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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.

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 >>> 

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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This week, I’m starting to review for the Canfitpro Personal Training Specialist Exam. I’m planning to take the exam about 3 weeks from now, so I hope I’d be able to cover the topics that I need to study.

UPDATE: I passed my Canfitpro Personal Training Specialist theory exam! Click here for tips for the exam.

I also passed my Practical Evaluation for the Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist certification. Click here for tips.

Should I take the Canfitpro Personal Trainer Exam? Earlier this year, I tried to apply as a Pilates Instructor and Personal Trainer in a premium gym. I am certified in Stott Pilates, which is recognized internationally and has its headquarters in Toronto. I also took up additional courses in Stott Pilates and I am experienced in teaching both one-on-one and group matwork Pilates and I thought it would be sufficient for my credentials. I was also confident of my 5 years of experience in the field of Sports Science – in the fitness industry and coaching in a well-known running school in the Philippines, so I was expecting to make it. But then I realized how important certifications are in Canada, so now I have to be patiently studying and preparing for the exam. I’m hoping to get the CSCS- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification under the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) in the nearby future. The exams for the CSCS in Canada is held only twice to thrice a year, and this year there won’t be any schedule near Toronto until June. I want to start my career in the fitness industry and I hope that getting the Canfitpro PTS certification would be the right first step toward my goals.

How to review for the Canfitpro Exam

To review for the course, I borrowed the Foundations of Professional Personal Training book and the study guide from my sister-in-law who is taking up Kinesiology. I am hoping that I’d still be able to dig up some stored knowledge from my 5-year Sports Science degree in the Philippines which was nearly 6 years ago.

Thankfully, some resources can be found in the internet if you search diligently enough. Canfitpro even provides their own sample exam in their website. The best review guide for the Canfitpro Personal Training Specialist exam that I’ve found so far is from The website contains 202 flashcards for review and also has a sample exam for the written exam. I found the reviewer at very helpful to prepare me for the 100 points of multiple choices in the canfitpro written exam. You just have to be prepared for a few surprise questions like “#105-What is the meaning of Life?” which I guess were placed strategically to wake you up while reviewing!

canfitpro study guideAs an alternative, you can download a cheaper Study Guide for Foundations of Personal Training at Amazon with free shipping. You can choose to buy a new one if you prefer, or a used one which is around $15 less. In any case, the new one from Amazon is still a bit cheaper compared to ordering from directly from canfitpro. For me, I’m starting to read the Foundations of Professional Personal Training while trying the exam from once in a while. After reading the book, I’ll start with the study guide.

Hopefully, 3 weeks are enough for me to get ready!


UPDATE: I passed my Canfitpro Personal Training Specialist theory exam! Click here for tips for the exam.

I also passed my Practical Evaluation for the Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist certification. Click here for tips.

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