Our member of the week is Mark Diaz. Mark is the owner and head trainer of Physiqology. Mark believes in the science behind personal training, combining nutrition and a workout regiment to achieve scientifically proven results. A certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength & Conditioning Association, Mark trains everyone from professional athletes, to people recovering from injuries, to anybody willing to dedicate themselves to a serious personal training regiment. Find out more about Mark and his company Physiqology at their website. Check out Mark’s profile on our yellow pages, as well as the interview below, to find out more about Mark’s experiences as a freelance personal trainer.

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1. What has been your most interesting project?

Rehabilitating and then strength coaching a major league baseball pitcher. First I got him healthy, then I got him strong. By the time our work was finished, he was throwing very well without pain. It was the first time that I was able to use all of my skills at once with one client.

2. Why did you decide to go freelance?

I worked for two chain gyms in Manhattan before I went independent. I went freelance because I have a fiercely independent nature, and because I believed that I could provide a higher quality of service in the personal training industry than those gyms could ever afford to pay me for.

3. What tip would you give to a new freelancer or someone who is considering going freelance?

Find people in your field who are doing the type of work you want to be doing, and learn from them whenever possible. Remember that growth stops when you stop learning. Never stop growing.

4. What is your favorite spot in the city in which you live?

My home. As many great places as there are in this metropolis, my heart is happiest the most often when I'm home with my fiancé, just enjoying our time together.

5. What is your inspiration?

I am inspired by the pursuit of, and struggle for, excellence.