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  • blackcomaroblackcomaro Posts: 750Member Member Posts: 750Member Member
    Btw... what are you doing friday?..... lol
  • RoxieDawnRoxieDawn Posts: 12,163Member Member Posts: 12,163Member Member
    Far from bulky. Lean, fit and definition looks great. I might have hired when I started out. :)
  • sijomialsijomial Posts: 10,430Member Member Posts: 10,430Member Member
    You can't and won't appeal to all potential clients.
    Some clients will like your look and if it matches their personal ambitions that may be a factor they take into account and for some it won't be a factor and they will choose based on other criteria (qualifications, experience, personality etc.)
    At my last gym the best PT (IMHO) had a pretty unimpressive physique but really knew his stuff and was a good coach too. He tended to attract more of the "toning" crowd and not those with high physique or strength goals.

    There's a couple of really big/muscular PTs at my current gym, their clientele tends to have a specific demographic looking for size and aesthetics.
    A powerlifting PT gets more people who are purely strength focussed.
    There's also an couple of older PTs (almost as old as me!) who have a very different clientele base.

    "People like me" is a very powerful thing, consciously and unconsciously. Think you are sensible to consider the marketing side of the pictures you advertise yourself with. Just a thought - perhaps wearing a T shirt rather than a vest may broaden your appeal to potential clients?

    BTW - I think you look great, lean and fit.
  • StealthHealthStealthHealth Posts: 2,418Member Member Posts: 2,418Member Member
    I agree with the comments to the effect of "you can't please all the people all the time" and "you look great".

    That said, I think that the most compelling picture is going to be a clear, smiling face (just like your current profile pic). Whatever demographic you're shooting for, most people respond well to a smiling face. In my brief time in a sales related field the mantras of the old pros were "people buy from people they like", and "big smile and firm handshake gets you half way there".

    Side note: In electronic marketing the rule was there should always be a clear call to action with every email, txt, webpage, Instagram post etc. Something like "click below to arrange a free no obligation consultation" or "Call me on 1234-5678 and tell me what you're working towards".

    Good luck with it all.
  • kali31337kali31337 Posts: 643Member Member Posts: 643Member Member
    sijomial wrote: »
    You can't and won't appeal to all potential clients.
    Some clients will like your look and if it matches their personal ambitions that may be a factor they take into account and for some it won't be a factor and they will choose based on other criteria (qualifications, experience, personality etc.)
    At my last gym the best PT (IMHO) had a pretty unimpressive physique but really knew his stuff and was a good coach too. He tended to attract more of the "toning" crowd and not those with high physique or strength goals.

    There's a couple of really big/muscular PTs at my current gym, their clientele tends to have a specific demographic looking for size and aesthetics.
    A powerlifting PT gets more people who are purely strength focussed.
    There's also an couple of older PTs (almost as old as me!) who have a very different clientele base.

    "People like me" is a very powerful thing, consciously and unconsciously. Think you are sensible to consider the marketing side of the pictures you advertise yourself with. Just a thought - perhaps wearing a T shirt rather than a vest may broaden your appeal to potential clients?

    BTW - I think you look great, lean and fit.

    I agree with this. I would come to you because you clearly would be capable to work on my goals with me. I say you do you and you'll not only attract clients that want to work with you but also clients YOU want to work with...
  • dudebro200dudebro200 Posts: 97Member, Premium Member Posts: 97Member, Premium Member
    I feel that you are a bit too lean, but that's just my opinion
  • JoRockaJoRocka Posts: 17,031Member Member Posts: 17,031Member Member
    sijomial wrote: »
    You can't and won't appeal to all potential clients.
    Some clients will like your look and if it matches their personal ambitions that may be a factor they take into account and for some it won't be a factor and they will choose based on other criteria (qualifications, experience, personality etc.)
    At my last gym the best PT (IMHO) had a pretty unimpressive physique but really knew his stuff and was a good coach too. He tended to attract more of the "toning" crowd and not those with high physique or strength goals.

    There's a couple of really big/muscular PTs at my current gym, their clientele tends to have a specific demographic looking for size and aesthetics.
    A powerlifting PT gets more people who are purely strength focussed.
    There's also an couple of older PTs (almost as old as me!) who have a very different clientele base.

    "People like me" is a very powerful thing, consciously and unconsciously. Think you are sensible to consider the marketing side of the pictures you advertise yourself with. Just a thought - perhaps wearing a T shirt rather than a vest may broaden your appeal to potential clients?

    BTW - I think you look great, lean and fit.

    cosigning this all the way
  • S3r3knittyS3r3knitty Posts: 159Member Member Posts: 159Member Member
    ^^This

    It bowls down to which clientele you would like to attract.
  • FittreelolFittreelol Posts: 2,515Member, Premium Member Posts: 2,515Member, Premium Member
    I think you look great, but I agree the average persons view is a little skewed. Before I ever started anything resembling fitness I had a huge girl crush on Zuzka Light, but I remember thinking her shoulders and upper back were super huyoooge. Years later I compete in powerlifting. My upper back could eat hers for breakfast, and I think she looks downright dainty. I still would have hired her back then though. Her body is bangin!
  • MiloBloom83MiloBloom83 Posts: 2,760Member Member Posts: 2,760Member Member
    You look fit, and that is important to me in a PT. As far as bulky? I'd say you haven't even begun to bulk. @JoRocka can show you a thing or two about bulking*swoon*
  • BusyRaeNOTBustyBusyRaeNOTBusty Posts: 6,928Member Member Posts: 6,928Member Member
    I think you look great, and not to bulky. Those pictures would definitely not turn me off from hiring you.
  • JoRockaJoRocka Posts: 17,031Member Member Posts: 17,031Member Member
    You look fit, and that is important to me in a PT. As far as bulky? I'd say you haven't even begun to bulk. @JoRocka can show you a thing or two about bulking*swoon*

    Blush- aw thanks.

    Still trying to capture that elusive weight that will make me spring up into a massive she-hulk over night.
    sigh.
  • railboss42railboss42 Posts: 13Member Member Posts: 13Member Member
    You look great! Anybody should be proud to have to train them. That would show them the hard work and dedication it takes to get fit
  • Katiebear_81Katiebear_81 Posts: 579Member, Premium Member Posts: 579Member, Premium Member
    I'd like to look like you when I grow up! (PS - everything everyone else has said - you could have some pictures like this, some more casual without flexing)
  • trigden1991trigden1991 Posts: 4,519Member Member Posts: 4,519Member Member
    JoRocka wrote: »
    You look fit, and that is important to me in a PT. As far as bulky? I'd say you haven't even begun to bulk. @JoRocka can show you a thing or two about bulking*swoon*

    Blush- aw thanks.

    Still trying to capture that elusive weight that will make me spring up into a massive she-hulk over night.
    sigh.

    500mg Test
  • CJ_HolmesCJ_Holmes Posts: 697Member Member Posts: 697Member Member
    You look fantastic. I think the pics are great tonshow your dedication and success. For an average gym-goer, I would say also include a picture of you smiling and relaxed, or working with a client. Most people new to training are nervous and afraid of being embarrassed or judged. A warm smile makes a fit person less intimidating.
  • JRiveraRodriguezJRiveraRodriguez Posts: 13Member Member Posts: 13Member Member
    Those striations!! Looks great, I've seen bulky women that scare me haha, but I'd say you're just well defined. Good work!
  • Ih8Rain2Ih8Rain2 Posts: 71Member Member Posts: 71Member Member
    Not too bulky. Fit and healthy. You can be my PT anytime.
  • andrea4736andrea4736 Posts: 204Member, Premium Member Posts: 204Member, Premium Member
    Ehhhh, I guess it will depend on who you are trying to market yourself to. There's going to be people at opposite ends of the spectrum. Some women will say you're too bulky (as in you have ANY muscle as some are turned off by that) but there's not a whole lot you can do about it. Personally, I'd rather see someone with muscle tone because at least I know they WORKED for it. Someone who is naturally skinny obviously wouldn't appeal to me for training purposes. I'd say put whatever pics you want out there. Someone will always have something negative to say but I think the majority of women will see hard work and dedication.
  • jjpptt2jjpptt2 Posts: 824Member Member Posts: 824Member Member
    If a potential client is turned off by how you look rather than what you do or don't know, the eff em.

    You look great, BTW. I wouldn't think twice about using the pictures.



    To be fair... I wonder if you'd get a different response if you posted this in one of the more general forums. In the gaining/building forum, there's almost no such thing as too bulky.
    edited March 16
  • happysherrihappysherri Posts: 1,444Member Member Posts: 1,444Member Member
    I think those pictures look fit yet feminine. I've seen bulky looking women and these pictures are not it. I know what you mean, most women want to look smaller and soft.
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