IT WAS SOMETHING ABOUT THE LOOK ON A CLIENT’S FACE WHEN THEY DO SOMETHING THEY NEVER THOUGHT THEY COULD THAT MADE ME WANT TO STICK WITH IT. I LOVE SEEING PEOPLE BECOME MORE COMFORTABLE WITH FITNESS AND START EXERCISING DAILY BY CHOICE.
BIG BACK GRIPS USER PROFILE INTERVIEW: JUSTIN SPRAGUE
BBG: Hi Justin. First, can you tell us a little about yourself: A mini-bio, if you will.
JUSTIN: Hey folks. My name is Justin Sprague and I live in Hot Springs, Arkansas. I’m originally from Louisiana, but I’ve been in Hot Springs long enough to call it home. When I was in junior high, my older brother was into bodybuilding. I knew he liked it but I didn’t pay much attention until he started taking me with him to the gym.
I played sports for many years, and then working out, I never missed a late night gym session. Eventually, the over-exertion took its toll on me, so my senior year I dropped all sports just to lift weights. It had become my passion. A year out of high school I became a personal trainer. It seemed like a perfect fit. I’ve been training for a few years now.
BBG: Personal training requires a lot of confidence and maturity. So that’s pretty good right out of high school. How did you get into that? What do you like about it?
JUSTIN: In 2009, I worked at my local YMCA as a “fitness coach.” It was nice, but I didn’t get to work with people through an entire workout. I started watching the personal trainers there and decided to become one myself. The trainers were pretty helpful, putting up with all my questions and even letting me borrow a few study guides for the certification test. I’d study whenever I had free time at work. When I felt I was ready I took the test. Once I passed the test I gave my two-weeks and started training full-time at different gym.
BBG: Once you started training people, how did it live up to your expectations?
JUSTIN: I knew I loved to stay fit myself, but it was something about the look on a client’s face when they do something they never thought they could that made me want to stick with it. It could be anything from a new bench press max to losing five pounds. I love seeing people become more comfortable with fitness and start exercising daily by choice.
BBG: What makes for a really great client? Don’t name any names, but do you have a favorite client? Someone who’s just really gratifying to train and help?