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OverWeight Trainer

by Bonnie

I am an overweight Personal Trainer! I am struggling with opening an at home business because of my weight. This has never taking away the passion I have for the fitness industries. My question is, is there anyone else out there with the same issues or someone that has come over the fear of starting a business. My current job ( witch is good in title only), is very unstable and I need to find something new, hoping that I can use my pt cert to do what I love without the fear.

Thank you,

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Similar Difficulties..
by: Robert

Hello Bonnie, my first thought, after reading your post, was to start a Personal Trainer Website. It is probably the easiest, most cost effective venues available. I'm currently deployed (US Army), and have started taking the Elite I Trainer course with ISSA and I am close to completion. Just waiting to get home to submit my exam. Anyway, I too, have had weight problems since about the 5th grade and could never seem to lose any of it. I'll tell you, though, after hitting the gym for a couple weeks, I saw serious results! It actually shocked me! I think that if you're going to pursue a career in Personal Training, you should at least practice what you preach (not that you don't). Perception is a B***H! Then again, your clients may even appreciate your own motivation and dedication to become healthier yourself. Like I said, try a website, with a blog, and post pertinent information. If you need any help with that, I'd be very happy to help you. Best of luck to you.

OverWeight Trainer
by: Anonymous

Robert I just wanted to say thank you for responding to my question. I agree with what you said the bad thing is I do practice what I preach, I am a spin instructor and I teach a circuit training class during the winter months. All that being said I just wanted to thank you and good luch with your cert. I personally just need to figure out if it is fear of the unknown (personal training) or I am not meant to be in this business?

Thank You,

by: Robert

Oh man, spin classes out here are insane!! The Air Force instructs the classes every week at the main gym here on speicher, those guys are sick with it!! Spin is no easy task, especially as an instructor. I applaud your efforts. I'm sure, however, that it is simply fear that is holding you back from making the most out of personal training. That is the biggest roadblock for a lot of people, not just personal training, but most aspects of life changes. It is easy to overcome if you simply allow yourself to adjust to minor changes over a (slightly, but not too..) long period of time. Mostly pyschological exercises that must be done in order to overcome not only fear of the unknown, but fear in general. I know I'm not certified as a personal trainer yet, but I've been providing physical fitness classes to my unit (60 soldiers at a time) for over 2 years. At first, I was a little embarressed and afraid of slipping up, especially in front of 60 of my subordinates, peers and leaders! But I went up there and did it and even if I did slip, I simply corrected myself on the spot and had the whole 'clan' in the palm of my hand within a month or so. I would be more than happy to help you in any way I can if you're interested. You can always reach me at my email xphoto at msn dot com

You can also check out my site at and contact me through there. I wish you the best always.. Take care


Example setter?
by: Anonymous

Honestly, you need to realize that you are supposed to set an example of what health both feels like and looks like. I personally believe it's inappropriate to be an overweight PT.

Over Weight Trainer
by: Anonymous

I do agree with being an example. But what most trainers don't understand those clients that are overweight have a hard time coming to a trainer that looks perfect. Thank you for your thoughts.

Overweight trainer
by: JKH

I think a lot depends on how overweight the personal trainer is - 10 lbs, 50lbs? I don't think that being slightly "overweight" should make a difference. Especially if the trainer addresses it up front and lets the clients know that he/she too is struggling and will be on the journey with them. It is possible to be very fit and carry a little extra weight. I just got my ACE certification and am in fitness classes at my community college and training on my own. I am about 10lbs over weight to get to 22%BF. However, I am quite fit and much fitter than many of my much younger classmates (I am 53). I personally find young and perfectly cut trainers to have an unrealistic attitude toward training for the older client and feel that many of us old timers do find them intimidating. I say go forward with confidence. If you continue to work on improving your level of fitness, your weight issue will resolve itself.

by: Anonymous


Rarely, do I respond to these types of forums but after reading your post I am compelled to to just plainly state, that this is your life and you should be fearless in living it as long as you cause no harm to others. Live authentically, honor your goals and dreams of being a trainer. Because I can tell you that there are people out there that are intimidated by lean, model trainers and don't seek the knowledge or help. You might just be an area of the market that needs to be tapped into. Be brave~chase your dream!


by: Anonymous

I do not want to be rude but you really need to practice what you preach. Nobody feels intimidated by a fit personal trainer. This is the way we should look like. So , please , do not tell me guys that a client would trust you. If you cannot help yourself you cannot help another people . period.

A couple of things
by: Jasmin

I don't know how old this post is, but I cam across this question while doing some market research for a client of mine.

I just had to stop by and say something.

First of all, from a business perspective-- I've done a TON of research in this area and I know for a fact that you could make a lot of money if you market yourself towards bigger clients.

The person who said no one would be into an overweight fitness instructor is absolutely incorrect. People DO get intimidated by perfect looking coaches. Not everyone, but there's a good group of them.

There's a large group of people that just want to be HEALTHY and feel better about themselves. If you can give that to them, you can make a business out of it.

There's a whole group of people that would KILL for more than just a trainer, but a buddy to go through the journey with. Someone who they can relate to. Someone who understands them.

It may not be "typical", but millionaires aren't built off of "typical" scenarios.

And lastly, fuck anyone who tells you that you don't have what it takes to go after your dreams. That's bull. This is YOUR life. You can do whatever you want if you put your determination behind it.

Do what feeds your soul.

Do what makes YOU happy!

I believe in you. Do you?

If you ever need a pep talk or some business advice, feel free to contact me:

overweight trainer
by: Anonymous2

I'm definitely at a higher body fat percentage than I used to be. When I first started as a PT five years ago, I looked great and then BOOM I had a major injury. Now I have a lifetime lifting restriction, can't run, can't jump, etc. Almost gave up my PT career, but during surgery post-op, had clients calling and checking on me, and never giving up on me. So they are still with me, and I have gotten more clients even though I'm "fat". Yup, I am fat. But my clients like me because I had this injury and still try to train the best I can, and my clients have had injuries too. I can still inspire my clients and get them good results. I usually say, "LOL I can't do this, but YOU can," and just joke around about my own issue. What else can you do? I love the career.

You Are Awesome!
by: Christine


My name is Christine, and I am from the production company Bray Entertainment. Creator of "American Diner Revival" with Ty Pennington on Food Network, "All-American Makers" on Science, and many other hit shows. We are currently casting for fitness trainers or weight loss coaches with a unique look. They must have big personalities, be great at what they do, and possess the ability to get results no matter what it takes. We specifically want female trainers that do not look like your average fitness guru.

I think you would be perfect for this, and would love the opportunity to talk to you more about it. If you or anyone you know would be interested please email me at

all kinds of bodies!
by: Anonymous

I am in a similar position of pursuing my certification and hoping to enter the fitness workforce, but I have been "obese" since I was 12 years old. I'm much healthier and weigh less now (at age 40) than I did when I was 12 years old (!!!), but decades of unhealthy habits and genetics have taken their toll so my body does not look "billboard healthy". I have struggled with emotional eating and chronic pain. I have been ridiculed for pursuing even personal fitness, much less working towards a professional title. I believe there is a niche for all bodies though, and that there are people like me out there who want to be healthier but have faced barriers. Not to mention, a lot of folks don't even feel comfortable approaching a gym facility. You may have to be creative in finding your clientele, as may I, but I think there are all kinds of people out there looking for fitness guidance and some of them need/want a trainer who has struggled with similar issues as them. Best of luck! I hope we both succeed!

God Bless any trainer seeking to help others
by: Scott C.

Good evening -

Whomever said it's not good to be an overweight trainer go F yourself! 67% of America is overweight so, with that said alone, anyone wanting to help others and help themselves at same time is nothing more than a gift from god! Go with your passion and you will not fail. You may fall down but failure will not be for you if you are passionate about it. I'm overweight and help others in so many different ways vs someone that is skinny. Our country views are shit and everyone needs to look from the inside out, not the other way around! Bless you all for helping others and for the haters, go get hit by a bus.

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Can a Personal Trainer have a Personal Trainer??

I just starting my personal training business the beginning of this year. Before I did that, I attended a boot camp class for a year and got in the best shape of my life. I had to stop going to that so I could have more time to pursue my business. However, now that I'm working a 40 hour week at my current job, and training clients on the side, as well as conducting my own boot camp class, I am lacking the motivation to keep myself in shape. I'm often tired and at the end of the day, I just want to relax!

I have had personal trainers in the past and have been in the best shape of my life with one. I love having one. But, is it unethical for a personal trainer to have a personal trainer? I can motivate my clients and help them get in the best shape of their lives, but when it comes to myself, I come last. My passion is helping others. So, would it hurt for me to have someone help me get in better shape?

Let me know your honest thoughts.


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Yes! Trainers could have a trainer
by: Deana Guidi


I see absolutely no ethical conflict with a trainer having a trainer. In fact, I believe it promotes our profession. It sends the message that everyone, no what what your fitness level, benefits from a personal coach. I hired my own trainer during my second year working as a trainer. It was a terrific experience. She helped me see different techniques I never thought of.

Also, check with your accountant, but a trainer's training expenses may be tax deductible as a professional education expense. Go for it!

Deana Guidi
President, Free Movement Fitness, Inc.

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Personal Trainer Needs to Lose Weight

I need your advice. I am currently a certified personal trainer, and a certified group fitness instructor. I am a beginner as a trainer, but not in fitness itself (18 years experience.)
I just had the worst year of my life, including the loss of a parent, relocating, and trying to find a home. I gained about 30 lbs, and have lost almost all of my motivation for exercise, and need some ideas.


One of the things I remember in my instruction, is that yes, I do want to present myself fit...however, I am not expected to be an Olympic athlete, or a top fitness model. My job is to teach, encourage, motivate, and take care of my clients (of which I am REALLY good at!)

Also, I am having a hard time trying to find a location to hold group fitness you have any suggestions?


Please help....

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Do what makes you happy
by: Kim

Hi there,

I'm very sorry it has been such a difficult time for you and that you lost one of your parents this past year. Your post hit home with me because I'm just starting out in pursuing my certification and have quite a long way to go to get in shape so I'm feeling some pressure there as well (and need to drop at least 30 pounds). I say do what you really feel you would beneift from right now. You sound like you have a lot of experience to offer as a Trainer and that is what people are looking for from you . . . your knowledge . . . if you think you would benefit from personally interacting with others right now then dive in and show them your stuff! Hopefully, you can get in some training too as you demo the moves, etc. and your Clients will probably be grateful to have you joining them on the path to fitness since you will be pursuing your own goals. On the other hand, if you feel you'd benefit more from just buckling down "solo" and concentrating on your own journey, then go for that too and start taking on Clients when you feel ready for that interaction. Good luck and hang in there!

Weight and training
by: T.P.

7/17/08 Hello,
I am not certain when the two previous posts were posted. I want to express my sympathy for "Please Help"s loss.
Both "Please Help" and Kim are saying they need to lose weight before training. Kim said she is just starting. I keep thinking I am way too large to be a PT or a group instructor, but then I watch videos on Youtube and I get encouraged. But how does one really know? Will people contract with me, a large female personal trainer? Or attend a class with a not-looking-like-a-barbie instructor? I am a mortgage industry casualty. I was hoping to help people improve their quality of life, but I am afraid they will not want to work with me because I am older and JUST NOW getting fit. How do we know?

Been there... Done that...
by: Stephanie

What better way to show your clients that they can do it than to do it yourself? You are your own walking advertisement of how your knowledge and motivation can achieve results- yours as well as theirs.

Your clients will be able to identify with you and that isn't easy to come by. Think about if you were to go hire a trainer today- how much more comfortable would you feel having a trainer who knows exactly how it feels to not be where they want to be fitness-wise?

I always try to emphasize being happy with what you do have while trying to get the results you want. Everyone has to start somewhere. You should go for it and use your journey to inspire your clients to reach their goals.

Personal Trainer Needs to Lose Weight
by: Anonymous

Do what makes you feel comfortable. Not all clients want a crazy fit trainer. If you present yourself as someone who is knowledgeable then I think that is all that matters. If it were me as your client, I would be thrilled if you got me the results I wanted.

Pt needs to lose weight
by: Bonnie

I was so glad to see your question. I just got certified and I am overweight due to hard times with the loss of a child. But I decided to go ahead and get certified because I enjoy helping others with their weight loss goals. Just wanted to say thank you, I was feeling as if I was the only overweight pt. Good Luck to you, it sounds like you will do wonderful what ever you decide is right for you.

by: ATL Trainer

Get a clear mental picture of the ideal shape you want to be in, why you want to accomplish this, and schedule a time to accomplish this idea. At the minimum write down your first weeks workout program and diet. Now get busy, "today"! At the end of every week make sure everything you did to achieve your goal is documented, and cap the week off with the program for the upcoming week. As long as your fitness program is agressive, within a few weeks, your confidence will be high enough to train other people. It really is that simple. "Just do this, and do'nt look back"!

pt needs to lose weight
by: Anonymous2

sorry, already posted, but I need to add another comment. When I was in personal training school I was in great shape and assured myself that being fit would be a "done deal" since I'm in the profession; not true due to my injury. But I have since seen many trainers at CEU courses and wow, they look worse than me. The model type PT is not everybody in our profession. The most important thing is your knowledge and personality.

Thanks for the inspiration
by: Anonymous

To both the OP and those who encouraged her, thank you so much for writing, you're all an inspiration. I'm in college and I'm going to take a personal training class to get my certification next semester, but I'm really scared to be judged for it. When I first started working out in 2016 I saw significant results (for someone who has been overweight all their life). I discovered my love for working out and general fitness and never looked back. I even started training friends who were intimidated and just wanted to develop a healthy routine - it was then that I thought that I could help a lot of other people too. Unfortunately, this past year I've gained back the weight and then some due to mental health issues, emotional eating and general bad nutrition. Taking this class, I hope, will help me get back on track and also help others in the same boat. Thank you all for the encouraging words (although not intended for me haha)

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