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What made you choose a career in personal fitness training?
It all started when I lost 12 kilograms (26.5 pounds) and changed my body composition, all due to my boyfriend who was already an IFPA certified personal trainer.
After my success, he pushed me to become certified as well, so I could become his partner at his fitness page (Beastandco.) and we could grow together as a couple.
By helping him for 3 years in Beastandco. Instagram page, I discovered this career was becoming my passion and obsession day after day.
In addition, I am an agri-food engineer. Food science can be the gym’s best friend. My knowledge base also assisted me in pursuing this profession.
People here and there were always asking me on my personal account if I was a certified personal trainer and unfortunately, I wasn’t. I felt that I was losing too many opportunities, and I wanted to help Beastandco grow as well.
Therefore, I finally became convinced to get certified and help people become healthier, happier, and the best version of themselves.
How long have you been a Personal Trainer?
I have been a Personal Trainer since May 2020 but have been growing my fitness page since 2017.
What made you chose the IFPA?
As mentioned above, the person behind my huge transformation is already an IFPA certified personal trainer. To be his partner in business and to help other people the way he helped me, I knew I had to be raised and certified by the same education and spirit.
The IFPA showed me how a trainer can be professional and fun at the time.
In fact, you have to love what you do to excel in it. Therefore, knowledge, science, and education should be taught from the same association and the fun part will be built through the fitness relationship you develop with a client.
Fitness is not a task or punishment! It’s totally a love journey with your own body and health.
What are some adjectives your clients would use to describe you?
They use “Beastette” (to compare me to a female beast) or “Gogo” (it’s a French word meaning endlessly and the logo on my Instagram page is Stay Beastin’ à gogo)
What qualities set you apart from other personal trainers? Education? Experience?
I am lucky because I had built my experience before getting certified.
As I mentioned above, my boyfriend is my personal trainer and we have been growing the Instagram fitness page together. I had been helping him prepare workout programs and he had taught me lots of techniques and knowledge without me even realizing it.
I have been seeing him train many clients during these three years, each with a different case, different body, a different goal, different mindset… and that has enriched me a lot.
I am forever thankful for the effort he invested in me.
What aspect of personal fitness training do you like most?
There are too many pros to count, but the best part for me is not facing a lethal routine.
Having different clients with different cases, goals, personalities, mindsets, and flexible schedule makes this a fun career. I meet so many people and get to participate in numerous fitness journeys.
What is your best success story?
The best success story is switching the mindset of one of my “beastette” clients.
She used to do no sports at all. She was overweight and was fed up because of her PCOS hormone pills, and insulin resistance.
Being her nutrition advisor and her online trainer (since she lived abroad) was a totally amazing and successful experience. After 8 months of effort, dedication, motivation, and more, she has finally gotten addicted to the journey, because she started to see her abs.
She told me “It’s an addictive journey that I will never stop. Sport was a punishment but now it’s a treasure. Now that I have started seeing some lines on my tummy, I cannot stop. I will keep pushing harder. My only goal was losing weight and I never expected to see my abs and become leaner day after day”.
How has the PFT business changed for you over time?
I have started to accept people more. Even though they do not fit with my personality, I have trained my mind to fit with any client during the session. My practical experience has grown day by day, which has made me more confident in working with all the different personality types.
How do you envision growing your personal training business?
My personal trainer and I did not only think of an Instagram page but are already working on an online training website. Our dream is for the website to be accessed worldwide and reach as many people as possible, in order to help clients be healthier and happier wherever they, or we are in the world.
Our dream is to open our private gym and to build our own food supplement brand since I am an agri-food engineer.
What was the hardest challenge you had to overcome in your personal training career?
The hardest challenge was to make the journey fun to clients, not a punishment session.
For example, I train a woman who had already done a bypass surgery to lose weight, and she had regained all the weight she originally lost. She came to me fed up.
She wanted me to help her feel better, before even losing weight. She hated herself to the point where she did not want me to film her while training so that she would not have to see herself in recorded videos.
We have reached a stage where she sends me selfies before our sessions, to tell me she is ready for the workout!
This makes me so happy and proud of myself. She is the one telling me now to take those Instagram stories while working out in order to repost them on her account. She always says “I do not care how I look now in stories, I know this fat is going to go away and leave me in peace. It is already working.”
What is your best advice to someone just starting their career as a personal trainer?
The best advice is to love what you do! There is no way to excel and to grow if you do not fall in love with your career.
Also, being a personal trainer is different than training yourself at the gym. Improving your own body is a totally different experience than training clients.
You must teach people proper techniques, enhance postures, heal different injuries, the list goes on and on.
You must be responsible, careful, and patient in dealing with different clients’ personalities. This can be very challenging for some and a piece of cake for others.