Gloateus Maximus: Behind the Scenes of Personal Training
Dr Dan Amzallag, author
This book is dedicated to, well, everyone. Now you might ask yourself, “Why on earth did we write a book like this?” “Gloateus Maximus” (which can also be read as “Gluteus Maximus”) is the Latin term for the “human butt.” This body part is an obsession in today’s society. J.Lo’s gluteus maximus makes headlines; everyone (mostly women, and some men, of course) is looking for the ideal butt. To reach that specific goal, going to the gym and working out is necessary. Nothing comes easily. From squats to lunges, abductors to adductors, these exercises are a prerequisite for that “ideal butt.” Most people have no knowledge of how to exercise specific body parts and ask the help of personal trainers. We are then pressured to help these individuals reach their goals of attaining that “perfect butt.” Finally, having that perfect butt makes you gloat. This “butt” book is a satire of personal training, how personal trainers view regular people and how the outside world perceives us. Some think that personal trainers act as G.O.s (Gracious Organizers) from Club Med while their clients are G.M. (Very Gracious Members). But for the most part, we are obligated to follow a strong code of ethics that keeps us on a straight line. Personal trainers are well-educated individuals who are required to obtain national certification and approval to work in the field. The certification exams are NOT a joke. After completing the required apprenticeship, you can practically consider yourself a doctor, physical therapist, and nutritionist, all in one package. We do not call our clients “patients” and we can’t prescribe medication, but we know as much as any medical practitioner out there. For many people, personal trainers act mostly as Psychologists, for others, Psychiatrists. We are practiced at listening to others’ problems. Knowledge about health is important to be able to attract clients, but it is not the sole factor clients use to choose between the personal trainers walking around the neighborhood health clubs. Reputation is key; popularity is helpful; being known by sight by the health club members is paramount. Why do some succeed in this field and others languish with the same clients for years? Personality makes a world of difference. Gym members seek a personal trainer with a great personality, an excellent sense of humor, and superb listening skills (we’ve got tons of stories for you). Clients are not looking for lessons on every muscle group while working out. Those trainers are BORING! Great, you have knowledge of kinesiology, but why bore your client with medical terms such as vastis medialis, soleus, or pectoralis major? Clients are not going to the gym to repeat their high school biology class; they want to have fun. Working out is already a pain to perform, without the added medical terms. Keep it simple. Make it exciting. Personal trainers need to build a new reputation. We need to re-educate the world on the personal training industry. Our true value comes from being individuals with one goal in mind: Helping you to attain the body you desire so you can lead a long and healthy life!