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Ladies and gentlemen, we have another Los Angeles newbie on our hands. Rich Hill, Racked's #10 Hottest entry, moved to our city from Dallas last year and is just getting around to exploring what LA has to offer. We found out how the trainer, actor and published author got his start and what he enjoys most about his job.
How did you get involved with training?
"I was always really into sports and fitness growing up. All throughout school [at Baylor in Texas], I worked with the university's fitness department. I graduated with three business degrees and went into the corporate world for about two years but stayed active and trained friends and family for fun. I ended up leaving the corporate world to start a personal training company in Dallas. I always wanted to be in LA so pretty soon after that I made the move."
What's the hardest thing about the gig?
"It's difficult to answer that because having been in the corporate world, I have a hard time convincing myself that [training] is a job. I just love every aspect of it. If I had to say, though, it's probably turning myself into a morning person because I was never good about waking up early. I have several clients that like to train before the sun comes up."
What's the most rewarding aspect of what you do?
"Whenever a client catches the fitness bug. You start to see it impact the rest of their life. They have more meaningful relationships, they work harder and they are more focused on eating healthy. When you hear the impact that [their fitness] has had on their friends and family, that's the coolest thing."
Do you have tips for people who are just starting out?
"That's the [most common] question I get, how to get started. Consistency is the most important thing. A lot of people like to play the yo-yo game. They'll work out for a little while and then take a couple weeks off and then get back into it and then take a couple weeks off. They need to look at their health as something to constantly improve on."
What's the biggest mistake you see clients making?
"People burn out too easily. They're doing workouts that are boring and repetitive. I tell people to try new things so they don't get burned out on the same routine."
Is there a secret to having a perfectly-flat stomach?
"The best way to go about it is to buy my nutrition book. Nutrition is definitely the most important aspect of having a flat stomach and controlling your weight. You have to fuel your body with the right nutrients to get you through your workouts and also to control your body composition."
Where do you shop for workout gear?
"For me, being new to LA and trying to get my style points up, lately I've been doing a lot of vintage shopping."
What do you like to do when you're not working out?
"I'm trying to venture out [in LA]. There's so many different places I still haven't seen."
Rich trains at Cyclelates in Hollywood and works privately with individuals and small groups around Los Angeles. For more information, go to his Facebook profile or email RichHillFitness@gmail.com. For more on Cyclelates, click here.
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