yeah, i'll do toast with peanut butter/nutella drizzled in caramel sauce a lot of the time. that plus a few glasses of milk is an easy 1000 cals.
i have a ton of confidence in my training right now... everything is running smoothly. getting stronger, getting bigger, staying lean-ish, people are noticing, and i feel good. what a great place to be in.
also, someone offered me 400 for the smith yesterday and 100 for my crappy weider bench. not sure whether to hold out for more for the smith or just dump it.
Originally Posted by MarkI
What do you have to do to become a personal trainer at a big box gym anyway? Like what is the certification process, I vaguely looked into it before but came away even more confused cause there seem to be so many certifying authorities and certificates you can get.
Would be a cool gig to do part time while in school, put everybody on a starting strength routine with some accessory work haha
missed this yesterday. i briefly looked into it, and... no. seems cool, but it isnt.
for a big-box chain in canada, you have to pay for their in-house cert. you have to go out on a limb and get it done before your hired, so if they don't like you, you've wasted your cash. if you're hired, you're stuck working shit hours/split shifts and are entirely dependent on commission. 90% of the job is aggressive sales/cold calling. most of your day involves sitting down with prospective clients and trying to sell them training session packages worth thousands of dollars, and when you do "train" people, you're only allowed to run them through a gym-certified machine circuit. evidently when you move up in the ranks you're allowed to roam the floor and you're directed to approach people for the sake of selling them training. unsurprisingly, there's huge turnover - the chain makes up for this by charging enough for the certification that they've covered their losses for the average trainer who joins and quits, and the sales superstars end up making them big money. this also makes for a pretty hostile environment since the existing trainers will resent any fresh blood coming into their territory and stealing new clients away from them. the training packages are so stupidly expensive (up to 5000) that they can just do a brute-force approach on hiring trainers with huge turnover since its just a numbers game... all it takes is one or two big packages to sell and the gym is golden.
its not training, its sales. this explains why most trainers know shit about fuck... they give complete idiots just enough knowledge to understand what sets x reps means, and then its all sales from there. i was willing to swallow a lot of this crap to do something on the side but its so offensive to my sensibilities i think i would go postal within a week.Edited by jarude - 7/9/13 at 4:10am