Congratulations Corey St. Clair on being our Personal Trainer Of The Month! Corey was awarded the Bodybuilding.com Personal Trainer of the Month for his health and fitness contribution that he provides for his clients and beyond!
- BS in Health Promotion
- Boise State University
- Certified Fitness Trainer-ISSA
Rates: 35-50 depending on the scenario
[ Q ] Could you tell us a little about your background - personally and professionally?
Originally from Clearwater, Florida... My whole family is, you could say, kind of "into fitness". My brother has or currently competes in Rugby, Highland Games, Strongman and other various lifting contests.
My dad is a super stud with an expertise in benching and harassing me. My mom has done multiple marathons, a few bodybuilding shows, some strongwoman events, raise two sons as well numerous scholastic achievements.
I wanted to include them since they're part of team St. Clair for sure! I attended
Boise State and while there, Joe "Big House" Kenn coached and assisted my in competitive
powerlifting, power-eating and power-working!
I owe a lot to him as well. I started doing personal training in 2000 and shortly after started my own business - St. Clair Strength and Fitness. I continue to enjoy the fitness industry and all its quirks and blessings.
I also did my first strongman contest in June of 2000. It was in the lovely, bustling metropolis of Kokomo, Indiana. I was hooked from the first event and have competed all over the continental US and Hawaii.
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I enjoy it because it pushes me
mentally and physically, allows me to meet new people,
travel to fun places and lift heavy things!
[ Q ] When and why did you become a trainer?
I became a personal trainer after working in collegiate strength and conditioning at Boise State. I enjoy many things about it, but wanted to try it in a different arena. So, I started personal training in 2000 and started St. Clair Strength and Fitness in October of 2001.
[ Q ] What is your training style? What methods do you use?
And in the word of Jesse Marunde, "Strengthen movements on muscles." That being said, I obviously take each client's goals into consideration when designing their workout.
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[ Q ] Do you have examples of success stories from clients using your methods?
Too many to list! I have worked with such a variety of clientele over the years it's hard to just pick one or two.
From having a positive impact on a high school kid's life to helping a 44 year old woman understand that her body is important and so is she; it's all part of a day's work.
[ Q ] Who are some of your most notable clients?
They all have played a roll in making me and my business what they are today. I hope I have given them as much as they've given me.
Corey St. Clair
[ Q ] Can you please you give me an example diet and training program you put together for your clients.
After discussing goals, we often set up a meal plan that gives them ideas of what will help work towards the body or performance their shooting for. The meal plans often look similar to Body for Life, The Zone or Body RX.
As far as workouts go we take ideas from CrossFit, PX90, The Coach's Strength Training Playbook, Making the Cut... the list goes on and on. We basically just use our exercise pool and personal experiences to put together a workout that we think will work for each client.
[ Q ] What are the most common mistakes a client makes?
Thinking they can do it on their own. They started with a trainer for some direction. When they do it on their own, they may continue to exercise but the results will be different because the workouts are different.
Another issue clients often have is not doing what they're told. It makes me sad when, so often, a client asks what they should for better this or stronger that. When we give some recommendations they either ignore it or complain about it.
[ Q ] What are the most common mistakes you believe a trainer makes?
Thinking they know everything. Just like any profession, you must continue learning and improving yourself.
I can and have in the past. However, most of the people I work with meet with me on a regular basis.
[ Q ] How do you keep your clients motivated?
Reviewing goals and evaluating how their progress is. I think talking to clients and informing them on decision making, persistence, making good food choices and how little decisions add up to big consequences; I use a variety of methods.
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[ Q ] Do you train a male client differently to a female?
No. I train each person as an individual. Male or female.
[ Q ] How have you changed your approach to clients over the years of experience?
I think the biggest change I've made is to try and help them in their life and help them figure out how they got where they are and what they need to do to change, then we figure out how I can help them with those changes. I like to educate, inform and assist in a variety of ways.
[ Q ] How do you start a client on a new program? Do you do some kind of assessment?
Each client we have starts with the basic paperwork for some health history and then we discuss goals and go from there. I like to keep it as an open discussion.
[ Q ] Do you prefer to train male or female clients and why?
Either is fine. No preference.
[ Q ] Do you feel just as much like a psychologist as you do a personal trainer?
I think, like the word "friend", the term "personal trainer" may mean a variety of things at different times.
As long as boundaries and respect is kept in order the job of a "personal trainer" may include friend, advisor, grocery shopping assistant, meal planner, spotter, water bottle filler, etc. Each trainer is different and I have my own ideas and opinions as to what my job description can include.
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