Interview YOUR Trainer

July 18, 2018

 

 

PAUL

 

Why did you want to become a trainer?

Once I overcame my 80 lb. weight loss goal, then increased to a 20 lb. muscle build, I couldn’t wait to teach others what I had learned. I want others to experience the satisfaction of achieving a goal that seems unreachable. After the USMC, I went back to school to get my Degree in Kinetics. This way, I could pair a client’s training goals with proper education and start the process of becoming a well-rounded trainer.

 

What makes your services stand out?

I am a former USMC Sargent. I like to have fun during the session, but also make sure each client is getting a great workout. My motto is: You better learn something, get your a** kicked, or both. If you want someone to push you past your excuses, I’m your guy.

 

Tell me about one of your greatest accomplishments in training:

I train mostly 50-60 year old women and the results they are all getting are phenomenal. However, my greatest coaching journey has been with Shelley. I helped her lose 100 pounds over the course of a year and a half.

 

What was a difficult situation you experienced during training and how did you handle it?

I worked with a young man who had cerebral palsy. He was amazing. The difficult part wasn’t working with limitations, it was convincing him he could overcome them; and he did. 

 

What’s your personal goal?

Drink more and stay out later. Ha! In all seriousness, I have a pretty strict work schedule and eating regiment. My wife wants me to have more fun with her on weekends. I typically start with clients at 4-5am, so by the time 8pm rolls around, I’m ready for bed.

 

If you could have anything written on your gravestone, what would it say?

“I told you I was sick….”

 

 

JESSE

 

 

Why did you want to become a trainer?

I love the feeling of accomplishment after a tough workout. My mission as a trainer is to spark that same sense of positive accomplishment in each client, so that they can find their own, unique way to stay active while enjoying it. Training is such a great outlet.

 

What makes your services stand out?

There are so many trainers, with all types of methods and philosophies. How do you choose? The truth is you can most likely make progress with many different methods as long as you don’t lose sight of the principles. One of my principles is encouraging each client to stay disciplined. Motivation is fleeting and immeasurable, but if you are disciplined, you will accomplish your goal no matter how long it takes.

 

Tell me about one of your greatest accomplishments in training:

I recently competed in the Granite Games and I was really proud that I was able to accomplish this long-term goal. I hit numbers for my deadlift and snatch that I never thought I would get. I had great mentors, coaches and positive, healthy friendships through this process of training that gave me the confidence. It was a big eye-opener that hard work and dedication truly pays off. Now, I can use this knowledge to further my career as a personal trainer and nutrition coach.

 

What was a difficult situation you experienced during training and how did you handle it?

I have a client who struggles with depression. Every day is different, so my tactics for training adapt with this client’s mindset for the day. There are two main things I have implemented to make sure this client is getting the proper support for mental health: 1) I wouldn’t be comfortable training unless this client were to supplement their training with a counselor. They have a mental health coach and it has done wonders for their mind and body. 2) I make sure I am being supportive on my end. Some days, this client needs extra stretching. Other days they can train hard. I don’t make this person match my goal, I make sure I am stepping into what they need at the moment. However, we still press toward the mission we set at the beginning of training and work toward accomplishing that goal. There’s a lot of give and take and balance when it comes to mental health. Overall, this client said that their training is crucial for fighting their depression and it’s made a huge difference for their health. That makes me happy.

 

 

What’s your personal goal?

I actually just completed my personal goal, and that was to finish my Eat2Perform Certification. Food is incredible and I can wait to teach my clients more about proper nourishment. I’m a big foodie, and that’s one of the reasons I train so hard. Flexible “dieting” has worked well for myself and other trainers I’ve worked with. I’m excited to spread the knowledge!

 

My goal as a trainer for every client is that they would actually enjoy coming into training. (Even though it will be hard work) It’s important to click with your trainer and establish trust. My goal would be that each person I train feels energized, encouraged and supported.

 

If you could have anything written on your gravestone, what would it say?

“Don’t Worry….Be Happy!”

 

COURTNEY

 

Why did you want to become a trainer?

During my first internship, I shadowed this ball of energy named Amanda. She was one of those people that walk into your life that I like to call “A game changer.” She was the first person that inspired me to become a personal trainer. I noticed how every session with her clients wasn’t just training – it was a relationship. They trusted her, they confided in her and she was helping them become healthy. (Not just with their body, but also with their mindset and their soul.) I was so moved and inspired by all the amazing results she was helping her clients achieve. From that moment, I knew I had found my calling.

 

What makes your services stand out?

One word: Sacrifice.

I try my best to go above and beyond for each new person I train. I want to make them feel valued, supported, encouraged, believed in and protected through their journey of changing their lifestyle. It’s much harder than most people think and it’s my job to give a client all the tools in my tool belt to fight the good fight for their health!

 

 

Tell me about one of your greatest accomplishments in training:

It’s so hard to pick! God has blessed me with so many wonderful people from all different walks of life. I have seen a lot in the last ten years of training! I have worked through many different trials and tribulations, and I have been incredibly blessed by so many trainees that have trusted me to be their coach.

If I did have to choose just one, it would be “the three sisters.” (As I like to call them) It wasn’t just a personal training session for me; it was a divine appointment. We would go to battle for each other every week with prayer. That’s how we closed each session and it shifted the atmosphere of our training. When you have God on your side through your wellness journey, nothing will stop you! I’ve witnessed miracles because of it. It has been one of the greatest honors of my career to train Jean, Jackie and Sue.

 

What was a difficult situation you experienced during training and how did you handle it?

Difficulty is part of life and it is certainly a part of training. However, if you put your mind to it, I believe there is always a creative solution for difficulty. One of the creative solutions I have to consistently work through and pray over is my dialogue through encouraging each client with combating the ‘excuse making.’ It’s constant in my field. Some people can channel that energy positively and some people can’t. Some clients will break through and make healthy eating and working out a part of their lifestyle and some people won’t. That’s the reality. Even though that’s the truth, I never give up on ANY person I train because I wouldn’t want anyone to give up on me either! I coach through each person differently depending on what they are struggling with. Some clients require tough love and others require that I step back and let God take over. I love this part of training! Giving over ‘my efforts’ is one of the many ways I discipline myself to submitting to God’s will. That’s when the magic happens! There’s so many times that no matter what I do or say, there’s no breakthrough. Then one day, I hand that person over to God and BOOM – they have a breakthrough with health. Prayer and submission is SO powerful with fighting any type of difficulty and also allowing a client to reach the next level of their health.

 

What’s your personal goal?

Physically, I am pretty strong. I am proud of that! It took me many, many years and LOTS of patience to get my body to go where I wanted it to go. However, I have always been emotionally weak. Disciplining myself to be more emotionally strong is my personal goal. For example, I hate technology. I am convinced I am cursed. LOL. I can’t understand simple things that most people can. If something goes wrong, I cry or get super mad. Often! Just last week I deleted a two-page paper (Lord knows how) and my husband found me sobbing in the Pilates room. I was having a “poor me” moment. I have to combat this mindset constantly. I have to coach myself and repeat out loud: “I will overcome this. I am smart. I am capable. Lord, please give me the emotional stability to accomplish this task….and help me not to get upset at the people around me….” It’s sad, but true. BUT, we all have weak areas right?! A huge part of health is pinpointing your weaknesses and doing the hard work to become the best version of yourself.

 

If you could have anything written on your gravestone, what would it say?

Back in the day, I was taking notes in one of my college history courses. We were learning about the famous composer Johann Sebastian Bach. After he would finish a piece of music, he would sign his composition with S.D.G instead of his initials J.S.B. The “SDG” was short for:

 

Soli Deo Gloria

 

 Which is Latin for “Glory to God.”

Basically Johann was saying that, “I do not have gifts, talents, skills and strength on my own. It comes from God. Anything I accomplish on this earth, I want the credit to go back to my Maker.” Since that moment, it became the motto of my life. That is how I would hope to be remembered.

 

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