The interview below was featured on the website Exercise Jobs. By Sarah Koszyk

Meet Ryan Allen, independent personal trainer, who has found his niche and his passion in providing excellent service to people while shaping their lives for the better.  - Sarah What attracted you to the field of fitness and exercise?

A number of things attracted me: the affect of exercise on my confidence, being able to provide a service to others that could shape their lives and the potential to work for myself.

Your Job Title?

Independent Personal Trainer

Company you are with now?

I work for myself but I train my clients out of DIAKADI (the best place to be a trainer in SF).

Website | www.allentraining.com

Describe a typical (or not so typical) day-in-the-work-life for you:

My work day starts around 6am and ends around 7pm with clients which are training for events, weight loss, muscle building or rehabilitation. It’s a pretty mixed bag when it comes to the type of client I train and even more varied in the shape they will be in on a given day. I am always working with a plan but that plan needs to be flexible because clients are often coming in to the session stressed or sick or injured in some way.

How did you get your current job in fitness and exercise?

I was working in an unrelated industry but I was unhappy there and decided to take a pay cut to assist at DIAKADI and mentor under the amazing group of trainers there.  Once I had my certification I slowly began building my clientele and furthered my knowledge base. I now have a thriving business and continue to learn and grow.

What skills were you born with and what skills have you learned along the way?

I am a fairly happy person by nature but also by choice.  I find it important to have a positive disposition when working with clients. I have learned to become much more organized since I don’t work with anyone else and must keep my own records and tracking.

What advice do you have for others wanting to be just as successful and fulfilled as you?

Take time to learn from people whom you admire, humble yourself and understand that the process takes time and dedication. Be thankful for each step, client and experience.

If you could be paid for your job with something other than a paycheck, what would it be?

Hhhmmm, paychecks are pretty great but I love popcorn quite a bit…