The decline in average income for personal trainers is the direct result of the garbage being put out by ... corporate gyms. [Some of these] clubs have subcontracted out their personal training programs to companies who hire fast-talking salesstaff (many of whom are not personal trainers). These salespeople sell the personal training packages and then push off the clients to trainers the clients have never met. [A trainer] then has to attempt to meet the expectations of a member who bought from a salesperson who doesn’t have to train the member.
I use body weight leverage training (BLT) to some degree with almost every client. Given that every client is a human and all humans have to deal with gravity and momentum while moving around the earth, it’s only natural that I use this training modality with everyone.
In our fast-paced, technology-filled lives, spending time outdoors has become a luxury. Ask most clients to reflect on their average day and they say, “Wake up, drive to the gym, drive to work, work all day, drive home, eat dinner, relax, work some more, sleep and start again.” Their greatest outdoor adventure comes from walking to and from their cars. It’s time for a change! Now is a great time for you to start an outdoor training program. Give clients a new challenge, a chance to benefit from fresh air and an opportunity to revitalize their spirit.
Client: Ryan Mackin Personal Trainer: Nick Tumminello, CSCS, owner of Performance University Location: Baltimore
Going Pro. Ryan Mackin is no stranger to competition. In high school and college, he was a high-ranking wrestler. After finishing college, Mackin became a high-school wrestling coach. Still yearning to compete, he set his sights on becoming a professional Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter.
I have run several different-sized health and fitness businesses in New Zealand, Europe and the United States. No matter how big or small the operation, I have always used a qualified accountant to assist me with my accounts and prepare my end-of-year tax returns. Using an accountant has many benefits and, in my opinion, they far outweigh the costs.
Do you love bragging about your clients? Do you tell your friends about the mom of four who is back to her prebaby weight or the couch potato who rediscovered fitness—and his ambition? Their journeys to success have also been your journey. Now that you have shaped success for clients like these, what are you going to do to shape success for your business?
Personal Trainer: Jason Bosley-Smith, CSCS, founder, TheFitRx.com
Location: White Marsh, Maryland
Revelations. Like many Americans, Joanne was overweight. By age 50, she had tried a variety of fad diets, with mediocre results. “I had also ventured into some unhealthy ways to lose weight,” she adds. “I had success in the past, but for only nanoseconds.”