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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…

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This month, I posted about how to prepare for the Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist written exam and Tips about the Canfitpro – PTS exam. I already got my certification from Canfitpro as a Personal Training Specialist but it took me a while to post this blog because I got caught up editing my resume and searching for jobs as a Personal Trainer. In any case, here’s the third part of my blog on how to prepare, study, and pass your Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist certification.

Click the links below for my previous posts about the Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist written exam:

Reviewing for the Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist Exam

Passing the Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist Written Exam


Canfitpro foundationsI finally was able to take my Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist practical evaluation exam a couple of weeks ago, a day before Black Friday. It wasn’t as maundy that day because after the long wait and preparation, I passed my Canfitpro – PTS practical evaluation! My wife also passed her G driving license exam, and it was just her first take. If you have passed your Canfitpro – PTS theory exam, then your Canfitpro instructor-trainer will set a schedule with you on when to have your practical evaluation, which is the last part in Canfitpro Personal Training Specialist certification.

I passed my theory exam with a score of 83%the passing score is 80% for the Canfitpro Personal Training Specialist theory exam. The written exam is a combination of multiple choice questions and short answer portions worth 100 points each. I did not take the Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist course and just studied by myself since I have a degree in Sports Science. I alloted almost a month to study the book and DVD, and answered the Study Guide thrice. Some people I know who did take the Canfitpro – PTS course got scores around 85%, so getting away with 83% without taking the course is considerably good.

canfitpro study guideThe instructor-trainer sent me a congratulatory email indicating that I passed the written part of the certification and instructions on what to expect on the practical part of the certification. I set a schedule to have my practical evaluation after two weeks which I thought was enough time for me to prepare, and also because my instructor-trainer’s schedule limitations. The day finally came and after an hour of the Canfitpro – PTS practical evaluation exam, the instructor-trainer discussed with me my scores, my strengths and weaknesses, my points for improvement, and then congratulated me for passing my practical evaluation and finally being certified as a Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist. I got a total score of 157 over 160 points which is equivalent to a 98% grade.

I have been teaching Pilates since 2010 and have had an experience in Personal Training in the Philippines, so I am used to the practical part of being a Personal Trainer. The most important thing to do to prepare and pass your Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist practical evaluation is to practice, practice, and practice.

When you’re done practicing, practice a little more! You’re through with the written part of your exam. That is supposed to test your ‘theory‘ – how much you know about fitness and exercise science. The practical evaluation is to test how good you apply your knowledge to actual situations as a Personal Trainer.
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Here are my tips for passing the Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist practical evaluation:
Read the instructions carefully. The email that your instructor-trainer will send you after passing your theory exam will contain ALL of the information you need for your practical evaluation. It includes a case study client, and the evaluation form that your instructor-trainer will use on the day of your practical evaluation. Read through your client case, understand each part of the evaluation form and if possible, practice by yourself using the evaluation form.

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Take your time. No matter how badly you want to start your career as a Personal Trainer and get a job, finishing your certification is a crucial step. Someone who took the written exam on the same day I did already scheduled for a job interview, and after the written exam, she was worried because she might not pass the theory part and not get certified in time for her job interview. Take one step at a time, but take each step carefully and excellently! After getting your congratulatory email, think about how long you might need to study and prepare for your practical evaluation – yes, you still need to study and review. You can read from the email which sections of the book Foundations of Personal Training you will need to review.

Practice makes perfect, really. If you haven’t done Personal Training before, practice with a pseudo-client for at least three sessions. Ask a friend or a relative to be your client and ask him/her to observe your teaching techniques and even evaluate you after every session. Use the client card format from Canfitpro to make a real exercise program for your practice. Compute for the HRR and BMI, and use these values to make your program. You will need to bring with you your own client to your practical evaluation, so practicing with a pseudo-client is good because that person will already know what to expect from a training session on the day of your evaluation.

Get the Canfitpro – Foundations of Professional Personal Training here.

Bring a client who is familiar with the gym. You are supposed to bring one client with you on your Canfitpro – PTS practical evaluation. You will use the case-study data given through your email to make a program for your client. Having someone who is familiar with the gym will save you from awkward moments during the practical evaluation and save you time because he or she already knows what to do. For me, I had someone who is taking Kinesiology as my pseudo-client, and she is also a certified personal trainer, so she already knew what to do and what to expect. She even comments hints and clues during my practical evaluation! You don’t need to befriend a Kinesiology student or personal trainer tomorrow to have a pseudo-client. As I’ve said, pracitise with a friend or relative so that your pseudo-client will already have an idea of what you will make him/her do during the practical evaluation.

Translate and communicate. As I have said, the Canfitpro – PTS practical evaluation part is to test how good you are in applying your knowledge to actual situations. Practice talking your pseudo-client through the program: goals, FITT principle for muscular capacity and cardiovascular capacity, muscles used, and flexibility. You can read from the instructions from your email about this – take note of the points you will be graded for and practice. The point of the practical evaluation is to see how you translate exercise science into a language that is understandable to your client.

Practice the physical assessments. My instructor-trainer told me that most people who fail the Canfitpro – PTS practical evaluation flunks the physical assessment part. Don’t be one of them. Study how to do the sit-and-reach test and the 1-minute push up test, and how to interpret the results. Again, translate the data from the physical assessments and communicate well to your client why it is relevant for them. For me, I did a modified sit-and-reach test by doing a V-sit test and using a tape measure that I personally brought. I confidently showed my instructor-trainer that I knew what I was doing, and I interpreted the results to my client. Basically, the table from the book shows a percentile comparison for appropriate age and values. You just have to relate how the fitness results of your client is close to the average, which is the 50th percentile. Match the result with your client’s age and if she’s on a lower percentile (below average, less than 50%) then tell your client that you would want to improve on it. If your client’s result is on the higher percentile (above average, more than 50%) then affirm your client and tell your client the implications of the fitness result.

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Talk the talk. The Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist practical evaluation will not only test you on how much you know, but on how you communicate to your client. Do you affirm the correct things your client does during the exercise? Do you know how to motivate well? Do you use the right words and cues for each exercise? Practice motivating your pseudo-client and teaching him/her how each exercise should be done, which muscles are targeted or worked on, and the practical uses of each exercise.

Train as if you meant it. Your Canfitpro instructor-trainer will also look for qualities like enthusiasm, confidence, and sincerity in you as a potential Personal Trainer. Internalize the program that you wrote on the client card. Even if you are only helping a pseudo-client, train as if you meant it.

Dress up. Dress like you meant it! Wear comfortable but appropriate clothes. You can wear training shoes, track pants, and a collared shirt on your practical evaluation.

Be yourself. If you have really studied, planned, and prepared for your practical evaluation and you feel that you did everything to be ready, then that’s it! Be confident and just be yourself. It’s important to bring your personality to the table as you go through your session. On a job interview the other day, I was asked by the Fitness Manager to describe what type of a trainer I am, or what is my approach in Personal Training. Develop your own approach and style that fits your personality and characteristics. This will help you be more comfortable as a personal trainer and ace your Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist practical exam!

Do you think you’re ready to be a Canfitpro Certified Personal Trainer?

You can read my posts about the Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist written exam from the links here:

Reviewing for the Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist Exam

Passing the Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist Written Exam

I hope you found these helpful! Let me know in the comments if you have any questions or how your exam goes!

All the best!


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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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