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Is personal training worth the (sometimes rather large) cost? We went right to the source to find out inside information on personal trainers from people who know them best — personal trainers. These experts provide insight into their own profession and even provide a little on-screen motivation for you to use immediately. What 16 fitness pros say to their clients (and themselves!) for a hit of inspiration certified personal trainer and owner of Angry Trainer Fitness.

11 of 16. when it comes to their appearance or physical ability. I try to focus on my clients’ positive attributes. My favorite personal saying is, ‘focus on what you can do, not what you. Personal trainers are not there to discuss your latest breakup with you. They’re there to get you into shape — full stop. “I am not your therapist,” says Mike* (names have been changed to allow.

Having a personal trainer can be a very good experience and also a bad one. A trainer can guide you in the proper direction of attaining your goals. A trainer can also hurt you in the process if he or she is not informed of any past or present injuries. It is a trainer’s job and duty to ask a client about his or her ailments. The top funniest things said to a personal trainer are 99% related to not wanting to exercise.

You know this moment when you really don’t want to work out and you make up excuses. Then you said something like that to your personal trainer: 1)” Jesus Christ!These are indicators that you should dump your personal trainer.

They don’t listen or seem to care when you’re experiencing pain or discomfort. They can’t or. A personal training career is often much more than a means to an end. Sure, they teach clients the right way to squat, plank, and lift, but they are also there for their clients on an emotional level.

An experienced personal trainer knows that the psychological aspect of getting fit is as important as physically reaching one’s fitness goals. If personal training income slows down, moving into different job duties smoothly, easily, and without weeks of lowered income is preferable to being forced to look for employment under stress. Personal trainers should test the waters of other jobs as a means of better career management.

Doing so primes you for making a jump when the time comes. Trainers are no different. In fact, allowing a prospective trainer to woo you with his or her knowledge of muscle protein synthesis optimization™ and fat-busting-low-glycemic-index foods may leave.

A personal trainer is an individual who has earned a certification that demonstrates they have achieved a level of competency for creating and delivering safe and effective exercise programs for apparently healthy individuals and groups or those with medical clearance to exercise. They motivate clients by collaborating to set goals, providing meaningful feedback, and by being a reliable source for.

List of related literature:

For the most part, trainers are very supportive of one another — a good personal trainer will want to see you succeed.

“Becoming a Personal Trainer For Dummies” by Melyssa St. Michael, Linda Formichelli
from Becoming a Personal Trainer For Dummies
by Melyssa St. Michael, Linda Formichelli
Wiley, 2004

Their hearts are often in the right place, but very few personal trainers have the know-how required to get their clients into great shape.

“Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body” by Michael Matthews
from Bigger Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Male Body
by Michael Matthews
Waterbury Publishers, Incorporated, 2019

Personal trainers have the opportunity to work with a large variety of client types.

“NSCA's Essentials of Personal Training” by NSCA -National Strength & Conditioning Association
from NSCA’s Essentials of Personal Training
by NSCA -National Strength & Conditioning Association
Human Kinetics, Incorporated, 2011

For this reason, an aspiring personal trainer likely will begin a career as a fitness instructor or health and fitness specialist and move into a personal trainer position after gaining considerable experience and a specialized certification.

“Introduction to Kinesiology: Studying Physical Activity” by Shirl J. Hoffman
from Introduction to Kinesiology: Studying Physical Activity
by Shirl J. Hoffman
Human Kinetics, 2013

In my experience as a personal trainer, the clients who get the best results and stay consistent are the ones who are having fun with their training.

“Glute Lab: The Art and Science of Strength and Physique Training” by Bret Contreras, Glen Cordoza
from Glute Lab: The Art and Science of Strength and Physique Training
by Bret Contreras, Glen Cordoza
Victory Belt Publishing, 2019

Clients not only relied on their trainers to get fit, lose weight, and train regularly, but they also wanted to broaden the conversation to include advice on business, relationships, nutrition, and lifestyle.

“Lifestyle Wellness Coaching” by James Gavin, Madeleine Mcbrearty
from Lifestyle Wellness Coaching
by James Gavin, Madeleine Mcbrearty
Human Kinetics, 2013

Personal trainers typically work one-on-one with clients and, because of this increased supervision, usually receive higher pay than group exercise instructors.

“Introduction to Kinesiology: Studying Physical Activity” by Shirl J. Hoffman, Duane V. Knudson
from Introduction to Kinesiology: Studying Physical Activity
by Shirl J. Hoffman, Duane V. Knudson
Human Kinetics, Incorporated, 2018

Personal trainers are expensive.

“The Harvard Medical School Guide to Men's Health” by Harvey Bruce Simon, Harvard Medical School
from The Harvard Medical School Guide to Men’s Health
by Harvey Bruce Simon, Harvard Medical School
Free Press, 2002

“Doing what any decent personal trainer would.

“Finale” by Becca Fitzpatrick
from Finale
by Becca Fitzpatrick
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012

It seems critical to me that this genre of personal trainers be addressed for the good of the discipline of exercise and the folks that participate and put themselves in the hands of these professionals.

“15 Minutes to Fitness: Dr. Ben's SMaRT Plan for Diet and Total Health” by Charles Barkley, Vincent Ben Bocchicchio
from 15 Minutes to Fitness: Dr. Ben’s SMaRT Plan for Diet and Total Health
by Charles Barkley, Vincent Ben Bocchicchio
SelectBooks, Incorporated, 2017

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  • I need your help. I was recently let go from a gym that I was working at, and since then i have been applying to jobs as a trainer. However, I have not gotten a call back from these places, or if I did get a call they never called me for an interview. I am NASM certified and have two years experience. Is there something I should be doing that I am not doing? How do I make my resume stand out from all the other training resumes l?

  • Informative vid. 
    I guess this goes in the same field with attaining an internship with a gym, right?
    I passed the exam with WITS, now I need to do a 30 hour internship with another CPT that has 2+ years experience. 

  • This is the most comprehensive, well spoken view of the industry I have seen thus far. Amazing advice Jonathan, adding you and Facebook now… inspired. 

  • I have a unique question. Just to give a little background, I applied at a big box gym and got the interview. I was told I would get the job once I finished my certification. Once I finished, the fitness manager told me I would get hired at the next “hiring go around.” I was in contact with him for six months, as he told me he was behind on interviews. At six months he sent me an automated email saying he was going with someone else. Yet, every couple of weeks I see “personal trainers needed now” in their website. I’ve been a member for years and the staff loves me there. Even the general manager wants me hired. However, everyone says the fitness manager had to make the final decision. How do I get around the fitness manager?

  • Jonathan, Thanks for all to information you give. Just had an interview with a local gym and was able to not just pull from my own experiences, but was able to use the info learned from your videos and D2D course. The best money spent to help build my fitness career.

  • Great video bro! Love your advice. I have a very timely crucial question. I have a job interview tomorrow at a Fitness Connection, but I’m also waiting for the phone call from LA Fitness to tell me if I did got hired or not. My question is, can I work at two big box gyms at the same time? should I mentioned that to them? This gyms are like 12 miles apart. Thanks man this would really be helpful coming from you.

  • Thanks for the advice! I just got certified under NASM 4 days ago and I’ve been prospecting gyms to apply to (so far I’ve applied to one, Equinox). I called them today to get in touch with the hiring manager and left my name so they could check out my resume. Wish me luck!

  • Tanya you blocked me from commenting on your Facebook because I said the truth about our cohost inciting fear into an arleardy scared community Are you for real!!!!
    I wasn’t even rude or anything to you great work!!

  • I shouldn’t squat below paralell?

    Olympic lifters do squats ass to grass(ATG). How do they get away with that without injury? If you have good enough mobility to maintain flawless form, is it still bad?

    Been squating ATG for 18 months and I have never felt pain while or after doing squats. I’ve felt pain from very heavy leg extensions(don’t do them anymore), but never from deep squats.

  • I just became a personal trainer about 6 months ago. Young guy about to be 21. The women I train say a lot of this. I can’t do protein shakes there gross I never have time to cook I feel this exercise in my eyes when we’re doing squats lol. But I have 2 females that train harder than a lot of the men in the gym. So this ain’t all females just some haha.

  • if I am just starting out, just started going to school for personal training, where do you suggest I work to get my foot in the door?

  • A great running joke would be if in every one of these videos, no matter which professional she’s with, at the end, she asks if they do vajazzling

  • So many of these things are so true. Im doing PT at and Im so guilty of saying some of these. Tears of laughter!!!
    “I had one cookie!”
    “Oh my GoD! What is that! That hurts! Is this a joke?, Is this a f’ing joke?!”
    “Squats again!”
    “Push ups! Nooo”
    “Am I doing this right?”

  • Thanks Brad and Bob!
    Useful info as always!
    However, for two of the mentioned exercises, I believe you need to take a deeper look.

    1. The bend over row as shown in the video is really poorly executed.
    The correct execution involves straight back and a tight core. It is a pretty basic exercise with plenty of benefits and it is performed by many professional athletes.

    2. Squatting below parallel is pretty much debunked nowadays. Yes there are some changes in the forces applied, but provided the physiology of the person allows it, squaring below parallel is fine, even when heavily loaded, e.g. profession weightlifters

    During the video you seem to perform it in a strange way, with legs pretty close together, not allowing proper farm that way.

    I believe you need to check those topics and let us know!:)

    Keep up the good work!

  • It’s no wonder I have a bad back. In my younger days playing sports, I did everyone of those exercises. At that time we thought it was good for you. Now my back tells me every day it wasn’t such a good idea.

  • Maybe a video on how to properly do situps to avoid extra stress on the back would be nice. Like how to do situps that hit lower and oblique abs without to much stress on the back

  • yo bro I am getting my certification in Nov if all goes as planned. just wanted to say I appreciate all the time you out towards your videos. keep it up…I need to learn as much as possible so you are a good took for me right now haha! keep it up buddy

  • I dare not ask if I am doing it right now. My only other sin is swearing my head of with the foam roller. Think he might hate me now ��

  • Great work B&B! We all appreciate you guys so much. Is there anyway you can tweak the sound? Your voices are a bit grainy….
    Thanks again!

  • This video was much needed! Instant light bulb �� moment

    I love your perspective on things and you are the only guy approaching this topic from this angle

  • I joined a gym in the 80’s and did most of these. Today I am having real problems with fibromyalgia, and PN. Terrible pains in my neck and shoulders especially!

  • A couple of questions of questions:

    1) Regarding “be like 80% like your head trainer”, but what if you & your head trainer have different fitness goals & different philosophies? Will that hurt my chances?

    2) If there happens to be a big gap in my resume for whatever reasons (family issues, transition period, difficulty getting certified, actually taking a full year to study NASM), how badly will that hurt my chances? 

    3) Regarding the following:
    Eyeball test: If you don’t fit their idea of “looking the part” for whatever reasons (eg: Started late, a hardgainer, goals that don’t involve aesthetics, etc.) but you do have a before & after photo that shows that you have indeed progressed through your training methodology, does that count? 
    Knowledge: You aren’t the most knowledgable about mainstream methodology, you have a potentially innovative philosophy that is “outside the box”, will that also count?
    Energy: Lets say you aren’t the “friendliest” or the “smiliest” guy around, but you do show professionalism & sincerity in what you teach, will that also count?

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  • I scanned most of the posts. I believe that this is a useful vid. My older brother wants to get amazing with girls. He studied a fuck load from Master Attraction. (Google it.) The help and advice for seducing chicks through night clubs from Master Attraction got him his first lustful encounters in 4 years. I’m pissed though considering that I heard them all.

  • Agreed.
    I would also add no standing forward bend. Or “down dog” in yoga terms.
    Love all these whistle blows on old school exercises. When I was a trainer I followed PTs and Chiro knowledge to lower risks.
    Since I’ve watched ya’ll I’ve eliminated upright rows, overhead shoulder press and improved tricep extension rom. We appreciate you!!! ��

  • This must be here in NYC! I hear women saying that stuff to their trainers. Of course, I never would! Lol. Srsly tho, I just do the exercises & the trainer just talks to me about life. But I’m a marathoner so I have pretty specific goals &I’m actually trying to build muscle not lose weight

  • I love watching this video!! I would probably be guilty of saying everyone of these and that is why I dont go to the gym!! hahahahhahahhahahhahah!!!!!!!!!!!

  • What “machine” makes you lose weight? What burns the most calories? How long should I use each “machine” for? I want to tone up but I don’t want to get muscles!!

  • Thank you for this video! It does help a lot for getting myself prepped for my next interview at the gym and helps me to focus on the important things.

  • I’ve scanned most of the posts. I realize it’s a very good youtube video. My older brother just wishes to get perfect with girls. He figured out a lot from Master Attraction. (Google it if you want pretty good emails on picking up girls.) The guidance for seducing chicks through night clubs in those emails through that site gave got him his very first lays in about a few long years. I was pissed however on the grounds that I heard them all. Grrrr.

  • Team Luna loves this video! Great work, watched it like ten times and I’m laughing more and more each time. For more comedy fitness videos be sure to check out our channel @TeamLunaGains

  • Great Video, I just passed the ISSA, Never actually trained someone for money. After this video I feel much more confident going in to my local gym(L.A) and getting the job. Sucks about the pay but the learning experience will make up for that. Keep up the great work…off to watch more of your videos:D


  • Helpful video! by the way my cousin used this amazing natural diet called: Impact 790 Diet and decreased 5 kgs within a month. I can’t remember the website just Google it.

  • Hey Jonathan, thanks for the video it was very informative. I am considering obtaining my certification. I do have a few questions, and would like to go more into detail. If you could contact me via email @ [email protected] it would be much appreciated

  • Interview tomorrow however not got much actual personal training experience, however do you think mentioning my jujitsu assistant coach experience will help?

  • Over 90% of “PT’s” Will not make a living off PT alone, sorry to break it to you, but all the well known gyms are using you as free gym floor staff

  • So is it possible to have personal clients but work at a big box gym as a class instructor for different classes… how much does teaching classes at big gym pay?

  • I got certified in NCSF and trying to get a job but still nothing.Im In very good shape very responsible but still can’t have a job.I mean what I’m doing wrong?

  • i have a second interview at UFC gym tomorrow. I just got my certification and have no experience training people but The head of the gym is going to give me a scenario client that i am going to have to asses? im not sure what else im going to have to do as well but i am very nervous because i dont have experience. What do you think i should do?

  • Appreciate the videos man! I have my NASM PT certification tomorrow and an interview for a PT spot Tuesday morning. I’ve spent the last nine years in the Army and this is my first try at civilian work, going to make it happen!

  • I once overheard a woman tell a personal trainer that she wanted to lose weight but she didn’t want to sweat. This video is so accurate.

  • Hi. Johnathan,.can you please advise what you know about a cert by NHE? They have “prospected” regarding their Master Trainer Cert. Their opportunity to create training programs online for clients seems almost like it’s to good to be true. Up to $8,000/month for 40 hours/week of work. Seeing many negative comments in blogs about them, but also some positive. Many comments that the test is almost impossible to pass even for someone with a College Degree in Physiology or other Health Profession Specialties. I’m set to take the Cert Test, which is free, on 4/2. From comments they work to sell their study guide to people that fail. Any 411 would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for all you do!

  • im leaving my 6 figure job in the oil field to go through the npti 6 month course and start a new career in personal training, im an ex marine, and a talented athlete who excels at fitness and leadership based on this short description if i really put in the work is it likely ill be able to make 1000 a week to cover the bills when i start this career in a major city.

    I was dyeing the entire way through this video!
    I use to have a personal trainer and the older ladies (married with children/grandchildren) ALWAYS said stuff like that.
    This video is just great!

  • I’m one of those nervous people right now. But after watching your video, I feel much better. I have an interview tomorrow and I’m so excited. Thank you so much for your advice. It really helped a lot.

  • Good stuff guys! I was doing donkey kicks at an internet expert’s advice and am paying for it today. No more. BTW, your content is great, but audio level is too low and has an echo quality about it. A pair of good wireless on-body mics would fix this and increase ‘watchability’.: )

  • Great video……just one thing I’d say is the sound isn’t amazing so a mic would be good �� there are some great cheap mics out the. Good luck brother keep up the good work.

  • Thank you. Sometime in the future please pick 2 or 3 at a time and show us what not to do and then demonstrate the proper exercise.

  • Had an interview for personal trainer yesterday (which went phenomenally), and I can’t express how insanely helpful your advice was. Thanks a lot and I’m looking forward to seeing future videos!

  • hey hey! Have you ever tried fast abs magic (just google it)? Ive heard some extraordinary things about it and my auntie got ripped Six pack abs and lost tons of fat with it.

  • Awesome advice as always!been following all your advice way before I got certified till now just got my first training job at Spectrum!

  • Any ideas on how to go about getting in contact with the hiring authority for the gym if I’m out of town? Would a cold call followed by sending my resume work? I know you had said that they don’t look at resumes much but since I’m looking to move that might be the best way to get my name out aside from cold calling.

  • Thanks mark great video. I’m 43 been thinking about Changing my career and training up as PT I’m Concerned about my age and is the PT Industry is oversaturated? And tips thanks

  • Thanks a lot for this vid!! I have an interview after 2 days and I’m anxious. The head trainer thing is so true, but I’m having a lil problem, in finland we dont really have a head trainers at the gym!! So who should I follow and look up to.. the one trainer who been working there for longest? The one who is most liked?

  • This is sooooooooooooo ridiculous and hilarious…women REALLY say this???????? REALLY????????? REALLY? I’d be a horrible trainer, I’d bitch slap them all lol…
    I’m a woman and I’m NOT like this lol

  • Thank you for making this video, seriously perfect timing because I’m about to have an interview at my local gym for a trainer position

  • what would you recommend wearing to an interview? something like business casual… nice fitting polo where u can show off your physique for an eyeball test… or straight business suit and tie