I’ve been a certified personal trainer in Edmonton for ten years and a registered Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) for 15 years. Also, I have been a fitness fanatic and health nut all of my 47 years. As an EMT/personal trainer, I had the opportunity to acquire free chiropractic care, massage therapy, naturopath, and other health services along with a generous health and wellness spending account which I spent on the best personal trainers I could find. Fortunately, I took my opportunity to hire many of the above-mentioned professionals to educate myself as much as possible in the health industry.
MY PERSONAL TRAINING PHiLOSOPHY
I believe in a coach-like approach, and I educate my clients. We have no secrets, and I let my clients decide what methods they believe will work for them to achieve their goals. There are many ways to reach the fitness goals you seek. So, if my clients don’t like doing certain activities, we don’t do them.
On the other hand, if there are certain activities a person likes doing, we will work them in. To be successful, a client’s experience must be fun, educational, and rewarding.
MY PERSONAL TRAINING EDUCATION
I believe in continuously researching and learning trending scientific breakthroughs so I can keep my clients informed on the latest ideas in health and fitness – for instance, fasting, paleo, Restricted Blood Flow training, and more. DO NOT mess with these topics unless you really know what you are doing!
In addition to my relentless personal studying, I continually take courses and go to summits and conferences to keep up with my education and skills. In fact, one of my favorite activities is to geek out on doctor summits in my spare time.
The usual way the world of scientific discovery works is scientists do research and then pass the findings on to other scientists. Next, scientists will share the findings with doctors, who pass the information on to chiropractors, physiotherapists, and other professionals. Personal trainers sometimes learn of these new discoveries somewhere along this chain. And, finally, the information becomes mainstream knowledge. Unfortunately, it takes about 18 years for these new discoveries to trickle down from scientists to the mainstream.
To avoid this painful wait to learn new discoveries, I listen to the scientists who are doing the research and read their books. If you want access to the resources I follow, feel free to contact me.
Most people who are in the personal training industry have been through a lot and have learned to conquer. With great care, they want to share their knowledge with others of how to conquer. I am no different. Here’s my story.
I went through hard times as a kid and, sadly, the home was not a good place to be. I needed a way out. I went from being an altar boy one Sunday to Yellowhead Youth Centre Boys Detention the next Sunday. In the detention centre, and after, I mingled with all kinds of inglorious hoodlums. As a result, I make no judgement of others. My teachers told my classmates I was going on a “downward spiral”; fortunately, I knew I was going in the right direction!
Unfortunately, in those days, I went through many trials, tribulations, and predicaments. While in the detention centre, I had to fight a guy they called “Chief.” I admit, it felt emancipating, but it’s a good thing I had started working out before this fight took place.
During this same time, my inglorious hoodlum friends and I played foosball for push-ups and sit-ups. It became my favourite pastime (and I never got good at foosball).
BECOMING A PERSONAL TRAINER
As I got older, I worked out more and was always into sports. When I was in high school, I got an award for athletics because a teacher noticed that even though I hung out with the wrong crowd, I participated in gym class, I was on the rugby team, and I worked out at lunch.
Regrettably, I struggled for a long time with grampas cough medicine and never wanted to leave the party scene. With good fortune, after trading the party scene for a more athletic lifestyle, I gained a lot of confidence. With pleasure, this confidence spilled over into every aspect of my life. As good fortune would have it, things started to snowball.
It was my pleasure to become an EMT and give back to the community. At the same time, I learned a philosophy of love as opposed to ego or immediate gratification. Eventually, I became Edmonton’s holistic personal trainer, and I have never stepped off this path.
Gratefully, when I see people I haven’t seen in many years, they usually compliment me on how well I look. Sheepishly, I always think to myself, “You can’t trade your health for money.” I am sure it’s obvious to see why I have such a huge passion for helping people without judgement. We all struggle, but in the end, with help, we are all stronger together.