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Personal trainer( Kim Hairston, Baltimore Sun / December 20, 2013 )
Billy Delorbe, of Maryland Athletic Club & Wellness Center, has been a personal trainer for 12 years.
What does your job entail?
A most important part of the job is motivating people. If a client is willing to take time out of their busy day to come and exercise, I need to make sure that we get the most out of the time they are with me. It's my responsibility to make sure that we are working towards their goals in a safe, efficient manner. Whether their goal is weight loss or running a marathon, I design a specific program that will help them safely and effectively achieve that goal. I monitor their progress and make adjustments to the program as we go.
What kind of schooling or training did you go through?
I have several certifications, including personal training, as well as more specialized certifications, such as corrective exercise specialist and performance enhancement specialist. Additionally, I am always looking to further my knowledge and expertise with additional course work, seminars and specialty trainings.
What inspired you to this career?
While in college I needed a way to subsidize my income. I was already working in a gym and constantly interacting with the members, and my supervisor approached me one day and asked if I would be interested in becoming a personal trainer. She thought I would enjoy it because of my passion for fitness. I studied for my first certification, passed, and off I went. As an educated mathematician, it certainly was a digression from the path I was on in terms of my career. Fitness became my passion. And helping others achieve their goals felt even better.
What do you like best about your job?
The best part of my job is watching someone do something they thought they could never do. There's almost nothing more satisfying to witness. It could be something as simple as climbing a few flights of steps without getting winded or as hard as climbing that dreaded rope from grade school! When you help someone make there life better it makes you feel good.
What are the challenges?
A major challenge as a trainer is making sure that your clients stay on the right path when they are not with you. It's easy for me to control the situation when they are right there with me, but that's usually for just an hour at a time, three times a week.
Another challenge is making sure that you are always ready and energetic. As a trainer you have to be present in every session you have during the day. You're there for the client, and no matter how tired you may be, you need to give them your best every time.
The median annual pay for fitness trainers and instructors in 2010 was $31,090, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.