About HOW TO SUCCEED IN THE BIG BOX GYM: A GUIDE TO BECOMING A TOP TRAINER
Whether you are still thinking about becoming a personal trainer or you are an experienced trainer with a large roster of clients, this book is designed to take your business in the big box gym to the next level. This book will walk you through all of the necessary steps to becoming an elite trainer, including licensure and continuing education, preparing for a job interview, choosing the right gym, and what to expect on your first day. Additionally, this book will teach you how to prospect for clients, establish value during demo sessions, and become a high level salesman. Last but not least, you will learn all about retaining clients, promoting results, and developing sustainability in your career.
This book is a culmination of knowledge and practices that I have learned hands-on as an elite level trainer, and also from managing trainers in top revenue grossing big box gyms in New York City. The advice in this book is not just practical, it is necessary to give yourself an edge in a field that grows more competitive every day. This book is designed to give power back to the fitness enthusiast. Armed with the skills and tools in this book, you can perform at a high level, earn a competitive salary, and make a great living doing what you love.
It wouldn’t be an over exaggeration to say that exercise and the fruits of its science have been a key in my life to happiness, health, wealth, and freedom. The love and appreciation I have for what fitness has taught me is far more vast than anything I could keep in pages. Among the lessons are confidence, discipline, emotional stability, respect, and a deep appreciation for my own body. Fitness has taught me to love myself, and to manifest that love by sacrificing my present self for a future self.
At a very young age, I was prescribed adult doses of benzodiazepines to combat a severe seizure disorder. Without medication, I would have forty to fifty seizures daily. With a cocktail of medication prescribed in a trial and error process over a few years, leading neurologists managed to eliminate my seizures entirely. The additional side effects, however, left me with muscle weakness and a lack of motor control. As a result, I was prescribed physical, occupation, and speech therapy.
A few years later I began middle school. I negotiated with my parents that in exchange for quitting physical therapy, I would join the cross-country track team that, luckily for me, held no tryouts. My initial mile times were around fifteen minutes, the average walking pace, which was much slower than others running on my team. In an attempt to prove I was a normal kid, I dedicated myself to becoming faster than my peers. By the end of middle school I had run a mile in five minutes and ten seconds.
The transition of going from a disabled child to an athletic adult was something I was, and still am, deeply proud of. I have memories of being in a disability stroller because I could not walk for more than a few minutes. On the contrary, I also have memories of running faster than mostly all of my peers. In the following years, I was able to reap the benefits of my work by becoming a four year varsity athlete, dunking a basketball, bench pressing 315 lbs, and performing 200 consecutive pushups.
I wanted to share my love of fitness, and what fitness has taught me, with the rest of the world. At some point in time, I decided that this was my life’s purpose. After training clients and managing fitness in high revenue big box gyms for the past few years, it occurred to me that I want to give the power of success to the people who care about fitness. For too long, only the salesmen with nothing to offer understood the principles I discuss in this book. It is my goal, that you, the reader, particularly the fitness lover like myself, will be better equipped than any of your counterparts to spread the love of fitness, the power of health, and the drive for self improvement.