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Personal Trainers

We have talked with 214 athletes who mention personal training.

Renny Hunter
Renny Hunter (female, 20)
How Fitness Helped Me Battle Eating Disorders and Depression
From YouTube videos (Nikki Blacketter, Christian Guzman, Hanna Oberg to name a few), to my time studying with both ISSA and NASM, learning from Equinox’s fitness training institute teachers, my peers in the industry as well as my family members (Tom Day – my godfather, SlowBurn trainer) and friends (Nicole Robert – Equinox trainer, Chordale Booker – professional boxer, Jeff Glover – personal trainer) in the industry.
Lulu Rentie
Lulu Rentie (female, 31)
No Excuses. This Is How I Worked out Every Day of My Pregnancy
I am a personal trainer for LA Fitness and I’ve been working there for almost nine years.
Aimee Corry
Aimee Corry (female, 26)
I'm a Personal Trainer. This is How I Combine Fitness and Acting
Hi, my name is Aimee Corry, I’m 26 years old and from North London. I have been working as a full-time personal trainer for three years, specialising in weight training and conditioning.
Emmanuela Pintus
Emmanuela Pintus (female, 45)
This Is How I Have Combined Yoga and Bodybuilding for 15+ Years
My business goal for the next five years is to expand my online personal training programs, and offer lifestyle coaching online. I have trained under Paul Chek and believe in a holistic approach to health.
Nelsi Pamela
Nelsi Pamela (female, 30)
How I Work as a Full-time Personal Trainer While Taking My NASM CPT Certification
I’m a full-time Personal Trainer and now I am doing the NASM CPT Certification and planning to take CFSC Costa Rica, June 2020.
Jo Dowson
Jo Dowson (female, 35)
How I Keep Going Despite Scoliosis and Major Setbacks
I would advise using a personal trainer if you specifically want to bodybuild and compete, as they will be able to set you food plans and exercise plans to suit. It will be a bulk build phase and then a major cut phase.
Kayla Kleinman
Kayla Kleinman (, 29)
How I Combine My Work in Fitness with Being a Wellness Blogger
I’ve been in the fitness industry for about 8 years now as a personal trainer and instructor and I also worked in marketing at a number of fitness start-ups.
Kevin Lukarski
Kevin Lukarski (male, 25)
How I Love Working as a Physiotherapist and Personal Trainer
I work as a (sports) physiotherapist and personal trainer. Mostly athletes with sports injuries like torn ACL, muscle tears, sprained ankles, etc. but also gen pop with common musculoskeletal complaints like lower back pain, neck pain, etc.
Anna Zucker
Anna Zucker (female, 30)
How I Lost Weight, Changed Career and Became a Full-time Personal Trainer
Before the pandemic put everything on pause, I was a full time personal trainer at Equinox, as well as a yoga teacher. Now I’m training some clients virtually, just completed my Precision Nutrition certification and am still seeing my trainer virtually and training myself.
Jenna Epperly
Jenna Epperly (, 27)
This is How I Help Women to Get Fit and Find Freedom
Hi, I’m Jenna, a 27-year-old certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise. I live in Virginia Beach with my husband Landon and dog Nala, and every weekend in the summer you can find us outdoors and at the beach.
Lorenza Veronica
Lorenza Veronica (female, 31)
How Fitness Helps Me Manage My Hashimoto's Hypothyroidism
I am not a gym rat. I love working out from the comfort of my house, being a personal trainer to myself and knowing my body; I don’t want to lose time commuting. I think these days it is easy to create our personal programs!
Aaron Charles Mossadeg
Aaron Charles Mossadeg (male, 27)
This is How I Went from Skinny to Muscular and Became an Actor
In 2018, I became a qualified personal trainer under the National Council of Strength & Fitness (NCSF) in order to improve on my knowledge and pass it on to anyone who wants to improve themselves the way I did because I feel like the gym has given me so much in life physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally. I don’t have much time to actively train people so I use my platform as an actor to educate and inspire.
Cody Stover
Cody Stover (male)
How Rocky Inspired Me to Get Fit and Become an Actor and Model
I am also a personal trainer. In the fitness field, my goal is to have a line of supplements and possibly my own gym in the near future. I am currently single.
Tina Bubalo
Tina Bubalo (female, 31)
How I Got Inspired to Quit My Corporate Job and Follow My Passion for Fitness
Hey everyone, my name is Tina Bubalo. I am a NASM Certified Personal Trainer based in Toronto, Canada.
Danny Walker
Danny Walker (male, 35)
I'm a Personal Trainer. This is How I Stay Fit Training at Home
In my early 20s, I became a personal trainer and have been ever since, the transition was very easy for me, I had started in the gym when I was 18 and loved it. So getting paid to be there was a no-brainer.
Nacor Puig Nuñez
Nacor Puig Nuñez (male, 28)
I'm a Spartan Race Winner. This is How I Eat, Train and Maintain Mobility
My name is Nacor, I am 28 years old and I live in Barcelona working as a personal trainer.
Ivan Polanco
Ivan Polanco (male, 26)
I'm a Singer-Songwriter and Martial Artist. This is How I Balance Bodybuilding and Music
My name is Ivan Polanco and I am a 27-year-old singer-songwriter, personal trainer, and admissions counselor at a university. I’ve been an independent pop/r&b artist for 10 years, and throughout the entirety of my music career, I’ve been a personal trainer, group fitness and martial arts instructor.
Brian Pankau
Brian Pankau (male, 32)
How I Work as a Strength Coach and Educate Powerlifters and Weightlifters
After two years of training, I went on to compete in four small competitions earning one silver, and two bronze medals for 81kg class. This was my passion, which led me to becoming a personal trainer and strength coach for almost 12 years now.
Nicole Trimmel
Nicole Trimmel (female, 37)
This is How I Became World and European Champion in Kickboxing Multiple Times
Kickboxing is still a part of my training. I also work as a coach for the Austrian national team in kickboxing and also in Thai boxing. I do a lot of workshops for companies, hotels or even private persons and I do keynotes in regards to success, mindset, training, etc. and I do personal training. So I am not getting bored.
Krzysztof Ćwiertnia
Krzysztof Ćwiertnia (male, 29)
How I Build Muscle Mass Despite Having a Fast Metabolism
Hello! My name is Kriss and I am currently 29 years old. I live in Poland. I have been working in the gym for seven years as a personal trainer, I spend mainly my time there. In my free time, I like to spend my time with friends or go outside the city.
Francesco Pelizza
Francesco Pelizza (male, 33)
This is How I Earned My Recognition in Competitive Powerlifting
Although, it was just personal training I was pushing very hard as I really liked the sensation of muscle aching and pain during and after training but I never really trained squat and deadlift until I’ve started competing.
Landree Fleming
Landree Fleming (female, 35)
How I Work as an Actor, Personal Trainer, Nutrition Coach and CrossFit Trainer
Oh hullo there! I’m Landree Fleming! I’m a Chicago-based actor, personal trainer, nutrition coach, and CrossFit Level 1 Trainer.
Amie Behave
Amie Behave (female, 30)
I'm a Vegan Personal Trainer. This is How I Got Stronger After Brain Surgery
Hey, I’m Amie Behave. I was born and bred near Brighton in the UK and am currently a personal trainer at Anytime Fitness.
Christopher Melancon
Christopher Melancon (male, 23)
I'm a Bodybuilding Coach. This is How I Lost 15 Pounds in Four Weeks
If I could start again, I would find a WELL RESPECTED expert in the field. Not your random local personal trainer, not someone on Instagram that only pushes protein powder or their “29 secrets to getting lean” ebook.
Stevy Palar Montgomery
Stevy Palar Montgomery (female, 29)
How I Use My Education and Training to Help People to Stay Fit and Strong
If I can help one person in this life and encourage him/her to be more active, I have succeeded as a personal trainer.
Alessandro Giovanniello
Alessandro Giovanniello (male, 26)
I'm a Personal Trainer and Online Coach. This is How I Eat, Train and Recover
I try to train as much as possible, being a personal trainer on the days when I have a lot of appointments I can’t make time for myself.
Paola Anastasi
Paola Anastasi (female, 49)
I'm a Model and Actress. This is How I Eat, Train and Compete at 49
If I had to start my fitness journey again, I would not change anything because I started studying a lot, from postural gymnastic to high impact fitness, pump, functional, up to personal trainer. I have practiced many sports but now I have found what gives me the most satisfaction
Denise Guidry
Denise Guidry (female, 42)
I'm a Model and Fitness Coach. This is How I Became 4x Overall National Bikini Champion
Hello everyone, my name is Denise Guidry (42) and I reside in Hollywood,CA. I’m a bikini champion athlete, professional award-winning certified fitness coach, and model. I specialize in strength and core training (functional exercises), bodybuilding, and bikini competition prep.
Niki Klasnic
Niki Klasnic (female, 29)
I'm a Pre and Postnatal Specialist. This is How I Help Moms to Stay Strong and Active
I’m Niki Klasnic and I’m 29 years old. I’m living outside of Atlanta Georgia in a tiny place no one ever knows called Flowery Branch! I’m a certified personal trainer specialized in pre and post natal fitness.
Shammara Abdulkhaaliq
Shammara Abdulkhaaliq (female, 45)
How I Feel in Love with Bodybuilding and Became IFBB Pro
Hi, My name is Shammara Abdulkhaaliq and I’m 45 years old. I am a certified personal trainer as well as a Group X instructor.
Kwesi Orr
Kwesi Orr (male, 37)
I'm an Entrepreneur Bodybuilder. This is How I Eat and Train to Become Awesome
My name is Kwesi Orr, popularly known as Mr. Orr-some. I´m a 37-year-old, single entrepreneur, fitness model, personal trainer, and bodybuilding competitor from Trinidad and Tobago. I’m 6’2” and generally weigh between 175-190 lbs depending on cycle or consistency. I have no children but a one-year-old mixed-breed terrier named Juve`(pronounced: joo-vay).
Bianca Solo
Bianca Solo (female, 25)
How Fitness Helped to Overcome My Postpartum Depression
At the time I began my fitness journey, I was enrolled in college to pursue a Business Degree in Logistics and Supply chain, but as my love for fitness grew along with my online presence and request to train other women, I made the decision to obtain my Personal Training Certification and and start taking on clients.
Chiara Basile
Chiara Basile (female, 22)
How Fitness Made Me Love Myself Again and Discover the New Me
Hello to you who are reading my interview! My name is Chiara, I am an Italian and I live in Milan, Italy. Currently I am engaged in a very strong story where we share the same passion: fitness. I am a fitness instructor and personal trainer.
Lesley Maxwell
Lesley Maxwell (female, 63)
I am 63. This is How I've Competed and Won Over 30 Fitness Titles
I’m Lesley Maxwell and I’m 63 years old, although I rather think of myself as ageless. I live in Australia and am a full time personal trainer. Actually, I calculated last week that I have done over 15.000 hours training with my PT clients, so I guess this makes me very experienced.
Ali Burkhardt
Ali Burkhardt (female, 27)
This is How Bodybuilding Saved Me After Struggling Anorexia
Hi there! My name is Ali Burkhardt. I am a 27-year-old Chicago transplant (originally from small town Indiana.) I moved here about five years ago and have been working as a certified personal trainer. I got my start in a big corporate box gym where I was promoted to group fitness manager.
Lynn Montoya
Lynn Montoya (female, 50)
How I Made Fitness Part of My Life and Now Train 20+ Times a Week
Hi! My name is Lynn Montoya, 50, and I’m a free-spirited health coach and fitness trainer with a zest for life and a goofy sense of humor.
Pietro Lauro
Pietro Lauro (male, 23)
I'm a Natural Bodybuilder. This is How Bodybuilding Helps Me Control My Anxiety
As for life goals, I want to have a full roster for online personal training and get back into the YouTube side of fitness. When I had more free-time in college, I started my YouTube channel and grew my Instagram following through producing good content. It will take some discipline to get back to that considering my schedule, but that’s the plan for the next few years.
Snir Azoulay
Snir Azoulay (male, 20)
How Superheroes Inspired Me to Become a WNBF Bodybuilding Champion
I also was a personal trainer, and I had real-life clients. So I have experience in both. The most common training question that I get is if A b C training split is good, and I usually tell them that I less like it, because of the fact you train 2 muscles each day, so you don’t actually emphasize one muscle each time. And also it pretty much will be usually long workouts, and 2 times a week each muscle can be overtraining, and a little bit stressful.
Victoria Brady
Victoria Brady (female, 32)
I'm a Certified Personal Trainer. This is How I Went from 275 to 155 Pounds
Hi, my name is Victoria and I am a Marketing & Design Consultant and ACE Certified Personal Trainer from Atlanta, GA. I’m a mom of two boys, ages three and four (11 months apart in age) and I have lost 130lbs strictly through diet and exercise.
Alec Enkiri
Alec Enkiri (male, 31)
I'm a Strength Coach and Personal Trainer. This is How I Came Back Stronger After a Hip Injury
My name is Alec Enkiri. I’m 31 years old and I’m a strength training and sports performance enthusiast. I’m currently working full time as a self-employed strength coach and personal trainer through my online coaching business Enkiri Elite Fitness, where I offer comprehensive online fitness coaching to satisfy a myriad of goals, ranging from general strength/weight training, to powerlifting training, to sport performance training.
Jennifer Reece
Jennifer Reece (female, 42)
I'm an IFBB Figure Competitor. This is How Bodybuilding Gave Me Transformative Evolutions
Lauren Gleisberg
Lauren Gleisberg (female, 29)
I Love Fitness. This is How I Inspire, Empower and Support Women
My personal training reflects this balance. I workout for 30ish minutes, five days per week. I do traditional weight training workouts and follow the 80/20 principle for nutrition because I love my sweets and treats just as much as I love a healthy dish.
Keri Ann Heitzman
Keri Ann Heitzman (female, 37)
I'm an IFBB WP Olympian. How I Kept Going After a Traumatic Brain Injury
I stand to educate and empower individuals to create the life they want to live through personal training, mindset coaching, massage therapy, and nutrition. I enjoy public speaking events and working with the youth in our community.
Goran Borkovic
Goran Borkovic (male, 32)
How I Made a Remarkable Comeback to Bodybuilding After a Serious Motorcycle Accident
I have FISAF (Federation for international Sports, Aerobic and Fitness) International license and Master of Management college degree. I used to work in the biggest gym chain in Dublin as a personal trainer. Now I have my own business.
Amanda Essen
Amanda Essen (female, 24)
I'm a Fitness Model, Coach, Athlete. This is How I Went from Weak to Strong
My name is Amanda Essen, 24 years old and I am EHFA & FISAF personal trainer, model, blogger and bikini fitness athlete. I live in Finland but I have followers around the world. I blog and Instagram daily and right now I have a little over 32k followers.
Nancy Di Nino
Nancy Di Nino (female, 47)
How I Train and Inspire Women to Reach their Health and Fitness Goals
Hi, my name is Nancy Di Nino. I am a fitness cover model, weight loss transformation coach, personal trainer, media personality, former national figure competitor and former Salsa dancer. I really have a creative sole and passion, so I wanted to excel in so many diverse areas. As a fitness guru, I love inspiring women to be the best version of themselves!
Olivia Eze
Olivia Eze (female, 26)
How I Stopped Eating Junk Food and Became a Fit Personal Trainer
So, I decided to do a little research about health and fitness, and also proceeded in studying to become a level 3 Personal Trainer, and documenting my fitness journey on YouTube.
Caitlin Rice
Caitlin Rice (female, 28)
This Is How I Found My Calling Through Fitness
I started very casually providing personal training guidance to some of my friends and family, trying to get them into fitness. It felt great to help other people!
Tebogo Mashalane
Tebogo Mashalane (male, 31)
How I Train Professional Soccer Players to Become Conditioned and Fit
I am always in gym since I am a personal trainer so I do squeeze in my workouts in between my work breaks and weekends are normally a time out with family. In all honesty keeping up with a healthy diet is the biggest challenge I have and still facing.
Steve Cotter
Steve Cotter (male, 50)
I'm the Founder of IKFF. This Is How I Combine Martial Arts and Fitness
I did some personal training for a few years and was an early adapter to new trends.
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Hacks and Routines

The most mentioned hacks and routines amongst the personal trainers we have talked with.

Rest Days
Foam Rolling
Leg Day
Fasted Cardio
Circuit Training

Diets and Diet Hacks

The most mentioned diets and diet hacks. Some are negative. For example alcohol mentions for most athletes mean mentioning no/very little alcohol 👍

Cheat Days
Ice Cream
Fast Food
Gluten Free


The most mentioned supplements amongst the personal trainers.

Whey Protein
Fish Oil
Plant Protein
Beta Alanine
Protein Bars
Energy Drinks

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