If one career change isn’t crazy enough then let’s throw another one into the mix. Only this career change is more of a career bolt-on than anything else. Just 18 months after becoming a freelance writer, I am now a fully fledged personal trainer. This makes total sense to everyone who knows me but occasionally I get asked why I wanted to become a personal trainer. So here’s my story.
Back to the track
I first realised I was good at running when I beat everyone else in the playground aged 11. No sooner had my hand touched the wall that marked the finishing line (bit dangerous) than I was entered in for my first race. Fast forward to my teenage years where I was a bit taller and less cuter than my 11 year old self. I was running in the Boroughs representing my school as a sprinter and a triple jumper. It wasn’t long before I started training with an athletics club where we trained through the seasons, twice a week, every week. From sub-zero temperatures to sweaty sunny evenings, we were all there, working towards a quicker time and running a further distance.
What I remember the most, far greater than the competition, is the sense of camaraderie between a bunch of like-minded people, positively encouraging each other to push themselves further.
I have seen how good health and fitness has transformed people’s lives. It provides a reason to get out of the house, to feel good, to prove a point to yourself, and maybe other people too.
Helping others to feel happy
When I re-located to Bristol in 2012, I gave up alot of my time to volunteer, mainly because I knew no-one but for other altruistic desires too.
I focused a lot of my energies with Good Gym Bristol. Good Gym was setup to connect elderly people with able runners who could run to their houses for a chat and a cuppa. In addition to this, weekly running clubs were organised for people who wanted to help their local community. This completely opened my eyes to the world around me.
I continued to volunteer because I realised how much I love helping other people. I worked with a youth club in a more deprived part of Bristol, working with kids aged under 15 who were honestly, the most incredible people, but didn’t have the best start in life due to family circumstances. The youth club was their happy place. We all need outlets to forget the world around us and to have a shot at normality.
In 2015, I took a good long hard look at my lifestyle; my happiness levels, and what gets me up in the morning. I realised I am a fixer, I naturally want to solve everyone’s problems. As exhausting as this can be at times, it’s what makes me tick.
Realising I could be a personal trainer
I had a light bulb moment.
With fitness I can apply my experience, knowledge and most importantly, the ability to connect with a wide range of people. To enable other people to find a place for fitness. For fitness to play a functional role.
It’s about making time for yourself, no-one else. So this could happen on a quiet path along the river or on the rower at the gym. I make it work for me, and I want it to work for others too.
I have seen how health and fitness has positively helped people. It provides a reason to get out of the house, to feel good, to prove a point to yourself, and maybe other people too. I want to give my clients the confidence to step out in lycra or walk into the weights area at the gym. Most of all, I want to encourage long term changes because that’s the best and most cost-effective way to succeed.
I provide an accessible route into the world of health and fitness for those who want to feel better about themselves. I do this with the help of bespoke training sessions that work for you. We look at cardio, muscle tone and definition and building a strong core with the combination of outdoor gym-based workouts.
I am based in Chiswick, South West London and I cover Ealing, Richmond, Barnes, Sheen, Putney, Fulham and Kensington.