Q. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
A. As a trainer we are required to keep up with certifications with CEC or continuing education. I read all the time, reports, articles, research and we take tests, go to seminars, conference, etc. to keep up with our training. I am also going back to school to get my masters so that will another trip down the education road to success. I love learning!
Q. How did you get started doing this type of work?
A. I had a personal trainer once and she was great. She was sweet, very understanding, knowledgeable and helped me get healthy. I found that she had to feel rewarded when people did really well and met their goals and I decided that is what I wanted to do, help people get healthy.
Q. What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
A. When shopping for a Personal Trainer or Nutritionist I suggest you check their education level and certifications. The average Joe or Jane can go to a weekend certification workshop and become a personal trainer. One weekend does not turn someone into a professional. Look for people with additional education such as college degrees or multiple certifications showing their commitment to education. Same goes for Nutritionists. Also ask for references of past or current clients. Not all personal trainers will be the right fit for you. Do your homework!
Q. What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
A. My job is hard! I love what I do but when clients do not find success I feel like I am on sh** list if you know what I mean, even if it has nothing to do with me. I have found in the past clients are not honest with me or themselves and therefore l cannot help unless they wish to really open up and learn why they do what they do and then how they can fix it. My professional also comes with great responsibility and knowledge. A lot of people think I am a doctor. They ask me to diagnose or suggest things that I am not qualified to do. While I do know a lot I like to refer to a med dr., physical therapist or other to help clients when it is beyond my scope of knowledge.