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What’s it like to have a personal trainer?

I’ve been a personal trainer for so long that sometimes I forget that many people’s only exposure to personal trainers is seeing one yell at a client on TV.

Well, after 12 years as a personal trainer and after having trained hundreds (maybe thousands?) of people I’m proud to say I haven’t yelled at anyone. What kind of person yells at a person asking for their help?

NOT a good personal trainer.


Yes, there are indeed some bad personal trainers out there. I can’t and won’t vouch for them. They’re embarrassments to an industry that’s already embarrassing for myriad reasons. I only want to speak about personal trainers that have our clients’ results, state-of-mind, and dignity foremost in our priorities. Like it’s supposed to be, ya know?

This is what we stand for.

We’re on your side.

We want you to succeed! A good personal trainer knows that success looks different for everyone.

Some of the most successful clients at Castro Valley Fitness are ones who’ve been with us for years after never before being able to stick to an exercise program for more than a few months.

I love hearing when our clients can get down on the floor to play with their grandkids.

That they can pick up a bag of soil or cat litter and carry it to their car. (I also love hearing how other people in the shop stare in disbelief while this occurs.)

That they’re feeling more energetic and in less pain.

That they look forward to seeing us because they know friendly people are there waiting for them.

We know how to make your workouts work for YOU.

Again, we know everyone’s different.

Different goals.

Different bodies.

Different needs.

What works for someone may not work for someone else for about a million reasons. A good personal trainer knows the principles behind the exercises and sees the big picture.

That way you’re sure YOU get a workout that works for YOU.

Uncle Sam wants YOU to get the right workout for your body and mind.


We help you progress.

I’ll let you in on a little secret…

Writing an exercise program isn’t hard. (Most trainers don’t want you to know that.)

You know what is hard? Writing the next one.

And the one after that.

And the one after that.

A good trainer knows how to progress someone safely, effectively, and efficiently.

We know things.

When to use more weight.

When to use less weight.

How to make an exercise stop hurting your shoulders or back.

The little tricks that help you feel an exercise where you’re supposed to.

How to work around an injury.

How to work around a stressful day. (Or a stressful life.)

How to pivot when you’re starting to get bored or your goals change.

This is stuff an app, book, or YouTube video can’t show you.

We make it fun.

I know exercise isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time, but understanding that is why I’ve had some of the clients I told you about earlier. The ones that don’t like to exercise but have been members of Castro Valley Fitness for years.

You see, the biggest thing any good personal trainer knows is this:

The most important thing you can get from a workout is the desire for another one.

What makes someone desire another workout is something a good personal trainer takes into account first and foremost, and it’s not usually the workout that does it.

Mitch Rothbardt Castro Valley Fitness 510-755-9191

P.S. I’d love to know if this changes your perspective a little.

P.P.S. If you want to experience these things for yourself, give me a call.

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