15 Mar




1) They inspire me to love myself.

Usually those who spend time criticizing me are far worse critics of themselves. I’m going to show myself a little love!

2) They Inspire Me to Encourage Others.

Negative. Negative. Negative. That’s all you’ll ever hear from haters. How do we fight back? Positive. Positive. Positive. These people thrive on drama and want you to feel bad about yourself. I have no reason to feel discouraged by people who drag me down.

3) They Inspire me to Work Hard.

You can spend your life hating people you don’t even know! What’s the point? The energy you spend finding fault with others is the same energy you can use making yourself happy. It makes me work hard to prove all those nay-sayers wrong.

4) They Inspire me To Have Compassion.

Haters are quick to judge. They really don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes. It’s easy to make a snap judgement about someone you know nothing about. It’s offered me insight as to what is really going on in someone’s life. I’ve learned to have patience and compassion for those who are struggling.

5) They Inspire me to be a “Lover” and not a “Hater”

Your negativity speaks volumes about who you are. If that’s how you choose to live your life then you may find a lot of negative things happening to you. You attract in life what you feel you deserve. I’m going to show a little love because that’s what I want in life. I’ll especially show some love to those who hate. I think they need it the most!

Top Five: Misconceptions About Being a Personal Trainer

02 Mar


         Misconceptions About Being a Personal Trainer

  1. People think my job is easy
  2. I make lots of money
  3. I work with healthy people
  4. My life is all play and no work
  5. I have no clue what I’m talking about

People think my Job is Easy.

        “All you do is stand around and watch people exercise.” One client told me. It took all of my willpower not to let some expletives fly. I casually laughed and said, “It’s never easy working with somone like you.” Perhaps you think it’s 2 sets of 10 reps on this machine & 2 sets of 10 on that machine. Think again! Have a look behind my desk sometime and see my mame encased in all those framed certifications. The human body is by far the most difficult puzzle one can solve. For those who think it’s easy learning how it works, you’d be sadly mistaken. Over the course of sixteen years, it’s taken countless hours of studying on my own time and spending my own money.

I make lots of money.

“You must rake it in.” I’ve been told. I should be able to “take a fancy holiday for a month” based on what I earn. Not sure what planet you live on, making money as a trainer is not easy. People often don’t want to pay you for your services because they can do it themselves. Apparently there isn’t much knowledge to my job so some people choose not to invest. Yet, some fly by night can go on the internet and come up with a new work out? I’m sorry, you’d invest in a total stranger vs. someone who actually knows what they’re doing? It’s not always easy to pay bills or make ends meet. That’s just the reality of the business.

I work with well people.

Client with COPD in the Gym

It’s really rare to actually work with a client who doesn’t have a health issue. I have to spend my own time researching countless chronic diseases. There is very limited information on those suffering from dementia for example. No book can teach me how to work with a client suffering from this disease. I have to learn on my own.

My Life is All Play and No Work.

I have spent my life in the gym. I’m not kidding. I starting when I was thirteen years old. It’s taken me that long to learn how to work with people. I’ve had to sacrifice my time and energy to help others. If all you’re doing is playing around at this job, you’re not working. You’re not taking it seriously. Either you’re in or you’re out.

I Have No Clue What I’m talking About.

I guess that’s why people pay me right? All those certifications don’t mean much if I don’t have the experience to back it up. Sure, you can look up any new work out on the computer for free. Why pay me? Unlike those workouts on the computer, I design a program that is unlike any other. You will never find two clients with the same exercise program. You can talk to me and ask me questions. I find myself in the position of weeding through all the misinformation in order to help my clients.

This is a thankless job at times. Those who do choose to invest in your services reap the benefit of your experience. Despite some who choose not to see the benefit in what you do, there are often more that do. Have faith in your ability.

Thanks for reading!

Top Five Personalities You’ll Meet in a Gym

23 Feb



 (Just a bit of lighthearted fun from the desk of a Personal Trainer)

The “Chatty Cathy”

This is the person you avoid saying “hello” to becuase they’ll keep you talking. Whether they are gossipers fishing for information or talking to you between sets. These people go out of their way to talk to you. Even if you’re wearing headphones and say, “I can’t hear you” this person MUST get your attention for whatever reason. This person may even interrupt a conversation you’re having to insert their opinion. They have big mouths and may often say things just to get your attention. A polite “hello” is one thing. Not everyone needs or wants to hear your life story when they’re exercising.

The “Know it All”

This is the person who interrupts your work out and tells you what you’re doing wrong. “Here’s what I do.” They’ll say. I love these people who try to do my job for me! Offering unsolicited advice to people you don’t know is a great way to potentially hurt someone. Unless you’ve been asked or have been in the fitness profession, you have no business telling other people how to work out. Above all, you have no experience working with people. It’s the “know it alls” that often do exercises incorrectly. Don’t take advice from people you don’t know.

The “Macho Man”

I think we’ve all seen this guy working out. He lifts ridiculous amounts of weight. He does every exercise wrong. Yet, he thinks he’s impressing people. Certainly unwilling to be corrected by people who actually know what they’re doing. This guy thinks he is the “be all and end all” in the gym. No one can outlift him and no one ever will! At least until he throws his back out.

The “Negotiator”

When his membership is due, he’s looking for “a great deal” and thinks he deserves it. Newsflash! Everyone wants a deal on their membership. No one is more or less deserving of a break. Keep in mind facilities depend on membership sales. If they gave a “deal” to everyone they met, they’d be out of business. This person will argue over nickels and dimes.

The “Complainer”

I’m talking about whiners and complainers who complain for the sake of being negative. They are out to drag people down becuase they are miserable. When it is wrong, this person is always quick to point it out. When it’s going right, they are never ever going to say, “Thank you.” They’ll never acknowledge when you’re doing the job well.

Top Five Secrets to Know Before Joining a Gym.

10 Feb

         Ever pay for a gym membership and never use it?

You’re motivated. You’re excited. You never show up.
Next thing you know, your membership is up and your money is gone.

You are what a gym calls “The Perfect Member.” One who buys a membership and never shows up. Congratulations! You’re amongst many who’ve suffered the same fate. Maybe you’re wondering what to do about it. I’ve helped run a gym for fifteen years. I’ve seen too many people get burned and I’d like to help you avoid the pitfalls when buying a membership.

Here’s my top five secrets to know before joining a a gym:

1) If the deal is too good to be true, odds are it is.

        If something sounds too perfect, there’s always a catch. Gym’s are notorious for trying to pull the wool over your eyes. “Sign Up for $1.00 a month” is a promo I’ve seen before. Let’s remember that most facilities are trying to get you in the door. Their goal is sales. What they don’t tell you is that this deal won’t last forever. When this particular promotion ends, what is it REALLY going to cost you per month?

 2) Beware of Salespeople.

      Here’s an inside secret that large facilities don’t divulge: They teach trainers to SELL! SELL! SELL!  Personal Trainers have a monthly quota to reach. Sales is the art of persuasion. Don’t let them persuade you to buy services that you don’t need. Former employees who worked for larger facilities told me so. They had to attend daily sales meetings. “Let’s get selling!” Is the business motto.

3) Talk to Current Members

Before you invest in a gym, talk to long time members. They are your best source of unbiased feedback. These people aren’t trying to sell you anything. If members like the facility, they’ll say so. A personal training course can be completed over one week end. Keep in mind, just because they have the certification doesn’t mean they have the experience. Ask to speak with previous clients. Do your homework first!

4) Look in the Corners

Your gym is one of the cleanest I’ve ever been in. You can see it. Even in the corners.”  

Clean machines? Are they maintained regularly?

Cleanliness is a huge deal to a lot of people. The last thing anyone wants to walk in to is a gross, smelly changeroom. Have a look at the small details. Any facility that takes pride in it’s cleanliess will get in to places most members would never see. Are the floors dirty? Is there dust on the equipment? Are the mirrors clean? Has the garbage been taken out? Are the soap dispensers refilled? Owners take pride in their gym. It speaks volumes about their character otherwise.

Neat and organized is the way to go!

5) Read the Fine Print

      “You legally have 10 days to cancel a membership and get your full money back.  After that point we are not obligated to return any money.

         This is at ANY gym in Canada. We are obligated to tell customers. If you get sick and cannot use the membership, what is the policy? If you go away on vacation, what is the policy? People get mad because a gym won’t return their money. The unfortunate truth is that no facility is obligated to return money even if you don’t show up. You willingly paid for a membership. Know the fine print before you sign on the dotted line.

Any gym that wants you as a member will do so honestly. Our facility takes great pride in creating a positive experience. Integrity is a huge part of being a business owner. Quite simply, what you put in to it is what you get out of it. Members who stick around do so because of that integrity.

She’s been a member for ten years!