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What made you choose the IFPA?
I chose IFPA because they produce personal trainers that are very knowledgeable and it is more important for IFPA to certify a trainer that is educated through annual continuing education, ensuring that the trainers educate their clients as opposed to how many clients a trainer can obtain.
If you have taken more than the PFT course, what has been your favorite certification course?
The PFT course has been the only certification I’ve received thus far, although the continuing education courses have given me the edge in the market as well.
How long have you been Personal Training?
I have been personal training since 2008.
What qualities set you apart from other personal trainers? Education? Experience?
The qualities that set me apart from others that I’ve been told is that I listen very carefully, I’m approachable, humble, meek, I’m willing to learn from others even if they are not certified/have any degree regarding fitness, and I have been told many times how my positive attitude can be gravitating and they enjoy our sessions. The more people I work with, the more education I obtain and more experiences and learning skills come along with that. And of course, every year I can count on being educated through IFPA’s continuing education courses.
How do you envision growing your personal training business?
Word of mouth is the meat and potatoes in this industry. Taking the time to concentrate on the quality of service that you provide each individual client is how one would grow their business. That is why it is called PERSONAL fitness trainer. It is very personal and specific for each individual. Do this and your business will grow in time.
What is your best success story?
My best success story pertains to myself as well as all of the individuals I have had the privilege of helping improve their physique, cardiovascular system, general health, flexibility, coordination and/or any area where the person I assisted walked away feeling like a new person. I’ve personally experienced it within myself, and the satisfaction associated with helping others is unlike anything else I’ve personally experienced. No one person that I’ve helped stands out among anyone else. We’ve all needed help, myself included.
What is the best advice you can give someone just starting their personal trainer career?
Learn as much as you can about the different personality types. You must be able to communicate with the 7 main personality types that exists. If you fail to effectively communicate with these personality types, it doesn’t matter how knowledgeable you are in the industry. IFPA will provide you with more information on the source of information available to identify these personality types.
What are some adjectives your clients would use to describe you?
Agreeable, cheerful, calm, zealous, caring, detailed, and organized.
What made you choose a career in personal fitness training?
To me no other career provides greater satisfaction than helping someone improve their health by extending a lifespan through exercise prescription and healthy eating habits, among other things.
What aspect of personal fitness training do you like most?
The aspect of personal fitness training that I like the most is at the end of training period, the gratitude that fills the face of a client that has worked so hard for the positive results that they experience as a result of the time and dedication that they’ve put in. Just to feel apart of that is truly satisfying within itself.