Congratulations Gennaro Ferra on being our Personal Trainer Of The Month! Gennaro was awarded the Bodybuilding.com Personal Trainer of the Month for their success as a cook, variety of routines, and more!
- Bachelor of Education (PE)
- Certified Fitness and Nutrition Coach
- Personal Fitness Chef
Number Of clients: 30 plus
Rates: $120-$180 p/hr
[ Q ] When and why did you become a trainer?
I became a C.P.F.T. back in 1988 as a result of winning junior bodybuilding titles. Many athletes and bodybuilders came to me as a result of my success in these early shows and my background in nutrition and love for meal preparation and cooking.
[ Q ] What is your training style? What methods do you use?
My training style is instinctual yet goal and results driven based on the weaknesses and strengths of my clients. After many years of hands on experience in the industry I have many signature routines which I prescribe to my clients.
My methods are based on progressive overload while maintaining perfect technique and varied rep ranges using a variety of exercise apparatus and tools including the most vital the human body!
[ Q ] Do you have examples of success stories from clients using your methods? Any celebrity clients?
One of my clients lost 45 lbs of fat in 8 months. She was very consistent and disciplined with her workouts and nutrition program I had set for her. In addition to losing the weight she looked at least 10 years younger. Her muscle tone, posture, balance and agility had improved 100% and she truly embraced the healthy fitness lifestyle with passion and vigor.
[ Q ] If so, what programs (diet, nutrition, supplementation) did you use on particular celebrities?
My programs incorporate various forms of resistance training with isometric and static contractions coupled with whole body/multi-joint movement exercises. I have my clients perform a lot of
circuit training including one of my signature outdoor routines Versacamp
TM which involves
yoga, tai chi and Pilates.
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My Programs Incorporate Various Forms Of Resistance
Training With Isometric & Static Contractions.
[ Q ] What are the most common mistakes newbie's make?
Inability to listen to their clients minds, soul and body before, after and during their workouts. Some newbies tend to lack focus and not pay enough attention to the clients workouts and routines. Talking on a cell-phone or looking elsewhere during a training session should not be tolerated by the client or facility.
Tracking clients progress with assessments and meetings should be ongoing and part of the clients. Newbies should also set an example by practicing what they preach on a daily basis.
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I have often witnessed trainers who exercise less than twice a week and eat 1 or 2 poor meals a day. And there are those who simply eat too much too often and it shows. My clients would not stand for this and that is why my trainers and I are in world class athletic shape all year round!
[ Q ] What is your approach to nutrition? Do you set your clients up with a full diet plan?
Yes and guidelines. I also shop with them, cook and prepare their meals.
[ Q ] How do you keep your clients motivated?
By providing them with the results they desire and keeping the workouts, fun, exciting and challenging.
[ Q ] What is the average length of a client?
[ Q ] How have your changed your approach to clients over the years of experience?
I am more of a
motivator and problem solver now. I teach my clients to connect their minds to their bodies during all forms of exercise even if it's as basic as walking down stairs or placing dishes away.
[ Q ] How do you start a client on a new program? Do you do some kind of assessment?
Yes, I have a comprehensive online and in-person fitness assessment which involve postural and body balance analysis, girth measurements, body-fat percentages, before and after photos, records of workouts and nutrition and a series of
flexibility tests I have devised.
[ Q ] Do you prefer to train male or female clients and why?
I am challenged by both sexes provided they are serious and learn to adopt a passion for their health and wellbeing.
[ Q ] Have you learned more during your schooling years for personal training or during the hands on approach?
I have learned more during the hands on approach. I trained with some of the most elite athletes in the world including world powerlifting champion Ange Galati, Mr. Australia John Di-Stefano and Mr. Universe Sam Iaoniddes.
[ Q ] Do you feel just as much like a psychologist as you do a personal trainer?
Absolutely! Changing your life to develop a passion for health and fitness is a very serious and strict discipline. What people need to realize is that once you train your mind and body to love this life no longer becomes a chore but a pure pleasure and gift!
BEd PE, Mr. Australia, CPFT
Personal Fitness Chef