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Some Q and A
with Eric Leader
Questions and Answers with Paul Coughlin
Below Eric explains how he got into the
business of personal training, his overall approach with clients, his fitness
philosophies and more.
Why did you choose to become a personal trainer?
A: As a boy, I was very into athletics
and being active. As I got older, I naturally gravitated towards exercise and
fitness. I have experienced first hand how much exercise, and being physically
fit, can improve your quality of life. I chose to become a personal trainer so
that I can share what I have learned and to help others benefit from an active,
How are you different then other personal trainers? What is your specialty?
A: Being a very passionate and
motivated person, I really enjoy getting to know my clients and allowing them to
get to know me. Fitness doesn’t have to just be hard work, it can be fun
too. I strive to create programs that are not only challenging but fun for my
clients. Together we can have a good time and get great results. My specialty
would have to be weight loss and muscle toning. It is my goal to have your
friends catch you while you look at your new body in the mirror.
What is your biggest challenge that you face when training clients?
A: When I take
on a client, all of my motivation and drive is to achieve the desired goals for
my client. Nothing satisfies me more than seeing a client achieve their goals.
The biggest challenge for me is when a client is not as dedicated to their
program as I am, and lack motivation.
How do you deal with clients who aren't serious?
A: I feel that as a
personal trainer, a major part of my job is to keep my clients motivated.
However, I pride myself on being very open and honest with my clients. If I feel
that a client isn’t serious, I’ll let them know how I feel. Together we’ll
figure out what is wrong, and try to get back on track. It is important that, as
a team, we keep our goals in mind and keep it fun
What is the most important component to personal training that you advocate to
A: Nothing is more important than a
healthy, well rounded lifestyle. As a personal trainer, it is very important to
educate on how to live a healthy lifestyle. Not only is exercise and being
physically active important, but nutrition, proper rest, managing stress, etc.
are important as well.
What are your strengths as a trainer? weaknesses?
A: I am a very
energetic and passionate person. I love fitness, and the passion that I feel
tends to rub off on my clients. I enjoy keeping things fun and new, and above
all, getting results. I pride myself on being able to motivate my clients and
keeping them driven. My weakness is that, at times, I can be a little
overbearing. Don’t be surprised to receive a phone call from me at home to check
up and see how you have been eating.
What do you think of the ever popular Atkins Diet??
A: I must admit
that I am not an advocate of the Atkin’s Diet. I feel that carbohydrates are
essential in a well balanced diet. Carbs are a very important source of energy,
not only for our muscles, but for our brains as well. In addition, carb
restricted diets will inevitably result in a yo-yo effect of dieting. Keep it
simple. Eat a well balanced diet, and get plenty of exercise.
What question do you come across most with clients?
A: The question
I get most often tends to come from my female clients. The question is whether
or not weight training will cause bulky muscles? The answer is no. Females do
not have the same hormonal make-up as males, and as a result, will not achieve
the same type of muscularity. However, weight training will help to define and
sculpt, as well as increase the bodies overall metabolism.
Who is your favorite fitness author?
A: My favorite
fitness author is Arnold Schwarzenegger. He has great knowledge of fitness and
various nutritional principles. I have a lot of respect for his drive and
ambition, and it truly comes across on the pages. However, I would definitely
not want to listen to any of his books on tape.
Who has been your greatest success story?
friend/client Tanya. When we first met, she hated the idea of exercise and
severely lacked motivation. She was constantly out of breath, and would watch
the clock hoping that the session was nearly over. Well, fifty pounds of weight
loss later, she became an addict. Showing up for our sessions early, staying
late, and smiling the whole time. Her friends even referred to her as the “ever
shrinking woman.” Nothing is more satisfying than helping a client achieve their
goals and watching their lives change.
What is your advice for clients first starting a fitness program?
A: Nothing is
more important than believing in yourself and knowing that you can change. Their
will always be hard times, times when you do not feel like working out. However,
the difference between someone in shape, and someone out of shape, is that the
former will stick it through even when tired. You can do it, trust me, and
together we’ll get it done.
What type of training do you prefer, one-on-one or group? Why?
A: I must say
that I prefer one-on-one training. I love to get to know my clients. I enjoy
letting them get to know me. I love the intimacy of having that bond. Sometimes
I feel as though a group setting can hinder the relationship of the
What are your personal goals for the future?
A: My personal
goals are to affect change in as many lives as I possibly can. To show people
that exercise does not have to be so bad, and can actually be fun. In addition,
it is my goal to become successful in this field that I am so passionate about.
Hopefully, in the end, my love for fitness and personal training will be very
lucrative and afford my family a comfortable and enjoyable lifestyle.
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