A:I was born and raised in Maine. After graduating from the University of Maine (100 years ago), I spent 5 years in Boston and 15 years in New York City, managing and training in various clubs. After having our two boys, my wife, Heather, and I moved back to Maine to raise them. We have lived in Saco, ME for a little over ten years now.
Q:You have 34 plus years as a personal trainer. What changes have you witnessed?
A:Well, the first and most obvious is that Personal Training is an actual career now. When I first began, it was very difficult to actually make a living at it. Very few people saw the benefit of actually paying for a trainer. It was thought of as something only the rich and famous would do.
There's much more research being done now. This allows trainers to use more Evidence Based Programming to deliver safer, more efficient, and more effective results.
We’ve also come full circle. We started with bodyweight, free weights, medicine balls, etc., then, Arthur Jones introduced us to Nautilus and we floundered about with machines for decades. I remember my football coaches at UMaine taking us through the Nautilus circuit as part of our strength and conditioning program. Thankfully we’ve realized the error in our ways and have moved away from the "let's train each of your muscles” (usually in isolation), to "let's train to improve how we perform in sport and in life”, and we are back to using bodyweight, free weights, medicine balls, etc.
Q:Full circle sums it up! What is the most important aspects of being a great personal trainer?
A:Actually, I wrote a series of blog posts on this: TOP 10 TRAITS OF SUCCESSFUL PERSONAL TRAINERS:
#1 Successful Personal Trainers – Know the Up-to-Date Exercise Science
#2 Successful Personal Trainers are Coaches
#3 Successful Personal Trainers Love to Sell
#4 Successful Personal Trainers Have a Business Vision
#5 Successful Personal Trainers are Specialists
#6 Successful Personal Trainers Over-Deliver
#7 Successful Personal Trainers Know How to Market Themselves
#8 Successful Personal Trainers Get Referrals
#9 Successful Personal Trainers Maximize Their Time
#10 Successful Personal Trainers Are Mentors
Q:Like the 10 Commandments lol! You won the NSCA 2009 personal trainer of the year. Describe this accomplishment..
A:Obviously it is something I’m very proud of. I have been involved with the NSCA since 1998 and believe it to be the best organization in the industry. It gave me opportunities to get involved at the local level as a State Director and Northeast Regional Coordinator which led to getting more involved at the national level. Taking advantage of these opportunities to have impact on the organization and the industry, as a whole, has been a wonderful journey that will continue for me. Winning the PTOY was an acknowledgement of my efforts to support the NSCA and the personal training industry and it means a great deal to me. Thank you again to the NSCA.
Q:What fitness industry trends do you see for 2015?
A:There’s a lot of speculation in this area. What am I counting on as I plan for the next year?
-Specialized programs, either in groups or one-on-one that focus on and measure outcomes of a particular area of health and fitness. It could be for wellness, weight loss, healthy back, ski conditioning, etc. People are more willing to participate in something with a beginning and an end to it.
-Boot Camps will continue to be popular. I average about 60 participants in mine with age ranges from 7-70 tears old. (Blatant plug: I’ll be presenting at the 2015 ACSM Health and Fitness Summit on “Fitness Boot Camps for the Masses”)
-Obstacle course events like Tough Mudder will continue to build in popularity as will specialized training for them.
-More post-rehabilitation opportunities as healthcare offers less and less, we will be picking up some of the responsibilities of helping to bring individuals up to full function. So, get trained in post-rehab and be ready to take over when clients have finished with physical therapy.
-CrossFit type workouts will continue to increase in popularity, but I believe there will be new, non-CF entities offering this programming.
Q:What projects are you working on currently?
A:The biggest project at the moment is that I have just signed a contract with Human Kinetics to write a book on the business of personal training. This will be my first book and the first on this topic for HK since 1998. It’s a big deal for both of us.
Q:Congrats! Can you give us all of your social media handles?
Interview done by Elliot Rivera for healtHaven.com