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Leigh Peele Interview

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Leigh Peele is a Certified Personal Trainer and the mind behind the Fatloss Troubleshoot Book and Pod Casts.  This interview gives  you an insight into how it all came about and what the future holds, enjoy!

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Tom Godwin: May I first of all thank you for giving up time in your busy day to take part in this interview.

TG:  Let’s start from the beginning, what is your background in the wellbeing industry?

LP: My technical qualifications are loads of certifications and CEU’s. My normal lead off certification is from the National Academy of Sports Medicine. I am a particular fan of their teaching styles, but at the end of the day no certification is perfect.

I write for websites, my blog, and you might find me in a magazine here or there. I basically do the technical things I have to do so that I can work with people because that is what I love. I love helping people figuring out answers to the problems they are having.

TG:  I have been an avid listener to your ‘Ask Leigh’ podcast for a while now, it is awesome.  What prompted you to establish it?

LP: I get asked a lot of questions all the time. I got to the doctor, dentists, with clients, my friends, etc. Over the past year I just kept getting email after email of questions from people and I couldn’t keep up and I also was trying to figure out my new podcast format and it hit me that this would be the best solution. Now thought I just have more people writing in questions ha so I don’t know if it was a good idea after all 😉

I like trying to give as much as I can to my readers and customers. So many fitness professionals like to hold their “secrets” for their products only. Funny, I don’t have a problem telling all my secrets and I still do fine.

TG:  Your ‘Fat Loss Troubleshoot’ e-book has been hugely popular, can you tell us a little about how this book came about?

LP: It started out as a message board sticky thread and then someone it has just evolved into this book and collection of programs and manuals. I was seeing these same problems and these same questions over and over again and no one was getting anywhere. People were just bouncing from method to method but not understanding what was at the base of fat loss in the first place. It was so frustrating for them and so I put together the book that basically teaches you how to “fish” for fat loss. It gives you all the details you need to know about it, how to troubleshoot various problems, and different programs you can use.

I am forever updating it and am pulling it again right now to add even more stuff. I am sure in 10 years it will be on par with Britannica.

TG:  If you could give one tip to a person who wanted to loose weight what would it be?

LP: Keep it simple. Too often I see people over complicate things and try to focus to much on supplements, weird training methods, or the next big thing. For thousands of years people have been losing weight the exact same way, a deficit. Everything else is about optimizing and for health. Get the simple down first and then learn how to spice it up.

TG:  You have worked with clients with all kinds of wellbeing goals (e.g. weight loss, endurance, post natal, etc…), do you have a particular favorite that you enjoy working with and why?

LP: One that asks questions. The clients that get the most out of me are the ones that use the time we have wisely and grill me. I look at working with me as a short term chance to get an education and change your life. I am not a rep counter and if that is what you want go log on to meetup.com.

So I like working with people that really want to learn and change their lives. I don’t want to get by on average, I want the billboard everytime.

TG:  What would you say is the most important attribute that a personal trainer must poses?

LP: Critical thinking and the discipline for self education. You are not going to learn what you need from one certification and you aren’t likely to get much more help in the gym.  You have to make a daily effort to keep up with new things that are happening in the field and get better at the tried and tested skills.

You know everyone has a different level that they want to be at and a different period of time it will take for them to get there, but if you give it your best in educating your then you are already ahead of 90% of them out there.

TG: In my opinion constant self education is vital to keep a personal trainer on top of their game.  What do you do to make you one of the leading personal trainers of the day?

LP: I read until I am tired, I train until there is no one left to work with, and I make it my life. To some degree this will only last so long because I am getting to a point of maintaining, meaning that it is mostly about learning about new information that is coming up. I had to spend so much time getting caught up that I am finally starting to get a little comfortable in the everyday. I won’t say I don’t have a life, but I will say that I went to my own personal college while working, and it isn’t easy.

If you really want to be good you have to read things something you don’t care about reading and train whoever you can get your hands on.

TG:  What would you say has been the high point of your career so far?

LP: Good question. You know I have had the luxury of quite a large number of clients of mine become trainers. I had this one woman I worked with who was 200lbs, stuck in a desk job, and a inch away from giving up on life all together. She turned it all around and no only lost all the fat and looks amazing, became a trainer and in college to become a physical trainer. It doesn’t get much better than that.

TG:  What would you say is the best part of your job?

LP: I know this is going to sound so scripted but I really never get tired of helping and inspiring people to change their lives. I know that I wouldn’t be where I am had people not helped me change the course of my life and I feel like in this way I am paying it forward.

TG:  What does the average day look like for you?

LP: Well right now I am doing something a little different than I normally do. Normally I am was working with clients locally doing private training or bootcamps. Right now though I am working with a friend of mine on training his staff and their clients to optimize communication to further results and it is amazing. The turn around in results for the entire club already is worth its weight in salt, no pun intended.

When I am not doing that right now I am finishing up my new project Body By Eats, doing the podcast, the blog, and trying not to get on facebook too much when I should be reading research.

TG:  So what does the future hold for you?

LP: My goal in person is to have my own facitiy, I don’t like bosses and will never work for one. That being said I desire my own shop so that is certainly apart of my future.

I also am going to be releasing Body By Eats in October and I am hoping it is going to really put a spin on a lot of things out there right now involving food.

TG:  Thanks for giving up some of you time to share with us, it has been awesome!

LP: Thanks for having me!

For more info on Leigh’s products and services click here.  Also if you are a I-tunes user look up Leigh’s hugely popular Fatloss Troubleshoot broadcasts.  To go with that there is the Fatloss Troubleshoot Book!