An Interview with Personal Fitness Trainer Emily Samuel
Welcome to the another interview from the Fitness Spotlight series. Today, we have interviewed one of most popular fitness trainer Emily Samuel from TriBeCa, New York. So without wasting much of your time, let’s take a look at things Emily has to say about FITNESS.
1. In your own words, define Fitness?
Fitness is moving your body to ameliorate your physical or mental well being.
2. Why and when did you decide to become a fitness trainer?
4 years ago I wanted to become a fitness trainer because I remember what it once felt like to not love my body- I don’t want anyone else to ever feel that way. My goal is to help women and men love their bodies, as well as reach their fitness goals.
3. Are you CPR-certified? What other certifications do you hold?
Yes, I’m CPR & AED certified. My fitness certifications include NASM, kettle bell, TRX, correctives and SAQ training.
4. How do you keep your fitness training knowledge up to date?
I’m constantly looking at new certifications I can get. I also love reading fitness books.
5. Describe your typical day. What it looks like? How do you know when it’s productive?
My typical day starts at 4:10 am when I wake up. I’m in the city and start work at 6 am. I normally training clients back to back but when I do get breaks, I usually train myself followed by a protein shake. I come home about 7 pm, eat dinner, package shipments for my company (Body By Emily), shower and watch some crime shows with my puppy, Bentley. I know I’ve had a productive day if I was able to train lots of clients, get all my meals in, workout and work on my company.
6. What experience do you have with customer service? Describe how you handle customer service situations involving difficult fitness center members or prospective members.
To be totally honest, I haven’t had too many bad experiences. None of my clients have ever really been nasty or difficult. I know how clients can get when a trainers schedule can get switched around. The best advice is to be empathetic, don’t make excuses and tell them it won’t happen again! Lol
7. How important is nutrition to you in creating a client’s regimen?
I get this question all the time – YOU CAN NOT OUT TRAIN A BAD DIET! If your diet is poor, your body will show it no matter how many times you train a week. If you’re trying to gain lean muscle mass, I recommend LOTS of protein! If you’re not having the proper protein- your body won’t gain any muscle.
8. 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.)
- Have at least a gallon of water a day
- Move your body every day! If it’s a boot camp, one on one training, Pilates or even just walking. JUST MOVE!
- Have 5 small meals a day and never skip breakfast!
- Make a list every day of things you want to get done and throughout the day check t all off.
- Look in the mirror and tell yourself that you love yourself.
9. 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.
I tell them “YOU are the one that has the power to change your body. It’s up to you to do it. I will give you all the tools, but if you don’t put in the work you will not go anywhere”.
I’ve literally had clients say to me “I want to lose 20lbs but I don’t want to sweat or do cardio”. I sat them down and told them that they’re going to have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable… if it were easy, everyone would be skinny or muscular. It’s not going to be easy and there will be days that you want to quit. But when you’re working out, once you hit that point of discomfort- that’s when you know to keep going and that your body is starting to change.
10. 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?
Organic food is all I eat. I find it extremely important to eat non-GMO food. I believe that to each is own, I can’t judge or criticize anyone for their beliefs or morals on their food. As long as people are eating in a way that’s relevant to their fitness goals, I’m happy.
The one thing I’m strongly against are those ”cleanses” that supposedly make you lose all this weight… for anyone that doesn’t know- it’s just water weight!! You can do the same thing by sitting in a sauna.
11. 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?
I tell people that are looking for instant results to trust the process. If you are committed and do the right things by training at least 3x a week and having a clean diet- they are guaranteed to see results. If you’re trying to rush the weight loss and do a “quick fix”. 99% of the time, the weight comes back as quick as it came off.
Training program for people that are trying to lose perfect body fat- I would have them do HIIT training. Which is usually 3 or 4 exercises on a circuit with little rest in between. It’s usually a cardio type sprint, followed by 2 or 3 weighted exercises. Example- 10 Cal on assault bike, followed by weighted dumbbell thrusters 12-15x, followed by kettle bell deadlifts 12-15x.
12. Do you have fitness goals for yourself? If so, what are they?
My fitness goals are to just be as strong as possible. I want to be able to finally do some muscle ups too, that’s something that will take me a while but I’m willing to work for it! My 2018 goal is also to always stay under 14% body fat or less!
13. If you could only recommend one book for our community to read, what would it be and why?
I would recommend “discipline equals freedom field manual” by Jocko Willink
It’s about how to mentally get stronger and how that will apply to real life. It’s incredible.
On the back, it reads “there is no shortcut, there is no hack, there’s only one way, so get after it”.
14. Where does your personal motivation and inspiration to be successful come from?
I constantly want to better myself. I never want to be the same person I was the year before. I think it’s healthy to compete with yourself. I always want to be better and grow. I do not determine my success on the amount of money I make- I determine it on how many lives I’m changing. The original goal and reason why I came into fitness were to help people and change their lives for the better. Being able to help others is my biggest motivation.
15. Give me three essential exercises you suggest for all clients? Why are these in your top three?
Sorry – I have to give you 4 :
All of these movements are functional movements that we actually apply in everyday life. Every time you get up from the toilet, you’re technically squatting. Every time you open a door handle, you’re technically rowing. Every time you put your suitcase above your head on the airplane- you’re technically doing a shoulder press. Every time you bend over to pick up the groceries- you’re essentially deadlifting. It’s important to know how to properly do these movements to prevent people from injury. (Ex- throwing out your back while you’re trying to lift something heavy off the ground).
16. How should people connect with you? E.g.: Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, email, website, etc.
17. Where are you located? Please include city + state + country (if outside the US).
TriBeCa, New York