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Darcy Schnell

How long have you been a Personal Trainer?

I have been a trainer since 2001.

What is your best success story?

There have been so many “bests.” A current “best” story is:  I am helping a 30 year old mom reach her goals of weight loss.  She has lost 45 pounds and is feeling terrific.  She has done it with no gimmicks.  She has learned how to eat healthy and sensibly and has achieved success.  Slow and steady wins the race and she is experiencing all the perks that come with being in great shape.  Her energy level has soared, her ability to do more things has soared and she is more outgoing and creative than ever.

What qualities set you apart from other personal trainers? Education? Experience?

The qualities that set me apart is experience and a “no nonsense” approach in an upbeat manner.  My education is through IFPA and some older mentors.

How do you envision growing your personal training business?

I envision growing my business through word of mouth and local opportunities.

What is your best advice to someone just starting their career as a personal trainer?

Be patient and ambitious. Personal abilities speak volumes!

What are some adjectives your clients would use to describe you?

Direct, fun, exciting, excellent communicator of weight lifting technique, well educated on human body and movement.  Great communicator of nutrition along with training.  Very motivating and holds clients accountable in order to reach goals.

What made you choose a career in personal fitness training?

I fell in love with helping people reach their full potential with healthy eating and exercise.

What made you choose the IFPA?

The opportunity presented itself at a gym I once belonged to and I took advantage of it.

If you have taken more than our PFT course, what has been your favorite certification course?

My favorite course has been Pilates and Motherwell Maternity Fitness Plan.  The original personal training course was extremely helpful.

What aspect of personal fitness training do you like most?

I like the educational aspect of it the most.  I find it very rewarding to educate my clients.

How has the PFT business changed since you started?

There were different standards for female trainers back in the day. Women primarily trained women and men trained men.  Now, as a woman, I can train both genders.

What was the hardest challenge you had to overcome in your personal training career?

The biggest challenge has been that even without a four year degree, I can know what I am talking about and help clients reach their goals.  It seems society only looks to the degree and my experience has been that I know more than someone coming out of college just because I have a hands on approach and the info I have gained through IFPA is easy to understand and apply.