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[S P O T L I G H T ] LFDISCIP G@SE LIN EG E. GR CO M GREGG MIEHLE CERTIFICATIONS & EDUCATION NASM-CPT; USA Weightlifting Sport Performance Coach; IDEA Elite Personal Fitness Trainer; C.H.E.K Level 2 Holistic Lifestyle Coach; Liberal Arts & Sciences degree from Rockland Community College. Trainers are general contractors — we try to keep an eye on the “plumbing” or “electricity.” People can say that we’re coaches, and that’s all we do, but we often see clients more than they see their doctors, so we must establish a great relationship with them. ,W .MYSPACE.COM/SE LF WW DI S QUALITY RELATIONSHIPS I take what is called the “Jerry Maguire” approach to training. By taking on a lot of clients, I was losing touch, so I began working with fewer clients and spending more quality time with them. Working with a gym, I would see clients only two hours a week, and there’s 160 hours in a week — most likely, they won’t initiate change in that time. The biggest “losers” work out three to five hours a day! STUDY, STUDY, STUDY SOME MORE There’s a lot more to training than earning an exercise science degree. I advise new trainers to constantly stay ahead of the curve. Read everybody’s information, and try everybody’s program. Read the latest books on certifications, even if you’re already certified. Ask yourself: What are they doing over in Iowa or Germany with their programming? Try it, try it, try it! There’s a point where I try to do mentorships with the top health and training facilities in the world to know what is going on. It’s tough to go to a world conference and spend a couple of hours to only get a taste of it. Imagine seven days of spending several hours in the trenches, reading books, staying active on blogs and keeping up on certifications! SELF-DISCIPLINE There’s a reason why I branded Self-Discipline in my training; without self-discipline, there’s nothing. Clients control their environment — their environment doesn’t control them. Food doesn’t jump into their mouths. If they go into the gym five days in a row and achieve self-satisfaction then go out to eat five days in a row, they’re not practicing self-discipline. I try to make clients conscious of what and why they do things. I even give my clients a “Self-Discipline” band as reminder of the other 23 hours that I’m not with them to make conscious decisions. Every day I get up, I’m on a structured schedule, whether I’m self-educating, training my clients or putting in family time — or dog time. Us young and hungry trainers need to “keep up with the Joneses.” We need to want it. It’s not a part-time thing; it’s what you do for a living. And the difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do. SEPTEMBER2008 · WWW.FIT-PRO.COM 34 E IN PL CI http://WWW.FIT-PRO.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Personal Fitness Professional - September 2008

Personal Fitness Professional - September 2008
Letter from the Editor, Writers
Adding Pilates and Yoga to Your Clients' Workouts
Combating Youth Obesity
Prescription for Success
NEW! The Balancing Act
Technical Necessities
Product Profiles
Current Controversies
Mark Your Calendar
Coaching Your Client's Diet
Life Coaching 101
Exercise Spotlight
Product Profiles
New on the Market
[Spotlight] Gregg Miehle

Personal Fitness Professional - September 2008