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Ignite the Fire: The Secrets to Building a Successful Personal Training Career (Revised, Updated, and Expanded) Paperback – February 10, 2015

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"A look at personal training that goes beyond the textbooks"
- Muscle & Fitness magazine (print)

"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 besuccessful 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)

"I wish I had it when I first started training."
- Jason J Durham (Amazon Verified Purchase)

"Jonathan Goodman breaks the information up in a way that's easy to digest and gives examples of how this information can be and has been applied before."

- Jeremy (Amazon Verified Purchase)

"Everything I needed to know was laid out and quickly put me on par or even ahead of colleagues who had already been in the industry for a few years."
- Bryan (Amazon Verified Purchase)

"This is very detailed and fascinating approach to help You understand what this profession is all about."
- Active Kinetics (Amazon Verified Purchase)

"Goodman presents practical advice in a direct way, with real and relatable examples that seem more and more applicable as I see more clients."
- Sarah Hoffman (Amazon Verified Purchase)

"The best and most comprehensive book on personal training I've read in 10 years."

- Kyle Wenger (Amazon Verified Purchase)

"This book should totally be a requirement for all personal trainers to read!"
- Ashley Rose Espinosa (Amazon Verified Purchase)

"Within days of reading it, I could already feel my anxieties melt away. I hadn't yet trained one client, but I already felt prepared for what was to come."
- Shane Hubbard (Amazon Verified Purchase)

"This book has helped me overcome my Achilles Heel (business savviness)."

- Chris (Amazon Verified Purchase)

"This book has truly helped me set myself apart from all the trainers at my gym (hopefully they don't read this :)"
- Mike (Amazon Verified Purchase)


"I didn't find one chapter that wasn't valuable, no fluff. I am just getting in to the personal training space at 45 years old, and this book provided me with a blueprint, take away tips, and great advise."
- Paul Boyajian (Amazon Verified Purchase)

"This isn't your normal "how to become a personal trainer" book. Those are boring. "

- Craig (Amazon Verified Purchase)

"Actionable steps are included in every chapter, so you not only gain knowledge but you also learn how to translate that knowledge to help REAL people in REAL LIFE."
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From the Author

Hey,

I'm Jon or, as most call me, Coach Jon.

I believe that personal training is the best job in the world and I work hard to give everyone a chance to build a successful, fulfilling, and profitable career. Everything I teach and preach is rooted in integrity.

Through my work, I've helped thousands of trainers grow their career and I share everything I know in my books.

Whether you're a new or experienced trainer, I think I can help you. Please enjoy my books and I'd love for you to check out my site, the Personal Trainer Development Center (theptdc.com).

Thanks,

Coach Jon
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2 edition (February 10, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1505787610
  • ISBN-13: 978-1505787610
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (288 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,931 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 years ago, I graduated with a degree in exercise science, got certified by the ACSM and NSCA, and then dove into personal training in both small rural 'mom and pop gyms' and later in large metro area health clubs. But four years of college, the top certifications and even 6 years of bodybuilding (including winning 2 state titles by age 21) did not arm me with everything I needed to know to be successful, and for years, I struggled, literally, just to pay the rent and put food on the table.

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.
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This book landed me a job at one of the most respected gyms in Toronto.

I memorized the interview process laid out in Ignite the Fire and used it (almost word-for-word) during the interview process to get hired at one of the most well respected gyms in Downtown Toronto.

Not only does it teach this, but it gives you a game plan for setting yourself up with a successful personal training career.

I would recommend this as a "must have" for every Personal Trainer (new or old).
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This book taught me what I needed to build a strong business from the ground floor up.

This book is more than sales (which you'll learn how to do as well), as Jon covers dozens of important points in-depth to build your business:

* 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.
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I am so fortunate to have discovered Jonathan Goodman's Books Ignite The Fire. I believed the first edition was the best advice anyone aspiring to be a personal trainer/coach but he has eclipsed his first book with his revised edition Version 2. More than a great read it is engaging conversation with Jonathan guiding you no matter where you are in your journey. Ignite The Fire, V1 & 2, is truly the only book you will need to develop efficient business systems to understanding your role as a trainer in today's world of personal training. It's my go to reference guide!
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There's a lot... and I mean A LOT of BS in the fitness industry when it comes to "the business of fitness". The one thing I can't stand is those that tell me how I should run my fitness studio and never have been in the grind.

Jon has been there. It shows in his writing. He knows you can't "make 100k" this month just by some fancy marketing scheme baked up in someone's mind.

This book is a reflection of what it takes to be in the thick of it all!
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