Today's guest is JD Holmes, author of I Like Your Form (Confessions of a Personal Trainer). He's here to talk to us about his book and to share an excerpt. Please enjoy!
After graduating from high school and working several dead-end jobs, JD landed a job as a personal trainer at a newly opened gym. It puzzled him just how much money people were willing to spend to train with him despite the fact he was so inexperienced. He then started learning the ropes of the business and carved a niche for himself training well-to-do housewives and successful older women. As time goes on, he finds that not only can he help with their physical demands, he can also help them out with their erotic ones.
JD starts to fight an internal struggle between making money satisfying his clients and knowing what he is doing is wrong. All it would take is his girlfriend or any one of his clients' spouses to find out about their sultry affairs, and everything could blow up in his face causing him to lose his career. However, it's very difficult to turn away from the attention of many attractive and sexy women.
I Like Your Form is a hilarious and honest collection of stories giving advice for personal trainers and clients. JD's real-life confessions provide a look at the lesser-known aspects of personal training.
Tricia: Can you tell us a little about yourself?
JD: I grew up in South Philly, I always aspired to break the traditional path of “Go to school, get a job, get married…”. It was during the go to school part where I fell into personal training and will tell you that it was a life-changing job for me. I gained confidence in so many ways and I doubt any other job could have done the same. It was my job in personal training that gave me the drive that still burns in me today to do more and push a little harder in all aspects of my life. Even though I rarely train clients these days, I look back with great fondness of my wild days where I was burning the wick at both ends between school and work. As crazy as some of the stories written in the book may sound, I’m a much more mellow guy these days.
Tricia: When did you begin writing?
JD: I took a few writing classes in college but of course wasn’t smart enough to major in it. Instead I opted for a degree with a guaranteed job upon graduating because something like writing wasn’t going to lead to work I thought. After several years of working and feeling unfulfilled, I picked up the pen and began to write some short stories based on situations I had found myself in.
Tricia: Describe your writing process. Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants? When and where do you write?
JD: Since I live & die by my dayplanner, I am very detailed in blocking off my writing time and what exactly I am going to write about. Having a full time job that does not involve writing, I need to make the time or else there is a good chance I’ll put it off and never get around to it. It’s similar to working out. You discover the progress comes over a period of time as long as you are consistent. Believe it or not, most of my first book was written on a used laptop that I got as a gift and it was probably one of the first ones on the market. I would even do a little writing at the library in town, which I can say is filled with some shady characters. As far as outlining & plotting, I don’t know enough about a real writing process. I wrote down all my own memories. People who have read the book say it’s like sitting down & listening to me rattle off stories.
Tricia: Can you tell us about your most recent release?
JD: “I like your form” Confessions of a Personal Trainer is an uncut, uncensored look into the life of a personal trainer. I wanted to write this book so it sounded exactly how I talk to my friends and others who ask me what it’s like being a personal trainer. I have a tendency of not holding anything back and can say I did not, in any way, when it came to writing this book. In addition to the stories of some of my more memorable clients, I give the reader a behind the scenes look into the everyday life of a personal trainer. I give a humorous account of my almost disastrous run as a trainer in my younger years.
Tricia: How did you get the idea for the book?
JD: Over the years training, I ended up with more and more stories that would leave my friends begging for more. It seemed that week after week I was encountering these clients that wanted a little more than just training. I was sure that this was going on in gyms all across the country but I never saw anything written about it. Then one day I felt encouraged while talking to an old professor about my idea for a book involving my personal training days, so I actually started writing “I like your form” Confessions of a Personal Trainer.
Tricia: What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?
JD: When I completed the entire first draft and having my editor send it back red-lined like a 3rd grade English paper. Being a new author, I had no idea how long and cumbersome the editing process actually took. Since I was involved in every decision of what would end up in the book, it got old having to pour over each line on each page over and over again. But again I can relate it back to any other fitness endeavor you may participate in, the only thing that really matters is consistency.
Tricia: What would you like to tell us about your book or your writing that someone wouldn’t discover during a casual review of your blurb or website?
JD: This book is written by a regular guy who just wants to share his experience and give both guys and girls a little warning of what may be happening, if they don’t pay attention to the signs that are always there, at their own gyms.
Tricia: What is your primary goal as an author?
JD: Develop a following of readers who are looking for something different from the books they read. I realize there is a big market for fantasy and crazy vampire books, but I don’t see much that caters to men and women who share a love for comedy and sex. I would like to give readers something that they can relate to.
Tricia: What type of audience do you have in mind for this book?
JD: Obviously personal trainers and anyone who has worked out with a trainer before would find this entertaining and it might even hit home. This is definitely for a mature reader; nobody under age 18. Some women right now are into erotica but this is book is based on reality and I don’t hold back. There is no romance to be found in the pages of “I like your form”. I don’t take myself too seriously so I can only hope my readers don’t either.
Tricia: Which authors have inspired your writing?
JD: I am all across the board on this one. I always enjoyed more of the offbeat writing of Trey Parker & Matt Stone. Since I am a big fan of observational humor I love the writing of Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld. I also can say that Stephen King has been a big influence in that I have read his books throughout my life and I’m amazed at his ability to keep readers yearning for more year after year. Finally, Howard Stern’s book inspired me because I felt like there would be interest in someone being honest about everything that happens in their life.
Tricia: What projects are you currently working on?
JD: In addition to keeping a weekly blog on my website for all things that you really want to know about going on in the gym, I’m beginning to put together some of the stories that didn’t make the book for a part II.
Tricia: What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?
JD: Just like working out, you might not always get results right away but if you keep pressing on and don’t give up you will get to where you want to be in the end.
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JD Holmes is a certified strength and conditioning specialist with over 15 years experience in the health & fitness industry. He holds a master's degree in physical therapy and is a certified athletic trainer. JD
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I’m not gonna lie. I was enjoying the fruits of my labor. My job at Precision Fitness was awesome. I was in the midst of what seemed like an endless stream of women who needed my services. I couldn’t turn my head without running into a client who was hounding me to “hang out” or “get together.” I will be the first to admit that things were quickly getting out of hand, but it was getting so easy that I was beginning to feel like I was on a yearlong tour with Mötley Crüe, complete with all the backstage debauchery one only dreams about. With my managers sending me all the women between the ages of twenty-seven and forty-seven who walked through the doors of the gym, I felt compelled to do what I needed to do to keep this train rolling. I was making great money and having a good time doing it. I wasn’t about to possibly jeopardize all that by turning a woman down and, in the process, possibly stopping my steady influx of women from management. As far as I was concerned, I had built up a reputation and needed to uphold it—like when that order of extra anchovies came in, someone had to deliver. Call it some sort of sick pride thing, but I felt obligated to continue my ways. I had also managed to stay drama-free. The way I saw it, I would continue to steer my present course as long as I didn’t get caught or experience something that would make me look in the mirror a little harder and seriously reconsider my ways.
So how about Mary Ann? Could I possibly make room for one more? I sure could. She fit the description of my typical female client perfectly: Already in shape, check. Very cute, with a golden-brown tan year-round, double check. In addition, Mary Ann was legally divorced, so any extracurricular affairs would be in the clear, triple check.
Tony, one of the sales managers, introduced us. Within seconds of meeting me, Mary Ann completely shifted her focus to me and seemingly forgot that she had just spent the last ten minutes talking to Tony. It was as if Tony ceased to exist. I hadn’t done much more than say hello to her, yet she already had this huge smile on her face. Could she already tell that she would end up in bed with me? When this type of shit happens to an average guy, how could he not think of himself as awesome? Tony just laughed and left us to talk, as he quickly noticed the connection and knew immediately where this was going to eventually lead.
Mary Ann was a petite thirty-nine-year-old Italian woman with a dark complexion that seemed to stay sun-soaked tan no matter what time of year it was. Her hair was a satin-like dark black, and fortunately, she lacked hairy arms, a feature that plagues some Italian women. If there was a trace of a mustache, she must have had that thing well waxed or lasered because I didn’t notice a furry upper lip. She had these thin little legs and weighed no more than 110 pounds. She had long, curly black hair and always wore a little extra makeup to the gym. At first glance, Mary Ann didn’t appear to be in need of a trainer, but who was I to turn away a paying customer?