When I moved to Austin, my plan was to continue my personal training career by forging new friendships and finding new clients. I also knew that I wanted needed to continue working with a personal trainer (PT) because having someone challenge and coach me is important to me – personally and professionally.
Finding That Someone
To my pleasant surprise, I found a fantastic powerlifting trainer, coach, and mentor in Justin Wecker. Even more exciting was the fact he had just bought into a personal training school – a school focused on providing classroom and hands on gym training to people pursuing the PT certification. While his recent acquisition really excited me, because of my technical training background as well as my passion for PT, I was hesitant to approach Justin about working with/at/for the school. What would he think of me? Would I scare him away? If I worked with him at the school, would our trainer/client relationship suffer?
Forging a New Business Relationship
When I finally decided to discuss the school with Justin, we’d known each other a whopping six weeks. Six weeks of working together as trainer/client and gradually getting to know each other. I know he was hesitant because of previous business relationships – completely understandable. I also knew that I really wanted to help him.
After visiting family over the holidays, I returned to Austin ready to help. Back in January, I started helping Justin quietly in the background with content updates and various other work for the school. Over the past few weeks, I have also shadowed him for many classes and recently started instructing some classroom sessions.
I couldn’t be happier. I have thanked Justin several times over the past few weeks for pulling me in to PFTA Austin, but I feel the need to thank him again – this time publicly. While we still have things to sort out and a business to continually evolve, I couldn’t be more happy with what I am doing.
I truly love training people – as clients and as students. I also want to see more certified personal trainers do more than just lift. It only took me 20 years of adulting to find my true passion. Thank you Justin for helping me find it!
Keli Hay is a certified personal trainer using her weight loss success to help others.