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What made you choose a career in personal fitness training?
I saw a demand for training women to not only lose weight but to have sex appeal and feel confident. Some people really don’t know that it is never too late to start a health and weight loss program. I saw a need to bring an awareness regarding helping women reach their finest and healthiest bodies. After I lost from a size 14 down to a size 6, friends and the community were amazed and wanted the same results. Therefore, due to the demand, I became a personal fitness trainer.
How long have you been a Personal Trainer?
I was encouraged to become a trainer by my trainer over 16 years ago, after my transformation (age 40 years young) from a size 14 to a size 6. Many of my friends and associates were amazed. So, by demand, I decided to become a fitness trainer. After becoming a fitness trainer, it has become my greatest passion. Especially, after seeing all my client’s amazing results (size 12 to a size 6 in 2 weeks), which have been life changing for them and their spouses and/or significant other.
What made you choose the IFPA?
Over 16 years ago, I discovered IFPA, which was highly recommended by my trainer. This association has a very comprehensive approach to all of its fitness courses.
If you have taken more than our PFT course, what has been your favorite certification course?
I have taken several great courses you offer. My favorite is the Stability Balls certification.
What are some adjectives your clients would use to describe you?
They will describe me as encouraging, fun, relatable, motivating, inspiring, serious and a counselor. Also, they know how much I express the importance of nutrition and supplements and how they play a role for fueling and recovery for every workout program.
What aspect of personal fitness training do you like most?
I love the testimonies from my clients. My clients get upset with me because they struggle to find clothes to wear after 90 days with me, because all of their clothes have gotten too big. They have to buy a new wardrobe. Also, my clients started getting lots of compliments from their relatives who didn’t even recognize them after the weight loss.
What qualities set you apart from other personal trainers? Education? Experience?
My passion to help people lose weight, get stronger, flexible and tone their bodies. My clients become aware of the wholeness and importance of living a healthy lifestyle. I started training when I turned 40 (22 years ago), therefore it proves it’s never too late to start a workout program. Plus it proves that the fountain of youth is exercise and healthy eating.
What is your best success story?
Well, I have a couple of top stories from 12 to a size 6 in only 2 weeks. Many of my former coworkers of 9 years thought I was my own daughter, but they knew I didn’t have a daughter. Another person from a size 16 down to a size 8, and her husband sent me a message to thank me for giving him his wife back. She was the same size she was 15 years ago when they got married. “I want to thank Deborah for giving me my wife back.” She said he was excited that I had gotten her down the same size she was when they got married.
How has the PFT business changed since you started?
I see a hug change in the fitness industry with new technology for scales, calorie counting devices and new types of training equipment and techniques. Also, I see more fitness centers have been added to medical offices, churches and companies.
How do you envision growing your personal training business?
I plan to mentor other trainers and travel on the speaking circuit in growing their business with marketing and enhancing their entire concept. Due to the fact I have been training for 16 years and owned my own facility, I have learned so much about the business and clients. My goal within the next two years is to mentor up and coming trainers through speaking engagements, consulting and working to assist the trainers with their marketing and developing their concepts. At this point in the game with my experience and ability to deliver results, I consider myself as the “Trainer’s Trainer.
What was the hardest challenge you had to overcome in your personal training career?
It was hard getting clients to commit to a contract and do their fitness homework. I had to understand how to plan for the down time during the Christmas Holidays. Most people want to take a break and that gets them off track. It would break my heart when their hard work would get short changed when they didn’t follow through with reaching their goal. I had to learn how to coach them through that process mentally that it is a two way street for the best results.
What is your best advice to someone just starting their career as a personal trainer?
You must have a passion about helping people to live a healthy lifestyle. You must be a people person and have patients with people. Be sure to do a client profile for track progress to success and taking a before and after picture. Always give the clients more than what they pay for. Always make sure you are on track with helping them to achieve their goal. Please be sure to include their entire household on their journey.