FINDING YODA: MY CONVERSATION WITH GUNNAR PETERSON – Talking to the man that got me serious about Personal Training (listen to the full audio).
Posted on 24. Mar, 2008 by Kaiser.
It took almost three weeks of back and forth, speaking through assistants and balancing time-zones. I didn’t have any friends in common with the man, so it was a shot in the dark, but one day while sitting in a Starbucks, I got what I was looking for: my phone rang and the person on the other end said “Hello Kaiser, this is Gunnar Peterson!”. I know every single person reading this blog knows who I’m talking about; for all purposes, Gunnar’s the face of the Personal Training industry. He lives in a Hollywood Hills Mansion and is as much a celebrity as many of the stars he trains. Besides speaking to someone with such notoriety in this business, for me the thrill was even more significant: I was talking to the man who basically got me started and serious about Personal Training in the first place.
Posted on 08. Mar, 2008 by Kaiser.
In making sure I made it to my sessions on time this morning with daylight savings time today, it made me think of an article I wrote not too long ago about punctuality. I have to admit that with my full schedule and commuting, I don’t have a 100% on-time rate (pretty darn close, though). But I do have some real strong feelings about being on time. There’s a lot more to punctuality than just a few wasted minutes; it’s a matter of self-esteem, respect, and image. You communicate a lot by how you value your time and the time of others. Valuing time management is a characteristic of only the top people in our society. If you don’t have this control over your own schedule, you communicate to others that you aren’t one of these top people.
STEP YOUR GAME UP! TALKING TO STEVE COTTER – The King of Kettlebells talks techniques and training (listen to our full audio).
Posted on 02. Mar, 2008 by Kaiser.
Staying on top of your game in this business is very important. While doing some continuing ed recently, I found out one glaring weakness in my training arsenal – kettlebells. You see them in every gym and studio these days, and I have to admit that I knew little about their use and benefits. In doing some research into it, I learned about one of the front-runners in this field, who himself started as a Personal Trainer and is now the world’s leading educator on kettlebells: Steve Cotter. A lot of times in Personal Training, we see trainers with little technical knowledge or personal experience getting ahead on just personality and connections. But that’s not the case with Steve. He’s an example of someone that’s really paid his dues, first as a full contact fighting champion, and then earning his degree in kinesiology and as I mentioned, beginning his career as a Personal Trainer.
Posted on 11. Feb, 2008 by Kaiser.
I know all of you at one time or another has typed the term “Personal Training” into Google out of curiosity. When you did, right there in the top ten results, along with Wikipedia and all the big training companies with huge advertising budgets, you surely saw Scott White’s gleaming bald head shining back at you. If you didn’t know, the web is the best way to get new clients (next to referrals) for every Personal Trainer. Even if you’re familiar with the web, marketing online is a completely different science. With his success at consistently getting top ten results nationally, Scott’s the undoubted master at it in this field. I wanted to get Scott on here to talk about how he does it and see if we could squeeze a few secrets out of him.
MIKE BOYLE ON RUNNING A TRAINING BUSINESS – Find out how Mike does it (audio clip from our conversation).
Posted on 24. Jan, 2008 by Kaiser.
Some trainers, even the most knowledgeable ones, often get too caught up in the training part of this profession. They think that just additional training knowledge will break them out of the ruts they’re suffering through in their careers. While noone will argue whether a strong background in training is a must, at some point you need to think critically about this as a business. You’ve got to think not only about your body of knowledge, but about your career as well, or you’re never going to have the type of lifestyle that should typify someone in the fitness industry. For me, the breakthrough came when thinking about my own personal image, positioning, and marketing. But on a much bigger scale, I recently got to pick the brain of a guy running not just a private practice, but what could be called a training empire touching nearly every area of Personal Training, Mike Boyle.