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Strong By Design Podcast

Feb 12, 2020

Sure, personal training is an admirable career path, providing a great service to people who want to improve their health, wellness and get stronger...BUT these are the reasons WHY becoming a personal trainer may not be for everyone.

In fact, personal training can really suck at times. No matter your passion and love of something… if you’re too heavily invested in something it can burn you out!

Listen closely as coaches Chris Wilson and Brian Klepacki get real and share their personal account of over 30 years of combined training experience.


Strength Coach Brian Klepacki, MS, CSCS has been coaching (aka personal training) people for over 15 years. He has a Master’s degree in Exercise Science, is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist with the NSCA and he's also certified to do the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) which is used with high level athletes to assess their movement patterns.

Coach Chris Wilson took a different route… after graduating college with a degree in Communications he followed his fitness passions and began working for World Gym and surrounded himself with trainers, bodybuilders and health experts. After years of personal training and working with high level coaches like Powerlifter Lloyd Weinstein, Gym Owner Benjamin Prentiss and the legendary Charles Poliquin, he eventually moved onto gym management.


"You'll make good hourly wages but you're limited with how many hours you have in a week and how much energy you have." -Chris Wilson


Time Stamps

0:25 – Get to know your Strong By Design podcast hosts, Chris & Brian

5:01 – Why personal training can actually suck

9:42 – Coach Chris reveals one of his PT nicknames

12:31 – The time commitment for a personal trainer

19:33 – The ugly side of personal training

21:58 – Why being a personal trainer can make you “less” healthy

24:43 – Importance of keeping up to date with personal training trends

28:10 – Why you should choose the right personal trainer with quality certification(s)

39:08 – Factors leading to personal trainer burnout syndrome

42:00 – How to create a personal training program for your client

48:33 – Where you can go to find Critical Bench’s programs and exercise related videos


Resources – 5 Personal Training Videos:

5 Reasons Why Personal Training Sucks as a Career

How to Design a Personal Training Program for Any Client

How to Create the Perfect Personal Training Session for Your Client

Personal Training Workouts – Beginner to Advanced Training

Personal Training Certifications – Which Ones are BEST and Why?


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