Every month we feature a member of the ASM Wellness community. This month the spotlight is on Jose Trevino, Atlanta Personal Trainer Program, (APTP), Graduate and Clinic Supervisor. Additionally Jose is a personal trainer at UFC gym, where he leads group instruction, kickboxing and boxing. He is an incredibly passionate, knowledgeable, gifted trainer and educator. We are lucky to have him at ASM.
What inspired you to become a personal trainer?
JT: Fitness is one of the few fields that you can impact someone’s life and give them the tools to extend their life. If you look at one’s life as a nucleus and look at the outer rings to extend to their family and extended family, it gives them the opportunity to enrich their own lives as well as others. It’s a profession that’s rewarding because you can literally help change someone’s life.
How did you choose a certification and Personal Trainer program ?
JT: I was only interested in the better accrediting bodies such as ACE and NASM. I knew I wanted to go to an actual school that offered hands on experience. There’s a huge perk to learning in class and I wanted the highest education possible to set myself apart from an average trainer. You can’t compare the hands on experience to an online certification. I moved out of state to come to this program, from Charlotte, North Carolina.
How did you decide between ACE and NASM?
JT: NASM was founded at the college I attended, Chapel Hill, so I was familiar and impressed with their certification.
Can you share some of the unique aspects Atlanta Personal Trainer Program offers?
JT: They offer an extensive hands on program, most certifications are obtained online. Additionally APTP includes more hours, a more extensive education. Yano Anaya, bar none, is one of the best instructors I’ve ever had, collegiate or otherwise. He is incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about what he is doing.
Can you tell us about your role as Clinic Supervisor ?
JT: Our students experience 18 weeks of supervised hands on training with real clients at SensAbility and the Concourse Athletic Club. I monitor the students to make sure they have a grasp of correct program design and executing that properly, identifying any issues with a client like high blood pressure, musculature imbalances and adding in corrective exercises.
What are some of your inspirations for teaching at the APTP?
I think that Knowledge is something that anyone can attain with no socio-economic status. The same reason that I was inspired inspires me to help others. I want to give back after my experience of studying with Yano. It’s gratifying to give someone knowledge, no one can take that away.
JT: Thank you, yes that’s an important component when developing a relationship with clients. We tell our students: “Your clients will judge you, fair or not, based on the way you carry yourself, diction, how articulate you are and the ability to communicate clearly and concisely. You may have a high profile client like a lawyer or athlete that might judge off of your diction.” So we empower students through doing reenactments from clinic. This provides an ideal opportunity to coach students on communication skills.
We invite you to take a tour of our school, meet our staff, community and learn more about our wellness programs. Our next APTP Open House is Thursday, March 24 11:30am to 1:00pm. To RSVP please call 770-454-7167 or email us.