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From NYC to the west coast, we wish our colleagues, clients, students, alumni, family and friends a happy and healthy holiday season!
With love and gratitude,
~ The Focus Family
A lot of exciting things happened at FPTI this year. To name just a few:
1. We graduated four more classes;
2. We added a part-time course in the evenings;
3. We hired an additional (and GREAT) instructor, Ryan Chow, to teach it;
4. We increased the number of employers attending our quarterly Career Fairs;
5. We increased our number of internship sites;
6. We increased our student placement rates;
7. We took a team of lifters to a Starting Strength competition and WON;
8. And, most recently, we were approved to accept federal financial aid for students enrolled in our 700-hour Master Course!
Needless to say, we’ve been pretty busy – which is why some things also didn’t happen.
We didn’t get our Nutrition Coaching course off the ground (or any of our other approved continuing education courses, for that matter…). BUT, we will. Soon. We have a growing staff of hard workers dedicated to getting good, credible information out to the industry and this isn’t a goal we intend to let just fizzle out.
I also didn’t get out as much content on here as I would have liked… BUT, I will. In fact, this year, I’ve made it a goal to post regularly with content relevant to our quickly growing student population and audience of new and aspiring personal trainers.
Here’s just some of what you can expect to see more of in 2016:
1. More real-world Q&As. As teachers, we get questions all the time – and the answers to most of them can usually benefit many of you.
2. Alumni profiles. We have a TON of students out there doing wonderful things in this industry and we couldn’t be prouder to share their inspiring stories.
3. More exercise DOs and DON’Ts. And general programming tips as well. Because who can’t use a few fresh ideas from time to time?
We’d also love to hear more about what YOU want to see on here. This blog is for you, after all – so leave a comment and let us know!
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.
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:
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?”
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!
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:
Student nerves are high this week at FPTI as our Theory and Application class begins the first round of practical testing: Student assessments. Although this will be their first official practical testing grade of the semester, we’re nice in that we let them have a practice run on each other before we throw them in front of real clients next week.
I hope everyone will be spending time today with family and friends, and remembering to give thanks for all the people in their lives who have offered them love and support this past year. For me, that includes not only the best family and friends in the world, but also a laundry list of clients, colleagues and students who never let me forget why I love what I do. For that I am forever grateful, so thank you.
Okay, enough sap. Traditionally, American gratitude is expressed over food – even by fitness pros! We usually just prefer a little pre-feast workout, which is why this year we are holding an EPIC PT6 Thanksgiving Day class - so come on down at 9am! You’ll earn your carbs and recover well afterward with the protein from your traditional main course.
Speaking of which, did you know that turkey actually has more protein than either chicken or beef?! True story.
Special thanks to the crew from FocusNYC and FPTI that went out to the Rockaways over the weekend to help with Hurricane Sandy relief. While it was hard to witness the devastation firsthand, it was nice to be able to do something good and make a difference in a few people’s lives – especially at the end of a week that saw yet another tragedy. Our hearts also go out to everyone affected by the shooting at Sandy Hook school in Connecticut. I think it’s safe to say that it’ll probably be a while before anyone is named Sandy again…
It was great to show up to the first site in Far Rockaway and find that they had all the help they needed. But we made good use of our strength at the second site we visited: We spent a couple hours lifting, loading and carrying boxes and buckets of cleaning supplies from pallets down the stairs and into the basement. THIS, my friends, is what we train for.
First, I want to give a shout out to FPTI Director Kimberly Perez for inspiring a very relevant topic – especially at this time of year.
Christmas is just two weeks away, but stocking stuffers are always last on the list of priority shopping. Here are a few ideas for your fitness-loving friends!
1. Tennis balls.
It doesn’t matter if you’re loved one plays tennis – that’s not what these are for. Any hard-training fitness buff knows the importance of soft-tissue work, and tennis balls provide a great way to get at tough-to-target trouble sites like the glutes and teres minor. You should be able to find them at any sporting goods store.