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What made you decide to become a trainer?
I actually got my first certification in 1997 for liability purposes with my employer in addition to having a certification would enable me to expand my personal training business into fields such as public speaking, teaching selected classes!!
What are some adjectives your clients would use to describe you?
Educational, motivational, experience, exciting, positive, resourceful!
Why did you choose IFPA?
I selected IFPA for its focus on cross training education which allowed me to expand the types of clients I have. I also benefitted from the wide variety of options of continued education courses for additional certifications.
How do you keep your clients motivated?
I develop a relationship that evolves into a partnership where I provide exercise and nutrition information that is new to them. I teach how to combine foods and education for faster results!! I’m involved with their personal doctors to monitor their health. I attend grocery shopping sessions with my clients to teach label readings. I attend sporting events such marathons as support for my clients.
If you have taken more than one course, what has been your favorite certification course?
Nutrition, it has allowed me to expand my business extremely!
What is your best success story?
Wow there are so many being I’ve been training for almost 20 years. I have 2, the first one was a Congressman whose weight hit 300lbs and the doctors told him, he wouldn’t live beyond 2 yrs because of his age of 66. He got the weight off in one year by working out with me 3 times per week. The second one was client that had a obese son (14 yrs old) who had developed mental issues due to bullying from kids at school because he weighed 220lbs. We worked out 3days a week and the parents changed the foods that were being served at home based on my recommendations. The kid lost 60 lbs in one year which meant he could play school sports which changed his mental outlook. He went on to play on his rugby team in college(Tulane) and now is working at his High School on the athletic department.
What qualities set you apart from other personal trainers? Education? Experience?
I have a background in teaching education, so how I present information to my clients increases the chances of them entrusting me more often than my colleagues. My education covers a wide range of disciplines that allows me to create a complete plan for healthy living! My experience includes a family history of diabetes/high blood pressure/obesity and I’m a stroke survivor so my experiences helps me connect with my clients as well as being a physical presence of coping with health conditions and succeeding at controlling to live a healthy life.
How do you envision growing your personal training business?
I have just launched my local TV show that I produced/ host which has resulted in more public speaking contracts with corporations. I’m expanding to more clinical sports educations with school districts which has now moved into seven US cities. I’m doing more seminars for people that want to become certified personal trainers.
What is your best advice to someone just starting in the business?
Your clients are not you, so develop their program based on who they are, not you. Be patient, it takes time to build your structure. Be prepared to be the role model for your clients. Obtain different certifications that allows to advise your client on more than one health issue.
Certified Personal Trainer/Nutritionist