Company Name: BodyFlow
Company Address: 5 Warner Road, High Wycombe 6057, Perth Western Australia
1) Can you tell us a little bit about you as a personal trainer and the services, training you offer to your clients?
I consider myself more as a Strength Coach; training my clients as athletes within their boundaries, teaching my clients the skills of strength and viewing strength as an art-form.
The services that I offer to my clients are Calisthenics, Gymnastics and Gung Fu (Chinese boxing).
2) Whats the history behind your passion for personal training, how did you get started training people?
I’ve always loved physical culture and using the secrets of old-time strongmen such as calisthenics and gymnastics, mastery of my own bodyweight to develop off-the-charts strength.
I’ve also been really fascinated with nutrition and have been doing Ori Hofmekler’s Warrior Diet for the last 2 years with fantastic results; a lean, ripped, rock-solid body.
In 2010 I studied my Certificate IV in Fitness at the Australian Institute of Fitness (the Perth campus) and it was a fun, adrenalin-charged journey and now I’m doing what I love, what I’m naturally good at, and high-value service to my clients.
3) It seems that as Australian’s we keep trying to get fitter, but not too many out there manage to achieve their goals. What is the secret behind a successful personal training program?
The biggest secret is so simple and it’s all to do with principles. Know what you want to achieve and WHY you want to achieve, and then keep your focused intent.
*INTENTION:* know what kind of physique you want to develop, have some kind of frame of reference or Role Model that you aspire to be like, or even to surpass.
*BURNING DESIRE:* you have to get really excited and passionate every single session, and make the movement ABOUT the movement, clear your mind of everything else, be fully immersed in what you’re doing.
Remember that your Imagination (subconscious mind) always wins over sheer Will Power (conscious mind) alone. I’m also a Clinical Hypnotherapist and the bottom line is, to get the edge in your training, always fuel yourself with a BURNING DESIRE to achieve the physique you have in mind. Which leads to >>
*FAITH / CONFIDENCE:* You have to know with 100% faith and positive expectations that you can and will achieve the physique you have in mind. Desire + Faith together simultaneously is an unstoppable force towards the success you deserve. You don’t have to know ‘how’ you will succeed and achieve the physique you want, you just have to know that you can and let it always be backed by BURNING DESIRE.
*INSPIRED PLAN:* When you’ve got your intent, desire and faith, suddenly an inspired plan will spring to mind, maybe you have a flash of inspiration to hire a Strength Coach or Personal Trainer in your area, maybe it’s to start
your own program today right now. Whatever it is, it will come in the form of an image or an idea.
*INSPIRED ACTION(S):* With that inspiration fueling you from within, you have to always be improving, always taking action towards the attainment of your goal. Based on your intuition, instincts and hunches, you’ll be led and guided towards the right actions and synchronicities (the right place at the right time).
*PERSISTENCE:* You have to stay persistent and determined and persevere until you achieved your desired intention; which is easy when you know exactly what you want, keep your focused intent, a white-hot BURNING DESIRE, PASSION, FAITH, CONFIDENCE, EXPECTATION and always TAKING ACTION.
*CONSISTENCY:* The last part is consistency in all the above steps, in the right sequence and keeping all of the above principles alive in every single training session, in every single movement, PRACTISING the skill of strength.
If I had to put it down to three basic principles, it comes down to this.
From there, every thing else flows towards the attainment of your goal.
4) Personal training is surely not just about “doing exercise” , what can you tell us about the physiological part behind any training? How important is the motivation and the mind set?
The motivation and mindset is huge. That’s where all of the above steps come into it, and with a Strength Coach, it takes all the guess work out of it because I can support you and guide you towards the attainment of your ONE DEFINITE GOAL.
5) What makes a good personal trainer?
A great, outstanding Personal Trainer is someone who genuinely cares about every single client, and treat his / her clients like millionaires, 100% acceptance, respect, acknowledgement, focused on the client’s safety and best performance.
Also, not just about the training but building and developing a friendship outside of training. Rewarding a client’s loyalty by taking them out skydiving or hang gliding. Surprise adventures.
6) Tell us a little bit about your personal training sessions and classes, what type of training can someone expect while working out with you?
Working out with me is a unique experience because I teach my client’s secrets of world champion olympic gymnasts and circus performers; treating it more as “strength is a skill” so to get really good at the skills, I teach my client how to “practise”. I promote bodyweight strength & conditioning as a unique way to developing my client’s best physique ever in the fastest possible time.
It’s always fun, charismatic, adrenalin-charged, and keep my clients focused on his / her intentions for Physique / Calisthenics.
Calisthenics roughly translates as “beautiful strength” and that’s what it’s all about when my clients train with me, strength as a beautiful art-form of human expression.
7) How important is nutrition in the path to achieve any personal training goal?
Nutrition is a massive part of any personal training goal. Something that I’ve personally been practising for 2+ years and would highly recommend to any client is the Warrior Diet which is intermittent fasting like a hunter. It promotes a lean, ripped, rock-solid physique.
A principle that would apply to ANY diet is always start with raw vegetables, then move on to proteins such as cooked meats or nuts, then cooked vegetables, and finally carbohydrates such as potatoes.
8.) We all know there are many personal trainers out there, what do we need to ask to a personal trainer before starting a program, how can we guarantee we are a good match to work together?
Firstly, I would say go with your intuition / instincts , if you feel that your trainer is genuinely interested in your success and wants to help you and there’s a mutual rapport, then I would say definitely work together.
It’s always good to find out their background, their qualifications, are they fully insured, do they listen to your feedback and then act upon it, are they honest & trustworthy, and most importantly do you get a good feeling with him / her; is the Trainer genuinely there to help you succeed and get the results you want.
9) What is a normal day in your life as a personal trainer?
Wake up before sunrise, practise my calisthenics & gymnastics outside in nature, morning meditation of Sun gazing and sometimes barefoot running as well.
First clients arrives between 6am and 8am so I run through a fun, adrenalin-charged session with them, sometimes group session of 3 or 4 clients all together, learning Wing Chun (Chinese boxing), most of my clients pay online through wire transfer, so I’d give them a tax invoice and receipt after the session. There’s a mutual trust and mutual respect between myself and all my clients. I always know they do the right thing with the wire transfer, sometimes 2 or 3 sessions paid in advance.
After about four or five clients, I usually rest and meditate in the afternoon, going into deep theta brainwaves and visualising, focusing on my future, my own goals and ambitions, the success of my clients, how happy they will be in 6-12 weeks time.
Then I would train another four or five clients in the afternoon and evening. Sometimes I drive to my clients and train them from their own home as a mobile personal training service.
Occasionally every once in a while I get fighters and gymnasts contacting me for elite sports-performance, so I train them in advanced calisthenics and advanced gymnastics, for an edge over the opponents and competitors.
The results speak for themselves, and it’s great training athletes because they put all the heart and spirit into the training, I can really push them beyond their limits.
10) Can you tell us about a personal training success story that can inspire us? Maybe one of your students? Maybe your own?
I’ll start with the success story of my cousin, name withheld for confidentiality. He started off as tall and skinny, low energy levels and sometimes fatigued easily. After a couple of weeks of my intense one-on-one Personal Training, he’s now doing full “evil wheel” rollouts (simple yet brutally effective) and his abs are ripped, defined, and rock-solid. This is along side with the Warrior Diet that he’s also been applying for the last couple of weeks.
He’s now able to do full unassisted pull-ups, the handstand, still learning and developing his handstand pushups, he’s master the one-leg squat which is a fantastic exercise, and he’s learning really quickly on frog stands and tuck levers. His energy levels are extremely high and he has a passion for life. With all the extra energy, he’s totally inspired by all of the ways I’ve pushed him beyond his edge.
My own success story is that I’m now at a point where I’m so close to the one-arm chinup and it’s within weeks of finally mastering it. I’m also proficient with one-leg squats, advanced tuck planche, handstand pushups and hanging leg raises. Always pushing myself beyond past personal bests and always improving and developing my art form.
11) Now, for the last question… we invite you to plug your personal training service. What makes you a Top Personal Trainer. what message do you want to send to anyone reading this and thinking of contacting you to start their personal training program?
I would say I’m open to training anyone, any age, any size, any current level of fitness. Always open to training more clients, genuinely want to help people, and I love seeing people succeed and attain their goals that they set out to achieve.
I want to let people know I’m here for them and support them 100% in the fitness goals and guide them to success beyond their wildest dreams. Willing to push you and help you to keep that fire of passion alive.
I do also teach Gung Fu which is Chinese boxing and very effortless flowing like water. I’m available to help clients all over Perth, mornings and evenings, and can do mobile personal training sessions from my client’s own home, I would charge slightly more to cover costs of fuel etc, but anything you guys want to know regarding fitness, nutrition, calisthenics, physique etc, please, feel free to ask me any thing, any time, and I will always be there to help.
Here is my website http://bodyflow.webstarts.com