Personal Trainer for a Day–Trainer Lindsay

Hi guys!

It’s a dreary one here in central Illinois today. Makes working inside all afternoon seem not too bad Winking smile

Desk lunch:


I told you guys to get used to this lunch! I even had leftover Thai food in the fridge – and went for this instead. It’s just such a yummy – and satisfying lunch.

I also picked up a vanilla latte on the way to work today. The other day, I found out a secret that although Starbuck’s doesn’t serve organic milk in its drinks, it does serve the little individual Horizon milks, and then offers to use that in place of the milk in lattes and what not.


Vanilla milk carton + shot of espresso + ice = Red heart

Since discovering this little tidbit, I’ve picked up quite the habit. Oops! I may have to figure out how to recreate this at home Winking smile

Now onto today’s topic!

Personal Trainer for a Day


I’m excited to continue the Personal Trainer for a Day series. Each week on Monday afternoon, I’ll be featuring a day in the life of a personal trainer. Last week featured questions I’ve received about those thinking about getting into the field. I then turned the tables and asked some of my fellow personal trainer friends a list of questions for them to answer.

Today features Lindsay, from Lindsay’s List, aka creator of Tuesday Trainer and a girl who completely gets my humor.


Take it away, Lindsay! Open-mouthed smile

1. How long have you been training?

Almost 4 years!  Group Fitness for 6 months.

2. What’s your schedule for a "typical" work day?

My "work day" looks completely different from day to day, as I am primarily a stay-at-home mom.  On days that I do train clients, I usually start at 9AM and finish at noon.  Three hours of work, doing something I love! 

3. What’s your favorite part of being a personal trainer?

My favorite part is watching once defeated and depressed people change to conquerors!  That moment when they have met a goal – they did that!  I just pushed them along.  I love helping people conquer those mountains!

4. What’s your least favorite part of being a personal trainer?

Sales.  Bleck.

5. What’s your training "style?"

Well, I *think* I’m a good mix of motivator and mentor.  I try to push my clients to their max, but allow for a learning curve.  I’ve been called the "fun, mean trainer." :) :)

6. How does a typical personal training session go? (format, is there a training log, type of exercise, etc)

My typical client is someone seeking weight loss.  So we do a lot of plyometrics, mixed with strength.  I use all sorts of training methods (tabata, HIIT, circuits, etc) and try to make things fun by switching it up OFTEN! 

7. Do you have a training "niche" or specialization?

Weightloss and Pre/Postnatal Training.

8. How many clients do you train in a week on average?

6-8 on a good week.  I only train 2 days a week.

9. Do you participate in another job at the gym in addition to training? (group fitness, employee, etc) If so, how does that work around your training schedule?

I teach!!  Bootcamp, Step Aerobics, Core Conditioning and Aqua Power!  I usually teach at night and train clients between 9AM and 12PM.

10. What advice would you have for someone thinking of signing up with a personal trainer?

DO it!!  Motivation is typically lacking in someone interested in hiring a trainer.  We can help you stay accountable!  We can cheer you on!  Also, hire someone you like spending time with, because we’ll become pretty good friends in the process!

Thanks, Lindsay!! Open-mouthed smile

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  1. Do you have to buy the Horizons milk in addition to your drink or do they just upcharge you? That’s a dangerous secret to know… :)

    • Nope, they just charge me for the milk, and then a shot of espresso, so it ends up being cheaper!! Awesome, huh?

  2. Your lunch looks pretty similar to what my breakfasts/lunches have looked like lately, haha! When I really get into a certain food/combo, it sticks with me for a LONG time, so I get it! =)

  3. Great segment! I hate the sales part too! I love motivating people to move, but I hate feeling pushy about it. I like to help them find their own motivation and drive to achieve their health goals!

  4. Aw, I love Lindsay! She rocks. Great profile :-)

    PS. I LOVE those vanilla milks from Starbucks, they are so tasty and I’m not even really a milk drinker! I’m totally trying this sometime!! Genius!

  5. YAY! Thank you for hosting me!! I completely get your sense of humor!! Two peas in a pod!

  6. Sable@SquatLikeALady says:

    I always wondered why they didn’t just use milk from those Horizon milk cartons for folks who wanted organic. They should really put up a sign or something – people would/will love this!

    I would love to hear more about the sales side of personal training. =/ I personally hate sales. Hate hate hate. I was a telemarketer for about 6 months when I was younger and ONE solo solitary month as an adult and I cannot do it. Can’t. I’m not even kidding you when I say I would dread the start of the next work day within an hour of the previous day’s conclusion. Is it a big part of your job? Do you have to use pressure at all? What does a typical ‘sales’ transaction look like for you?

    • PBI – I know this question is for Lindsay, but – sales isn’t really included in my job description. I mean, sure, I try my best to get more clients. But I don’t have to meet a “quota” or anything for my gym.

  7. good tip about the milk at sbux! i always wondered about those.

    PS: how do you make your mcmuffin sandwiches ahead of time? I’m guessing they reheat well, or do you just wrap it up while it’s hot and eat it before it cools down? those would be a nice new lunch option for work.

    • I make them beforehand, wrap them up in tinfoil, and then eat it about 2 hours later :) I bet it’d be good still 3 hours, but maybe a little soggy.


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