Name: James Villepigue
Location: Long Island, NY
Contact Info: email@example.com
Rates: Range depending on frequency and volume: $100-$200 per session
[ Q ] Could you tell us a little about your background - personally and professionally?
I was 18 when I first became a trainer. To be honest, I didn't originally become certified with the intent to help others. I was a hurting unit and drastically needed to shape up both physically and emotionally. I was obese, I was bulimic, I was depressed, and I was on a direct path of personal sabotage and total destruction.
I applied myself, learned everything I possibly could through schooling and in the gym trenches. I immediately began implementing all sound principles into my life and quickly turned my life around. As I became healthy and fit, I gained the confidence and courage I needed to crack out of my shell and take on the world.
I suddenly felt an incredibly strong need to help others do what I did for myself. I always loved helping people, but now I knew for certain, that I could offer people in need something extraordinary, that would forever change their lives.
At 19 I began working for a personal training boutique and I worked with an array of body types and personalities. I couldn't get enough, and after years of training, I began developing my own training systems.
[ Q ] What is your training style? What methods do you use?
My clients would say that I am a very thorough and no-nonsense trainer. They would say that I am strict, but fair. I love to have fun and it certainly shows while I'm training a client. If you can't have fun, your client will eventually become bored and will lose the necessary motivation to keep their fitness regimen a daily practice.
I believe in being strict, but I also believe that a trainer can easily go overboard when you become too much of a drill sergeant...especially with younger people. Unless there is a dire need, such as a medical emergency or some other important call to action, being too strict can totally be ineffective.
If you are too strict, people tend to rebel and will retract back to their original ways. This is one of the reasons why I don't use that "Drill Sergeant" tactic when training - I believe in tough love, but it must be used appropriately and strategically.
To be too regimented can also be a deterrent to a person's fitness success. I believe there is nothing more potent than the empowerment of having a direct plan of action, but you must allow detours. As we all know, "life happens", and it's up to us to learn how to navigate our way. My methods of training are well organized and designed to make my client's job as straight forward as possible. It's like Map Questing a direct route to your ideal body. There's no guess work. Each workout is a step-by-step plan and you simply follow the directions.
In terms of my training methods, I have created many different training systems over the years. I'm known best for my "14-Day-Body Sculpting Program". This system was the backbone of my "Body Sculpting Bible" line of books. The system is based on the principles of periodization training.
Every 14 days, the program slightly changes to help prevent training plateaus from setting in. I was one of the very first fitness authors to introduce this style of training to the mainstream. More recently, I have created a system called, "Burst Bout Training". Burst Bout training is based on training for both repetitions and also an allotment of timed rounds or "bouts".
The sequence of exercises is performed with a burst of great intensity. This style of training leads to extraordinary body composition changes. It's an ideal system for those who want to burn body fat, add some lean muscle mass and improve their overall physical performance. My programs are perfect for those who have limited time and want to achieve amazing results, quickly.
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The "14-Day-Body Sculpting Program" Was The Backbone
Of My "Body Sculpting Bible" Line Of Books.
[ Q ] Do you have examples of success stories from clients using your methods?
Over the last ten years, I have built one of the most successful fitness book franchises in history. To date, I've written 22 books and have sold over a million copies worldwide. It makes me incredibly proud to know that my training systems have helped many hundreds of thousands of people achieve their fitness goals.
[ Q ] Who are some of your most notable clients?
Last year, I brought a 310 pound young man down to 220 pounds. The radical change completely changed his and his family's lives. He recently sent me a letter about how I "saved his life!" I've had many successful outcomes with my clients, but I have to say that this was a major total life transformation!
[ Q ] Can you please you give me an example diet and training program you put together for your clients?
I typically have my clients follow a diet low to moderate in carbohydrate, high in protein, and moderate in fat. As a species, we aren't well adapted to the low fat, high carbohydrate, grain-centered diet which is recommended by so many modern day nutritionists.
The Agricultural Revolution had a profound effect on human nutrition. My nutritional plan isn't some dieting gimmick or get-thin-quick scheme that was conjured up to gain a lion's share of the diet craze. Look at it this way, if it's a fad diet, it's a two-and-a-half-million-year-old fad.
Along with my co-authors, I've designed a nutrition program, not as a "diet" but simply as a better way of choosing what to eat. Better choices for better outcomes. It naturally helps my clientele burn fat, build lean muscle, and feel noticeably more energized, while decreasing estrogen production and the risk of cardiovascular disease. It combines the best of our ancient eating patterns with the latest science on nutritional supplements to create a unique plan for achieving a person's greatest potential.
As far as training goes, I'm all about creating a direct plan of fitness action. It's essential for those expecting optimum results. This plan of action is very much like a business plan. What would happen if you did business without a plan? You'd likely fail at it. If you had success, it was luck, not planned. A fitness plan is much the same.
The workout plan should show, step-by-step, which muscles a client will train, the sequence of exercises, the precise number of sets, repetitions, the amount of rest between sets, the prescribed lifting tempo and the time under tension. You should also know exactly the total time it will take you to get in and out of the workout session. When people wing their workouts, it's like guessing which way to go during a road trip. Your chances for success are slim to none and your chances of getting lost and not reaching your destination are great!
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When People Wing Their Workouts, It's Like
Guessing Which Way To Go During A Road Trip.
[ Q ] What are the most common mistakes a client makes?
It's a difficult thing to follow a clients every move outside of the gym. I believe in holding my clients accountable in all facets of their training regimen: exercise, nutrition, mind-set, rest and recovery, etc. Most people have the most difficult time with their nutrition. It's either they're skipping meals and end up binging on too large a meal or they battle with the lack of will power and give in to their temptation by eating what they shouldn't.
This is why I provide meal plans. It takes the guess work out of the equation and shows the client precisely what to eat and when. Listen, life happens and you're bound to have hiccups along the way. What's important is getting right back on track and not allowing a few hiccups completely sabotage your strong potential for success.
Lesson: It's much easier to give up just before you reach incredible success. For whatever reason, subconsciously, many people are more afraid to succeed than they are to fail. It takes them out of their comfort zone or as I like to refer to, "The Insanity Zone"!
[ Q ] What are the most common mistakes you believe a trainer makes?
My biggest pet peeve is when I see trainers text messaging, drinking coffee or talking to someone, while they're training a client. Most clients would not think to reprimand their trainer, but you know what, they should. A trainer is being paid to pay total attention to their clients, and is responsible for making sure that there are as little controlled distractions as possible.
Another one is when I see a trainer allowing their clients to use improper exercise form and technique. We as trainers have a responsibility to deliver our clientele safe and effective training. If we're training our clients and they're using improper form, not only have we wasted their money, but we've held them back and put their safety in jeopardy.
When I see this in the gym, there are usually two reasons why this happens. Either the trainer isn't properly educated about proper exercise technique and the relation between that exercise and the body's natural mechanics or they're simply too busy playing the role of fitness trainer.
[ Q ] Do you set your clients up with a full diet and training plan for them to follow by themselves?
I always create a detailed plan of action for my clients. It could be that they leave for vacation or business and need a routine for the road. It's a means to keep them on track no matter what.
My philosophy is that trainers should do everything they can to educate their clients. I teach my clients what they need to know, in order to ultimately go off on their own. The empowerment that takes place is remarkable. When I see a client ready to leave the nest, it's one of my most proud moments.
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My Philosophy Is That Trainers Should Do
Everything They Can To Educate Their Clients.
[ Q ] How do you keep your clients motivated?
In a nut-shell, clients want to see results! If they don't look and feel healthier, they're done. There's no sugar coating that. It is my job to help my clients achieve results on a daily basis. The changes may not necessarily be aesthetic every day, but they should at least feel a marked change in their overall health and conditioning. One of my objectives is to bring out the best within my clients. I want them to recognize just how capable they are to achieve massive and rapid results.
Most of my clients are interested in shedding body fat and adding some lean muscle. My programs are designed to help them do this as quickly and safely as humanly possible. I retain my clientele because they stay motivated and they know that they're consistently improving and getting better.
[ Q ] Do you train a male client differently to a female?
Men and women often have different goals. My male clients often want to work on their upper bodies and my female clients on their lower bodies.
The men I train are typically looking to shed body fat and add muscle. They want to get stronger and improve conditioning also, but loss of body fat and muscle gain is often the main goals.
My female clients also want low levels of body fat, but many of them want to add muscle and gain strength. I use a lot of what I refer to as "real life exercises" in our regimens. These are functionally based movements that help change body composition and improve overall physicality.
[ Q ] How have your changed your approach to clients over the years of experience?
I'm always learning, and I am eager to know what works, what doesn't and exactly why. Anyone who tells you that they know enough or that their program is the only program that works is an idiot. I've definitely changed my approach to training over the years.
Science based training is an ever changing field. It often takes money for these scientists to conduct studies on the effectiveness of particular training techniques and unfortunately most people don't want to spend the money. If you look back even a few years ago, the science is always changing. If you ask a lot of exercise physiologist, "Which technique is right?" Don't be surprised if they said, "Yes!"
It's difficult to say with absolute certainty whether a specific exercise regimen or technique is the best or most effective one. If an expert did, he might be eating crow in a week, when another expert said something completely different. They'd both be wrong.
My current training systems are a cumulative mix of techniques and training regimens that work extraordinarily well for my clients. I base as much of my training prescription on the science available and keep a close eye on my clients results so that we know if something is working or not. At the end of the day, it comes down to making sure that my training is sound, solid and results oriented.
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My Current Training Systems Are A Cumulative
Mix Of Techniques And Training Regimens.
[ Q ] How do you start a client on a new program? Do you do some kind of assessment?
With the launch of mine and my Co-author's, Rick Collins, new book entitled Alpha Male Challenge we set the bar when it comes to assessing a client's current physical condition and attitude. I take specific body measurements, conduct a few physical assessments and have the client answer about 10 questions concerning the state of their current attitude; degree of confidence, courage, commitment and conscience.
At the end of this 20 minute assessment, they receive their Alpha Factor score. This tells us where they currently stand on the scale, in which areas they need to work on and improve and provides a blueprint of where we should head in terms of their overall training program. Don't let the name fool you. The MaleScale assessment is being used by many trainers to help assess their male and female clients and it's had a major positive impact on how effective training should be carried out.
[ Q ] Do you prefer to train male or female clients and why?
I enjoy working with men and women of all ages and from all walks of life. I really like the diversity of personalities and love the challenge of helping my clients reach just about any health and fitness goal they have.
My clients often walk in the door doubting themselves and within a few weeks, they seriously become forces to be reckoned with. It's a combination of a boost in their physical and mental strength that bring them to this and it's something that fuels my passion for training. I also work with teens. The current obesity crisis is not going away anytime soon and it's especially the teens who we need to help get on the right path.
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It's A Combination Of A Boost In Their Physical
And Mental Strength That Bring Them To This.
[ Q ] Do you feel just as much like a psychologist as you do a personal trainer?
I am absolutely a counselor as much as I am a fitness trainer. Over the years, I have recognized just how important it was for my clients and readers to feel like they had the assistance of someone who was non-judgmental, someone who was a good listener and capable of thinking outside the box, to help them make their lives more manageable and enjoyable.
I didn't become a bestselling author because someone came knocking on my door with an opportunity. It took strategic planning, organization and massive action that got me to where I truly wanted to be. I have learned and mastered these steps and today have the amazing opportunity to teach others how to get from where they currently are to where they truly want to be.
These success principles have been derived from a combination of my work through schooling, studies through the various organizations that I'm certified under, my real life work in the "trenches", and my Life/Empowerment coach training. This very unique process utilizes the best of therapy, consulting, mentoring, and even friendship, to create a unique client-helper relationship. This relationship is a powerful alliance-a partnership of sorts-to help my clients reach their fitness goals.
My program's focus on change and accepts that change will always happen. And although change is not necessarily controllable, our impressions of it and reactions to it are. It isn't easy for any of us to deal with our sometimes rapidly changing lives. The coaching relationship helps my clients not only to manage, but thrive, in the face of change.
I challenge my clients to take the time to focus on what they really want and help them to recognize and break through what is holding them back from manifesting their dreams. People are tired of doing what they "should" do and desire to experience a fuller life by doing what they "choose" to do.
I help my clients do just that - experience the life of their choosing.
In summary, my coaching background helps people tap into their inner purpose and passion and connect that with outer goals and tasks to bring about extraordinary physical results. This often extends much further than just achieving aesthetic changes to a person's physique. The results spill over in to all aspects of my client's lives and that for us both to see and experience.
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