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A Look Back at 2014 and What to Expect in the New Year

by Meaghan posted December 16, 2014

As we approach the holidays and get ready to graduate our final class of 2014, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the past year and thank all of our students, alumni and faculty for their efforts in making this our BEST year yet. thank_you

Seriously, we could not have done it without you.

Why was it our best year? Well, for starters, we successfully grew our Master Course from just five graduates at this time last year to 11 grads last semester, 12 graduating this week and an incoming class of 25 for January! We have also sustained a 100% placement rate for our Master Course students, largely due to the acquisition of 11 new internship sites (bringing our total to 24), most of which hire their interns immediately upon completion of the course. In fact, we here at Focus Integrated Fitness hired six FPTI grads in 2014 alone. Not too shabby for one year’s time!

With the growth of our courses here, you can expect to see additional FPTI campuses opening up soon as well. What you can also expect in 2015 is a greater focus on nutrition in our continuing education, as well as even more emphasis on our underlying core values when it comes to decision making and actions. The fact is, as we grow and manage a larger volume of students who will ultimately represent the face of change in the fitness industry, our ability to stay true to what we believe in will determine how well we achieve our mission:

“To educate and develop personal trainers who demonstrate technical proficiency, integrity and professionalism.”

That said, here are our five core values, how they apply to you and what you can expect from us:

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First FPTI Career Fair Was a Hit!

by Meaghan posted November 24, 2014

We held our very first Career Fair for students last Wednesday afternoon and it was a huge success!

Full house at Focus!


After several weeks of gaining knowledge, technical skills AND professionalism (via help with writing resumes and cover letters, interview prep, etc.), FPTI’s Master Course and Theory and Application students seeking jobs and internships got all dressed up to network with recruiters from New York City’s top gyms. They were especially excited to see FPTI alumni there now representing fitness management!

FPTI alum Marvin is now a Fitness Manager at Crunch!

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Are Your Hamstrings Actually “Tight?”

by Meaghan posted November 14, 2014

Not sure exactly why but lately I seem to be fielding inquiries regarding this question even more so than usual. This is usually how the conversation goes:

New trainer: “My client says her hamstrings are tight but when I go to stretch them, they aren’t tight AT ALL.”

whats up with that

Me: “OK, let’s think back to what we talked about in class regarding lower cross syndrome. Does she have a bit of an anterior tilt in the pelvis?”

New trainer: “Yeah…”

Me: “OK, so what does that mean for the hamstrings?”

New trainer: “Ohhhh… Got it!”

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More PRs for the Focus Powerlifting Team!

by Meaghan posted November 4, 2014

Congrats to all the runners who competed in this weekend’s New York City Marathon!

While the FPTI Running Club didn’t send any competitors this year, our Barbell Club did send a small team to last weekend’s October Iron Fest Strength Meet at CrossFit Gantry in Long Island City. Big congrats to Brent Carter, Luis Tejada and Ryan O’Connell-Peller for their outstanding efforts! And thanks to all the FPTI faculty, students and alumni who came to cheer them on. It was great to have so many faces in the crowd for support!



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Employer Spotlight: Jorge Unigarro, Equinox

by Meaghan posted November 3, 2014

For all of our students, potential students and student alumni, today we have a quick Q&A with Jorge Unigarro (left), Personal Training Manager at Equinox, 33rd and Park, NYC:



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Q&A: What Do I Do When My Clients Ask for Things They Can Do “On Their Own?”

by Meaghan posted October 24, 2014

I want to thank two exceptionally inquisitive students in our current Theory and Application class for inspiring me to write about this. Jennifer and Juan, thank you!

Thank you because I think this is a common concern for many trainers and isn’t always handled in a manner that serves anyone’s best interest – as we discussed yesterday – and this gives me a chance to offer some advice on the matter.

SO, what does it mean and what do you do when your client says, “Can you give me some things I can do on my own?”



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4 More Beneficial Things You Could Do in 4 Hours and 26 minutes Than Plank

by Meaghan posted October 9, 2014

I’m sure we’ve all heard by now about the new world plank record set by Mao Weidong: 4 hours and 26 minutes.


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5 Essential Interview Tips

by Meaghan posted October 3, 2014

Getting ready for an interview and need some advice? Here’s what Focus Integrated Fitness employers, Joe Masiello and Gabe Valencia, and FPTI Placement Coordinator, Brent Carter, suggest to prepare for your interviews:

1. Make a good first impression. Your potential employer is assessing whether you are a good candidate before you ever open your mouth. What does your posture say about your confidence? Do you have a warm smile? Are you dressed appropriately? Do you have a firm handshake? Make sure you start off on the right foot by asking yourself these questions.

2. Do your research. Do some digging and find out about the company. This not only shows initiative but attention to detail. It says you have a vested interest in the company and are likely to work hard for it.

3. Be concise. Listen to the questions and answer thoughtfully in a quick, honest fashion. There are few things worse than an interviewee who goes off on a tangent and rambles about things that are not relevant.


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Goodbye Comfort Zone

by Meaghan posted September 30, 2014

It’s been a busy few days at FPTI. On Friday we graduated an AMAZING group of students, one of whom left us without a dry eye in the room… Thank you, Dan Heenan, for speaking so kindly about our Faculty and your peers. You guys really were a special class and you’ll go far in this field!

summer 2014 master class

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Guest Post: Interning at Focus Integrated Fitness

by Meaghan posted September 17, 2014

Congrats to all the FPTI Theory and Application students who finished the course yesterday, and to our most recent cohort of Master Course students who are finishing up their internships and graduating next week!

FPTI  MC class


You guys are amazing, and you should all be VERY proud!

Today we have the first of many guest blog posts from our Master Course student-interns at FocusNYC. Here is what Nick Law-Yue (front and center in the picture above) had to say about his time interning with us this semester:

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