Archive for employment, interviews

Employer Spotlight: Rafique Cabral, Trooper Fitness

by Meaghan posted July 28, 2017

With another Career Fair just around the corner, today we have another Employer Spotlight: Former FocusNYC trainer Rafique Cabral, who now owns the rapidly growing Trooper Fitness.


Here’s what Rafique had to say about FPTI students:

What is it about FPTI students that makes them great employees?

FPTI students have a strong fundamental understanding of how to approach programming and how to COACH, which obviously gives them a huge advantage in the fitness field. They also know how to create great interpersonal relationships and build community.

If there’s one thing that the Trooper team has excelled at, it’s been building community. They had the biggest turnout of any team at the recent City Challenge Obstacle Race!

Trooper City Challenge


What opportunities are unique to Trooper that entice trainers/group instructors to want to work for you?

The unique thing about Trooper is that since we are still in our start-up phase, there is huge potential for growth beyond just group and personal training – including management, marketing, program development and more.  


What advice would you give to an FPTI graduate seeking a job in the health and fitness industry as a new personal trainer/group instructor?

My advice is to always keep bettering yourself at your craft, regardless of your stage of development. As well, always be willing to share what you know.


Great advice, there. There is always more to learn, and developing others will pay back dividends in the long run.

Thanks, Rafique!

Interviewing 101: What to Do…and NOT to Do

by Meaghan posted October 27, 2016

It’s about that time of the semester again: Next week, FPTI students will get the chance to network with many of NYC’s top fitness employers as they gather on our training floor for the quarterly FPTI Career Fair. They’ve been working hard with our faculty this week to get their resumes organized, with the goal, of course, being to set up interviews for internships or jobs in the weeks to follow.

That said, we figured it’d be a good idea to reinforce some essential interview dos and don’ts.





After all, a polished cover letter and resume may get you an interview, but a solid interview is what ultimately lands you the job.

So, here are a few important things to consider when preparing for an interview in the fitness industry:

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Alumni-Turned-Employer Spotlight: Ryan Heffernan

by Meaghan posted October 4, 2016

Today, we have an interview with FPTI alum and Focus Integrated Fitness Personal Training Manager, Ryan Heffernan.


When did you graduate from FPTI?

I graduated in December 2012 and was immediately hired by Focus Integrated Fitness.

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Student-turned-Employer Spotlight: Carter Berry, Equinox

by Meaghan posted March 29, 2016

Carter Berry is one of a select few Focus alumni who has grown from top trainer to manager in a well-respected setting, and in a matter of just a few years.


Carter Berry


Read on to find out how his FPTI education helped pave his path and why he now seeks out Focus alumni to work for him.

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Employer Spotlight: Bonita Porte, Energetic Juniors

by Meaghan posted February 4, 2016

We recently interviewed Bonita Porte of Energetic Juniors.


Here’s what she had to say about FPTI grads:

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Employer Spotlight: Interview with Josh Feldman of Crunch Fitness

by Meaghan posted October 8, 2015

FPTI Student Placement Coordinator, Brent Carter recently sat down with Crunch Fitness District Manager, Josh Feldman.



Read on to see what Josh had to say about FPTI students and working for Crunch:

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Getting an Interview: Resume Dos and Don’ts

by Meaghan posted February 25, 2015

As you may know, this quarter’s FPTI Career Fair is coming up on Wednesday, March 4th! From 1-2:30pm, FPTI will host representatives from gyms across New York City – including Equinox, Crunch, 24-Hour Fitness, Boom Fitness and more – for both students AND alumni to make contacts, ask questions regarding employment in the fitness industry, and drop off resumes.



But your resume can make or break your ability to get an interview, so you’ll want to make sure you put the right things on paper. Here are a few resume DOs and DON’Ts to keep in mind while you prepare yours for fitness employers:

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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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