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“I saw friends from my old workplace that I haven’t
visited for more than 6 months. They were surprised
to see me and they said,
‘Jessica, you look fantastic! You look totally different!’

I told them that I now go to the gym and I’m wearing Medium sized clothes. 
6 months ago, I was wearing Extra Large.
I’m so happy. I will keep going until I can wear Small again!”
– Jessica L.


Jessica L. came to me a month before her 53rd birthday.

During our initial confession, she confessed that she’s been putting herself in the back-burner, sacrificing her time and energy to take care of her 20-something daughter.

She told me that she realized she wasn’t getting any younger. And if she wants to enjoy life with her growing daughter, she has to start taking care of herself, too.

Jessica’s goals were to lose weight especially in the tummy area, on top of feeling healthier and fitter in general.

She has an active job which sometimes requires her to take ‘double shifts’ working up to 12 hours once in a while. But apart from that, lifting weights was all new to her.

We started meeting twice a week on our first month to reinforce this new habit of going to the gym exercising.
I gave her an exercise program that she can do on her own for two more days, plus a High-Intensity Interval Training plan for her cardio.

She came to the gym whenever she can, up to 6 times in a week!
Before her work. After her work. On her off days.
Lucky for her, she also has access to a gym in her workplace. So sometimes she does a quick Leg workout (her favorite) at work in the morning, then trains with me at the end of her day.



After a couple of weeks or so, we structured her workouts at the gym and at her workplace so that she doesn’t over-train herself quickly.

We also had a talk where I told her that although her determination, hard work, and energy was phenomenal, what would really drive her fat loss fast would be to dial in her nutrition.

That was when things really start to happen.

Through our 3-Day Diet Diary, she realized that 70 to 80% of her food intake was mostly carbs, and she needed to eat more protein, and drink more water.

Jessica was good.

I haven’t seen someone so determined that nothing slows her down, even her favorite foods!

Fast forward to today, she’s enjoying a week-long cruise, feeling confident in basking under the sun.

This is the “formula” (if there is one) that made her drop 20 lbs and 5% of body fat

Working the abs on the stability ball.

Apart from having a stronger core, Jessica has more confidence in herself!


  • Jessica followed the STRATEGY that I gave her for both
    training and nutrition. She started really determined
    and energized, but if I did not rein that energy in,
    she might have ended up fatigued and frustrated.

  • She was CONSISTENT in being active throughout the day.
    After the first month, she developed her base strength,
    improved her balance, and felt more confident in moving her body.
    Then she started to walk for 20 minutes every day to
    get to and from her workplace.

  • We dialed in her NUTRITION. As I advised her,
    she increased her water intake and watched the
    volume of food she’s eating.
    We did not follow any specific ‘diet’ plan, we simply
    tweaked her eating to match her goals.

  • The most important key is that her MINDSET changed
    about her health and fitness.
    At first, she really was not confident that she could
    get back in shape‘ and thought that being stronger and
    fitter is worthy enough goals.
    She knew that she had to take action, and she put
    exercising and healthy eating at the forefront of her
    priorities and schedule.
    She claimed that before, she used to just watch T.V.
    and eat after a tiring day at work, but now she heads
    straight to the gym instead. Sure there were tough days
    to train at the gym, but she made it a point to “do something “

Everyone knows that it’s important to be active, eat healthy, and stay fit no matter what age.

But not everyone has the specific strategies and guidance that Jessica had on top of her dedication that produced these stunning results.

If you want to get the same strategy and support that Jessica followed to drop dress sizes and feel more confident in her own body, you can start with my 28-Day Group Coaching program and set off the spark to a more confident, vibrant, and fitter you!

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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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Steven has been training with me on my Online Fitness Coaching program for 8 months now and has improved a lot since we started! He initially wants to lose body fat and gain more muscle mass but upon achieving that goal, he now trains for athleticism and overall fitness. I give him a three to four workout day routine each week that he does in his own pace and time. When he started the Online Fitness Coaching, the routine included a cardio guide, the strengthening or resistance exercises, and some home core workouts. The routine keeps changing and adapting to his progress and now his workout even includes Agility Drills! You see, progress is not only measured by how many pounds you lost, or how much more weight you can lift, but also on how many other stuff you can do — and that is Fitness.

My Online Fitness Coaching program provided Steven some serious guidance through periodized training programs that elite athletes follow, but customized to his fitness level, abilities, and schedule.

“My trainer, Billy, is an amazing motivator and always challenges me to push my boundaries and strive for excellence bringing  me to new heights. Billy quickly identified my strengths and my weaknesses and showed me how i could improve and regain my health. Billy has designed a training program that has made it possible to achieve my goals and consistently pushes me to prove to myself that I can exceed my expectations.

He tailors my workouts to my individual goals and needs. Although the workouts can be tough, Billy makes them fun and gets me excited, I dropped from 180lb of mostly  fat to 165lb of mostly muscle.

With Billy’s Online Fitness Coaching I have been able to reclaim my life in terms of my health, and all on my own schedule. Thanks for making my workouts fun and keeping me on track!!”

– Steven, a Successful Online Fitness Coaching Client.

Watch Steven do perfect squats even after finishing 20 minutes of Agility Ladder Drills:

Keeping up with your training can be difficult if you work a regular 8-hour job that you need to juggle in your schedule with other important stuff like family, kids, house chores, the dog, and your favourite TV show. It takes dedication, commitment, and lots of guts to put “Exercise” in your top priority list…and it’s even harder if you think your Personal Trainer is trying to kill you!

The best of us don’t just survive in difficult circumstances (yes, including the torturous training), but succeed and continue growing until we reach our goal.

The Best-Fitness-Client(s)-of-2014 award goes to Danny and Connie who are such people.


Danny starts work early in the morning and ends late with his split shift. He usually has only a few minutes left to change from his work clothes to his gym clothes. Connie is working a regular 8-hour job that requires a lot of patience. Like for most of us, it’s not easy for the couple to get motivated to go to the gym for another hour of exhausting training after a long, stressful and tiring day.

But they made the decision.

And they are doing quite a great job coming to the gym 3 to 4 times a week! Danny and Connie has been consistently doing their strength training, circuit workouts, cardio routines, and mat core exercises (which they honestly abhor) since they started to train with me in May this year. It has been a great 6 months training with them and every month they just keep reaching their goals!

Great job! Keep it up!

Danny may have driven me straight to the gym if I was a 'nicer' Trainer!

Danny may have driven me straight to the gym if I was a ‘nicer’ Trainer!


Connie Killing the Kettlebells!

Connie Killing the Kettlebells!


If you are a determined, committed, and hardworking person who want to reach your fitness goals, I’d love to work with you! Click on the SERVICES tab to apply for Online Fitness Coaching and see if you’re fit for the program. Talk to you soon!

Today marks the two weeks I’m finally employed as a Personal Trainer at a prime gym in Toronto. As a starter, I am still trying to establish a client base so I have to devote more of my time to meet clients and have them booked. Hopefully as weeks pass, I’d be able to have a saner and more regular schedule. It’s hard to find time to write for now, but I will try to do it more often as I adjust to my schedule.

As a personal trainer, I prefer dynamic and functional exercises more than using weight machines like as a runner, I prefer running outside than on the treadmill. Machines have their value-  beginners benefit from them as they learn how to activate their muscles; body builders can use them to supplement their sets and work their muscles to exhaustion; the elderly rely on them for additional support and stability while they pursue their fitness goals. However, if you are someone who trains in the gym to be stronger, improve your performance, increase muscle mass, or lose fat mass, you wouldn’t want to restrict yourself to those limited weight machines. You burn more calories if you do exercises in an athletic stance compared to doing exercises sitting down on a machine. Your core gets activated because you have to engage not just the agonist muscles, but also the antagonist and synergist muscles when you use free weights. One of the best free weights available are the kettle bells. Today kettle bells come in different shapes and sizes, and advanced ones are easily weight-adjustable but you can always rely on a traditional kettle bell. Start to learn the basic primal movements with a light kettle bell (usually 10 lbs) and build up to improve your balance, coordination, and power.

Here is a great video that shows lots of amazing things you can do with a kettle bell:

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This is an update to a previous blog about the Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist Exam.


Almost a month has passed since I posted a blog about reviewing for the Canfitpro-Personal Training Specialist exam. I finished a 5-year bachelor’s degree in Sports Science in the Philippines, but since moving to Canada I have to upgrade my qualifications. For a start, I decided to take the Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist certification as the first step to my fitness career in Toronto and beyond. I did not register for the certification course – I only paid the fees to take the theory and practical exam for the canfitpro – PTS. In spite of the mixed reviews, Canfitpro offers the most accessible and available certification there is, so I decided to invest on it. Later on, I am planning to take the NCSA – Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist exam.

Read reviews on the Canfitpro – Personal Training Specialist here

Read my blog about the Canfitpro – PTS practical evaluation

I took the exam two Sundays ago in a Good Life Fitness gym. There were around 10 to 12 of us who took the certification exam in that area that day. I think there was an equal number of guys and girls who took the exam. Obviously, most of them took the course because the Canfitpro PTS pro trainer greeted them at the lobby. Maybe two or three people were there to retake the exam.

Just last Saturday, a week after my exam, I got my theory test result and I passed!


What to expect in the exam location?
You can check the canfitpro website page about course and exam dates and locations. You will see that most, if not all, courses and exams are held in gyms with a high percentage of those gyms being Good Life Fitness. For my exam, it was held in a group exercise studio of a relatively small Good Life Fitness gym. My exam was scheduled on a Saturday afternoon.

I arrived about 15 minutes early for my exam and had to wait at the small ‘lobby’ of the gym, directly in front of the reception area, which I think made it a bit awkward because the people running on the treadmills or using the gym equipment can see all the nervous certified-personal-trainer-hopefuls looking clueless and waiting anxiously. You aren’t in the gym to exercise but to take an exam so probably you won’t be wearing shorts, track pants, or anything that you usually wear to work out. One guy even brought his book and pile of notes and continued reading until the exam started which attracted a few weird looks from some people working out in the gym.

Exam Tip: If you want to minimize exam jitters, then be prepared for those curious and weird looks
from gym members, other trainers and gym staff.

After a few minutes, we were called in by our Canfitpro PTS pro trainer and led us to the gym’s group exercise area or studio. It was well lit with mirrors on the walls. We were seated around portable tables on portable chairs. There were at least 3 people sitting around one table.

Exam Tip: If possible, choose a table with fewer people so that you will be more comfortable during the exam.

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How long will the exam take?
You are allowed 3 hours to write your Canfitpro Personal Training Specialist theory exam. The day before the exam, I had been telling my wife that I will be finished in less than an hour, but it took me almost 2 1/2 hours to answer everything!

Exam Tip: Be prepared by sleeping and eating well the day and the morning before your exam. As much as possible, keep your mind from being cluttered – you don’t want to be thinking of something else during those three hours (for example, ‘is my dog hungry now?’ ‘I’m gonna miss my T.V. show!’ etc.).

How to study for the Canfitpro Personal Training Specialist exam
If you have a background in Sports Science, Kinesiology, or any related field, then I don’t think you need to take the Canfitpro Personal Trainer course. If you are not confident or you think your knowledge is outdated, then taking the course can be an option.

For me, I used the book Foundations of Professional Personal Training and Study Guide for Foundations of Professional Personal Training by Canfitpro. The Foundations of Professional Personal Training has 13 chapters in all so you can plan to read at least two chapters per day, and you’ll finish it in a week. Only a few chapters are longer than usual, but most chapters have about 10 pages.I read through the whole book once, which took me around 5 or 6 days. The book is very easy to read and yes, it has pictures.

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After reading thoroughly through the book Foundations of Professional Personal Training, I answered the sample exam in the Study Guide for Foundations of Professional Personal Training. If you have been looking for a sample exam or review test questions for the Canfitpro PTS exam, then get the Study Guide for Foundations of Professional Personal Training

There are around 140 questions that you can find and answer from the study guide which will ensure that you have read and understood the book. You can find the answer guide at the back, but try not to look at them if you haven’t tried answering the sample questions. The questions from the actual theory exam are closely similar to those found from the Study Guide for Foundations of Professional Personal Training so it was really helpful for me to review.
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After answering the exam for the first time from the Canfitpro study guide, I took note of my wrong answers so that I could look it up and study them again. The sample exam questions found from the study guide were arranged according to the chapters in the book Foundations of Professional Personal Training so it was easy to go back to the chapters that I needed to study more on. I read the chapters that I had mistakes on and I took the sample exam questions from the study guide the second time. I wrote all of the 140 sample exam questions again to help me review the other chapters as well and make me confident that I do know the answers to them and that I didn’t just had a lucky guess. Again, I took note of my mistakes and reviewed the chapters after answering the sample questions from the study guide. I took the exam for a third time and I almost had a perfect score for the sample exam for Canfitpro Personal Trainer Specialist.

Read my blog about the Canfitpro – PTS practical evaluation

Summary and a few more tips for your exam:

  • Make sure that you have read through the whole Foundations of Professional Personal Training book and understood them well. Take note of the terms, important formulas, and recommendations found from the book. You can get the book Foundations of Professional Personal Training with a very helpful DVD from Amazon – it’s worth it. Click here to get the book Foundations of Professional Personal Training from Amazon.
  • Be at your best self when you are taking your exam. Wear comfortable clothes and keep your mind from being cluttered.
  • The information found from the canfitpro website about the Personal Training Specialist exam can be a bit misleading. Take note that for the theory part, you have to write 100 multiple choice exam questions plus 100 points for the case study part. In total, the theory part of the Canfitpro Personal Training Specialist exam is worth 200 points.
  • The 100 points for the multiple choice is the easy part. For me, it got messy when I was writing the case study part. Good thing I brought pencils so I was able to erase the parts that I needed to change. Bring pencils with you – you’ll be needing it especially for the case study part of the exam. You can use your ink pen for the multiple choice questions.
  • For the case study, read chapter 11 of the book and be familiar with the exercises and stretching found in Appendices. You don’t have to remember the names of each exercise and stretches – you can describe the movement of the stretch or exercise. Our pro trainer even allowed someone to draw a stick figure that resembles the stretch or exercise he wants to write!
  • Remember the FITT principle and the equivalent values for cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, and flexibility for beginner, intermediate, and advanced clients.
  • Know how to compute the Karvonen formula and BMI. Bring a good calculator for your exam.
  • If you are searching the internet for sample exam questions for the Canfitpro Personal Trainer Specialist exam, STOP. I have tried doing that as well but found only a couple of links, which I mentioned in my previous blog. Those links from the internet were only slightly helpful. My blog has been getting lots of ‘hits’ from search engines about sample exam questions for Canfitpro. If you really want to pass your Canfitpro Personal Trainer Specialist exam, then get yourself the Study Guide for Foundations of Professional Personal Training. Again, it’s another worth it investment that will save you from paying the retake fee for the exam. Click here to get the Study Guide for Foundations of Professional Personal Training from Amazon.
  • Try answering the study guide at least thrice and review the chapters from the book for your wrong answers. Don’t just look up the portions about your wrong answers – read the whole chapter again and make sure that you understood it the second or third time.
  • Answer the sample exam questions from the study guide as many times as you can, and try to get at least more than 120 correct answers before you write the actual Canfitpro PTS exam.
  • Motivate yourself well while you study. During my theory exam, there were a couple of persons who finished early. Later on, I found out that they submitted their exam early not because they finished it well, but because they were too anxious to continue writing. At the end of the day, it is still an exam. Life goes on whether you pass or not. There’s always a second chance. Don’t give up! More importantly, don’t give up when you haven’t even started or while you are already doing it!
  • Last but not the least, shake your sillies out and don’t be too anxious!

All the best to your certification!

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