or the impatient boot camp drill instructors that we see on TV (and in actual gyms). I believe empathy goes a long way in understanding a client's needs and desires. Don't get me wrong; I'll still provide challenging workouts, but we'll work together every step of the way and have fun in the process.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I make sure to stay up to date with current exercise news and studies. I also take continuing education courses through the American Council on Exercise regularly. I prefer to take a variety of courses, not just different courses that focus on the same topic. Some of my current and previous courses include Pre- and Post-Natal Exercise, Exercise for Elderly Clients, Practical Nutrition, and Screening and Assessment for Exercise Programming.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I first started personal training while I was in college. I used to train some of my friends (and even one of my professors) in the campus gym. While I only did it for fun back then, my interest in training grew significantly because of those experiences.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Over the years, I've worked with clients as young as 8, as old as 93, and many more in between. Everybody is unique, and I've worked with personalities of many different sorts. Some people are extremely motivated and approach exercise with great intensity and excitement. Others require more motivation and some creativity on my part to help keep them engaged (which is totally fine... that's why I'm there, after all).