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What made you choose the IFPA?
I chose the IFPA because of the vast number of certifications and continuing education courses that they offer along with being a well respected certification in the fitness industry. They are very informative courses that are challenging, but presented in a great format.
If you have taken more than our PFT course, what has been your favorite certification course?
That’s tough, but I would have to say that my Sports Nutrition Specialist certification was my favorite. I learned so much that I can not only utilize to help my clients gain the results that they desire, but I’m able to apply what I’ve learned in my own home, allowing me to teach my family the importance of proper nutrition.
How long have you been a Personal Trainer?
I have been a Personal Trainer for 9 years now, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.
What is your best success story?
While I consider all of my clients who’ve made a commitment to health, wellness and fitness to be a success story, I would have to say that my best success story is a former client of mine who lost over 100lbs in one year. She started out with Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, the works. After 1 year, of concentrating on her nutrition and exercise, all of those were gone, and she was participating in 10 mile bike rides, 5k’s, etc. The physical and emotional transformation that she made was truly amazing and I not only felt genuinely blessed to be a part of her journey, but it made me realize that this is exactly why I wanted to become a Personal Trainer; to help people accomplish what they didn’t believe was possible and to be a part of that journey with them.
What qualities set you apart from other personal trainers? Education? Experience?
Quality education is key to being a great Personal Trainer, but it’s the years of experience coupled with education that sets me apart from other trainers. I will always pursue continuing education so that I may stay on top of all the latest information. This will allow me to provide the best possible service to my clients.
How do you envision growing your personal training business?
Eventually, I would like to own my very own total wellness center that would incorporate fitness, nutrition, meditation classes, etc. For now, I plan to grow my Personal Training business by continuing to offer training of unparalleled quality through a variety of platforms such as 1 on 1, small group and large group training not only in person, but also through live, online training.
What is your best advice to someone just starting their career as a personal trainer?
Safety above all else is the most important piece of advice that I can give to a new trainer. If you’re not sure about something, don’t be afraid to network with other trainers to get help and advice. We were all in your shoes at the beginning of our careers. Again, the safety of your clients is the most important.
What are some adjectives your clients would use to describe you?
I’ve often been described as highly motivating, very energetic, humorous and, of course, loud!
What made you choose a career in personal fitness training?
After a severe auto accident left me with a plethora of muscular problems as well as several broken vertebrae in my back and neck, as well as severe nerve damage, I was told that it was highly likely I’d be in a wheelchair by age 40. That was NOT an option for me. I gained and lost weight over the years, and had a neighbor who was a Personal Trainer offer to help me. Of course I took him up on the offer and the feeling I got by taking control of my own body inspired and compelled me to do the same for others. I wanted to be the catalyst for change.
What aspect of personal fitness training do you like most?
Interacting with my clients; getting to know them, their families and being a positive force in their lives. That is by far the best part of being a Personal Trainer.
How has the PFT business changed since you started?
I think the biggest change, and for me, what I consider to probably to be the best change, is the majority of gyms are far more selective about which national certifying agencies/schools that they’ll accept certifications from. When I started, it was far more lax, and unfortunately, a lot of times the client suffered.
What was the hardest challenge you had to overcome in your personal training career?
For me, personally, it was the challenge of being a military wife and mother. I had to move frequently, which meant having to leave clients that I’d been with for some time. It also presented a challenge as far as schooling was concerned. Luckily the IFPA offers great courses, and my certifications are widely accepted.