In this post, I will share a short story about how I became an Online Trainer, how it helped me gain CONTROL and FREEDOM in my career, a Big Announcement for Personal Trainers, and a Bonus at the end.
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I have been in the Fitness Industry for over 10 years, and a Master Trainer at a commercial gym for 5. It’s been a fun and exciting career motivating people to improve and helping them reach their health and fitness goals. If you are a Personal Trainer yourself, you’ll know how rewarding it is to see your client do that one more set, or push themselves for one last rep then they feel good and ‘pumped up’ after. Each session with good clients is gratifying and you just feel motivated to guide them on their fitness journey, right?

But let’s admit it, it’s terribly tiring.

I know because when I was starting out as a Personal Trainer, I have worked as early as 5:30am (that is, I was IN THE GYM by 5:30am) and finished training clients as late as 9:30pm.
I have had clients who literally just dragged themselves through the gym doors and despised every minute of working out with me.
Gym managers have manipulated the schedule and ‘availability’ I provided so I had to change my personal plans just to be at the gym.
I have sacrificed time, energy, and money to be at the gym for a new client just to find out that the client is not showing up.

You may or may not have experienced the stuff I mentioned, but I did it simply because I NEEDED to train clients to EARN MONEY.  Let’s get real – no matter how rewarding our career is, at the end of the day, we need money. And most Personal Trainers are paid only when they train people. No clients, no training, no money.
I felt trapped. I make my personal schedule with my clients’ schedule in mind. At one point, I was training 2 dozen clients in a week and had to confirm every single session before I can make plans. If I want to go home early to have dinner with my family, I get nothing. If I don’t take the 5:30am client, I get nothing.

I got stuck in the ‘gym rat race.’

Thankfully, I stumbled upon Jonathan Goodman, the founder of the Online Trainers Academy (OTA), before he even started the company. I can say that he is one of the most genuine, straightforward, and just plain honest public figure that I know of. He’s truly a man of integrity. And a few years ago, he started a beta-course called 1k extra with the goal of helping trainers like me earn $1,000 extra from training people online. I did the 1k extra and had three of my in-person clients convert to online on my first month.

What a relief!

As a Personal Trainer starting out in Toronto, I was being paid a measly $7.50 CDN for every half hour of training. The money I earn was limited to the amount of half-hours I can commit for the gym. I was newly married at that time and my wife and I were planning to have a child, so I needed the extra income.
The 1k extra did give me a room to breathe in terms of expenses. Instead of giving up to 80% of what my clients pay to the gym, I get paid the full price for training clients online without the hassle of scheduling, commuting through the snow, and working in a busy commercial gym.

The 1k extra course grew into becoming THE Online Trainers Academy where future online trainers get a textbook, scripts, worksheet, coaching support, and everything else they need to earn more than $1,000 through Online Training. My son was born during that same year the OTA launched so I missed joining the course. It took me another year to finally join the OTA , finish the exam and become “Online Trainer Certified.”

I wish I got certified sooner.

Because through the OTA, I was able to scale up my Online training business, reach more people, train more online clients, and of course, earn more money.
I got promoted to be Master Trainer at my gym somewhere along those years, but now I have CONTROL over my schedule. I am not pressured to work too late at the gym just for that small slice of the pie. I have the FREEDOM to choose who to train with, and respectfully say ‘No’ to people who are uncommitted.

Building up my Online Training business did take a lot of work. One good thing about being a Trainer at a gym and having a ‘split shift’ (morning and evening because no one trains at 12nn to 4pm) is that I was able to use the spare time to work on my business. The course was also pricey especially for a new parent like me, but the ‘return of investment’ came as soon as I sent workouts to my new Online clients.

It took a lot of grind, and I had to make a big investment decision, but everything was worth it.

And I am writing this to SHARE with you this one-of-a-kind opportunity to reach more people, train online clients, and earn more money so that you can gain back the CONTROL and FREEDOM in your career.

Here’s the Big Announcement for Personal Trainers:
“The Online Trainer Academy is opening its doors to a new batch of students soon! Space is limited and registration will close after spots are filled, so don’t miss out!”

The OTA doors will open again on September 6, 2018 but you can get on the pre-sale list starting TODAY until that date, and get $200.00 off the price.

Whether you are a Trainer who is just starting out, or you have been in the industry for years, and you don’t want to get stuck in the ‘gym rat race’ then don’t miss this chance.

You can read more information about the Online Trainer Academy, and sign-up for the pre-sale list with the $200.00 discount through the link below:

<<< Become Online Trainer Certified NOW >>> 

BONUS:
Here’s what I really liked about being an OTC. Working as a Trainer in a commercial gym, I am required to renew my PT Certification by finishing a continuing education course (CEC). You and I both know that the Fitness Industry is filled with tons of useless ‘educational’ stuff for Fitness Professionals (think of ‘Magic Resistance band specialization’ or ‘Breathing mechanics for core control’… you name it.) so I was really glad that OTA was a recognized CEC!
If you need to renew your certification and are looking for a CEC, I’m telling you that this is the best one out there. Even if you have already taken a CEC, the points can be transferred to next year’s, but be sure to confirm with your organization.

I’ve said enough…

<<< Become Online Trainer Certified NOW >>> 

 

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I went overboard with my calorie intake yesterday.

 

It was only my second time celebrating one more special day in a year apart from my birthday, Christmas and New Year. Growing up, Father’s Day was a simple time to get together as a family, have a nice Sunday lunch and appreciate having an awesome Dad in our midst. My wife’s family is big in celebrations and traditions, which is not a bad thing at all. She literally prepared a feast yesterday!

My wife, toddler and I had a ‘Surf and Turf’ for lunch, and we had a few relatives and friends come over for dinner with lasagna, pizza, ribs, and everyone’s favorite ‘tuxedo cake.’
After dinner I had a few minutes of time to myself (because I didn’t have to wash the dishes as usual) and decided to log in my intake using the app MyFitnessPal. Lo and behold, I ate 788 calories more than my daily allowance!
The whole point why I’m sharing this to you is to show that it happens to ALL of us.
It’s easy to over-eat calories and go overboard our daily allowances.
But it’s not the end of the world. 
Here are THREE (3) things we can all learn from eating and celebrating on special days:
1) Live First, Count Later. 
I didn’t restrict myself to eating only 3200 calories (my current daily allowance with physical activity) yesterday. The first thing in my agenda was to spend time with family and have fun with them at the table. I believe that getting fitter and healthier through exercise and healthy eating is meant to improve our lives, and not overcome it.
Everyday in social media you’ll see a ‘fitness guru’ with 6-pack abs working out 7 days a week and eating only carrots and kale. How does their life outside of Instagram and Facebook look like? How is their social relationships? These people basically work and live in the gym. Sure, it’s good to be inspired by them but people like you and I have our own lives to live.
If you have a party coming up, go for it. If you’re too stressed out from work and you tend to stress-eat, let it be. My point is to not the restrictions in your “Fitness Journey” affect whatever is happening in your life. Let life happen.

“Getting fitter and healthier through exercise and healthy eating is meant to improve our lives, and not overcome it.”

2) You Won’t Know Until You Count. 
I still did count my calories AFTER I knew that I probably ate a lot than I need to fuel my body. And it does not matter. I didn’t count my calories to bring myself down and feel bad after. I only counted for ONE PURPOSE: Awareness.
After logging in the estimates of what I consumed, I had an idea that I ate almost 800 (I probably under-estimated) extra calories than my daily allowance! It’s a big number, but I also know that I keep an average of 300 calorie deficit on most days because I’m currently trying to cut down. This means that my WEEKLY caloric allowance is still on point. I have dropped over 15 lbs. the past three months and I know that one day of going overboard won’t get me off-track. There’s no pressure. I didn’t stress about restricting myself to a certain number.
Know your numbers daily AND weekly. If you do, you don’t have to put the pressure on yourself every single day to maintain your daily allowance. Does it mean you have to count everyday? No. But at least do it ONCE to get an idea of how much calories you really eat on an average day.
One more thing, I don’t care if you say ‘I already eat healthy‘ or ‘I don’t eat too much‘ — healthy foods doesn’t always mean less calories. Less food volume doesn’t always equate to fewer calories.
Here’s what I mean: two handful of strawberries have less calories than a scoop of ice cream. Almonds are considered to be a healthy snack, but a fist size (100g) would already contain 575 calories.
Main point: if you haven’t counted calories yet or haven’t done it for more than 6 months, do it at least once starting now.

“Healthy foods doesn’t always mean less calories. Less food volume doesn’t always equate to fewer calories.”

3) Food with Purpose.
I honestly can’t remember the last time I had lasagna before yesterday. Pizza, maybe 3 to 4 weeks ago. Those sumptuous, fall-off-the bone  ribs, probably a month or so.
For me, I look at these types of foods as “special”: They are specially more flavorful and they specially have more calories, so they are meant to be eaten only on special occasions!
The problem with most people nowadays is that our consumer-culture makes ANY kind of food readily available to us, and everyone can be an instant “foodie.” I think this is what takes away the “special-ness” of certain food items, it is easy to have these special foods take over what is supposed to be healthy, wholesome, staple foods in our regular diets. Are you following where I’m getting at?

Believe me, I have met a young female gym member recently who confessed that she eats chocolate cake for breakfast every single day. I have also met a guy in his 50’s who snacks on deep fried prawns almost every night. I have nothing against these types of foods. I eat them myself! But not treating them as ‘special’ foods and instead making them part of your regular diet won’t do any help.

 

Think about all the food and drinks present in your daily diet. List them down on a piece of paper. Then see if each item is specially flavorful and calorific and could be dedicated for special occasions. The rest should be nutritious, wholesome foods that you eat to fuel your body properly everyday.

“Some Foods are specially more flavorful and they specially have more calories, so they are meant to be eaten only on special occasions!”

Looking at food and how it plays a part in our lives will take away the stress of not keeping up with your calories and macros, and removes the fear of gaining extra pounds the day after.

 

What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

It’s hard to write something related to Spring when there’s still snow on the ground here in Canada, but the season has officially started and it means another fresh start for a lot of us!

The warm breeze, radiant sun in the daytime, and blossoming trees just supercharge and motivate us to become more active. As it’s only a natural thing to clean out the old ways of Winter to make way for the new sunny days of Spring, so it’s also a great time to face our excuses for not getting fit and healthy! These excuses pile up just like the clutter we accumulate in our houses, garage, and even our cars during winter, but now it’s time to clean up!

What’s your excuse?

I don’t have the TIME.
Trust me, this is the most common one, and if you make this excuse, you’re definitely not alone!
You are busy, you tend to kids at home and bring them to school, you have meetings to attend, calls to make, social events to show up for, on top of doing the groceries, cleaning the house, mowing the lawn, changing your tires, and the list goes on.

Who’s got the time to exercise???

The question you should be asking yourself should not be “When will I have the time to exercise?” but “How can I MAKE TIME to exercise?” Trust me, I train people from different walks of life – from the company CEO who spend 12 hrs a day in the office, to the busy student dumped with schoolwork, to the super Mom with four growing kids.

The point is, everyone will have a reason to be the busiest person in the world. And it’s all about making time for what matters to you.

I don’t have the ENERGY.
I catch myself making this excuse as well! As a Personal Trainer, I start as early as 6:30am in the morning and end my morning shift around 12nn, take a few hours of break, and continue to my evening shift sometimes from 4 to 8pm.  You probably have a different schedule, but we both feel tired and exhausted after a long day of work!

The good thing is that Exercise improves your stamina and energy levels in the long run. You only need to take the first step. Start small and simple – add a couple of exercises to start off your day like jumping jacks or squats. Be consistent and see how your energy level spike up after a couple of weeks! Make sure you fuel your body of the right food and water, as well as get enough sleep to recover.

It will be tough in the beginning, but you will get tougher!

I don’t have the DISCIPLINE.
I did a simple Facebook survey in the past and this excuse makes it to the top three. When people make this excuse, it usually leads to a dead end. I mean, where can you get Discipline? You can’t just eat or drink something do be more disciplined. Maybe you can attend a 5-day seminar to be a more disciplined person, but it’s another time consuming thing.

Read this:
You don’t need DISCIPLINE to start a fitter lifestyle. You need a STRATEGY.”

The common problem is that people set too high of a standard for themselves to make a change. They want to reach a Big Goal, and they want to take a Big number of Big Steps when they start. If you do this, you will only feel overwhelmed, you’ll feel lost searching for the best big thing to do, and you’ll end up not doing anything at all and procrastinate.

The answer is to make a strategy with simple, doable steps that you can take to reach your goal. For example, instead of aiming to go to the Gym 5 times a week with a hectic schedule, start with committing to two, or plan a home workout in the weekend, or 10-minute walk during lunchtime.

Reaching these “mini-milestones” helps keep you motivated, which is another factor in maintaining your self-discipline. It’s not aiming low at all.
It’s about determining your steps toward your goal, making consistent daily efforts to overcome each step, and setting yourself up for success.

Long-term goals are great, but it’s the smaller, short-term milestones that will get you there.

NO MORE EXCUSES.
Accept that these things are only excuses. Make a clean sweep and toss them out! Everybody can make these excuses for avoiding a healthier and fitter lifestyle. The fit and healthy people you see around you chose to give up ANY excuse and just do it! That doesn’t mean it was easy for them. It just means that they figured out what was important for them, they took the first step to get stronger than their excuse, and they follow a strategy of small, doable steps that brings them closer to their goal.

You can do it, too!

>>> If you are done Spring Cleaning your excuses and are ready to start a fitter and healthier lifestyle, take the NEXT STEP here:
https://coachbillygoco.com/online-fitness-coaching/

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In a fitness enthusiast’s ideal world, this would be the every-day checklist forever:

> Wake-Up
> Workout
> Repeat

Unfortunately, that world doesn’t exist.
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Our schedules get messed up, we get sick, projects take longer than expected, injuries and emergencies happen, and so on. It doesn’t even have to be a negative reason to miss workouts.
I have had clients who miss weeks and months of training due to work promotion or because their business is booming, or because they have to welcome a new family member, or simply because they have to go on a nice vacation on a sunny island.

There could be numerous reasons for this fantasy checklist to not exist.

Sometimes it gets frustrating especially when you were keeping up a pretty impressive routine, then it suddenly had to stop.

Thankfully, you don’t have to sulk in despair – it won’t do any good, anyway. If for any reason you had to take a recess from training, here are some things to keep in mind when it’s time to get back on track:

1.) Go Easy.
I know, you want to jump straight to when you left off. You weren’t away for so long anyway, so why not?
You may be familiar with the Training Principle called “Progressive Overload” which states that your strength and conditioning increases slowly and gradually as you keep overloading the stimulus (exercise). Well, you may not have heard of the Principle of Reversibility, which as it name implies, means that any adaptation that has taken place as a result of your training will be reversed once you stop training!
The speed at which reversibility happens depend on a lot of factors, but even pro-athletes are not exempted! On average, training loss occurs at about one-third the rate of the gains. Some sports skills can be lost in one to two weeks.

The good news is, reversibility stops once you get back to training! But the best way is to take the Principle of Progressive Overload into consideration.

Start easy but challenging, then go from there.

2.) Build your Base.
Base strength refers not just to how much your muscles can lift, or how long your heart can keep pumping, but also includes your ligaments, tendons, joints, and bones. These guys take a little longer time to adapt and recover to the stresses of training, and are more subtle. Avoid high-intensity movements that involve a lot of jumping, plyometrics, fast movements, or heavy maximum lifts. If you took the time off because of an injury, you should even be more careful.

3.) Take your Time.
The longer your break was, the more time you need to give yourself to come back to where you left off. Unless you have an upcoming competition, or a deadline to show your six-pack, you don’t need to rush! Other factors such as fitness level, age, body type, health history, and so on affects the time it will take for you to get back. Remember that exercise is also physical stress to your body, and doing it too much too quickly can cause more harm than good.

Make small progressive increments. Consistency is the key to success, and patient hard work pays off.

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It happens to everyone.
Even elite athletes fall off their training.
Life just has its ups and downs.
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Remember that the goal of your training is to improve your quality of life. If life happens, then so be it. Get back to training and you know that you’ll reap the rewards of a physically active lifestyle in its time.

“Squats are like life.
It’s about standing up when something
heavy keeps you down.”

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Before anything else, watch this 77-year old woman lift heavier than you do!
“I never used the words “I can’t”…I would just say “I will try.” That’s how I lived my life, just trying to do my best – everyday.
 
I can do what I need to do, and I’m proud of it…
…I can shovel my own driveway when it snows, thanks to the power-training.
…my grandchildren, I can lift them up without any problem.
…and the best of all, I don’t need any help when I carry my groceries.
 
That’s what [lifting] is about – it’s about life.”
 
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Who says you have to stop lifting after hitting a certain age?
 
Willie Murphy, the strong woman on the video, started lifting weights at age 50.
One of the largest determinants in quality of life and functional independence is STRENGTH. Unfortunately, a lot of people who were once strong suddenly stop when they hit 70, 60, 50, and some even 40 or younger.
A lot of functional everyday movements which are relevant especially as we age are based on STRENGTH:
– walking, climbing stairs, etc.
– sitting down and standing up.
–  carrying groceries, kids, etc.
– keeping our balance.
At the gym I work at as a Personal Trainer, I focus on helping people with muscle or joint pains be able to exercise pain-free. Most of these people – both men and women- are aged 50 and over. They come to me with these Top 3 goals in mind:
1) To get stronger.
2) To improve stamina/endurance.
3) To lose some weight.
I’ve had people who just started going to the gym later in life. I’ve had people who had been active before, maybe played some sports when they were younger, but had an injury or life just happened and stopped, but wanted to get back.
It is possible to ‘get back’ to being physically active.
It is  beneficial to be active and get stronger especially later in life.
Just like Willie, always keep a perspective of ‘trying.’ Try to do your best everyday. Try to be better most days. Just try.
You will not know what your body is capable of until you try. With proper guidance and training, you can succeed to be better and get stronger, even over 50.
Lifting is not just about losing weight, or looking good… it’s about improving your quality of LIFE.

Christmas arrived early!

Posted: November 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

Christmas came early! 🎄🎊

A couple years ago, I finished a beta-course on Online Training 💪 with the hopes of being able to provide effective, affordable and customized training programs to more people around the world. I launched my own Online Fitness Coaching company shortly after finishing the course, training a number of clients 100% online.

That same course evolved into a recognized certification for Online Training – the first in the world – and soon I’ll be Certified . This would allow me to fully expand my reach and provide various Online Fitness Coaching services that are effective and cost-efficient, to people like you all over the world.

My Online Fitness Coaching spots are currently FULL, but I’ll probably open up more by the start of 2018. If you want to get in the waitlist, send me a PM and I’ll hook you up! 💪 

Happy New Year to every one!

It’s the time of the year again when people get busy starting anew with their fitness goals. Get ahead of the pack and start off with Online Training! Train Smarter this year and reach your fitness goals FASTER.

You don’t want to be like a firework: start working out to get fit in January, but quickly fading away the next few months!

Trust me, as a Personal Trainer, I’ve seen lots of those. I’ve talked to lots of gym members who seemed pretty motivated at first, optimistic about what they want to achieve, but eventually falling off simply because they didn’t have a plan to follow!

I want to help YOU get ahead and commit to an effective training plan. Don’t waste your time and money signing up in a gym if you would eventually fall off. Answer the quick form below so I could get to know you better, and I’ll email you back to get you a spot in my Online Fitness Coaching:


Train hard, but train smarter. Talk to you soon!