Personal Trainers

The Future of Personal Training

January 25, 2021 | John Paul Catanzaro

This pandemic has decimated many businesses and personal training is no exception. One organization indicated that over 50% of their members have bee...

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A Passion for Personal Training

April 27, 2020 | John Paul Catanzaro

At one point in my career, I was training as many as 12 to 13 people a day, 6 days a week, and doing paperwork on the 7th day. Keep in mind, these w...

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A Good Problem for a Personal Trainer

April 02, 2019 | John Paul Catanzaro

Over the past week I’ve run into a problem - a good problem, mind you - but a problem nonetheless. Four clients that I used to train want to come b...

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Personal Training for Couples

March 28, 2019 | John Paul Catanzaro

Meet Barb and Terry. This husband-and-wife tandem started training with me in November of 2017. They had different health histories and training ob...

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Reciprocity Training Revisited

July 26, 2018 | John Paul Catanzaro

Back in the March '98 issue of Muscle Media, strength coach Charles Poliquin introduced a unique form of training that involved flexion of one limb ...

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6 Spotting Rules for Personal Trainers

May 23, 2018 | John Paul Catanzaro

There's an art and science when it comes to spotting. Go to any gym and watch how a personal trainer spots their client. It becomes quite evident tha...

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How Personal Trainers Earn 50-70% More Per Session

March 21, 2018 | John Paul Catanzaro

We always tell potential clients that “you can’t put a price tag on your health,” but face it, the biggest drawback to personal training invo...

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The Evolution of a Personal Trainer

April 17, 2017 | John Paul Catanzaro

You’ve heard the classic story: He started in the mailroom and now he’s running the company! Personal training is no different than any other bus...

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20 Principles to Success in Personal Training

February 01, 2017 | John Paul Catanzaro

I've been in the business of personal training for 20 years and during that time I've seen far too many trainers come and go. On one end there are pe...

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The Business of Personal Training and Beyond Seminar

February 01, 2017 | John Paul Catanzaro

If you plan to go to just one seminar this year, this is the one! It's on the business of personal training, but this talk will be a little bit diffe...

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A Compliment, Sort Of

August 19, 2016 | John Paul Catanzaro

Here's a popular line that every personal trainer hears on a regular basis: "I need to start working out. I'm going to come to see you." I've heard ...

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I Don’t Care About Continuing Education Credits

March 22, 2016 | John Paul Catanzaro

You know the golden rule: The more you learn, the more you earn! My career really took off when I started attending seminars and conferences. I was ...

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Advanced Body Composition Seminar Sunday, April 3, 2016 (9am to 12pm) in Toronto, Ontario

February 22, 2016 | John Paul Catanzaro

Without a doubt, most people hire me to help them lose weight. Of course, they want to gain some muscle in the process, but they really want to lose ...

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Resources for Personal Trainers

January 03, 2016 | John Paul Catanzaro

Your worth is directly proportional to your knowledge. If you want to succeed in personal training, you need to allocate time every year for continui...

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My Thoughts of the Functional Movement Screen

November 08, 2015 | John Paul Catanzaro

I was asked recently about my thoughts of the Functional Movement Screen (FMS). Although I do believe the FMS has some value, I don't believe that th...

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The More You Learn, The More You Earn

September 04, 2015 | John Paul Catanzaro

I must admit when I started personal training in the mid-’90s, most of my education came from muscle magazines. I had a subscription to all of them...

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The Hawthorne Effect of Personal Training

July 30, 2015 | John Paul Catanzaro

If someone watches you while you train, your performance will improve. This is known as the Hawthorne effect (also referred to as the observer effect...

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Balance Training and a Rock Star (Part 2)

May 12, 2015 | John Paul Catanzaro

Yesterday, I started telling you about a 39-year-old who came to me initially complaining about his knees. From here on out, I'll refer to him as “...

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Balance Training and a Rock Star (Part 1)

May 11, 2015 | John Paul Catanzaro

Back in 2002, I was paid a visit by a very wealthy 39-year-old complaining about his knees. This individual surfed, skied, ran, cycled… you name i...

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Do Not Teach Health If You Do Not Represent Health!

April 26, 2015 | John Paul Catanzaro

In his How to Eat, Move and Be Healthy! presentation, Paul Chek mentions that the average medical doctor dies 10 years younger than their average pa...

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