I’ve always been more of a sporty person, however I started by going to university and doing a teaching degree. After my third year, I decided I didn’t really want to be a teacher but during my time at university, I had been going to the gym a lot, so I knew then that fitness was a passion of mine. After uni, I went to Australia and did some work up there, but when I got back I remembered that I liked being in a gym/fitness environment so I did my courses such as Level 2 Fitness Instruction and Level 3 PT, and literally got started straight away.
What is your job title and what is a normal day at work like for you?
I currently work at two gyms… One is where I train one to one, and the other is where I teach group sessions.
I start the day by getting up at 5am, get to work by six, have a couple of clients in the morning from 6:00am – 10:00am. Then I would come off shift, have lunch. Normally in the afternoon at about 12:00pm – 14:00pm I work with my NVQ apprentices. I get back in the gym around 16:00pm – 17:00pm and do more one on one sessions until about 20:00pm. On Fridays I work until about 16:00pm and I work mornings on Saturdays.
How do you keep your fitness training knowledge up to date?
I go into quite a few different gyms all the time so you’re always seeing other people use different methods of training. The fitness industry is more about learning from other people. For example, you’d see another trainer do a particular warm-up with a specific type of person, so you learn from things like that really. Aside from that, there’s lots of stuff online i.e. social media so there are plenty of sources that can help you keep your training methods up to date.
Do you have a fitness goal for yourself?
Especially as a self-employed trainer, you’re your own product, so it’s very important to stay in shape, and do everything yourself, that you tell clients to do. One of the most important things about being a personal trainer is that you have to be self-motivated.
How long have you been in post with Swim UK?
I’ve been involved with Swim UK for about two or three years now. I started off just teaching the courses such as the Level 2 Fitness Instruction. The more I’ve progressed, the more NVQ apprentices I have in my cohort, which is good because it mixes the role up. I always have different clients and different apprentices so the role in itself is quite varied.
Do you have any hobbies outside of work?
Like I said, I’m quite sporty. I play Golf, just given up cricket, used to play football, and obviously I go to the gym.
What advice would you give to a young person looking to enter the fitness industry?
I’d say approach it with an open mind, be enthusiastic and willing to learn. Once you’ve finished your qualifications, don’t think that you know everything because the industry is constantly changing. You learn a lot from working in the gym, especially working with clients all the time.