Jeremy Nixon describes himself as a husband, father, engineer – Trying to live his best life.
He’s been doing personal training with Coach Raymond Parker for just under 1 year now.
What is the biggest thing you’ve learned from doing personal training? This could be either mental or physical (or both).
The coaches usually see more in you than you see in yourself. Specifically working so closely with a single coach in personal training, in some ways they likely even come to know you better than you know yourself.
How has doing personal training helped you to achieve your goals?
It helps keep me on track and focused. I gain knowledge and methods to target areas of weakness in ways I would have never contemplated. In the end, I’m achieving goals and making overall progress at a faster rate than on my own.
What type of person would you recommend personal training for?
It’s for anyone who wants to get better. Whether on a broad set of skills, strength, and endurance or something specific. If you’re unsure of how to start, or even if you are, having the specialized skillset and vision of a trainer to ensure you are maximizing your effort and doing so safely can be invaluable.
What made you decide that it would be a good decision to hire a personal trainer?
I had come so far in the class setting but got to a point where I still wanted to do more and target some areas more specifically. While I still immensely enjoy the class setting and continue to participate in them regularly, personal training is allowing me to focus on areas of interest and weakness to get better – faster and safer.
What doubts or hesitations did you have before hiring a personal trainer?
No doubts about the potential benefits. Certainly, the added cost factored in. Like anything in life, you have to prioritize what is important to you. In the end, I look at it as investing in myself; in my health and well-being. It is hard to measure how much that is worth, though I’ve decided it is well worth it. I’ve spent money on a lot of dumb things in my life, although this is not one of them.
Did you consider alternatives? What other gyms did you consider/visit before choosing us? Which ones? Have you hired a personal trainer in the past?
Personal training became a natural extension of joining CFNAC and going to classes. Before I was a member here I had been part of “globo gyms” in the past, though it had been years before CFNAC. Each time, I joined with good intentions and had that initial commitment, which always ended up fading, becoming inconsistent, and ultimately leading to cancelling membership usually at the end of the first year.
I have hired a personal trainer in the past (like 15 years ago). I found it very beneficial at the time. It just simply ran its course, though was somewhat costly at the time for me as well. I’d never thought of trying it again until now.
Where exactly did you hear about us?
My brother-in-law wanted to try Crossfit. We both needed to try to do something to improve our health. It just clicked for me and I’ve never looked back. I can’t imagine going back to the sedentary life I once led.
How would you describe your experience with your trainer to a friend?
It’s nothing short of amazing. Like any type of relationship, the more time you spend with someone the more you get to know them beneath the surface. In a personal training experience, which means Ray not only knows what I’m physically capable of, but has increasingly come to understand my mentality. He knows I’m committed and willing to push myself hard. He’ll lay out a workout sometimes and I’ll stare at him, jaw dropped wondering where he came up with that one. In the end, it comes back to trust and understanding that your trainer may know your capabilities better than you do. In the end, I’ve always finished. Often as a mushy pile of exhaustion. But with no regrets and better than when I started.
What would you miss the most if you weren’t doing personal training?
Pushing the limits that I’m now pushing.
What are some things you would like to brag about that you’ve been able to accomplish because of personal training?
My overall strength has increased. I felt like I was starting to plateau, or at least the gains were slowing. Since taking on this commitment, I’ve noticed a sharp overall increase in strength as well as some skills. Pull-ups are getting more consistent and adding volume. I’ve recently achieved my first pistols and HSPUs, now working towards volume and hopefully muscle-ups one day. My favorite achievements are how far my Olympic lifts have improved. I was seemingly stuck at a certain limit for a while, which I’ve now far exceeded on all of them, and there still seems plenty of room for improvement.
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