Name: Angelo Peterson
Location: New York City, NY
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[ Q ] Could you tell us a little about your background - personally and professionally?
I'm 100% Greek, and I grew up on the West Coast. I worked as a professional model for 10 years before becoming a trainer. I've always been active, but really started focusing on weight training over the past 5 years. Since that time, I've transformed my body and I've packed on a good 50lbs of muscle. That experience really inspired me to want to learn more and help others transform their bodies and realize their physical health goals. I've been a personal trainer ever since.
[ Q ] What is your training style? What methods do you use?
I combine traditional weight training with core based functional training. This enables me to help my clients gain core strength while building lean muscle and burning fat.
[ Q ] Do you have examples of success stories from clients using your methods?
I pride myself on getting results for my clients. They range from weight loss to muscle gains to increases in cardiovascular fitness.
[ Q ] What are the most common mistakes a client makes?
Breaking form and moving too quickly through an exercise.
[ Q ] What are the most common mistakes you believe a trainer makes?
From my observation, not paying attention to the client, and a lack of focus on form.
[ Q ] How do you approach each client when it comes to structuring their routine? Do you set your clients up with a full diet and training plan for them to follow by themselves?
When I meet with a new client I ask them if they have any pre-existing health issues, any prior injuries, and what their current fitness regimen consists of. I then ask them what their goals are. All this gives me an idea of where they're at and where they want to go. Once I get them in the gym, I can further assess their fitness level by watching how they move.
I take all of this information into consideration when customizing and structuring their workouts. Every client is different, so you have to factor in all of these things to find the right routine that will enable them to reach their goals in a safe and effective way. I can cover the basics when it comes to diet, but for those clients who are looking to go deeper, I have a nutritionist that I work with that I refer them to.
[ Q ] How do you keep your clients motivated?
By staying positive, keeping them focused on the task and hand, and encouraging them.
[ Q ] Do you train a male client differently to a female?
I train each client individually. As I said before, each client assessment enables me to structure a program specific to the individual, factoring in all of his/her dynamics and coming up with a program that supports their issues, needs and goals.
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Every Client Is Different, So You Have To Factor In All Of These Things To Find The Right Routine That Will Enable Them To Reach Their Goals.
[ Q ] How do you start a client on a new program? Do you do some kind of assessment?
It's just like I said above: When I meet with a new client I ask them if they have any pre-existing health issues, any prior injuries, and what their current fitness regimen consists of.
[ Q ] Do you prefer to train male or female clients and why?
I enjoy training both.
[ Q ] Do you feel just as much like a psychologist as you do a personal trainer?
Each client is different. My first priority is to make sure that my clients stay focused. When I feel that the conversation is moving in a direction that's taking us off focus, I gently guide us back on track.
Some people come in, and they've had a really bad day and just need to vent. That's fine, but I really try to have them use the work they are doing in the gym as a way to get some of that out. Nothing better than taking your stress and frustration out on the weights!
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