An Interview with Certified Fitness Trainer Blaz Ivanovic
Welcome to the another interview from the Fitness Spotlight series. Today, we have interviewed one of most popular fitness trainer Blaz Ivanovic from Slovenia, Europe. So without wasting much of your time, let’s take a look at things Blaz has to say about FITNESS.
1. In your own words, define Fitness?
Fitness is not just going to the gym. It’s a way of life. I know, it sounds cheesy but it’s true. Hiking is fitness, any kind of sport is fitness. Fitness to me means being healthy, positive an always ready for action.
2. Why and when did you decide to become a fitness trainer?
Becoming a personal trainer was just the logical thing for me to do. I played handball for 10 years. Also, I’m working as a consultant in a supplement shop. And it’s kinda great to see how you can actually change peoples lives for the better 🙂
3. Are you CPR-certified? What other certifications do you hold?
I am CPR certified. I also hold an ISSA certificate (personal training and nutrition) and a Proteini.si supplement specialist certification.
4. How do you keep your fitness training knowledge up to date?
My typical day. Well, there isn’t a typical day. The only thing that might be typical is the work in our supplement shop. Usually, I work for about 6 hrs per day in the shop. Afterwards (or before, depending on the schedule) I work with clients. 2-3 training sessions per day. I also need to get my workout in!
Early mornings are key you know. Meal prep, email check, and a few extra minutes of cuddle time with my girlfriend 😉
And if I have any time left I try to work on my own company (Flavor monkey – flavormonkeyusa.com). Then and only then, can I call this a productive day. One day a week is off. That means no work, no clients etc.. Time for ”head clearing”.
5. What experience do you have with customer service? Describe how you handle customer service situations involving difficult fitness center members or prospective members.
Customer service is key when being a personal trainer. It’s not just only the one-hour sessions. Sometimes clients just need an ear to listen to them. You need to motivate them and give them positive vibes for their lives, not just workouts. In the end, they look up to you.
In the gyms where I work with my clients, we don’t have many problematic people. It happens, yes. But it usually doesn’t last long. I never needed to intervene or had any bad confrontations.
6. How important is nutrition to you in creating a client’s regimen?
If the goal is RESULTS then nutrition is key. But that doesn’t mean hardcore diets all the times. I’m teaching my clients to make good meal decisions. Not everyone wants to meal prep. They need to learn what protein is, what carbs and fats are. And it’s great if they like to cook. With food, we start with simple adjustments and then we gradually add small changes to the diet. I know that nutrition is the hardest part. That’s why I’m very careful with every client!
7. What is the one habit you would recommend others develop? (Think lifestyle habits, productivity habits, or drinking some secret ninja tea made from a flower found only at the top of the mountain.)
The one habit, that helped a lot of my friends and clients is making your bed in the morning. You get that feeling of accomplishment first thing in the morning It is small yet powerful. Even if you had a shit day, when you get home, there is a bed made for you 😉
8. Describe how you handle a client who is unhappy with your work, or a client who doesn’t achieve her goals, when you know the problem is with her level of motivation.
There are always clients who loose motivation during the process. As with anything, there are ups and downs. It’s usually a rough patch where they need some extra attention. But it happened that some people just don’t want to do it anymore.
There is where I come in. Sometimes you need to send a text to see how they’re doing. Maybe a phone call. They need to know that you care. Sometimes you actually become friends with clients, which is even better. When you befriend them the motivation goes through the ruff!
9. What are your thoughts about organic food? What are your thoughts on a vegan diet? When you encounter a client or prospective fitness club member who is committed to a diet that differs from your own, how do you remain objective?
Any diet is a good diet if you’re healthy and if it brings the desired results.
10. Give me an overview of a training program you would set up for a client strictly looking for weight loss and toning? What do you tell clients who are looking for instant results?
There is no such thing as an instant result. My clients have to know that everything depends on them. The starting point, discipline, condition etc… And diet is key! The workout is just the architect.
Training, food and supplementation have to be on point. Rest is also important. There is no one way to get the result you want. I’m here to steer them in the right direction.
11. Do you have fitness goals for yourself? If so, what are they?
I don’t have an exact fitness goal per se. I had a shoulder injury a year ago and am currently in the process of getting back in my original shape. I want to inspire others to be better. To take their life in their own hands.
12. If you could only recommend one book for our community to read, what would it be and why?
A book or book series I would recommend is the Davinci code. I know, what does it have to do with fitness? It’s not only a good story but can teach you to think outside the box, be more critical and never give up. Life doesn’t care if you have a bad day or if you’re in a bad mood. You need to get shit done!
13. Where does your personal motivation and inspiration to be successful come from?
My motivation comes from family. I have a never-ending competition with my brother. IN EVERYTHING. But joke aside, my father is a very successful businessman. And I think that every generation should be better. Plus when I see my clients working hard it makes me want to work harder.
14. Give me three essential exercises you suggest for all clients? Why are these in your top three?
My top 3 exercises are very cliche: The Bench Press, Deadlift and Squat. (that doesn’t mean everyone should/can do it)
15. How should people connect with you? E.g.: Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, email, website, etc.
Anyone that is interested in fitness can contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Instagram: blazivanovic or facebook Blaž Ivanovič.
16. Where are you located? Please include city + state + country (if outside the US).
I am from Europe, a small country called Slovenia (where Melania Trump is from). I also do online coaching.