Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. My most common types of jobs right now are Boot Camps for middle-aged women who used to be in shape and are now out of shape for one reason or another.
I love to train men there too but men typically take more to get out and train in a group even if we're doing awesome warrior moves. They also DO NOT tell their friends that much at all and that makes it hard to get a good going. When we do get a group it's really fun =)
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. The BEST advice I have for a customer looking to hire a provider like me is to know that when you enter our community that you have to keep in mind what you can and can't do and that's ok.
If we're doing something that is too tough for you at this point to have or ask for a modification of it so that you don't hurt yourself or feel inadequate. Everyone starts off where you do and you'll be shocked where you come in a short amount of time.
My other advice is to understand that the amount of money that you pay on food that kills you, prescriptions that are keeping you sick, and other activities that are not helping you live longer, happier, and healthier are WAY more expense that any personal training or Boot Camps Ever cost and almost any program that we have is going to save you a lot of money right now, in the long run, and help you to be happier, healthier, and live longer and save on insurance in the most cost-effective way that there is out there. Literally.
My father-in-law had a stroke directly related to diet. My clients have diabetes that wanes with exercising after one month. Blood pressure goes down. All of those visits to the doctor cost you WAY more than a year's worth of training in Any of our programs. A few hours in the emergency room cost one client as much as a month of personal training which in some cases will keep you out of there. The Boot Camp is not only funner, more enjoyable and pleasurable, but it also doesn't hurt as much physically and emotionally as having to go through the pain and frustration as some of those injuries.
Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?
A. If I were a customer, I would want to know how I know what to do to get results. I'd also like to know if I do what I say I do.
The answer to the first question is that I've been training for 12 years now but even besides drawing on that experience I really draw from personal experience.
I'm a Martial Artist and have also played sports my whole life so I take routines and training practices from what I enjoy or have enjoyed and pass those on.
I definitely do what I say I do because what I teach is actually drawn from my own experience as well. I hate the confusion that is out there and I hate that there are so many systems that fail. That's what caused me to try and simply everything. That's why I'm also known as "America's Rebel Trainer". I do things that are different and I try to point out to my clients what is "bunk" and what is "fact".
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. The important information that buyers should have before seeking me out is that they should have in mind what their goals are. Having their goals in mind is going to help them commit to a program, see it through, and get better results because we all know what we're going for.
The other important information to know for us is that we accept payment through credit card only because it's a nightmare to call, chase down, and email 50-75 people to get their payments on time!
We make sure that it's easy to start and stop with that because we don't want any more headaches than you do regarding charge backs and things like that. So know that we're not into drama at all either and we make more if everyone is happy =)
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. My work stands out from others with what I do because I LOVE people. Everyone has a drive to be understood and I give that understanding because I'm sincerely curious =)
The better I understand my clients and the better they feel understood the better results we get.
We get results quickly, effectively, and we stay motivated and driven throughout the entire journey to a "Flat Belly, Firm Bum, and Abs that you're not ashamed of." We get those results from simply understanding the problems and then solving them.
The other thing that we focus on is customer service and fun. I make sure that you feel special and know that you're appreciated and part of our community =)
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, that we're outside! (we DO have an INDOOR location as well though!)
It seems that fat loss happens better outdoors but even if that weren't the case I love that I'm not in an office, inside.
I also love that I train more than one person at a time. There are SO MANY more people that you can help this way. I can impact 20, 30, and 100 people lives with just a few bootcamps as opposed to 1 person at a time.
For our indoor Boot Camps I LOVE that we're together as a group working out together and the atmosphere of our Gymnasium is that it has the energy of the fittest people of the world doing nothing but bodyweight exercises and movements. Those people are gymnasts and working out in that atmosphere is awesome!
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. The most frequent questions I get from Bootcampers is "What do we do on the off days?" The next frequent question is "What do I eat?"
For the off day answer I had to seriously address this and not resort to the easy answer of, "Just rest" or "Do your normal gym routine that's boring and stale." I addressed this by shooting videos of workouts to do that they can log on and watch so they know what to do directly from me. I also have another online program that shows them exercises to do that I've designed as well.
For the eating question I also had to seriously address this and I created a Video series that teaches principles of eating so that they can keep fit and healthy FOREVER and not just get on a diet. There is also an online journal I give to them to keep track of their eating because it actually has been shown to DOUBLE Weight Loss.
I don't want my people on Diets, I want them to live there life in a way that they can maintain what they're working on.
The other question is, "Is 30-minutes enough time to lose weight?" The answer is yes and the testimonials and results show that it's possible. We've had clients work our only 3 sessions and come back with other people making comments about their body!!!
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. One of my favorite stories and also one that is on the grosser side is that I was training a celebrity (I won't say the name because it may embarrass him/her) and this person was so driven, hard-working, and dedicated that they were really pushing themselves. At the time we were training indoors and this person all of the sudden stopped, got up, walked outside and sat on a bench and puked!
This was the first time this happened to a client of mine and I knew that this was a sign of hard work and not illness or anything else.
I repeat this story because sometimes people feel like they're going to toss it but I let them know that in all of my years its only happened once! (Now twice!!! =)=) He shouldn't have eaten a calzone just before camp!
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. What I wish that my customers knew about my profession is how much time it really takes to create and design a workout that will get them the results they're looking for. Even if the work out is predesigned, how much thought goes into tweaking it to make sure that it matches everyone that showed up that day.
I wish they knew that when they don't show up how much it affects the other people around them and how much of an impact that can have on the workout design.
Another thing that I wish they knew is how important it is to us that you actually lose weight. We honestly don't just want your money and that's not just because we're all great people. If we don't give you what you're paying for, which is a changed body and a fun experience doing it, then we're not doing our job and you're not as likely to come back which costs us more money, makes us look bad to the next person who wants to come, and makes us feel like we've failed.
If you lose weight, we make more money, you're happier, you tell someone something positive, we gain another customer, and we stay in good morale because we're delivering what we promised. It's a win-win-win situation.
We're good people but it's also business and we just want to do our job. The tough part is that so much of our job is dependent on what you do and eat the 23.5hours you're not with us. That's one of the toughest things to overcome in the world!
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I decided to get into my line of work when I was 17 because I had been an athlete all of my life and was fascinated with the body since I was 8. In helping other people to get fit it helped me to stay in shape and also seemed to match that I can help others while I'm helping myself.
I then decided to stay with it because there is so much healing through movement and exercise and I feel that my contribution to the world was to provide this healing in this way. I wanted to go to medical school and my degree is premedical but I Hate medicine and pharmaceutical influence so this is the most natural way to keep people healthy, heal what's currently ailing them, and even aid in depression which is a huge plague in this country and the world.
Exercise is the most non-invasive form of healing there is and I'm literally shocked and fascinated at how that works and that keeps me motivated and excited daily.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. I just trained a woman that limped to our location in the park yesterday and 45 minutes later she sounded like she had gone to church and got healed because she couldn't believe how much she could move and how much better she felt!!
You can't beat that sort of tesimony and feel good accomplishment with a stick.
The next thing that'll be awesome is if she doesn't need a hip replacement next year because of our sessions!
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I stay up to date on the latest developments by reading medical journals, magazines, and researching the latest "craziness" or "fad" I hear about. Half of what they say will change and they'll prove themselves wrong before long so I use them to make sure that my simple points and objectives are still on point and in line with the basis of how the human body and the world work.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. Our pricing system I'm hoping is pretty simple.
Each Package Includes UNLIMITED Boot Camp times and locations.
Firm Body Program for 3 Months is only $197/month.
Complete Body-Transformation 6 Month Program is only $179/month.
Both of these are a savings of between $100 and $300.
If you are not sure that you want to have a "Firm-body" or "Complete body Transformation" then a month to month plan looks like this:
On a month to month basis (without the packages), for $325 for the first month of Boot Camp that covers your own body-hardening and fat-blasting kettlebell. Literally the last peace of training equipment you'll EVER need. That's the only thing that I have and use so I stand by that. The following months are then $247/month.
A speciality Camp we have is call "Boot Camp Boutique" and those details you can find on our website. It's an elite resort package with a getaway, yoga, bootcamp, and dance exercises with spa treatment and luxurious dining. It's our dream program that we put together if we could do what we dreamed about doing for someone from when you leave your home to come to when you get back. No detail is overlooked. If you have any questions or can not find it simply email me and I'll help you find it.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. I would suggest that they do something more than just get a weekend certification. I really don't support them but if that's the most cost-effective way that you have at the time to educate yourself than use it, just don't let that be the end.
I would suggest that you connect with an educated and experienced personal trainer/exercise physiologist and learn under that person. Ask them questions, shadow them, work for them. That's going to be your best education you'll find.