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Personal Trainer Of The Month: Rick Brennan!

Congratulations Rick Brennan on being our Personal Trainer Of The Month! Rick was awarded the Personal Trainer of the Month for his health and fitness contributions that he provides for his clients!

Vital Stats

Name: Rick Brennan
Age: 36
Location: Gold Coast, QLD Australia
Contact Info:,
Rates: $80 - $100 AU per session
Number Of Clients: 50 regular clients per week
Education/Certification: Certificate IV Fitness Trainer, Nutritionist, AFL Coach & Athlete

[ Q ] Could you tell us a little about your background - personally and professionally?

Over the past 20 years I have established myself as a successful achiever in the fitness industry. Starting out as a gym floor trainer in small gym on the Gold Coast where I built myself a loyal client base. I was then was offered an opportunity not to be missed, to play football with a reputable Victorian team. Unfortunately, due to too many injuries I had to give up my dream of playing professional football.

Whilst recovering from my injuries I put on well over 25kgs in body fat and found myself feeling unmotivated and unhealthy. I realised I needed to change my life for the better. I then embarked on a life changing personal fitness journey back in 2003, where I won the Australian Ironman magazine overall 12 week Bodyblitz challenge.

Since completing this challenge I have gone from strength to strength. In 2007 I took out the Mr World title in Germany and many more State and National Titles before that. I am now the proud owner of Onelife Health & Fitness in Broadbeach and am still challenging myself. I am now in preparation to compete on the World stage again later this year.

Over The Past 20 Years I Have Established Myself As A Successful Achiever In The Fitness Industry.
Over The Past 20 Years I Have Established Myself
As A Successful Achiever In The Fitness Industry.

[ Q ] When and why did you become a trainer?

After so many years in the fitness industry I realised the rewards you get from exercise, nutrition and supplementation. It can give someone so much more than just a good looking body; it can change their lives in so many ways. Whether it is work, relationships, confidence and a general sense of well being. I find great satisfaction in helping people achieve their goals and finding happiness and confidence in themselves. I love training and challenging myself and assisting my clients in reaching their goals.

[ Q ] What is your training style? What methods do you use?

Each program is designed to suit an individual. That is part of my training style. Some clients I may use Heavy Lifting techniques and Plyometrics Movements combined with a cardiovascular routine. Some of these techniques are the basis of my training methods they are just altered to suit an individual's needs.

[ Q ] Do you have examples of success stories from clients using your methods?

I have had the pleasure of assisting in many success stories but a few that come to mind are helping a 46 year old male with serious heart and health complications lose over 70kg and is now himself a personal trainer. One of my most recent and pleasurable experiences is with my client Rick Goddard training him through his personal battle with bowel cancer which he beat and I am now getting him ready to compete in his first ever bodybuilding competition at the age of 50.

[ Q ] Who are some of your most notable clients?

I have trained a wide range of clients. Some of my clients being thriving athletes local and national media personalities and successful business owners. But no matter the notoriety of a client they all have goals that deserve and get the same treatment and attention to achieve them. All of my clients are notable to me.

No Matter The Notoriety Of A Client They All Have Goals That Deserve And Get The Same Treatment.
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No Matter The Notoriety Of A Client They All Have
Goals That Deserve And Get The Same Treatment.

[ Q ] Can you please you give me an example diet and training program you put together for your clients?

Each client has different needs but with all diets I put them on a routine of 6 small meals a day consisting of a mix of complex carbohydrates, proteins and natural fats. Each training program consists of a split body part weight training routine combined with a cardiovascular schedule and in some cases the addition of Plyometrics.

[ Q ] What are the most common mistakes a client makes?

Inconsistency in their diet and training and losing focus of their goals. Not being honest with themselves and applying the discipline they need to succeed in their goals.

[ Q ] What are the most common mistakes you believe a trainer makes?

First and foremost not establishing the client's personal goals and desires and learning what individually motivates a client, as each client is motivated by different methods. Not paying attention to their clients training by not correcting their form which can cause injury or lack of results, not pushing them through their sets so they can achieve their best result.

[ Q ] Do you set your clients up with a full diet and training plan for them to follow by themselves?

I always monitor all of my clients closely! When they are training in my gym it is in session with me or they follow a program I have designed for their own maintenance. I always follow up my clients on a weekly basis and give them an at home maintenance program that they can use on days they don't make it into the gym.

[ Q ] How do you keep your clients motivated?

I always give my clients realistic short term and long term goals based on what they want to achieve. I monitor their results closely and am always available to them for advice or just simply an update on their progress. I have 3 simple rules I like to follow and impress upon my clients.

  1. Have ambition to achieve
  2. Believe 100% in attaining your goals
  3. Not compromise in our commitment

I Always Give My Clients Realistic Short Term And Long Term Goals Based On What They Want To Achieve.
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I Always Give My Clients Realistic Short Term And
Long Term Goals Based On What They Want To Achieve.

[ Q ] Do you train a male client differently to a female?

Most definitely! Men and women have different body parts they wish to accentuate and have large differences in strength and endurance. Most men are looking to gain muscle, lose body fat and define where most women are looking to lose body fat, define and shape with less muscle mass.

[ Q ] How have your changed your approach to clients over the years of experience?

I have learned to listen to my clients! Establish their personal needs and, any health issues or previous injuries. Their likes and dislikes and tailor a program that is easy for them to follow because it is designed around things they enjoy and like.

[ Q ] How do you start a client on a new program? Do you do some kind of assessment?

Yes, I always sit with my new clients and list their emotional and physical goals. Their likes and dislikes and how much time they are willing to commit. From here I take their measurements so we have a guide to see results and then get them started on a personal program.

I Always Sit With My New Clients And List Their Emotional And Physical Goals.
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I Always Sit With My New Clients And
List Their Emotional And Physical Goals.

[ Q ] Do you prefer to train male or female clients and why?

I mostly prefer to train men as I have spent many years preparing males for competition and because of my own personal competition results I find I am more in tune with what a males body needs to progress.

[ Q ] Do you feel just as much like a psychologist as you do a personal trainer?

Yes a lot like a psychologist at times. As you are spending so much one on one time with each client and assisting them to achieve something personal to them it is important to gain their trust and for them to feel comfortable with you.

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