July 2, 2017

A Career Guide To Becoming A Personal Trainer

Do you consider yourself to be a health and fitness fanatic? Is a desk job your idea of hell? Would you love to work with people from all walks of life? If the answer to those questions is “yes,” you should consider becoming a personal trainer.

The main role of a personal trainer is to help their clients reach their desired health and fitness goals. It’s a rewarding job, and one that people who are passionate about fitness enjoy doing. In today’s blog post, I will share you with the details on how you can become a personal trainer.



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A day in the life of a personal trainer

When personal trainers meet clients for the first time, they learn of their health and fitness history. They will then agree to realistic goals and training programs for both a short-term and long-term basis.

Once they start working with their client, they will offer them a range of support services and advice. For instance, they will help to educate and motivate their clients. They can offer details on the best ways to make nutrition and lifestyle changes.

Personal trainers will even record progress using heart rate measurements and body fat levels. They can work with clients in their own homes, or at the local gym. When clients use equipment or running machines, they can also help them use those tools.


Part-time or full-time?

Some personal trainers do their work outside of their normal working hours. Whereas others could do the work full-time.

In my experience, a lot of personal trainers have day jobs as gym instructors and do personal training work “on the side.”


Working hours

For the most part, personal trainers work for themselves on a self-employed basis.

In those cases, they can set the hours and days that they work, so that it fits in around other lifestyle or work commitments.



Because most personal trainers work for themselves, they charge clients by the hour. Experienced personal trainers can earn up to $60 an hour. Rates rise for high-profile clients like celebrities for example.

If you work for a gym as a personal trainer, you can expect to earn up to $32,000 per year. You are likely to earn more money working for yourself than for a gym, but the downside is that your income is not guaranteed.



When you work for yourself, it is important you take out personal trainer insurance. It will cover you against any injuries to you or your clients. And it gives your clients peace of mind that they are dealing with a fitness professional.


How to become a personal trainer

The conventional way to becoming a personal trainer is to become qualified as a gym instructor.

There are plenty of college courses that you can take which will help you to achieve that goal. The benefit of doing that is you get to experience what it’s like working with other people.

Have you just become a personal trainer? What motivated you to become one? Feel free to share your stories below.

Whole Body Vibration and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Below is an interview I did for a local Ehlers-Danlos group. I felt would be good to share with the visitors to the site since they are among the many individuals who stand to benefit from this unique form of training and perhaps several are visiting this site in hopes of finding something that can help them. [Read more…]

Whole Body Vibration for Low Back Pain

There are many reasons for people to experience what has been collectively characterized as “low back pain” or “lumbago”. Among the more common sources are:

• Strong Physical Trauma (i.e. car accident, fall, heavy lifting).
• Emotional Trauma (i.e. anxiety, depression).
• Overuse (i.e. poor posture or alignment, excessive exercising).
• Underuse (excessive sitting at work, sedentary lifestyle)***

*** Underuse leads to weakness, resulting in overuse when being active. [Read more…]

Vibration Training and Fat Loss: Is Cardio Necessary?

As a Vibration Training studio owner, I have become quite familiar with the question, “I still need to do cardio right?”  This question, often asked with the intention of maximizing fat loss rather than any concern over cardiovascular health, is falsely based on the idea that exercise can be simply broken down into one of two categories, aerobic (“cardio”) or anaerobic (Vibration Training in this case). It is a question that exemplifies how little most people know about the science of exercise as it pertains to fat loss, and the incredibly brilliant yet complex metabolic pathways by which it is maximized. [Read more…]

Acceleration, Gravity and Vibration Training – Sorting It All Out

Anyone that has read through the posts and/or articles on this site will notice the emphasis that has been placed on the ACCELERATION output of a given Vibration Platform. While there are some other variables that need to be considered such as the frequency used to achieve higher levels of platform acceleration, the primary purpose of this article is to more clearly describe:

– What acceleration output is when it comes to vibration training.
– How the principle of acceleration relates to the force of gravity.
– How the force of gravity acts on us and influences our body.
– How increasing gravity with WBV safely strengthens our body.

With a thorough understanding of the above concepts, you will better comprehend [Read more…]

Scare Tactics: Preying on the Inexperienced Consumer

As someone who uses Vibration Training technology in both a Physiotherapy clinic with patients and a Vibration Training studio with fitness/wellness clients, I have a preference for Pivotal technology. The reasons for this are the subject of an entirely different article and let me make it clear that it is not my intention with this article to engage in a lineal vs pivotal debate. In fact, I believe that they both have a solid role to play in the growth of the industry.

What I hope to do here is address the rising number of scare tactics being used to dissuade individuals from purchasing a pivotal vibration platform. Often just desperate attempts by shady salesman to deceive inexperienced and often desperate individuals, it has become equally amusing and concerning to observe the increasing lengths these people are going to in order to make a sale. [Read more…]

VT.Net’s Guide to Opening a Whole Body Vibration Training Studio

Over the past couple years, there has been a dramatic increase in the body of international research supporting the positive influences of Whole Body Vibration (WBV) technology on everyone from collegiate athletes to senior citizens. With this, there has also been a rise in the number of people interested in opening a Vibration Training studio. What has become obvious however, based upon the growing number of conversations I have had with people considering studio ownership, is that they are too blinded by dollar signs to take the time to understand not only the industry and the marketplace, but the human body and how it responds to Vibration Training. [Read more…]

Dispelling Some Myths About Vibration Training

Recently, on this forum, an individual named Dave posted a series of comments related to the subject of Vibration training. Mostly written from the point of view of someone new to the industry and holding quite a bit of skepticism towards it, these posts touched on many of the beliefs that, despite an enormous body of research contradicting them, still unfortunately exist. These beliefs, which continue to prevent many individuals in need from benefiting from Vibration Training, are not only inaccurate as they pertain to Vibration Training, but also to any form of fitness training or technology.

In this post, I hope to attempt to dispel these myths once and for all. This is by no means an attack on Dave, but rather an opportunity to answer his comments more thoroughly, and in doing so, better educate the consumer and visitors to this site.

Please keep in mind that much like some of the material written below may go against what you have believe. It is also likely that in the future, newer ideas will be proposed, some of which may invalidate those contained here. This is nothing more than the process of evolution; the same process in which Vibration Training is currently playing a major role. [Read more…]

How to Properly Select a Platform – Part II

Basics of Vibration Training: Platform Types

We could categorize vibration training technology into two main categories:

• Pivotal

• Lineal

Some refer to a 3rd category, triplanar, however the majority of triplanar platform movement occurs via a uniform motion on the vertical axis and therefore falls under the category of Lineal. This lack of distinction is further supported by the fact that the majority of Lineal platforms, being incapable of delivering movement purely on the vertical axis, also have a 3D component. Lastly, worth consideration, is that some sources claim that 3D vibration is nothing more than a marketing term used to disguise a poorly manufactured platform that cannot control its vertical movement and thus moves excessively in the horizontal planes. With all this in mind, below you’ll find a diagram of the two primary platform types that we will discuss and the typical frequency and displacement ranges for each. Also take note of the other common terms often used to describe each method.

Pivotal: Triangular Oscillating, Oscillating, Side Alternating, Rotational, Tilting, Teeter-Totter.

Lineal: Vertical, Synchronous, Uniform, Piston, Flat, 3D, Elliptical, Triplanar
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How to Properly Select a Platform: Part I

Let’s begin the first part of this article by stating that all vibration platforms on the market have some, albeit limited in many cases, health value. It’s not about pivotal, lineal, sonic, triplanar etc., they all are capable of helping people improve their level of health. As will be discussed later however, some platforms have evidenced through research that they can provide these benefits. Other respectable manufacturers, having not enough research behind them yet, offer quality construction and superior engineering (as demonstrated by proper engineering tests performed on their platforms) to support their technology’s capabilities. These manufacturers, with time, will all likely demonstrate their efficacy through research. For the most part however, the majority of manufacturers simply choose to avoid making an effort. Instead, they resort to “piggybacking” on these other companies’ time and effort. These manufacturers, chasing the almighty dollar, make false claims and sell inferior equipment to the unknowing consumer. The majority of this equipment, often sold for “affordable” prices (and often made for pennies), is the primary factor behind the unfortunate slow growth of, and the increased skepticism held by others towards, the Vibration Training industry.
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