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What made you choose a career in personal fitness training?
That wasn’t hard. I started lifting weights when I was 16 years old and loved everything about it. I fell in love with bodybuilding.
So, people saw a passion in me and came to me for advice. First, I started doing PT sessions after my job in the evenings. After a few years, I quit my everyday job and started to do PT full time. This was 10 years ago.
How long have you been a Personal Trainer?
I work as a professional PT almost 10 years.
What made you choose the IFPA?
I have looked into different courses in Slovenia and chose IFPA, because it’s an international program accredited by EREPS and has got the best program in our country, especially the practical and business part are great and very important chapters.
What are some adjectives your clients would use to describe you?
Hard trainer, always in good mood, sometimes funny but professional.
What qualities set you apart from other personal trainers? Education? Experience?
I work in an environment with quite a few good PTs and we are constantly learning from one another. If I look at other personal trainers in general, I think the main difference between them and myself are both years of my experience, keen interested in improving myself (I have undergone education all over the world) and being myself of course. I think the personality of a PT is also an important part of the business.
What aspect of personal fitness training do you like most?
I like the dynamic of this kind of work and working with people, to help them and to see my clients happy. Also, to have fun and have good relationships with them.
What is your best success story?
I think there are lot of them. If a client is happy and he had reached his goal, regardless if this is just his or her well-being, fat loss, performance or a medal in the competition, I know I did my job well. I think that winning a medal in competition after an injury or losing 70 pounds and gaining muscle have both tremendous value and they are both equally important to me.
How has the PFT business changed since you started?
A lot. When I started, you got a new client by recommendation, or if someone saw you in the commercial gym training other clients. Today, with social media, you can reach a lot more people and potential clients. Of course, you must work harder to be the best. Also, there is a lot more PTs out there, but I think if you use an intelligent approach, observational coaching and get results, there is not so much competition.
What was the hardest challenge you had to overcome in your personal training career?
To leave a full-time job and start on my own as a PT, which of course I will never regret.
What is your best advice to someone just starting their career as a personal trainer?
To be a successful PT, you need to work also for your business, not only in your business.
The second thing is who do you learn from, because in today’s world of free information it is hard to separate grain from weeds. To find a good mentor is important.