Welcome to the another interview from the Fitness Spotlight series. Today, we have interviewed one of most popular fitness trainer Nat Bardonnet from Los Angeles, CA. So without wasting much of your time, let’s take a look at things Nat has to say about FITNESS.
1. In your own words, define Fitness?
Fitness is a lifestyle. I respect my body from the inside out. Being mindful of what I eat and how I workout.
2. Why and when did you decide to become a fitness trainer?
I grew up being very active, you name I did it! I was a martial artist champion in France and became an instructor for 8 years, during that time I continued different trainings in Karate, tang soo do, aikido, jujitsu, boxing, weapons,…
I am passionate about how the body moves. I had studied physiology and anatomy, muscles strengthening so when women started to ask me how do I get my abs or my arms.. I had so much to say and wanted to share. It was only natural to get certified and create my own personal training business ten years ago.
3. Are you CPR-certified? What other certifications do you hold?
Yes, I had the CPR certification when I was teaching.
Also certified as an expert personal trainer.
I study nutrition and medicine as well.
4. How do you keep your fitness training knowledge up to date?
My publicist makes fun of me because I would rather stay home on the weekend and study in my books then go out!
I am curious so I will go buy books on food, life coach, natural healing, yoga, Pilates, meditation, medicine, especially medical stuff. I love to know about muscles, blood, immune system… optimize the body. It’s like an engine to me.
5. Describe your typical day. What it looks like? How do you know when it’s productive?
I wake up at 6! I love my clients so it is easy to go to work. Sometimes when I get too excited I dream about new exercises to do with them and wake up even earlier.
I have great days, I bring my energy with me and I give it all to my clients.
6. What experience do you have with customer service? Describe how you handle customer service situations involving difficult fitness center members or prospective members.
Ahhhh…. luckily I am my own boss. In 10 years, I fired 3 clients. Just impossible to work with, mostly because of their lack of commitment and/or tardiness and/or compatibility.
It’s my way or the highway. I give 200%.
On a good note, I have had the same clients for 10 years and counting.
And most of my clients who moved on became great friends.
7. How important is nutrition to you in creating a client’s regimen?
HUGE we talk about it, I help them find a healthy balance. I think the food is 80% and working out is 20%. I am French so it’s about quantity, quality and freshness.
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.)
My latest secret is drinking chlorophyll. It’s oxygen in a bottle! It helps all the organs and the brain detoxify, clarify, focus, clean and most of all it is a natural deodorant. No chemicals.
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.
From the very beginning, I ask my client what are their goals? How can I help? I always customize our sessions to fit their needs. I will encourage them, motivate them, play music they like… find a rhythm and push hard.
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?
Unfortunately, I think organic is the way to go. I am allergic to many foods so I must eat organic, local and fresh.
I respect people’s opinion and listen to their point of view. I might learn something or disagree but if it works for them then great.
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?
This answer would take a looooonnnngggg time. Basically, there is no secret, its simple maths, you must burn more calories that you intake. Toning/ sculpting is my specialty.
12. Do you have fitness goals for yourself? If so, what are they?
Staying healthy, strong, flexible, tone, I would like to increase my cardio.
13. If you could only recommend one book for our community to read, what would it be and why?
I have 2, Tony Robbins: “Awaken the Giant Within”
And “The New Wellness Encyclopedia”.
14. Where does your personal motivation and inspiration to be successful come from?
My personal motivation and inspiration come from wanting to help and especially heal my mother. She was often sick growing up and I felt helpless.
I remember visiting her at the hospital and couldn’t understand or ease her pain. Today she is doing GREAT.
15. Give me three essential exercises you suggest for all clients? Why are these in your top three?
Hard to chose only 3….. squat jacks, push up/push back and obliques crunches on a Swiss ball.
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).
Los Angeles, CA