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What made you choose the IFPA?
I thoroughly researched the various certification options and found Dr. James Bell to be a highly trained, dedicated and visionary leader. The educational materials offered were through and up to date. The career advisors were courtesy, enthusiastic and helpful in planning a career in the Fitness industry.
If you have taken more than the PFT course, what has been your favorite certification course?
The IFPA certifications I hold are Personal Fitness Trainer, Fitness Facility Manager, Special Populations Trainer, Medical Fitness Specialist and Post -Secondary Rehab Specialist. I’m a supervisor at a hospital fitness and rehab center so ALL of the knowledge gained from the various certifications has proven invaluable to work effectively with a diverse clientele.
How long have you been Personal Training?
I have been doing Personal Training for twenty-five years.
What is your best success story?
It is hard to choose just one success story since I have worked with every age group and every fitness level from pro-athletes to the profoundly disabled. My philosophy is that if you can only wiggle one finger that is a starting point. If you are breathing that is a starting point. If I inspire hope for positive change I feel successful. Often I work with clients battling cancer. Some beat it while others don’t. I do my best to keep everyone fully engaged with life for as long as is possible…often having people come to my Yoga classes when pretty much all they can do is the gentlest of stretching and deep relaxation during the guided meditation.
What qualities set you apart from other personal trainers? Education? Experience?
I listen with respect and absolute attention. I ask questions to clarify what I don’t understand. I am a life-long learner…constantly seeking out any new information that will help me be a better trainer and teacher. I believe all my clients are equal and deserving of the best I can offer whatever their physical assets or limitations. I myself have had injuries and surgeries that required going through training and rehab…so I can relate to some of their struggles. I like to laugh and make training as much fun as possible. I have many skills in my bag of tricks, Weight lifting, Pilates, Belly dance, Yoga, Step-Rebok, ZUMBA, Athletic drills, Hula-Hooping, Seniors Chair Aerobics, you name it and I’m most likely teaching it or have taught it at some point in my career.
How do you envision growing your personal training business?
I will continue incorporating more functional training especially for the baby-boomer population. I recently took IFPA Physical Instruction of Older Adults by Jones and Rose.
What is your best advice to someone just starting in the business?
You must be passionate about helping others to succeed as a Personal Trainer.
What are some adjectives your clients would use to describe you?
Creative, Energetic, Fun, Dedicated, Compassionate.
What made you choose a career in personal fitness training?
A fascination with the way the mind and body works combined with a desire to help myself and others exercise safely and effectively over time.
What aspect of personal fitness training do you like most?
The problem solving. It’s like being a detective when partnering with a client to develop strategies to move them in the direction of living their best life.