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Meet Ramsey Bergeron of Bergeron Personal Training in Scottsdale

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ramsey Bergeron.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Fitness has always been an important part of my life. Growing up, I watched my father’s health deteriorate rapidly from diabetes. He had both feet amputated, went blind, was on dialysis twice a week, and passed away when I was 12 years old. Since then I’ve dedicated my life to teaching people they don’t have to be a prisoner to their genetics. I officially became a personal trainer about 10 years ago, shortly after I moved to Scottsdale.

Starting off in one of the “big box” gyms, I broke away and founded Bergeron Personal Training about 2 years later.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I’ve had to change locations a few times over the years which is always a challenge. I try to be as accessible to my clients as possible, and I worried that moving would be inconvenient for them. Or that they won’t like the new space. Luckily most of my clients have stuck with me through all the growing pains.

Please tell us about Bergeron Personal Training.
Bergeron Personal Training specializes in helping people change their life and achieve their fitness goals. Most of the resistance training I do is functional to help prevent injury and promote strength. Currently, I have clients ranging from 14 to 88 years old. Over the years I’ve adapted my style to incorporate a lot more elements than just the standard hour workouts in a gym. I organize group hikes, bike rides, and different things to make the workouts engaging and fun. I think what really separates me from other personal trainers is my ability to help people set and connect with goals that are meaningful to them. A few years ago, I founded Bergeron Adventure Travel for that purpose.

I’ve had clients that weren’t motivated by a half marathon or triathlon. But if I trained them to hike the Inca Trail in 6 months? That really seemed to light a fire. In 2015 I took 18 clients to Peru and hikes the 4-day trail to Machu Picchu. In February of this year, I took a group to New Zealand and hiked the Milford Track and have already begun coordinating a hike in Norway next July. My motto is “Don’t just see the world, be challenged by it.” I also realize not everyone wants to travel the world, so I help people find smaller goals that are meaningful to them.

This past summer, I helped teach a client to swim and watched her cross the finish line at her first triathlon 3 months later. Another new client had back surgery and we worked together to help them be able to walk upstairs pain-free. I also have a “shredding for the wedding” package where I help brides-to-be get in incredible shape to walk down the aisle. I enjoy being a partner in my client’s fitness program, not just an instructor. It’s rewarding watching them be successful and knowing I was a part of it.

If you had to go back in time and start over, would you have done anything differently?
I would have started a lot sooner! I absolutely love what I do now and wish I would have gotten certified as a trainer about 5 years sooner. Other than that, I wouldn’t change a thing.

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