Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Weight Loss, General Conditioning, and some post rehab
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. Helped a client lose over 100lbs in the past year and a half
Helped a client overcome is type 2 diabetes.
Helped a client get in shape for his first 10K run
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Make sure the trainer has at least 5 years experience and has worked with a wide range of age groups. Explains to you what expectations are needed to reach your goals.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. What are your qualifications, how much experience do you have, do you have testimonials, and could you provide a reference.
Q. What important information should buyers have thought through before seeking you out?
A. Hopefully they will have some type of exercise equipment such as dumbbells, a bike, treadmill, or elliptical. Just some basics to get started on a fitness program. Also make sure you have the blessings of your doctor to begin an exercise program.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I would say my experience in all aspects of the fitness industry. From weight loss, bodybuilding,sports, fitness equipment,and doing seminars. In addition my passion for helping my clients succeed.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. What I like most is when my clients follow my advice and receive the results that I predicted they would receive. It's a great feeling to see the smile on their faces.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. The most common question is how can I reduce my waistline? My most common answer is to push away from the table more often.
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. My favorite is when I trained a gentleman for a over 50 bodybuilding contest and he took 2nd place. To watch how excited he was thrilled me.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. That the majority of personal trainers are passionate about their work.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. After working in a health club atmosphere for quite a few years I wanted the one on one private approach to personal fitness training. In this type of atmosphere it is much more on a personal level.
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. A brain trauma client that was working with a state physical therapist that told her she is not able to progress any further than a few steps out of her wheelchair. I was hired by her sister through Thumbtack and I had her walking assisted with a cane for over 20 feet and back in just a few weeks. She just needed someone who showed that they cared. So she followed by direction complaining but did her exercises.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. Even with the 30 years of experience that I continue to learn more and more through seminars, clinics, and through the National Strength Coaches Association. There is no substitute for learning more.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. I think that the baby boomers are scared. So many out of shape and overweight. So now they are getting into fitness to enjoy daily activities more. There will always be new developments in the health and fitness field. I feel there will be some major breakthroughs in the next 10 years.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. Not complicated
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. Get a certification like NSCA, ACSM or another high quality certification. Get some experience and don't get into fad training methods.
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. Connecting with my clients.
Q. What are you currently working on improving?
A. My own fitness level.