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Steve Long, NSCA-CPTSteve Long has made quite a name for himself in the fitness industry, achieving many awards and acknowledgements for his accomplishments. Long is known for his practical approach to training and his ability to blend the many benefits of corrective exercise into highly metabolic conditioning and fat loss programs. Among other things, Long specializes in functional fat loss, sports performance, golf fitness, injury prevention/post rehabilitation, kettlebell training, and lifestyle coaching. He has been mentored by, and continues to learn from the best professionals in the industry, bringing the most cutting-edge programs to his clients. Connect with Steve online! Visit Steve's web site for products and information - www.smartgrouptraining.com1. What is your area of expertise?Over the years, I have become extremely passionate and knowledgeable in two areas. The first area is screening and corrective exercise; and the second area is group training. You could say that my area of expertise is implementing screening and corrective exercise in group training settings. 2. How would you describe a typical work day in your life?I should point out before I get too deep into this question that I have worked extremely hard on having the perfect day, everyday. Lifestyle design and personal development have been a huge passion of mine, and creating this typical day has been my number one goal. With that being said, a typical day for me looks roughly like this:7:00 am – Wake up 8:00 am – Answer emails 10:00 am – Write articles and work on content or knock out a few to do’s 1:00 pm – Workout3:00 pm – Hang out at the gym, answer questions, do any paperwork or meetings, train a client, or run a group training workout 6:00 pm – Go home and do personal stuff or answer more emails if needed About five years ago, I decided this was my dream day, and have worked hard to make that happen. 3. Can you identify a key turning point in your life or career that put you on your current path?I went to an event called Fast Track to Fitness Millions. Even though I thought the title was a little far-fetched (and I still do), I attended anyway to try to get some tips on how to run a successful business. Attending that event gave me more ideas than I could possibly handle, but more importantly, I saw real life examples of successful people in the industry with my own two eyes. Successful coaches, business owners, and all types of backgrounds were there; just being with those people made it real for me. After that I joined a business coaching website, implemented what I learned, and it started to take off. 4. Have you/do you have any mentors? I have a lot of mentors. Some of the mentors have played a major role in my education and development and some are just there to ask questions and bounce ideas off. I have had the luxury of working with some really smart people that have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help me out. People like Pat Rigsby, Mike Robertson, Gray Cook, Lee Burton, Eric Cressey, Lois Laynee, Jason Green, Tom Tessereau, Martin Rooney, Mike Reinold, and many others have helped me learn about training and the business of training and I cannot thank them enough. 5. What do you consider to be your greatest success thus far in your career?I have won a lot of cool awards, created training systems that trainers all over the world use, and have spoken at some major industry events, but by far my greatest success is the team of professionals that I have put together at my training studio in St. Louis, MO. I have a family at my gym, and they make our clients feel like family as well. The culture and atmosphere inside those walls is something that I wish everyone could experience. It truly is a model example of what I think the industry should strive to emulate. 6. Why did you choose the NSCA when selecting your certification?The NSCA is the best of the best and everyone knows that. If I am going to do something, I want to do it right, and the NSCA was the only choice for me. The research, the events, and the culture were some other big draws for me. After 10 years, I still recommend the NSCA over any other certification to this day. 7. What advice do you have for personal trainers who are just starting their career in the fitness industry?Train smart. Training people is not all about crushing them and doing the newest coolest exercises. It is about finding out exactly what they need and exactly what they do not need and prescribing answers to their problems. People are not coming to you for exercises; they are coming to you for results, and a coach. Be more than a repetition counter; be the change the industry needs, be a professional. Also, get mentors, be willing to learn, and never think that you are good enough. You can always get better in this profession, so keep studying. 8. If you could go back in time and tell yourself one thing you know now, what would it be?Nothing is more important than customer service. I have spent a lot of time focusing on the details of training and I am glad, but when I diversified my education and efforts to the process of making people happy no matter what, my business really took off. 9. Tell us about yourself – hobbies, interests, activities; what do you do when you are not working?I honestly rarely feel like I am working, because I love what I do. But outside of the world of fitness and rehabilitation, I love to spend time with my daughter, my girlfriend, work on personal development, work out, mountain bike, travel, attend seminars, and go to sporting events.10. Do you have any upcoming speaking engagements, products, etc.?
The next speaking engagement that I will be doing that is open to the public is the Elite Training Workshop (ETW) Tour. I will be speaking with my good friend Jared Woolever on behalf of Smart Group Training, a business that we co-own. Smart Group Training is a company that helps educate trainers on ways to make group training better and easier though our website, products, and workshops. We will be doing a minimum of four cities for the ETW and we will be speaking at Fitness Business Weekend in Louisville, KY this year.
These workshops are focused on just four top-notch professionals in one day, and include a lecture and hands-on session from each. Our topic this year is “Building a Movement Foundation” and is truly some of the most cutting-edge corrective exercise, and developmental sequencing training information available, and as always, we will talk about how to apply this information in group training.You can check out our website, which has tons of free information and high-quality products at www.smartgrouptraining.com. You can also check out the Elite Training Workshop website at www.elitetrainingworkshop.com. The site updates as each event closes out, but here is the ETW schedule and a few other speaking engagements for 2014. ETW >> St. Louis, MO - June 7, 2014FMS Summit >> Durham, NC - JulyETW >> Napa, CA - August 9, 2014Fitness Business Weekend >> Louisville, KY - OctoberETW >> Frisco, TX - October 11, 2014
Sweet interview! Thanks Steve.