From a Teacher to a Personal Trainer, Luke D’Astoli Saw Something That Changed His Life
Luke D’Astoli, from a teacher to a personal trainer. Read more to find out what made him change his career path.
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Luke D’Astoli. I am a Personal Trainer and am the Director of Training at Acumotum – Intelligent Fitness.
How and why did you get into the fitness industry?
A lifelong sportsman, I originally completed a Bachelor of Education and worked in primary schools.
However, I got out of teaching as a 27-year-old and into the fitness industry because I saw that health and fitness was the essential building block upon which a happy and meaningful life could be built. I vividly remember seeing the distressed looks on the faces of the students during a school fun run and thinking, “This isn’t even fun, this is torture! Something needs to be done about this,”.
I felt there were more opportunities to make changes outside of the bureaucracy of the education system.
Take us through a typical day for you?
Get up at 5:30 am. Take the first class at 6:00 am. During 7:00am-10:00am PT clients. 10:00 am eat, catch up on some emails. By 12:00 pm either take a lunch or train. Between 1:00 pm-5: 00 pm, spend some time with my training staff and either write a blog or meet with a like-minded allied health professional or local business to talk about business and life.5: 00 pm I’ll head home and usually read a fitness/business/lifestyle book or article, have dinner, watch a little tv and be in bed around 10-10: 30 pm.
What were some of the biggest mistakes you made when starting out your business?
It would’ve been good to have spoken to several different people who had the type of business I aspire towards to get some direction as to how to best structure it to make it financially stable, get great results for my client, and for me to live a sustainable lifestyle.
To me, running 40 x 1on1 sessions a week was really challenging and is a surefire way to burn out if you do it for long enough. Alternatively, running a poorly resourced boot camp would leave me with little job satisfaction because unless you really know your stuff you don’t have the tools or environment to ensure that people are moving well and getting stronger, both of which should be the focus of personal trainers, not just flogging people.
And what should their focus be?
When you start out you just need to learn about how to do a great job with your clients. You’ll do that by training more people more often and having a mentor you respectable to give you systems to work within and feedback as you go.
Realistically for a mentor to be truly effective, they should be in the same building and able to watch you train people.
What are some of the reasons your clients fail to hit their fitness goals?
People come to me for a variety of reasons. Some want to get out of pain, some want to improve their function and strength, some appreciate the stress relief, some want more muscle but typically, the trickiest one is fat loss.
Because it’s a physically, intellectually and emotionally demanding pursuit.
But you’ve only failed when you give up completely.
People who do achieve their goals are typically very resilient in that they take ownership of their outcomes, they appreciate the struggle and they are committed to seeing it through to the end.
This will often come down to having an appreciation for who they are and why they are looking to achieve their goals. They engage with the process and enjoy the education that comes with training with a fitness professional.
And quite simply, they’ll do what they say they’ll do.
In contrast, sometimes people have physiological reasons for fat loss resistance and need further help but often people who fail often have an uncanny knack for seeing the negative in any situation, they set themselves up for failure with unrealistic goals and generally don’t prioritise their health above work and their social lives.
Keeping people well (illness and injury-free) as well as providing them with lots of little wins along the way is imperative to success.
What are some of your favourite exercises to do with a client?
Deadlift, squatting and rowing is generally very poorly executed by the general population so getting people up to speed on these movements is a high priority. I really love using loaded movement training with the ViPR in combination with various crawling patterns to increase stability, coordination and give my clients the ability to more effectively mitigate forces.
Any tips/suggestions for people looking to get into the fitness industry?
Identify the group of people that you really want to help, whether it be business people, kids, older populations or whatever. Figure out what it is that they need and find a way to offer that to them in a way that makes you a living.
What do you think makes a personal trainer succeed in the long term?
Surround yourself with positive people, aim to get better every day at doing what it takes to get great results for your clients. Never give up.
Any useful resources, tools, or books you can recommend?
There are a ton of useful resources out there. The best ones take the complicated and make them simple and practical.
Three stand out courses/providers to look at are: Metabolic Precision http://mp-body.com, PT Academy’s courses www.ptacademy.com.au, Functional Movement Screen www.functionalmovement.com