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laurenmoore44laurenmoore44 Posts: 12Member Member Posts: 12Member Member
I'm a new personal trainer and am trying to select photos to represent myself accordingly. however, I'm afraid some people may be turned off by the fact that I'm a female and have this much vascularity/muscle tone. any advice? I want to show that I have had major success with my body, but I feel like this may be too much. should I go with less aggressive pictures or go ahead and use ones like these? any advice is appreciated. thanks! l2miopz2ezzj.jpg
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  • laurenmoore44laurenmoore44 Posts: 12Member Member Posts: 12Member Member
    I'm a new personal trainer and am trying to select photos to represent myself accordingly. however, I'm afraid some people may be turned off by the fact that I'm a female and have this much vascularity/muscle tone. any advice? I want to show that I have had major success with my body, but I feel like this may be too much. should I go with less aggressive pictures or go ahead and use ones like these? any advice is appreciated. thanks! l2miopz2ezzj.jpg
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  • livingleanlivingcleanlivingleanlivingclean Posts: 3,148Member Member Posts: 3,148Member Member
    Imo you're not overly muscular, or vascular...just fit looking! I would definitely use these pictures :)
  • Morgaen73Morgaen73 Posts: 2,034Member Member Posts: 2,034Member Member
    No you are not too bulky. You look well toned. Use the pics.
  • Dreamcrusher16Dreamcrusher16 Posts: 683Member Member Posts: 683Member Member
    Personally I think you look great, but you're never going to make everybody happy. All you can do is be you and hopefully the right clientele will find you.
  • 08312270831227 Posts: 26Member Member Posts: 26Member Member
    You look very fit! It's the kind of physique that would impress me in a personal trainer because even if this is not what I aim for (personally), I know the level of hard work, knowledge, technique and dedication it takes to get there, so it would make me confident that you really know what you are doing and what I should do for myself!
  • Christine_72Christine_72 Posts: 13,476Member Member Posts: 13,476Member Member
    You look fit and healthy, definitely not bulky. I wouldn't hesitate to post those pics :+1:
  • Gallowmere1984Gallowmere1984 Posts: 5,220Member Member Posts: 5,220Member Member
    *kitten*, I'd hire you. At least you look like you lift a bit, and aren't going to try and convince women that they need to stick to cardio and 5 lbs. weights, lest they "turn into Ahnahld wif bewbs".
  • TavistockToadTavistockToad Posts: 20,049Member Member Posts: 20,049Member Member
    You're not bulky :laugh:
  • Makeitso39Makeitso39 Posts: 27Member Member Posts: 27Member Member
    Definitely not bulky! I think you look very inspiring. Good luck with your venture :)
  • rainbowbowrainbowbow Posts: 6,702Member Member Posts: 6,702Member Member
    rainbowbow wrote: »
    This is exactly why I took my photos for all of my online marketing around 22% body fat even though I usually maintain around 18%.

    All the people saying "you're not too bulky!" I don't think have had the opportunity of working with many women; especially not the average gym goer.

    I would say that you look fine, but if you're looking to work with the general population I would dress and pose in a way that you look "fit" but not too lean. Some key points for being "too lean" to most women i work with include: visible separation in delts, strong jawline poses or showing sterneclomastoid, visible "pump" especially veins on the hands or across the shoulders. These things generally are looked upon as "masculine".

    IMO - I think you have a fantastic physique. But then again I'm also in the industry and appreciate *really* fit bodies.

    P.S. This is not to say that you should gain weight or change anything about your body or that you should be ashamed of your awesomely fit body. I'm speaking just for marketing purposes and if your desired clientelle is the AVERAGE gym goer.

    If you're looking to work with athletes, girls who want to compete in bikini, etc. I would show off your current physique all you can. :)

    Everyone is attracted towards one person or another (and personality is a huge one when it comes to trainers), so don't worry too much about trying to be anyone you're not. Some people might think you're too bulky, some might think you are too small. Cant win them all! :)
  • Gracious_PlumGracious_Plum Posts: 18Member Member Posts: 18Member Member
    I think you look great, very inspirational.... care to share your exercise routine?!
    I'm going to add you :)

    Good luck with the PT :smiley:
  • trigden1991trigden1991 Posts: 3,446Member Member Posts: 3,446Member Member
    You look great but I have a feeling many women would think the second picture is "too much". People that are not in shape have a warped view on "normal" or what is too muscular.
  • robdowns1300robdowns1300 Posts: 148Member Member Posts: 148Member Member
    Clearly you look awesome. Maybe try a different outfit. Little black dress?
  • Cylphin60Cylphin60 Posts: 812Member Member Posts: 812Member Member
    rainbowbow wrote: »
    You look great but I have a feeling many women would think the second picture is "too much". People that are not in shape have a warped view on "normal" or what is too muscular.

    They also have a warped view on what is "overweight" "obese" or how many pounds they *really* need to lose. :wink:
    Agreed. Those are the people who will argue with you when you try to train them.

    OP - you look fantastic. Go with it I say.
  • SumiblueSumiblue Posts: 1,406Member Member Posts: 1,406Member Member
    If you are worried about it then just take non flexed photos. I'm very muscular for a woman but just look fit when I'm not flexing or in the middle of a lift.
  • trigden1991trigden1991 Posts: 3,446Member Member Posts: 3,446Member Member
    rainbowbow wrote: »
    You look great but I have a feeling many women would think the second picture is "too much". People that are not in shape have a warped view on "normal" or what is too muscular.

    They also have a warped view on what is "overweight" "obese" or how many pounds they *really* need to lose. :wink:

    So true. Everyone (no matter what) is fatter than they would like to think.
  • psuLemonpsuLemon Posts: 25,153Member, MFP Moderator, Greeter, Premium MFP Moderator Posts: 25,153Member, MFP Moderator, Greeter, Premium MFP Moderator
    rainbowbow wrote: »
    rainbowbow wrote: »
    This is exactly why I took my photos for all of my online marketing around 22% body fat even though I usually maintain around 18%.

    All the people saying "you're not too bulky!" I don't think have had the opportunity of working with many women; especially not the average gym goer.

    I would say that you look fine, but if you're looking to work with the general population I would dress and pose in a way that you look "fit" but not too lean. Some key points for being "too lean" to most women i work with include: visible separation in delts, strong jawline poses or showing sterneclomastoid, visible "pump" especially veins on the hands or across the shoulders. These things generally are looked upon as "masculine".

    IMO - I think you have a fantastic physique. But then again I'm also in the industry and appreciate *really* fit bodies.

    P.S. This is not to say that you should gain weight or change anything about your body or that you should be ashamed of your awesomely fit body. I'm speaking just for marketing purposes and if your desired clientelle is the AVERAGE gym goer.

    If you're looking to work with athletes, girls who want to compete in bikini, etc. I would show off your current physique all you can. :)

    Everyone is attracted towards one person or another (and personality is a huge one when it comes to trainers), so don't worry too much about trying to be anyone you're not. Some people might think you're too bulky, some might think you are too small. Cant win them all! :)

    Pretty much everything I was thinking. It really comes down to your client's perceptions.


    OP, if clients are looking to be fit, you would be a great example. But remember, no matter how good of a trainer you are, you won't always be a great fit for everyone.
  • sllm1sllm1 Posts: 1,334Member Member Posts: 1,334Member Member
    NOT too bulky - I think you look a bit thin in the top one, just due to the pose. I love the second picture.

    I know you're trying to attract clients, but I really would embrace your body and the work you've put in and just go with the pics you like. Don't worry about what other people think. That whole "women shouldn't have muscles" thing is crap.
  • JoRockaJoRocka Posts: 16,371Member Member Posts: 16,371Member Member
    I wouldn't think twice of a trainer that looked like you.
    I understand the concern of being "too" much- but honestly- you're not that big (in terms of mass/size) and I think you are lean enough to show that you are fit and you work.

    But to Rainbow's point- having a variety of photos that aren't ALL your regular "lean" state might be helpful.
  • laurenmoore44laurenmoore44 Posts: 12Member Member Posts: 12Member Member
    Thank you all for your feedback! It's been very helpful :)
  • laurenmoore44laurenmoore44 Posts: 12Member Member Posts: 12Member Member
    I think you look great, very inspirational.... care to share your exercise routine?!
    I'm going to add you :)

    Good luck with the PT :smiley:
    Sure! I'm currently performing a 6-day push/pull/legs split with 2 HIIT sessions & 1 steady state cardio session per week.
  • ThrowingWeights7ThrowingWeights7 Posts: 4Member Member Posts: 4Member Member
    The pictures inspire and give credibility to you as a trainer about hard work and dedication. I think they are perfect.
  • Francl27Francl27 Posts: 23,323Member Member Posts: 23,323Member Member
    You look great but I have a feeling many women would think the second picture is "too much". People that are not in shape have a warped view on "normal" or what is too muscular.

    ... sorry? Just because we might not like that look on females doesn't mean that we have a 'warped view on what's normal' or 'are not in shape'.

    Sheesh.

    OP, you're a personal trainer. You look perfect for your job. Don't even sweat it. I'm a bit confused though, they'll meet you eventually, so do the pictures really matter?
  • GimsteinnGimsteinn Posts: 7,018Member Member Posts: 7,018Member Member
    I think you're very lean.. I'm described as bulky and you look like what I'm hoping to look like after my cut cycle.
  • fatblattafatblatta Posts: 116Member Member Posts: 116Member Member
    You look fit to me, a couch potato. I'd hire you if I could get off the couch!
  • TavistockToadTavistockToad Posts: 20,049Member Member Posts: 20,049Member Member
    Gimsteinn wrote: »
    I think you're very lean.. I'm described as bulky and you look like what I'm hoping to look like after my cut cycle.

    i agree that OP is very lean , not bulky.

    to be honest though, now i've thought about it and seen other peoples posts, i agree that for a normal overweight person, they're probably not going to help sell OP's services. however, as a reasonably fit person, if i was looking to get lean i would totally go for someone who looked like that as a PT.
  • blackcomaroblackcomaro Posts: 275Member Member Posts: 275Member Member
    You look very fit. By no means masculine!Your pics look great
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