Name: Jamie Free
Education/Certifications: B.S. Business Management, Ithaca College, CPT/FNC through NESTA
Location: Franklin Athletic Club Franklin, TN
Contact Info: (615) 435-3014
Number Of Clients: 10
Rates: $70 per hour
[ Q ] Could you tell us a little bit about your background personally and also your professional background in the industry?
Honestly, I fell in to this profession. I was working for a professional sports franchise in CA and I started shopping at a Max Muscle Nutrition Store. Long story short, I fell in love with the philosophy, quit my job and started training clients and working at Max Muscle. Now I own my own Max Muscle and train clients at FAC.
[ Q ] What made you want to become a personal trainer?
I was already living the lifestyle so I decided to capitalize on my passion. I became a trainer 3 years ago and haven't worked a day since. I love my job.
[ Q ] What is your training style? What methods do you use?
Well, my training style depends on the client and their needs. Some people need a firm hand others need a shoulder to lean on. The client dictates the style.
[ Q ] Do you have examples of success stories from clients using your methods?
I have one client who had lost a ton of weight prior to moving to Nashville and he wanted to put some muscle on while also losing weight. I really focused on his BF% and clothes sizing rather than weight. Through his hard work, he dropped two pants sizes and was the same weight. He loves the way he looks and he is hooked on fitness for life. This was in a matter of 2 months.
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I Have A Client Who, Through His Hard Work, Dropped
Two Pants Sizes While Staying The Same Weight.
[ Q ] Who are some of your most notable clients?
Client privacy is important to me.
[ Q ] What are the most common mistakes a client makes?
Form and nutritional habits. Most people have been taught poor form or have copied poor form. It's pretty much like teaching a new language. Also, people don't understand that you have to eat more frequently to lose weight. It baffles my clients when they eat 6 - 7 meals a day and reach their goals.
[ Q ] What are the most common mistakes you believe a trainer makes?
Getting into training for the money or because they think it's easy. I am not on a high horse or anything but if that's the reason you're in it, get out of my gym.
[ Q ] Do you set your clients up with a full diet and training plan for them to follow by themselves?
I do nutrition planning and training for all my clients. The goal is for me to provide them with everything they need, that includes nutrition which I believe is 85% of hitting your goal.
[ Q ] How do you keep your clients motivated?
When people see results, they get very motivated.
[ Q ] Do you train a male client differently to a female?
Hmm, I don't really. Like I said, style is dictated by the client not their gender.
[ Q ] How have your changed your approach to clients over the years of experience?
Well, it hasn't really changed over the years but client to client. I am very invested in my clients goals and will work them as hard as they need to be to reach them.
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I Am Very Invested In My Clients Goals And Will
Work Them As Hard As They Need To Reach Them.
[ Q ] How do you start a client on a new program? Do you do some kind of assessment?
I do a very in depth health history form and assessment.
[ Q ] Do you prefer to train male or female clients and why?
It does not matter to me. All people regardless of gender, size, etc have goals and someone needs to be there to help them.
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All People Regardless Of Gender Or Size
Have Goals And Someone Needs To Help Them.
[ Q ] Do you feel just as much like a psychologist as you do a personal trainer?
Sometimes I wish I had a leather couch for them to lay on. It is a very personal business and people trust me so I feel it comes with the territory.
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