When most kids grow up they dream of being doctors, lawyers, or even astronauts. If they only knew what being a Top-Level Trainer was like, they might change their minds!
The truth is Personal Training doesn’t always get the respect it deserves as a real profession. While the public and media generally paint a really favorable image of this job, it’s within the industry that I see most of the apathy. Too many people look at it as just a hustle or a part-time job, not a real career track with tremendous potential and room for growth.
For that reason I wanted to get a guest on here that would change all that. The first person that came to mind was Dave Parise, one of the consumate pros in this business with a long history of top flight training. He’s been active in this industry for over 20 years, and now runs a training studio in Hamden, Connecticut. With every major certification in the business and a wealth of experience Dave’s the ideal person to talk to when it comes to understanding this job.
Here’s the audio of our interview – Besides talking about this profession, Dave also delivers some knockout training tactics, and some “secrets” on how to grow and keep a successful client base. And besides the content, if listening to Dave talk about this business doesn’t get you pumped up, then you’re in the wrong field!
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and here’s part 2 of our interview:
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I got to admit even I got psyched after talking to him! The main lesson is that if you have the passion for fitness, a desire to help others, and are willing to put in the effort to get there, you have an excellent career ahead of you. Dave’s proof of that. You can find out about his training gym, Results Plus, here: www.resultsplus.com.
While we’ve established that Personal Training is a real career, we also have to realize that it is much different than any other.
First off, there’s no red-tape surrounding entry into this profession. And within it, there’s a lot of freedom for a trainer to decide how they want to practice. While there are some potential negatives to this situation, in general it’s a major positive. It gives limitless freedom to those qualified trainers that are committed to bringing real value to their clients.
The only danger is the customer may get burned from dealing with a poorly qualified trainer. But lately, I’ve noticed the media educating consumers on what to expect from a top trainer. In the future I predict clients will rarely settle for a mediocre trainer; they’ll actively seek the best trainers out. It’s the top trainers that stand to benefit, while the ones with less commitment will be forced to find work elsewhere.
It’s clear that when talking about commitment to being a top trainer, this is where Dave stands out. I think if enough kids met him, they might be saying that when they grow up, they want to be trainers too!