Miriam Plotkin

What aspect of personal training do you like the most?

The people. I have formed such wonderful relationships with my clients! I love helping them, listening to them, being their friend, motivating them, and making them smile. It is so gratifying! I feel so lucky!

How long have you been a personal trainer?

I have been a personal trainer for 16 years.

What made you choose IFPA?

I was looking for a reputable certification, and my boss at the time recommended IFPA.

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

For me, personally, the nutrition certification was my favorite! Nutrition is such a huge part of fitness and seeing results and not only did it help with specific clients but it helped me as well!

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

I have been doing this a long time and I do have a ton of experience and a ton of certifications, but I think my personality sets me apart from other trainers. I make my clients feel special and I’m sensitive to their insecurities. I listen to them. I make them laugh. We have fun! Working out should be a positive experience! It doesn’t hurt as much when you’re laughing through the pain 😉

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

Hilarious, caring, flexible, silly, warm, hard core, energizer bunny

What is your best success story?

I train a lot of brides, and they are always hard workers, but they usually come to me with plenty of time before their wedding.  I had a bride come to me 2 months before her wedding freaking out that she needed to lose 2 dress sizes to fit into her dress. I told her it wasn’t going to be easy. She did everything I said, ate everything I told her to eat, and worked out so hard that come her wedding day…she fit into that dress! And she sent me a note saying that she couldn’t believe how fantastic she felt and she owed it all to me! It felt so good! My goal is to make people feel great about themselves, always!

How has the PFT business changed since you started?

There is so much more competition now. It seems like there is something for everyone-crossfit, orange theory, fit body boot camp, soulcycle, flywheel, etc. It’s really cool that everyone can find there niche, it keeps us on our toes! You have to set yourself apart from the rest.

What was the hardest challenge you had to overcome in your personal training career?

There are always going to be people that you cannot help, for whatever reason, and that has been the hardest thing for me over the years. But in the end, I try to concentrate on all those I HAVE helped and it keeps me going 🙂

How do you envision growing your personal training business? 

Honestly, I don’t. I have an amazing following at this point in my career and I’m working the perfect amount. I know what works for me!

What is your best advice to someone just starting their career as a personal trainer?

Talk to your peers. Work out. Try things yourself before you make your clients do them. Certifications are great and a necessity but they are not going to make you a great trainer. It’s so much more. Ask questions. Research. Learn new things. Pay attention to form. Be open. Be safe!