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Lessons Every Personal Trainer Should Learn: Geoff Hemingway – Ep. 251


What does it take to become a great personal trainer?


This week, I’m speaking to Personal Trainer at Mark Fisher Fitness (MFF), Geoff Hemingway, about his transition from actor to the world of fitness and memorable lessons learned as a trainer including the importance of creating good communication with gym members, meeting them where they’re at with their health intentions, and making sure they’re enjoying themselves at the gym.

If Geoff’s name sounds familiar, you might know him from his knowledge in kettlebells and the fact that Dan John is also his brother-in-law.

I had a great conversation with Geoff learning all about his experiences and what makes Mark Fish Fitness unlike any other gym out there.

Can’t wait for you to listen to this episode! Especially if you’re a fellow personal trainer, there’s so much great advice packed in this episode.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How MFF is helping people discover their love for health and fitness in a welcoming atmosphere.
  • How MFF makes sure their clients are well in the loop about their workout programs and that they’re happy with their experience.
  • Why it’s totally okay if you’re not a match with your client.
  • A “park bench workout” vs. a “bus bench workout” for fitness goals explained.
  • How the trainers at MFF are constantly trying to improve themselves by learning how to be better communicators.
  • How to handle criticism from your client, situations, and conflict as a personal trainer.
  • The MFF gym’s favorite methods for helping clients towards eating healthier foods.


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About Mark Fisher Fitness

Geoffrey Hemingway Mark Fisher FitnessWe get it. Fitness isn’t always fun. Gyms can be intimidating, New Yorkers are busy as hell, and training hard can seem daunting.

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We work with all kinds of people looking to get “healthy and hot” (including many who’ve never belonged to a gym). We’re all about getting you results AND we’re committed to being a fitness home that you actually love.

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What You’ll Hear on This Episode

00:00 Open Sky Fitness Introduction

1:15  Opening comments with Rob and Devon

1:30 About our guest today, Geoff Hemingway of Mark Fisher Fitness

6:00 Let us know if you want to do a Coaching Call episode with us!

10:00 Introduction to Geoff Hemingway

12:00 His introduction to the world of health and wellness when his main background was performing arts.

18:00 What he loved about being a client/”ninja” at Mark Fisher Fitness and how they treated everyone.

19:00 How he came to be a Ninja Trainer himself at Mark Fisher Fitness.

24:30 What the Mark Fisher Fitness brand is all about and what the owner, Mark Fisher, himself is like.

28:00 How they’re helping people discover their love for health and fitness in a welcoming atmosphere.

31:40 The various classes and equipment that they offer at MFF.

37:00 The biggest lessons and takeaways he’s learned over the years and how he’s implementing that at MFF.

39:00 How they make it a priority to make sure people are well in the loop about their workout program and if clients are happy.

40:30 A typical progressive program that he might do for himself or create for a client.

42:00 His personal fitness goals for himself that he wants to hit in the future.

44:00 What he has clients do when their main goal is just to show up and do something.

44:40 A “park bench workout” vs. a “bus bench workout.”

48:00 The lesson he learned that not everyone who comes to a trainer’s gym will stay forever and that’s okay.

49:40 How the trainers at MFF are constantly trying to improve themselves as trainers by learning how to be better communicators.

52:20 The importance of focusing on the intention rather than the goal itself.

53:00 The importance of creating a connection with your client.

59:00 The additional exercises in listening, communicating, validating and more that the trainers at MFF do to improve their relationships with clients.

1:01:00 How to handle criticism from your client, situations, and conflict as a trainer.

1:05:00 The MFF’s favorite methods for helping clients towards eating healthier foods.

1:10:30 Various diets Rob has tried from Paleo to Intermittent Fasting

1:14:00 Final comments with Rob and Devon.

1:16:00 Let us know if you want to do a Coaching Call episode with us!

1:16:50 Open Sky Fitness Closing






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