A Born and raised Texan who grew up with a love for basketball.
A guy who has always had a passion for helping people reach their goals.
This week on the blog, I caught up with Club Fit personal trainer William Barnes.
Here's what he had to say about the good life in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Tell me a little bit about yourself
I was born and raised in East Texas. My wife and I moved to Little Rock in 2010 because we wanted to be in a bigger metropolitan area with more things to enjoy when it comes to city and suburban life. She wanted to advance her career as a US Courts officer and I wanted to continue being a personal trainer. Our family grew in 2015 when our daughter was born. We've enjoyed much of what Central Arkansas has to offer, the friends we've made in the years since, and we look forward to many more great years to come.
What made you decide to become a personal trainer?
When I was 13 years old I decided I wanted to become a basketball coach when I got older. I figured I wasn't quite good enough to make a living playing basketball in the NBA or abroad, but I could very likely coach players and teams. Well, fast forward about 10 years and I felt that coaching basketball probably wasn't in the cards for me. I just didn't see myself moving to a different city every year or two. That's when I decided to become a personal trainer. I knew quite a bit about health and fitness since I had experience working out and eating healthy due to my athletic background. I guess I've always felt a calling to help people achieve their best with what I could help them with. I thought that route would have been coaching basketball, but I was led to help people through personal training. I've greatly enjoyed it since beginning my career in 2003, in three different cities, six different gyms and hundreds of wonderful clients.
What is your favorite thing about personal training?
My favorite things are that I get to have fun in a gym each day! I get to help clients live better, get healthier, perform their physical best and attain their health and fitness goals. Obviously most people want to achieve weight loss, get stronger, get leaner, have more endurance and stamina. Those are all great things to strive for and achieve to have a higher quantity and quality of life. But I REALLY enjoy hearing my clients tell me how much their lives have changed because they have less pain or no more pain in their joints and muscles, the strength and stamina to accomplish daily life tasks without worry, and just enjoying doing more than they have in years. I'm blessed to have gained a wealth of knowledge during my time as a personal trainer that has helped a lot of people.
What are your hobbies (besides working out)?
I'm a play hard, rest hard type of guy. After training all week long, both clients and myself, I like to relax at home on the weekends. I'm a natural home body. My family keeps me busy. We like to travel a few times per year. My wife loves staying in modern Air BnB's. My daughter loves them too. I would say my "hobbies" are watching football games, keeping up with a few tv shows, reading sports articles, reading books about self improvement and business, walking my dogs, trying new recipes, and whatever my wife asks me to take care of around the house.
If you've been reading his story and think William would be a good fit as your personal trainer, he is offering a free, no obligation training session and body diagnostics evaluation as a way to see if you would be a good candidate for personal training. This is a great way to get fast, safe and permanent results. Why pick William? Because his free introductory session gives you a chance to test drive having a professional fitness trainer plan out and guide you through a results oriented workout focused specifically for your body type and fitness goals.
Just give him a call or text at 501-859-3824. Or, if you see him around the gym, feel free to give him a quick shout. William enjoys visiting members and hearing about their goals.
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Jake Snowden, personal trainer and owner at Club Fit, can show you how to get fit in 30 minutes or less. Visit us in the Regions Building in beautiful downtown Little Rock.