AESHA WAKS (April 2018)

What made you choose a career in personal fitness training?

My former David Barton trainer inspired me by the amount she changed my life. I am also an actress and find training to be a healthier option to bartending regarding some flexibility. I also know how to help heal eating disorders and body image issues because of helping myself through experience and have a passion for weight lifting.

What aspect of personal fitness training do you like most?

I love counseling clients to get to the root of their goals and I love motivating pumping iron and seeing clients get to goal. I prefer heavier weights and less reps as my signature style.

What made you choose the IFPA?

Before I became a P.T. I hired an amazing trainer at David Barton gym for years to learn the ropes. I became involved in the trainer circuit and heard about IFPA through word of mouth.

If you have taken more than our PFT course, what has been your favorite certification course?

Basic personal training, advanced personal training as well as Sports nutrition have all been an essential part of my career in sports. I look forward to continuing my education with Fit bits as well.

What are some adjectives your clients would use to describe you?

Caring, light hearted, helpful, achiever.

What qualities set you apart from other personal trainers? Education? Experience?

I feel anything I commit myself to, I invest 100 percent of myself and take to the next level. I don’t only teach standard and practice, I also have some of my own theories and plans that I create and customize for clients. I like to get to the root of the problem and motivate in ways the clients will personally respond to. This is not just a job , it’s what I love, what I do and when you find something you love, there is not a day of work in our life! Everyone has it in them to get on the road that I am on, but one must be self motivated and driven by passion and the pure joy one receives by knowing they made a difference. This isn’t just something I feel, it’s something I am proving every day, like the others out there I truly look up to.

What is your best success story?

I have extended my love for fitness into writing my own book called “ The model Body Plan” on I have cured myself of some serious eating disorders and handed my diary into a professor at NYU for my undergrad degree and she suggested I publish. The book helps fight eating disorders by outlining fact from fad regarding popular diet theories and I distinguish scientific evidence from marketing fluff. Most recently I won 1st place state title of Ms. New York and 2nd runner up in nationals, in the Woman of Achievement pageant. My platform was the fight against eating disorders. I also do group therapy life coaching for eating disorders at the YMCA as well as advanced P.T. and sports nutrition diet planning.

How has the PFT business changed since you started?

I find it more flexible as well as open minded.

How do you envision growing your personal training business?

Keep staying in the public eye making discoveries and attaining as many referrals as possible.

What is your best advice to someone just starting their career as a personal trainer?

Have your own identity and beliefs laid out to set yourself apart for client interest and love what you do!

What was the hardest challenge you had to overcome in your personal training career?

Coming in with no clients and doing just floor work till I was able to build a starter base with my supportive boss.

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