Today we feature our fitness guru, Michael Alcantara. Michael is currently an exercise physiologist who is drastically impacting people's lives everyday! We had a sit down with Michael to talk about his past, present, and future in the multi-billion dollar fitness industry! We hope you find great insight about the fitness industry through the eyes of "Dr. Michael Alcantara".
Why did you decide to become a fitness trainer?
To make a long story short, I have always been active and athletic. I lifted for leisure but never took it seriously. I never even had a goal in mind. At the time, I was working in music/film production I met a trainer who inspired me and helped me realized what my health and fitness goals were. She taught me the fundamentals of fitness and core stability. I was inspired and I eventually started working at LA Fitness and became certified in personal training.
What professional license did you earn?
When I first began, my eyes were open and I wanted to try everything. So, I went for Weight Management, Powerlifting Instructor, Functionality Training, and eventually Corrective Exercise Specialist. I couldn’t be a jack of all trades and a master of none. I found my passion in corrective exercise and more of the sports medicine/exercise science route. That led me to pursue exercise physiology.
What fitness associations are you involved in?
For school, it is with ASU. As far as fitness institutions, I have abundance: NASM, NCCPT, NFPT, & ACSM.
What diet and nutrition education have you received?
Took classes through school and CEUs in Weight Management, but to be honest my focus wasn’t on nutrition. I focused more on rehabilitation and helping those with injuries, imbalances, & etc.
What techniques use to increase your clientele? What are your goals for increasing the number of clients you serve?
When I first started out, I would just talk to people and converse with them on a friendly daily basis. I was big on building rapport with people. Eventually my reputation just spoke for itself and people would reference more people to me. Now, I am given clients who are in need of a corrective exercise specialist and/or exercise physiologist. They call me Doctor Mike already 😊
If you were to have a client who gets discouraged about their progress, how do you keep your clients motivated?
It happens fairly often in the beginning when a client is dealing with medical problems, injuries, physical therapy etc. Injuries can feel debilitating but my motto is, “don’t succumb to them, together we’ll get through it”. I use my own journey of overcoming injuries and through fitness as well as other clients’ success stories as motivation and fitspiration.
What are your favorite exercises?
This is a tough one, man. But I would have to say that deadlifts are my most favorite. I love compound workouts. They feel so good to perform. I also like press & cleans, deadlift rows, and chest press.
What part of your body do you least admire? Why?
I least admire my hamstrings. I have so many issues on my left side from a sciatic nerve, very tight and shortened muscles, and referral pain from a herniated disc in my lower back. This happened after an unfortunate biking accident which I still am recovering from.
Do you have fitness goals for yourself? If so, what are they?
I sure do! For a while it was more bodybuilding but most recently it has switched to a strong, healthy, and athletic body. I’ve been doing more corrective exercises with myself to get back a lot of core stability and treat muscle imbalances. The beauty of fitness is that everyone wears it differently and our journeys are all diverse from one another. It’s not a quick fix but rather a lifetime commitment, a lifestyle change.