Imagine living with pain every day. You are getting older and your life has become compromised. The prospect that the pain will always be there presents a bleak picture. It does not have to be that way.
What clients are saying
I work out of our Austin Personal Training location, and I was talking to one of our New Orleans personal trainers a few years back. I asked her why there was an influx of business when we hadn’t been doing any promotions, really no marketing of any kind outside of our internet presence. I was heartened to hear her response. She said, “People are starting to know of us in the community. I think we now have an established reputation”.
More than a decade ago we asked our clients if they would submit a short testimonial about their experience at our New Orleans location. The result was almost 40 testimonials, 30 of them from doctors. We appreciate those votes of confidence and all the other testimonials made in subsequent years.
Our clients and our trainers are like a big family that continues to grow. Our facility is a special inviting place where clients look forward to coming.
I received an email from someone requesting Amy [pictured] to be her trainer. Amy told me that person had read a review of her on our Kelly Personal Training Yelp page. I checked the page; there were 15 reviews.
I reflected back 10 years to when we first opened – no reviews, no Amy, no other trainers, just two clients, and not near enough income to make the rent. It was just my dog Stella and me. It is gratifying to see how far we have come.
It helps to have good trainers. In a recent blog post it was estimated that between our two Kelly Personal Training facilities, Austin Fitness Training and at New Orleans Personal Training, we had surpassed a quarter million training sessions. In another reoccurring blog post titled What Clients Are Saying we highlight the progress that our clients have made. Trainers made that happen.
The fitness business is a revolving door for trainers and clients as well. Only the good trainers manage keep a longstanding clientele and make a permanent go of it in the fitness industry.
Chiseled rock-hard abs, a powerful svelte body, an easy athletic grace, and a head-turning physical presence - if you got it you got it if you don’t there are things you can do to work in that direction, but there is no guarantee you will get there. The combination of uncompromising hard work, dietary discipline, and most importantly having the right parents (genetics) are essential. As appealing as the above sounds I have come to the conclusion that there are far more important benefits that proper exercise brings.
Strength training enables you to engage in other activities more often and longer than had you not strength trained. You'll to enjoy life more and play longer and more often. Additonally, You will suffer less injuries. Engaging in activities longer and more often compounds the benefits derived from strength training creating a virtuous cycle.
Carole lived with constant back pain. Her back pain disappeared shortly after she began strength training. Three years later she was still going strong attending dance classes with people half her age. The additional activity of dance classes contributed positively to her health as well.
Number sixteen in a series about what clients have to say about their workouts.
Barbi was an avid runner. She began strength training eight weeks ago. Barbi had this to say, “I have had more results in eight weeks than in three years working out with another trainer”.
With strength training in order to produce a change the body has to perform more work than it is used to handling. Then, given adequate time to recover and adequate nutrition, the body adapts as a form of self-protection by becoming stronger.
Those who think they have not time for bodily exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness. Edward Stanley (1873)
Two people who have decided not to give in to the infirmities of age:
“A year ago at this time I was experiencing frequent bouts of aches and pains in my neck, shoulders, and back. I figured it was just part of growing older. Since I started strength training last January, these problems have gone away. Amazing!” - Bill Milliken
“After only five weeks on the program, I improved my military reserve fitness scores by two levels, achieving one of my best scores ever at age 50. I’m making gains in muscular development faster than any other program I have tried over the years. The mental discipline of this program carries over to day to day life. Anyone who has not experienced the results they wanted from a gym membership or home training owes it to themselves to give this method a try. You won’t regret it.” - David Savoie, CPA
Engaging in activities longer and more often can compound the benefits derived from strength training - kind of like compound interest. Examples:
Before strength training Marcus played golfed nine holes of golf every other day. He could not play on successive days as he was too drained of energy. He began strength training once a week. A year later he was play 18 holes of golf and then 18 holes the next day.