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What made you choose a career in personal training?
I was in business for most of my life and hated what I did. I always loved sports and I always wanted to get involved in sports. One day I woke up and decided to follow my passion. I started researching personal training colleges and after about 6 weeks of researching, I decided the only course to do was the IFPA personal training course. Very few people can say they love waking up and going to work……I am one of the few who can say that. I absolutely love what I do.
How long have you been a Personal Trainer?
I have been a personal trainer for going on 4 years now. One day, I woke up and decided to follow my passion and go into personal training. It has been an incredible journey so far.
What qualities set you apart from other personal trainers? Education? Experience?
I am serious about my job. Each client has their own individual workout and I make sure I get results. My name as a trainer depends on me getting results from my clients. If a client is slacking, I am not afraid to call them aside and ask them what’s going on. If there is something they feel I am doing or that I am not doing in order for them to get results, I will make the adjustments. If it’s something that are they doing, I will tell them. I stay on top of my game as a trainer, always doing new courses and reading the IFPA Fitbits to gain extra knowledge. Knowledge is power.
What made you choose the IFPA?
I researched numerous personal training colleges and then I came across the IFPA. It was without a doubt the most thorough and in depth course that I could find. I liked the fact that I got the 7 DVD’s, so it felt like I was actually there in the lecture hall. By the time I had finished with the course, it felt as if I knew Dr. Bell personally. Another reason for choosing the IFPA was their NCCA accreditation and that they are listed by LIVESTRONG as one of the top ten best personal training courses in the world.
If you have taken any advanced certifications or courses other than the IFPA Personal Trainer Certification which has been your favorite?
I am an open water swimmer and hope to attempt to swim the English Channel one day. For that reason, the first course I did was the open water swimming course. From a personal point of view this helped me tremendously, but as open water swimming is a relatively small sport, it did not really benefit my clients as very few if any, are swimmers. I have a lot of clients who play Golf and my next course was The IFPA Golf Conditioning course. This not only opened up my eyes as to what a physically demanding sport golf can be, but it helped me design golf specific programs for my clients who play golf. The results that they got were amazing, within six weeks, ever one of my clients was driving further and had an overall improvement in their golf game.
What was the hardest challenge you had to overcome in your personal training career?
The hours of a trainer can be tedious, it took me a while to overcome the early mornings and late nights.
What are some adjectives your clients would use to describe you?
Professional. Knowledgeable. Funny. Smart. Kind. Understanding. Strong work ethic. Honest. Diligent.
What is your best success story?
To name one success story is very difficult for me. Every client I see is a success story. I have had two clients lose more than 18kg’s but if one story had to stick out, it would be my client Mark. When Mark came to me, he could not sit on the stationary bike to warm up, he had such bad back problems. He already had one back surgery and was thinking of going back for another. I started him on a very slow program and we started lifting very light weights, but we did high repetitions. Slowly his back started strengthening and eventually he was able to ride for 5 minutes on the stationary bike. After a few more months, he was able to complete a spin class. We carried on training and Mark carried on getting stronger. Today Mark is a competitive cyclist and has just completed his first double century road race…..that’s 200km’s in one day, this from a guy who 18 months ago could not sit on a stationary bike because he had such back pain.
What aspect of personal fitness training do you like most?
I love the people that I meet and above all, I love getting results. I waited by the phone the whole day for Mark to call me and tell me how he had done in his double century cycling race. When he called to say he had finished, it was like I had finished the race. I was so happy. It is a wonderful feeling when a person you have trained, completes their goal. I love the success stories; I love changing people’s lives.
How has the PFT business changed since you started?
There are a lot more trainers coming into the business. That’s why you have to be on top of your game. I have no doubt that the IFPA trainers are the best trainers in gyms today. We have better knowledge and we are better prepared to help our clients achieve their goals.
How do you envision growing your personal training business?
I have fallen completely in love with the IFPA. In my opinion, they are by far the best personal training college in the world. One day, I messaged Dr Bell and I asked him if I could buy the rights to bring the IFPA to South Africa. Dr. Bell immediately agreed, in fact, I don’t know who was more excited me or him. We are presently completing the final steps of the local South African accreditation and I am happy and excited to announce that the IFPA will soon be in South Africa.
What is your best advice to someone just starting their career as a personal trainer?
Be professional. Personal Training is a business. Be on time, be smart, and keep up to date with the latest knowledge. The IFPA provide all the tools for you to become a successful trainer, the rest is up to you.