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Melissa Naegeli

When and why did you become a trainer?

I became a trainer in 2002.  I was working at a local gym and the manager thought ai would be a good a trainer.  The owner paid for 1/2 of the cost.

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

Some adjectives that clients have used to describe are “tough”, “thorough”, “very good” and “understanding”.

What made you choose the IFPA? How do you keep your clients motivated?

I chose the IFPA because I liked that it was internationally recognized.

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

I keep my clients motivated by staying in touch, keeping the workouts interesting and helping them achieve results.

What is your best success story?

My best success story is my mother who lost 30lbs after a surgery and could only do minimal exercise.  She succeeded through diet changes and perseverance.

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

I think my age and personal experience sets me apart from a lot of trainers.

How do you envision growing your personal training business?

I want to continue to learn and to be a good roll model for people I come into contact with.  I would like to expand my client base by showing the 40 and 50 something’s that it’s never too late.

What is your best advice to someone just starting in the business?

My best advice to someone starting out is to not take yourself too seriously.  You may be armed with a PT certification but that isn’t the whole story.  Life experience means a lot.  Continue learning to continue growing.