A day in the life of a personal trainer

A day in the life of a personal trainer
24 April 2020    Donnay Torr    0 comments
Salvatore Gerace is the guy you go to when you need some alterations to your birthday suit (geddit?), or some motivation to get moving. We’re all going to need him once we leave our comfy couch caves… He tells us more about his work as a personal trainer at ATHLETE8.


Salvatore Gerace: Personal Trainer

Describe a typical day on the job?

I start my day before 5am, have a quick breakfast then it’s time to get started. I take my clients through different workouts, which are all specifically written for them. Seven back-to-back sessions before lunch, then it’s time for me to train. This is followed by a quick break for lunch, then I write programs and work on the behind-the-scenes bits. Back at it again for the ‘after work’ rush, then I head home around 7pm to eat, sleep, and repeat the next day!

 Salvatore meditating, and hanging with the team.

Why did you choose personal training as your career? What or who inspired you?

I wanted to make a difference and give back and make the world a better place. It is a very rewarding career, as you are helping people to make a lifestyle change for the better.

I’ve always been inspired to change people’s lives.

What would you say are three key personality aspects or skills that make for a good personal trainer?

  • Be genuine 
  • Be passionate
  • Be different 

What have you learned about yourself through the work that you do?

A lot! That I always want more: I have a constant desire to do more, help more, inspire more, learn more. 

What’s been your best moment while doing your work?

When my clients achieve a goal that they thought was beyond their ability and seeing how that drives then to do even more.

And a really tough moment?

Having a client come to me for advice on their marriage, as they were thinking about leaving their partner. Also, training young adults who are struggling with anxiety and depression. 

How do you keep going when things get challenging?

One word. Coffee! (LOL) And of course meditation and yoga.

Are there any surprising or odd things that people wouldn’t expect if they picked this career?

It's not as easy as everybody thinks, you must be very self-driven in order to be successful as you are running your own business. You have to find your own clients, or you don’t make money. 

Can you share a funny or weird story about something you experienced while working on a project?

I was caught on CCTV bumping into the cable machine and everybody saw it.

What advice would you give to young people considering pursuing a career in this industry?

Remember that life is hard, and nobody is going to give you a handout. It might seem easy to be a personal trainer, but through experience I’ve seen many friends fail because they were afraid of hard work.

But as long as you come into this industry with an open mind, a willingness to learn, unmatchable work ethic and passion to do good you will change the world.

Check out more about Salvatore’s work on Insta or Facebook.

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