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Giving Back: Share Some of That Knowledge in the Gym

By Matthew Sgro – As with anything in life, the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. It should go without saying the more quality training time you put in and the tighter you keep your nutrition, the better results you’ll get. But what happens when you get to the level of fitness you want or are happy with? You don’t need to train as much or as hard to maintain as you do to get there. So what do you do with that extra time and energy?

It’s been my experience that it’s very rewarding to help someone else get there. There’s plenty of kids running around the gyms doing all the wrong things we, as seasoned weight lifters, did when we were young. How about giving them some guidance? If your workouts used to last 2 hours of gut-busting, crazy all-out effort, and now you’re down to an hour, why not take some time while you’re in the gym to help out a beginner?

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I’ve seen the people working in the gyms, sitting behind the desk watching as people do dangerous, inneffective moves and saying nothing until there’s the chance that person may purchase training. I built a successful business and a very fulfilling fitness career so far by giving plenty of free advice. Helping someone always comes back to you. Many of the clients I have now and have taught in the past have come from conversations following me seeing them do something they could be doing better and letting them know that.

Teaching is a big part of my life and career. I enjoy it. If you’re in this business solely for the money, that’s fine. You’re just not the type of person I want to be involved with. I’m here for what I believe to be the right reasons. To help people improve the way they look and feel and ultimately improve their lives. The fitness industry is full of inneffective and time-wasting products, supplements and programs that just don’t fit everyone, but claim to.

If I was looking for a personal trainer I’d want the kid who was always ‘googling’ fitness, reading, going to seminars and researching. I wouldn’t want the guy who already “knows everything.” In every person I deal with, in every part of my life, I search out the people with heart. Those are the ones who make me feel good being around. Shouldn’t your personal trainer make you feel good to be around? Shouldn’t they always be striving to improve their skills and knowledge?

So when that new kid comes up to you who’s working at the gym and gives you some advice, just because he wants to help you, keep an eye out for him. He was once me. I’m doing big things. He may be some day, too.

Matthew Sgro, in addition to being a MuscleSport Mag staff writer, is the President and Founder of Elite Personal Training Studios, Inc. and Boot Camps with a Purpose, Inc., located in Exton, PA. For details, visit




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