- Paperback: 206 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 3, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1468168274
- ISBN-13: 978-1468168273
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 517 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #651,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ignite the Fire -: The Secrets to Building a Successful Personal Training Career
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"Goodman shares the secrets of how to land your dream job in fitness, build a client list, and make money in the fitness game." - Livestrong (Rated one of the 21 Must-Read Health, Fitness, and Nutrition Books
"This book comprehensively covers everything you need to know to be successful in the field. All you need to do is apply the information and you'll be well on your way to a prosperous career" - Brad Schoenfeld (2011 NSCA Personal Trainer of the Year and Bestselling Author)
About the Author
Jonathan Goodman, CSCS, is the creator of the World's Biggest Collaborative blog for personal trainers (theptdc.com). He's been featured in Forbes, Men's Health, Muscle & Fitness, Livestrong, Schwarzenegger.com among others.
More than anything, he's a dude who thinks that personal training is the best job in the world and at the forefront of preventative care and wants to do everything he can to help trainers be successful. Currently he lives in Toronto, Canada.
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To be successful in the personal training business requires more than a formal exercise education or personal experience working out, it takes a deep understanding of psychology and human behavior as well extensive knowledge of business, sales and marketing, and learning it all is not easy when you don't have a mentor. When I started, there was virtually no guidance available in these missing areas of trainer education.
Today there are teachers who have been there, done it, figured it all out and are sharing their knowledge; people like Jonathan Goodman, a man who is known as the trainer of trainers. Jonathan's newly updated "Ignite the Fire", is a superb guidebook to the entire range of skills you must master to lead the field today.
Some of the information in the book may not be new to long-time experienced trainers, yet every trainer at every level is sure to pick up some valuable nuggets - some little tricks or insights they never thought of before that could make even the already established trainer even more successful.
For new trainers, especially those who are struggling to get business or carve out their unique niche where they fit best in the industry, this book will be indispensable and is worthy not just of reading, but of studying. The information could help you land your first client, make more money, get promoted or even score your dream job.
Some of the topics Jonathan covered that I thought were especially valuable included:
* Compliance: How to get your clients to stick with it by using the right motivation, inspiration and communication.
* Techniques to help your clients develop self-efficacy (and the psychology behind it)
* How to develop relationships and build loyalty with clients and with all the people in your business network
* Finding your right fit in the industry by reviewing the pros and cons of different types of training work including big box gyms, studios, in home training, garage gyms, community centers, medical facilities and online training
* New opportunities in online training and how to use the the web (blogs, social media, etc) to increase your visibility and business.
* How to adjust your approach to goal setting for clients based on their training experience and personality (using the old "SMART goals" approach may not work for everyone).
* Understanding intrinsic and extrinsic motivation
* How to set yourself apart from the competition, differentiate yourself, and why this is so important today.
* Why you should start broad and then become a specialist, whether that's low back pain prevention & rehab, getting great glutes, working with older clients, pre and post natal training and so on.
* How to sell personal training, even if you don't like sales and don't consider yourself a sales person (including a practical 5 step selling formula)
* A close look at the 10 types of clients and how to understand them and work with them effectively
* How to develop the social skills of the worlds best trainers, such as approaching clients on the floor, making small talk, getting rapport, helping quiet clients relax and open up and developing great questioning skills
* Also the "side bars" ("Keys to success in the fitness industry") featuring all the guest segments with some of the top trainers in the business were all very helpful because they gave real world, practical tips and advice.
In summing up, though this book covers all bases (as much as one book can do that), I think the strongest part is the attention it gives to understanding psychology and human behavior. When you understand the reality of the typical client's lifestyle and deeper motivations, and work with each individual, knowing where they're coming from, you'll develop a bond with your clients that a trainer who doesn't understand this will never achieve... one that will give you the edge.
And as the title implies, Ignite the Fire explains how to take your passion for fitness and pass it on to your clients, building an emotional connection with exercise for your clients, getting them excited to work out and keep doing it for life.
Although I ultimately ended up with a lot of success in the fitness industry, I wish I had this book when i started out in personal training. I'm sure it could have helped save me from years of frustration.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book directly from Jonathan. I had not read the previous edition so I can't make a comparison, though I have read his book on social media (also a great read), follow him on Facebook and visit the personal training development center (PTDC) regularly. On that note, I also recommend that trainers follow the PTDC for continuing education and for the list of must-read material Jonathan and his team compile/curate every week, which saves all of us a whole lot of time in staying up to date.
I did notice a handful of typos throughout the book. Something I have occasionally seen on his website and other articles as well. Not a huge deal at all, but definitely slows the flow of the writing and acts as an annoyance in a book that otherwise is smooth and enjoyable.
I also thought there was unnecessary redundancy book describes his block scheduling system and his focus system in two different sections. I didn't think it was necessary to describe twice in such detail. But this does not really detract from the overall message of the book.
Overall, this book is a wellspring of excellent information, and really does, as the title suggests "ignite the fire" within to succeed as a personal trainer. I would recommend it anyone looking to pursue a career in personal training.
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