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Reuben Wouch Introduced as Pennsylvania Certified Personal Training Instructor

Reuben WouchW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Reuben Wouch. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Reuben Wouch has been working in the fitness industry as a personal trainer for 8 years. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Temple University in 2012, and he earned a Master’s degree in kinesiology with a concentration in orthopedic rehabilitation from A.T. Still University in 2019.  He is also a certified corrective exercise specialist, kettlebell specialist, and nutrition coach.  Reuben regularly competes in obstacle course races such as Spartan Races and Tough Mudders.  Reuben loves helping his clients improve their overall health through exercise and guiding future personal trainers.

Wouch will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Pennsylvania:

Community College of Philadelphia-NERC
12901 Townsend Road
Philadelphia, PA 19154

About W.I.T.S.

World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) took the national stage in 1993 to change the fitness industry. W.I.T.S. develops and administers certification programs for competent practice in personal training. W.I.T.S. is the first in the fitness industry to earn NCCA accreditation for testing the written core knowledge and practical skill competencies of personal training. W.I.T.S. offers fitness courses and certification testing locations in 39 states in the U.S. and in Canada. W.I.T.S. has the largest college and university testing network in the industry.

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Thomas Gallagher Introduced as Connecticut Certified Personal Training Instructor

Tom GallagherW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Thomas Gallagher. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Thomas Gallagher is a clinical exercise physiologist with over 34 years of work experience. Tom has worked primarily in the health wellness and hospital environments. His primary focus has been therapeutic exercise and fitness for both the well and the medically involved populations.

Tom graduated from East Stroudsburg University receiving both his Bachelor’s Degree in Health and Physical Education / Athletic Training and his Master’s degree is in Exercise Physiology / Cardiac Rehabilitation. He has been on the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Registrar for Clinical Exercise Physiology for the past 13 years and has worked as an adjunct Professor at Sacred Heart University, Norwalk Community College and Southern Connecticut State University. He has taught classes such as “Aspects of Strength and Conditioning”, Program and Prescription for Special Populations” and “First Aid and Sports Injuries”. In addition Tom has been a guest lecturer for many community organizations and has spoken at the 2010 Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association Symposium presenting on “Exercise and Cancer Survivorship”.

Tom has been involved with fall prevention programs in both the community and in a skilled nursing facility. His areas of interest are geriatric exercise, bariatric/weight loss exercise programing, personal training, cardiac risk factor management and post physical therapy exercise.

Gallagher will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Connecticut:

Manchester Community College
Manchester, CT 06045

About W.I.T.S.

World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) took the national stage in 1993 to change the fitness industry. W.I.T.S. develops and administers certification programs for competent practice in personal training. W.I.T.S. is the first in the fitness industry to earn NCCA accreditation for testing the written core knowledge and practical skill competencies of personal training. W.I.T.S. offers fitness courses and certification testing locations in 39 states in the U.S. and in Canada. W.I.T.S. has the largest college and university testing network in the industry.

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Ro’Nae Spencer Introduced as Alabama Certified Personal Training Instructor

Ro’Nae SpencerW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Ro’Nae Spencer. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Ro’Nae has been a certified personal trainer and athletic coach for over 5 years. She was a collegiate cheerleader as well as a gymnastics coach. Ro’Nae also teaches speed and agility techniques for athletes looking to improve their athletic performance. She has dedicated her life to teaching and motivating individuals how to stay fit and active, as well as improve their nutrition to sustain healthier lives.

Ro’Nae Spencer will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Alabama:

Trenholm State Community College
1225 Air Base Boulevard
Montgomery. AL 36108

About W.I.T.S.

World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) took the national stage in 1993 to change the fitness industry. W.I.T.S. develops and administers certification programs for competent practice in personal training. W.I.T.S. is the first in the fitness industry to earn NCCA accreditation for testing the written core knowledge and practical skill competencies of personal training. W.I.T.S. offers fitness courses and certification testing locations in 39 states in the U.S. and in Canada. W.I.T.S. has the largest college and university testing network in the industry.

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Sinclair Bayard Joins W.I.T.S. as Maryland Certified Personal Training Course Teacher

Sinclair BayardW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Sinclair Bayard. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified
Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Sinclair Bayard is veteran of the Air Force after 8 yrs. of service being station overseas and finally in the DC Metro area. He is an alumni of the University of Maryland at College Park, School of Public Health, Kinesiological Science Major.

Having worked in private, federal and personal business, he brings a wealth of experience to those wanting to be fitness leaders of the future.

He has a love and passion for teaching and helping others aspire to be their best and years of experience in training and instruction, is a wonderful addition to W.I.T.S instructor family.

As a long time resident of Prince Georges County, being able to an instructor at Prince Georges Community College is a great opportunity and personal achievement, and an opportunity to pour back into the community he truly loves.

Sinclair Bayard will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Maryland:

Prince George Community College
301 Largo Rd.
Largo, MD 2077

About W.I.T.S.

World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) took the national stage in 1993 to change the fitness industry. W.I.T.S. develops and administers certification programs for competent practice in personal training. W.I.T.S. is the first in the fitness industry to earn NCCA accreditation for testing the written core knowledge and practical skill competencies of personal training. W.I.T.S. offers fitness courses and certification testing locations in 39 states in the U.S. and in Canada. W.I.T.S. has the largest college and university testing network in the industry.

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Cara Alvarez Teaches Certified Personal Trainer Course in Indiana

W.I.T.S. has added another new teacher from the great state of Indiana.  We are looking forward to having Cara Alvarez, a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator, work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Cara AlvarezMy name is Cara Alvarez. I am originally from Garrett, IN and currently reside in Fort Wayne, IN. I attended the Pennsylvania State University and graduated in 2011 with a B.S. in Kinesiology. In 2015, I earned my M.S. in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from the California University of Pennsylvania.

I have been fortunate enough to take on many different roles in the health and wellness industry. I have experience as an EMT-Advanced and 911 dispatcher for the city of Fort Wayne, a Certified Personal Trainer for Catalyst Fitness, as an OB patient care technician and phlebotomist for Parkview Hospital, and an Adjunct Instructor for Ivy Tech Community College teaching courses such as Anatomy and Physiology, Health & Wellness, and Nutrition.

I enjoy many activities outside of work. I love working out and will be competing in the bikini category with the NPC for my first time this July. I love sports! Penn State and Notre Dame football are life! I love going to the lake with my friends and family. I am also a huge fan of karaoke! I actually own my own sound system and microphone so that I can sing at home (maybe my neighbors don’t appreciate this as much as I do!) All in all, I try to stay active and enjoy life.

I have a passion for teaching and learning. I am always trying to find something new to learn or exciting ways to make connections for my students! I am looking forward to this new opportunity with WITS and can’t wait to get started.

Alvarez will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Indiana:

Indiana University -Purdue University Fort Wayne
2101 E. Coliseum Boulevard
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
learn.pfw.edu
Registration #: (260) 481-6619

About W.I.T.S.

World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) took the national stage in 1993 to change the fitness industry. W.I.T.S. develops and administers certification programs for competent practice in personal training. W.I.T.S. is the first in the fitness industry to earn NCCA accreditation for testing the written core knowledge and practical skill competencies of personal training. W.I.T.S. offers fitness courses and certification testing locations in 39 states in the U.S. and in Canada. W.I.T.S. has the largest college and university testing network in the industry.

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Taylor Calamese Introduced as North Carolina Certified Personal Training Instructor

Taylor CalameseW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Taylor Calamese. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Taylor Calamese is a Charlotte native and the owner and founder of Charlotte FIT. With a Masters Degree in Exercise Sport Science, Taylor applies behavioral and motivational techniques to promote healthy lifestyle practices among various populations. Her specific areas of focus are: weight management, muscular development, toning, and sculpting. Taylor is widely known for her quick and innovative workouts that promote fat loss and help clients effectively reach their goals. In addition to personal training, Taylor is a Professor at Central Piedmont Community College where she teaches Fit & Well courses along with Aerobics. She also instructs future health professionals how to practice as professional Personal Fitness Trainers for World Instructor Training Schools (WITS). Since 2015, Taylor has been a regular on Fox 46 News where she shares workout tips with the city of Charlotte.  Combined with her experience and passion to shift the attitudes towards being active, Taylor is truly dedicated to empowering others in every aspect of her career

Calamese will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in North Carolina:

Central Piedmont Community College
1201 Elizabeth Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28235

About W.I.T.S.

World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) took the national stage in 1993 to change the fitness industry. W.I.T.S. develops and administers certification programs for competent practice in personal training. W.I.T.S. is the first in the fitness industry to earn NCCA accreditation for testing the written core knowledge and practical skill competencies of personal training. W.I.T.S. offers fitness courses and certification testing locations in 39 states in the U.S. and in Canada. W.I.T.S. has the largest college and university testing network in the industry.

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David Amacher Introduced as Certified Personal Training Instructor in Indiana

David AmacherW.I.T.S. would like to introduce David Amacher. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

David is a Certified Personal Trainer that has been involved in the fitness industry for over fifteen years in various roles. He has experience training, consulting, and presenting to people of various ages and backgrounds. David holds a B.A. and M.A. in Kinesiology and is a Certified Athletic Trainer. He played collegiate football and has competed in bodybuilding.

Amacher will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Indiana:

Indiana University- South Bend
1700 Mishawaka Avenue
South Bend, IN 46634
https://www.iusb.edu/professional-development/

About W.I.T.S.

World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) took the national stage in 1993 to change the fitness industry. W.I.T.S. develops and administers certification programs for competent practice in personal training. W.I.T.S. is the first in the fitness industry to earn NCCA accreditation for testing the written core knowledge and practical skill competencies of personal training. W.I.T.S. offers fitness courses and certification testing locations in 39 states in the U.S. and in Canada. W.I.T.S. has the largest college and university testing network in the industry.

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Lifecycle of a Personal Trainer: the high cost of low skills training

At one time, personal trainers had the coolest job around, and anyone who had their own personal trainer was ranked among the beautiful people. It was also a lucrative and viable career path for fitness professionals who had enough knowledge and charisma to attract well-heeled clients and help them reach their goals. 

That all changed when gyms began to put the hammer down on freelancers and hired their own trainers at low wages, keeping the lion’s share of revenues for themselves. Over time, that business model all but destroyed personal training as a sustainable career path and caused gym owners to shoot themselves in the foot with a costly cycle of employee training and turnover. 

The below infographic illustrates the typical Lifecycle of the average personal trainer:

Lifecycle of a Personal Trainer

The High Cost of Turnover

Low conversions, low client retention rates, dissatisfied customers and high trainer turnover all cost gym owners enormous amounts of money each year.

These important metrics should be applied to evaluate the performance of any gym’s personal training program:

  • The annual turnover rate for personal trainers runs between 80-90% on average: the optimal employee turnover rate is 10% or less.
  • The minimally acceptable sales conversion rate is 40%, and the optimal rate is 70%. To calculate this metric, divide the number of conversions by the number of prospects a trainer has pitched.
  • The optimal annual client retention rate is 80-90%. Divide the number of clients lost by the number retained.

Ironically, most gym owners don’t bother to track these metrics, and many are unaware of them. For trainers, having quantitative performance metrics would empower them to self-evaluate and monitor their own job performance. Yet in most cases, trainers have no idea what good job performance looks like. 

Factors Contributing to Trainer Turnover

Many people pursue a personal training career because they have a true passion for fitness and want to share it with others. Yet the actual demands of the job can quickly erode a new trainer’s enthusiasm, especially if they don’t feel valued or get the necessary training and support to succeed. 

Factors that contribute to high trainer turnover include:

  • Inadequate job training and poorly defined performance criteria
  • Erratic scheduling, with long hours and split shifts
  • Low pay, with minimal opportunities for advancement
  • Pressure to sell with inadequate sales training and support
  • Burnout from overtraining

The Importance of Skills Training

Most new trainers are hired based on academic credentials, or on a particular brand of certification. Yet during the screening and hiring process, critical skills training and experience is often overlooked. 

This problem partially stems from an antiquated business model that is still applied today. In the early days of fitness clubs, back in the 1970s, very few employees came to the table with any type of credentials or experience, and skills training took place on the job. In most cases, senior employees were responsible for training new hires. Then, as now, gym employee turnover was high.

The old-school model no longer works for several reasons: 

  • Personal training was not offered as a service by most gyms until the early 2000s, but the business model was never updated to include this new employee demographic
  • The job of Personal Trainer demands much higher levels of knowledge and skills than the fitness advisor of old
  • Personal training is a substantial revenue generator, and demands more attention from management to reach its potential
  • Asking a senior trainer to help on-board a new hire imposes an inherent conflict of interest, since trainers often compete for new clients

 

It makes sense to hire new trainers who already possess knowledge, skills and experience. Doing so will increase conversions, elevate client retention rates and reduce costly employee turnover, resulting in higher profits. 

Skills Training for Personal Trainers

If you are serious about building a successful and sustainable fitness career, don’t cut corners on your certification. Get the support, knowledge and hands-on experience you need to succeed with a fitness certification from W.I.T.S.

Advantages of a W.I.T.S. certification include: 

  • Fully NCCA accredited: The only practical skills competency exam in the industry, along with our written exam.
  • Recognized by employers nation-wide: Graduates that perform!
  • Available in colleges, universities and online.
  • Taught by qualified and experienced industry professionals.
  • Internship program available to cement your skills.
  • Friendly customer service and support.
  • Online continuing education at your fingertips.

Find Your Niche and Build Your Fitness Career

Build your skills and knowledge and become a top trainer. Choose from any of our professional fitness course for skills training and certification:

Join the W.I.T.S. family of industry leaders today, and build your fitness career on a solid foundation.

 

 

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Terri Turner Introduced as Certified Personal Training Instructor in Virginia

Terri TurnerW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Terri Turner. We are excited to have such a tremendous Certified Personal Trainer & health educator work with the future fitness leaders of tomorrow.

Terri Turner has been working in the fitness industry as a personal trainer and coach for 16 years. She received her Masters Degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in Health Promotion & Lifestyle Wellness. She is also a certified Wellness Coach, Children’s Fitness Specialist and a CPR/First Aid instructor through the American Red Cross. Terri is a former IFBB professional figure competitor, GNC sponsored athlete and fitness model. She loves helping her clients reach their fitness goals and mentoring future personal trainers.

Turner will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Virginia :

Virginia Beach Adult Learning Center
5100 Cleveland Street
VA Beach VA 23462

About W.I.T.S.

World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) took the national stage in 1993 to change the fitness industry. W.I.T.S. develops and administers certification programs for competent practice in personal training. W.I.T.S. is the first in the fitness industry to earn NCCA accreditation for testing the written core knowledge and practical skill competencies of personal training. W.I.T.S. offers fitness courses and certification testing locations in 39 states in the U.S. and in Canada. W.I.T.S. has the largest college and university testing network in the industry.

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Joseph Giandonato Introduced as Certified Personal Training Instructor in Pennsylvania

Joseph GiandonatoW.I.T.S. would like to introduce Joseph Giandonato. We are excited to welcome Joseph back for another year of teaching for W.I.T.S. with whom he’s proudly served as a faculty member since 2010.

Joseph has been involved in the fitness industry for 15 years in a number of capacities, ranging from a collegiate strength and conditioning coach to employee wellness manager. He possesses graduate degrees in exercise science and business administration and presently serves as an adjunct professor at a number of four year colleges and universities throughout the greater Philadelphia area. Joseph currently oversees fitness programming and recreational facilities at a medical school and resides in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Giandonato will be teaching at the following W.I.T.S. locations in Pennsylvania:

Delaware County Community College
901 Media Line Road
Media, PA 19063

About W.I.T.S.

World Instructor Training Schools (W.I.T.S.) took the national stage in 1993 to change the fitness industry. W.I.T.S. develops and administers certification programs for competent practice in personal training. W.I.T.S. is the first in the fitness industry to earn NCCA accreditation for testing the written core knowledge and practical skill competencies of personal training. W.I.T.S. offers fitness courses and certification testing locations in 39 states in the U.S. and in Canada. W.I.T.S. has the largest college and university testing network in the industry.