Sydney Cummings on Building a Better Fitness Routine and Online Fitness Empire

Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to become a personal trainer online? If you’re a former collegiate or retired athlete, maybe this could be a great career path after graduation.

In this episode of the Live Your Personal Best podcast, I speak with Sydney Cummings, a certified National Academy of Sports Medicine personal trainer who aspires to provide quality fitness content accessible to everyone through Youtube.

Listen to this episode to learn more about how Sydney went from training for $6 a session to building an online fitness community of over 1 MILLION followers.

Episode Timeline

[2:06] Sydney talks about her collegiate athletic career.

[4:59] Sydney shares her transition from college athlete to her chosen paths after graduation.

[7:58] Sydney describes her workout routine after graduation.

[14:31] Sydney talks about her Youtube channel and how she transitioned to becoming an online fitness trainer.

[22:51] Sydney reveals the logistics behind her online training videos.

[25:42] Sydney chats about her month-long break.

[28:34] Sydney leaves her last pieces of advice.

Key Takeaways

  • Many people have no idea what they should do when they are at the gym.
  • Gyms have become a social media-heavy environment that affects how people do their exercise.
  • More and more people are looking for full and consistent workouts when searching for possible online fitness trainers.
  • It’s normal to feel scared and crazy when you try to do something that no one has done before.
  • When looking for online fitness trainers, one of the qualities that you should look for is not just they’re training you, but they’re training with you.
  • It feels more intimate when you follow a Youtube fitness trainer who uploads new exercise content every day because you can see the changes with their body as they go through the exercise with you.
  • The life you should live in should be rooted in what makes you happy.
  • Don’t view calories as the enemy. View strength as your biggest ally in fitness.
  • Aesthetic will come if you train for strength.


“You just don’t have a choice. You just do.” – Sydney [21:15]

“[The] struggle is part of the [fitness]  journey.” – Sydney [22:35]

“Try and make something that you actually enjoy, especially with fitness, but also in life.” [28:36] 

“Train for strength. Stop training to punish yourself. Stop training to undo calories.” [29:32]

“You’re much stronger than you realize.” – Sydney[30:09]

About the Guest, Sydney Cummings
About the Guest, Sydney Cummings

Sydney Cummings is a NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Nutrition Specialist based in Charlotte, NC. She is a graduate of West Virginia University where she was a national championship qualifying high jumper on the Women’s Track and Field team. Sydney is the owner and founder of Royal Change which has successfully provided over 115 million free workouts to people from all over the world via their YouTube channel that has over 1 million subscribers that helps people all over the world represent everything Royal Change is about; Making the changes you need to feel like royalty!

About the Host, Emily Coffman
About the Host, Emily Coffman

Emily Coffman is the fastest growing advocate for athlete wellness in life after sport. She is a former NCAA Division I Athlete at the University of Oklahoma in rowing.

Now, she is the creator of the top 1% health and fitness podcast, Live Your Personal Best which has over quarter of a million downloads and best-selling author of Elite to Everyday Athlete.

Her research and focus on the health of athletes after they leave the field, has led her to become one of the leading experts for athletes to learn how to live a healthy life, enjoy working out, and find their new love of sport.