1. How long have you been a trainer in the industry for?
I started training in 2013, so 7 years now. However, I’ve been in the gym since I can remember. I used to workout with my dad when I was young like 7 or 8 doing push ups and bodyweight exercises.
2. There is a rapid growth in the Personal Training and fitness industry worldwide today- how do you stand out from all of the chaos going on in an inflated industry?
Honestly I don’t really worry about what’s going on outside of what I’m doing. I stay in my lane and worry about what I’m doing. It seems to be working so far.
3. What does it take to become a well-established trainer? Did you do courses or outsource information or do you believe you are self-taught?
To become a well rounded trainer it takes a serious effort on all cylinders to provide such a unique and valuable service to each client. You can ask any trainer and I’m certain they’ll agree. Yes, knowing the in’s and out’s of the body, fitness, ect are extremely important. However, we have to know how to listen and advise. As trainers we are almost therapists to a degree as well. Clients open up to their trainer, so being able to listen and provide great insight is a huge part of the job.
On the educational side, I was training for about 4-5 years before I took a PT certification test before I took the actual test. I’ve studied my ass off for years, reading books, studies, diets, why this works, why this doesn’t work, not to mention was already transforming people. By the time I took the test I built up so much mileage behind the craft that I was more than prepared. I signed up for the certification and just like many other certifications, it takes about 5 days for the textbook to be delivered to you. You study, then you take the course and test when you’re ready. I enrolled in the course and took the test all in the same click… I passed and received my cert… then 5 days later my textbook was delivered (lol).
Henry Rollins has a quote that I LOVE, “Knowledge without mileage equals bullshit.” and I firmly believe that.
4. Do you have a specific niche within the fitness industry that adapts to people with different goals? eg- Athletes, general population, elderly etc. or do you train people in a generalized way?
I have worked with people in all walks of life: everyday gym goers that work 9-5’s, professional athletes, professional bodybuilders, elderly people, celebrities, you name it. One thing’s for certain, if you generalize how you train people you won’t be successful. Every person requires something different, has a different goal, body
composition, different imbalances. Now, I have a style of training that is a VERY intense hypertrophy like style filled with drop sets, pyramids, lots of time under tension, failure sets but still caters to each individual and their needs. Every session is intense and every session they get better. I
5. What do you believe comes first? Passion, or becoming a “craftsman” in your specific role, in the industry?
Passion comes with finding your mission in life or your purpose rather… in this world there are things we love to do, then there is our purpose. Once you truly find what your purpose is, why you were put on this earth; you will never have been so passionate about anything before in your life. That passion will drive you into being a complete craftsman of your work by default because there is no other option. My mission and purpose is much greater than personal training, however I can see that training will provide me the platform and possibly open the door for me to achieve my purpose and live out my mission.
6. Do you find it intimidating training celebrities or do you thrive on the pressure?
No, now I don’t find it intimidating nor is there any pressure associated with what I’m doing, it’s second nature. I know what the plan is capable of if the client is willing to give me the 100% that I’m giving him or her. At first, it was very nerve wracking however I would never show a chink in my armour so to speak. Now, dealing with celebrities is my norm; in this situation I’m the professional, be confident in what you do and the message you’re relaying and people understand that. I’m fortunate enough to be respected in my field so the people that come to me seeking change are always serious.
7. Where can we keep up to date with your journey?
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