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1. Tell me about your certifications.
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Personal Trainer
December 12th, 2014

A personal trainer is a person who helps people exercise. The scope of practice for a personal trainer is to enhance the components of fitness for the general, healthy population. The five classic components of fitness are muscular strength, muscular endurance, body composition, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility, although there are other subsets like power, skill, and speed. The general population is defined as an age range of 18 to about 50 (45 and younger for males, 55 and younger for females). The definition of healthy in this context means an absence of a disease that would affect one's ability to exercise. Anyone outside that scope of practice should be placed in a trainer's scope after a visit to the doctor to see what kind, if any, exercise they are capable of.
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Personal Trainer Interview Questions
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What do you know about our gym?
 
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Its a high intensity interval training center. The 30 minute boot camps are perfect for busy life styles. You also provide nutrition consultation.
 
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You are the leading personal trainer management company. You have 700 trainers across 400 gyms at 54 locations.
 
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Why are you the best candidate for us?
 
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I will always strive to better myself. To be given this opportunity I hope I will be seen as an asset who is motivated, positive and can work well on his own aswell as a group. I intend to grow and prosper in everything I do and that includes this company. This business comes across as a a great career move for me. It has everything to offer that other gym companies dont, it works with clients more intimately and is seen to have first rate psoitive results and that is the kind of team I want to join and help grow.
 
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Ive lived a life. I have loads of life experience and have been doing physical activity to a high level for over 30 years.
 
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Tell me about your previous experience as a personal trainer.
 
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No I do not. But I have worked out and played sports.
 
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Going to gym every day and helping other people.
 
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How would you define great customer service?
 
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To be positive and approachable. Understanding and encouraging. demonstrate the difference between won't, can't and try.
 
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Listening to a clients needs and working with them to achieve their goals.
 
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How do you grow your client base?
 
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I used very techniques, on of them is program, I stay dedicated to my clients and I suport them, I will increase my clientel in my own way, which is : tell them to work hard and stay dedicate, to believe in yorself, and never give up on your dremas etc.
 
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Have an you tube page and do short videos on instagram and get clients to allow me to do before and after photos.
 
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What are your career goals?
 
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My main motivation is to bring changed to people's lives, to improve their bodies, minds and lifestyle in general. As a personal trainer, I am more interested in the individual trainings rather then group ones. I am interested in developing individal programs and have individual approach to every client, developing unique training programs in order to reach the bet results, given specific conditions of every client. I want to become a well known personal trainer. - group exercise - personal training - programming/fitness management - club ownership.
 
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To give people the body they wanted, to make them happy.
 
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How would your former employer describe you?
 
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Friendly, encouraging, approachable, passionate.
 
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Hard worker with a great work ethic, friendly with great customer service.
 
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Give me three essential exercises you would have any client do? Why are they in your top three?
 
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Push ups, cardio, weight training.
 
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Strength, endurance, functional - they give balance.
 
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How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?
 
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By reading magazines, books and talking to other personal trainers and taking classes.
 
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By staying active in the community and constantly learning knew things.
 
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Why did you decide to become a personal trainer?
 
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I love to help people become healthy and active.
 
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Its what I havr always wanted to do.
 
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Are you CPR certified?
 
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I completed my BLS course, including CPR and AED, this July.
 
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I formerly was, and I could get recertified. N
 
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How would you set up a training program for a client strictly looking for weight-loss and toning?
 
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Start with squats 3-4 sets of 6-10 reps deadlifts push ups rows all for same set and reps.
 
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4 times a week, HIIT, functional training with weights.
 
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How would you handle a situation with an unhappy coworker?
 
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Listen to their views and refer to a person who is in charge of customer service. Be compassionate and understanding and let them know that their feedback is appreciated and taken on board.
 
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Talk to them and try and see what is troubling them.
 
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What is the best way to test cardiovascular endurance?
 
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In a lab style setting with equipment to record your vo2 max. without equipment for regular people, something like the cooper run or the rockport walk measuring either heart rate or distance.
 
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VO2 max testing, beep test,
 
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Have you ever helped train a friend? How did that work out?
 
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Yes I usually give advice for my colleges these really useful I also try encourage them.
 
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Yes, turns out better than I expected.
 
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What is your personal experience with fitness and working out?
 
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I enjoy working out, and wake up every morning at 5:00 to work out. It has become something of a ritual yet a way where I find peace, and have fun at the same time.
 
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I love to work out be healthy its a life style.
 
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Tell me about your customer service experience.
 
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I worked with people with developmental disabilities, worked as a waiter during rush hours, and taught as a tutor.
 
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I have been in customer service industry for the past 24 years.
 
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If you could pick a different career other than personal training, which would you pick?
 
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I would not pick any other maybe I would go to the army.
 
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Group fitness instructor.
 
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Tell me about your experience with nutrition.
 
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I took a nutrition course in college.
 
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It was covered in my CPT course I also read many books on nutrition.
 
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What sales experience or training do you have? Would you be willing to get additional sales training?
 
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Yes I would be happy about that. I have not got experience like that.
 
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My role at gap was very sales based and oriented. I enjoy a sales goal. Willing and happy for more training.
 
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