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When and why did you become a trainer?
I come from a sporting family, played professional soccer for 12 years and wanted to stay in the health industry by not only conditioning athletes, but individuals as well … and therefore making a difference in people’s lives.
What are some adjectives your clients would use to describe you?
Honest, hardworking, reliable, trustworthy, disciplined, creative, driven, encouraging
What made you choose the IFPA?
I chose IFPA as I believe there is a broad spectrum of certifications, giving a trainer the opportunity to specialize in a wide variety of training expertise. IFPA gave me the advice needed in making my decision to study through them which is internationally recognized.
How do you keep your clients motivated?
I keep my clients motivated by setting short term goals: 3-6-9-12 months; they are checked and tested on due dates. All my sessions are thoroughly prepared and hand written, so that I can condition the right areas needed for the individuals or teams. The client will never do the same session and therefore are always in anticipation to see what is coming up as they enter a new session. Their nutrition is of high importance and I am continuously checking up on them.
If you have taken more than one course, what has been your favorite certification course?
It would be easy to say the Strength and Sports Conditioning Specialist was my favorite, but that would not be true, as I’ve gained so much knowledge out of Nutrition Specialist, Golf Specialist, Soccer Specialist, Advanced PT, Master PT and CPR, which has given me the knowledge to condition a wide variety of clients.
What is your best success story?
I have so many success stories, it would be difficult to give one. I am affiliated to the Forwardzone, which is a sports agency, and through them I have had the opportunity to condition many young athletes that have signed professional contracts. I have the clients which have lost 15kg and changed their lives and others that keep reaching their short term goals. And then there are all the brides that looked beautiful on their wedding day, and pre and post natal.
What qualities set you apart from other personal trainers? Education? Experience?
I believe knowledge, experience, appearance, dedication and individuality has played a major role in setting me apart from other trainers, but most important is getting consistent results and therefore playing a role in changing people’s lives. I keep my programs fresh and you will never do the same session twice. Also important is to practice what you preach.
How do you envision growing your personal training business?
I think this is a question that most trainers look at and make the biggest mistake, most look at increasing their rates, which I believe in today’s economy is not the correct way to go. I have added my own supplement range which I believe to be the best called raw supplements and also make clean eating muffins in which I supply gyms and the public. Since all my sessions are hand-written and have over 70 hand written note books, I would like to compile a Training book which I have never seen on the market and launch it internationally.
What is your best advice to someone just starting in the business?
Gain as much knowledge as possible, be reliable, hardworking, enthusiastic and realistic. I make sure that all sessions that are given, I am able to do: if they can train and eat as I do, then they have a realistic chance of hitting their goals.
- Sports Nutrition Specialist
- Strength and Sports Conditioning Specialist
o Soccer Specialist
o Golf Specialist
- Advanced Personal Trainer
- Master Personal Trainer
Location: Fit Gym Johannesburg, South Africa
Contact Info: +27740405106