Christian Finn, Personal Trainer: 17th
What's your background?
certified personal trainer, I've spent more than a
decade working with people of all shapes and sizes,
as well exercising regularly myself for over 15 years.
I hold a masters degree with distinction in exercise
science. I've also lectured at a number of universities
and private training organizations around the United
Kingdom on fitness training, weight loss and the effective
use of nutritional supplements.
are you best known for?
people easy access to tested and proven information
they can use to lose fat and build muscle without
wasting time or effort.
enjoy what I do very much - providing people with
what I believe to be high-quality fitness information
they can use and act on.
do you consider to be the highlights of your career?
there has been a highlight over the past few years,
it's when I felt able to spend a few hours each week
doing something that was just for me, rather than
feeling guilty because I wasn't working all the time.
So, I decided to learn to fly a helicopter. I've done
around 18 hours of flying so far. It's great fun!
is balance between work and leisure so important?
have yet to find this balance. I don't really place
a lot of importance on it. That's because I think
needs to be an imbalance in order to get anything
did you create you niche?
started the site about three years ago, after I became
frustrated by the lack of reliable information about
nutrition and exercise. At the time, I was lecturing
around the country for a company responsible for training
personal trainers. I had also spent a few months lecturing
at a university.
of the information I was teaching was hopelessly outdated
or just wrong. Because I was training people to pass
an exam, rather than teaching them how to become better
trainers and instructors, I felt like I was wasting
the worst thing was that nobody seemed to care!
of the information in books and magazines seemed subject
to commercial pressure from advertisers. There didn't
seem to be anywhere to go for reliable, unbiased advice.
what do you attribute most of your success to?
work, being around the right people, and luck! I've
had one two-week holiday in the last decade, and I
can count on one hand the number of days in the last
six years where I haven't been working. I'm a little
embarrassed to admit that I feel guilty when I take
time off, and I find it very hard to relax, as I feel
there is much more work to be done.
has been most supportive of your career? (training
partners, sponsors, "x" media??? etc etc
girlfriend Maria is the most supportive. She always
tells me how much faith she has in me and the work
political is your business and the professional sports
sector, and how do you work this to your advantage?
don't know anything about the professional sports
sector, so I can't comment. The fitness and nutrition
industry is heavily influenced by money and I use
this to my advantage because we're not influenced
by any external source.
your definition of success?
you wake up in the morning and feel excited about
the day to come, and go to bed happy and satisfied.
were your mentors?
listen to a lot of educational cassettes and CD's.
Plus, I read a lot of books. I learn what I can from
the experiences of people I consider successful. I
also have some good friends and business colleagues
whose advice has been invaluable. I owe them a lot.
should one look for in a personal trainer?
who can give you what you need. If you need motivation,
find someone who is good at that. Look for someone
who is in shape themselves. I don't subscribe to the
notion that a personal trainer can be effective if
they're out of shape themselves. They should be a
good role model.
may hours per week do you train?
hours a week on average.
what ways does the internet assist you and your operation?
Internet is vital to the company! The website is not
just another course, diet or exercise program. It
probably couldn't exist without the Internet. It's
constantly developing and growing.
need to find out, what's your take on the movie, "Supersize
haven't seen it. I hear that it's about some guy who
ate a lot of junk food in a 30-day period, and got
fat and ill because of it. I think it's good that
the easy availability of junk food is being considered
as a public
health "issue", but I don't think it will
change much. Most people don't care too much for their
health until it's taken from them.
is your favourite food?
love food in general!
do you do to relax?
don't have a motto. As I mentioned earlier, I like
very much to improve things and move ahead.
note: Christian is a no nonsense guys who really knows
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