HASSAN KARNIB (April 2020)

What made you choose a career in personal fitness training?

From a very young age, I had a great love for all sports. I earned a PhD in biophysics because I was always passionate about the sports industry. Being a personal trainer gave me the chance to apply what I learned during my PhD and help others to reach their goal in a safe and scientific way.

How long have you been a Personal Trainer?

I have been a personal trainer for 2 years

What made you chose the IFPA?

IFPA is a well-recognized and professional academy. They teach PFT in a very professional and scientific way. Safety is their number one rule and this is what I wanted to learn. In addition, it’s one of the top 10 academies worldwide, so I immediately choose IFPA-Lebanon. It was the perfect fit for me.

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

Strict, Professional, Knowledgeable, Passionate about his job

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

What sets me apart from other Personal trainers is that I have a higher educational level. I know what the body needs and how to train different body types. Finally, the most important thing is that I applied what I learned from IFPA PT Book to my practice.

What aspect of personal fitness training do you like most?

Positive influence on my clients’ lifestyle

What is your best success story?

There are many, but one story touches my heart.

I started to train a client having severe anemia and very low muscle mass. She wasn’t able to exert any physical effort.  For instance, simple things like holding her bag or climbing the stairs were impossible for her.

After 4 months of resistance training (4 times per week) she was able to go about her daily lifestyle once again. In addition to an increase in her muscle mass, she obtained amazing results in all of her fitness test in just a 4 month period.

How has the PFT business changed since you started?

PFT business is growing. Being healthy is becoming a lifestyle now and a lot of people are becoming PFT certified to tap into this market. Many PT’s have good skills, so there is huge competition. You cannot be an average trainer. You need to work hard and should strive to be perfect.

How do you envision growing your personal training business?

By having my own fitness business with a new concept that our country desperately needs.

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

The hardest challenge was to gain people’s trust. I was a university professor. Students were obliged to listen to me and trust my knowledge, but when I became a PT, I started over.

I had to build standing in the fitness community as a trainer, which took time. My knowledge and experience have lead me to develop new relationships and networks for my business to grow.

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

Be professional, educate yourself, set a challenge and overcome it

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