Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. There isn’t any! In my 23+ years in this industry I have been fortunate to help and work with many clients who have many different needs. From losing body fat, gaining lean muscle mass, post rehab from injury or major surgery down to the beginner who has never trained before.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. Doing your homework goes without saying, however, this is not just my job or career, but this is how I live. I think if you truly are looking for a good fit for your personal training needs. You need to find someone who looks the part! Let’s be honest if you came to me and I am 70lbs over weight, how am I gonna inspire you?
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. Let me say there are many fine trainers out there. We all have our own styles and motivations. One of my greatest joys is seeing my clients accomplish their goals, whether they are national competitors, or someone who has never lifted a weight before. I need to know my clients on a personal level in order to motivate them and to get them where they want to be. I use my 23+ years of experience to educate and motivate each one, as an idividual, showing my clients that they posess a power that they never thought they had!
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. The short answer, helping people! However, the satisfaction of watching someones self-esteem and confidence grow before my very eyes and knowing I had a small part in that journey is priceless. Most of all the excitement, joy and sense of accomplishment on my clients faces when they reach their goal is everything to me…
Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?
A. I have so many, but let me share one experience with you. In 2003 I was told that I had serve arthritis not in one, but three joints. As the pain worsened, working out became a distant memory to me. For almost 10 years I did not lift even 10 lbs. It took many surgeries to remove the arthritis, the depression and constant pain seemed unbearable at times. To make matters worse the one thing that I’ve done all my life that made me feel good about myself, working out, I couldn’t do.
The fear of not being able to do what I’ve always done and enjoyed was becoming a paralyzing thought to me. After the pain was no longer an issue the first thing I knew I had to do was get back in the gym. At that point, I took my own advice, what I tell my clients everyday! " I want you to think of a goal so big it literally scares the s**t out of you" So that’s what i did. In Oct 2011 I had my last replacement surgery, I was now the proud owner of two new hips and a right knee. I waited until the pain from surgery was no longer there. Then I went to the gym, for the first time in almost 10- years. Not to get back in shape, but to guest pose. This meant I had 6 months to get in almost contest shape. The shape I could only dream about just 6 months prior. This also meant I would need to train at a level of intensity I only knew when I was healthy and 32 years old. Not 3 joint replacements at 42. To make matters worse I already committed to the show and to the promoter which meant no matter what, there’s no backing out on my part.
Let me just say, you never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have! In 2012 I got on stage and guest posed at the Oregon State Bodybuilding Championship’s and let me say I looked pretty dam good!
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I guess playing sports when I was younger initially inspired me to workout. Even back then, I understood the importance of resistance training in maintaining a fit and active lifestyle. (My passion for weight training grew and I started competing in bodybuilding.) It was during that time that I became accutely aware of the importance of not only training, but diet and nutrition also.) As I have gotten older, having an active lifestyle has become more important to me, growing into a passion that gives me the opportuity to not only inspire others, but to help keep them healthy. Sharing my knowledge, educating and inspiring others so that they may lead healthy and active lives for as long as they choose, is the true gift of my job.
Q. Write your own question and answer it.
A. This question I cannot answer because it is for whom ever is considering working with myself or someone else. This is a question I ask all of my potential clients:
On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the highest, tell me your reason for considering hiring a personal trainer then rate your level of motivation for that reason on a scale of 1-10.