Trainer For a Day Series: Trainer Cotter

It’s Monday afternoon…you know what that means. Time for another installment of the Personal Trainer for a Day Series, where personal trainers help those thinking about getting into the career field by depicting a day in the life of a personal trainer.

Past Trainers:

A Day in the Life of Yours Truly (Trainer Paige!)

A Day in the Life of Trainer Lindsay (Lindsay’s List)

A Day in the Life of Trainer Courtney (Sweet Tooth Sweet Life)

Today I’m very excited to share with you all a day in the life of Trainer Lindsay (Cotter) from Cotter Crunch. Lindsay is not only a personal trainer for her client, but also helps out her rockstar triathlete husband in her coach/nutritionist/sherpa duties.


You can check out her story and her chronicles of life as a trainer/instructor/wife to a professional triathlete, but for now, sit back and enjoy a day in the life of Trainer Cotter Smile

1. How long have you been training?

Since 2004. Well that’s when I officially became certified. I started teaching and working at local health clubs/gyms in 2002. Wow, that’s 10 years. CRAZY!

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

Well, we’ve been away for 6 months so I am just getting back into training and teaching. I usually teach 3-4 bootcamps/spin a week and train clients mid-morning or afternoon 3-4x a week. In between that I am writing meal plans and making HEALTHY BITES. Phew!

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

I just love seeing how someone goes from hating fitness to craving it!! It’s all about progress.

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

The living month to month paycheck and the unpaid vacation. Although it can be a blessing. Work really hard then take time off, repeat!

5. What’s your training "style?"

Totally depends on my mood. I love to hit the trails for a run then do TRX later. Other days it’s all about a little HIIT and then yoga. Whatever the body is craving!

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

Honestly, it varies. I have a layout of how the session needs to go. Ex: warm-up, injury prevention exercises, intervals, core/strength, cool down. BUT… I also wait till my client gets there to assess their needs. Sometimes my clients are stressed and tired and just need fresh air, so we hit the trails with a power walk and light strength. Other times they are needing to expend a lot of energy, HIIT work and kettlebells are the key.

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

I work with a lot of runners and post-partum women. I just love it!

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

Well not that many to be honest, I cut back since starting healthy bites. I’d say anywhere from 3-7. I’d much rather teach group sessions as well. More energy!

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?

Ha-ha, yes, like I mentioned above. It’s one of the best ways to really engage in people’s fitness. Misery loves company!

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

I’d say to just start somewhere. It takes A LOT of time to build a clientele but people LOVE a PT who has more than just a PT certification. Look into getting certified in other areas. Yoga, Group Fitness, Running Coach, Life Coach, etc.

Paige here! Thank you, Lindsay Open-mouthed smile I love that you focus on the fundamentals and injury prevention. Fitness is not all about fancy pants workouts and sweat and killing it every single workout, right?? And no, I refuse to believe 2002 was 10 years ago. #indenial.

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  1. I love your style Linds!! Especially the part about assessing what the client needs (ie stressed vs tired, etc), such a great approach!

  2. I love having a trainer that waits to see how I’m feeling that day. I had a great trainer who did that and when he could tell I was stressed, we do a little warm up then do boxing drills! I LOVED getting my frustration out that way!

  3. Love these interviews. 2002 was yesterday, don’t be silly. 😉

  4. I LOVE Lindsay! She is so positive and her posts make my days so much better! And I adore her personal training style as well.

  5. Paige, this was so fun! Thank you for doing these little series. It’s great to share ideas, support, etc. LOVE IT! and LOVE YOU!

  6. Lindsay, you’re hired. Come train Clara!!

  7. LOVE Lindsay!! Loved reading about her life as a PT!

  8. I have never had a trainer. I have thought about it before but I am able to beat myself up enough I think :). I can also rarely plan my workouts out ahead of time so that would be hard.

  9. I love Lindsay! She is one of my favorite people and such a great mentor!!!


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