Name: Anton Scott
Certifications: National Academy of Sports Medicine, Certified Personal Trainer
PRONatal, Prenatal and Postnatal Performance Training Specialist
What inspired you to become a personal trainer?
From a young age, I've been involved in different sports; namely, Shotokan Karate, high school football, and then I went on to play soccer after graduating. Through sports, I was able to have fun while exercising. During my college years, sports also served as a prerequisite to my career in fitness, as well as in building character.
Believe it or not, what inspired me to become a certified personal trainer, were the persistent injuries that I garnered while playing soccer. During physical therapy, my mind naturally gravitated towards developing an understanding of the muscles that surround the ankle, in order to prevent any injuries from reoccurring. During those moments of understanding, I concluded that I needed to dive deep into the rabbit hole and discover how the body, recovery, and fitness work.
Another experience that inspired me to become a trainer was the process of training a friend of mine, who wanted to lose weight. Initially, I had no idea how to go about helping her because I had no first-hand experience. As a result of her intense determination and my gut feeling and desire to see her through, I took up the challenge. With an “on the go” approach, I found myself researching how to help her. The results were rewarding, not just for her, but for me as well. I took on a task, that I had no idea where to start, and made it work; plus, I gave myself an opportunity to become a trainer. It made me feel very happy to change a person’s life and mindset, for the better.
How do the benefits of physical training in the gym translate into everyday life?
In addition to the physical effect, I also feel mentally stronger. It translates into my everyday life because training keeps me very focused on the task at hand. My work ethic increases due to the high discipline that a consistent workout regimen requires; especially in reaching higher levels of fitness.
What is your favorite part of being a personal trainer?
My favorite part of being a personal trainer is being able to teach and to talk about my passion for fitness. I'm in the position of being a mentor for clients, who not only want to reach their goals but also gain insight into the hows and whys of movement and overall functional strength. I also love it when the client can look past the goal and see how functional training is a life-changing process: in which they'll dive deeper into their consistent training and appreciate the process more.
What is your sport or training modality of choice?
I love to play soccer. I especially love how one must make very quick decisions, mentally, with a ball at your feet. This is what makes this sport very unique to me. Plus, it is a sport loved by masses of people, around the world. I also love strength training because it teaches me how to properly understand the mechanics of movement, to become a lot stronger, and to push towards a higher range of mobility. I love the strength training process, not just for benefits I experience playing sports, but for daily living attributes too.
If you could tell someone brand new to fitness ONE thing, what would it be?
Practicing patience is key because it can be very overwhelming when starting out in fitness, especially when it comes to a specific goal the individual has in mind. When I give a client a task to do on their own, they do it; but then the impatience of wanting the goal to occur very fast can consume their thoughts. Naturally, overwhelm can lead to not enjoying the process. It can happen to the best of us. Realizing that training is a marathon, that is to say, a long-term commitment: this is something that will eventually develop with consistency and with the discipline of patience!
What makes you unique?
As a trainer, I have the ability to understand what the client is feeling as well as understand their thought patterns. This marriage is how I bring the best out of my clients so that they are able to achieve their goals. Outside of training, I love to read, am heavily into music and I love pancakes!