I’m feeling a little nostalgic today since it’s the 24 year anniversary of the first full class that I taught. So I’m wondering, how did you decide to join the fitness industry, whether you do it for a hobby or as a career?
For me, I had been in gymnastics and drill team for years, including choreographing and teaching routines. When I got out of college, I bought a fancy membership at a women’s only gym and took a few classes. They weren’t fun. I found myself thinking of different things I would do if it were my class. Then I stopped going to classes, and no one had taught me how to use the weight machines. So, in order to keep healthy and to keep interested, I attended a several-week training that was being provided by a regional chain that was offering it to build up their instructor base. After our team teaching, I got a job at a club closer to home. That was in the day of leotards and tights, hi/lo, aerobic steps made out of wooden boxes, and cassette tapes that weren’t 32-beat mixed.
Here’s to another 24 years! What a ride it has been, and still is.
here I am on memory lane.
I probably would not have gotten into fitness the way I did if it was not for a shoulder injury I got from playing Squash. This was my favorite sport, and I was pretty good at it.
Two things happened, though, after I hurt my shoulder: I had surgery, and I moved to the United States where Squash is hardly known, and I could not find a club I liked. The few times I played, I ended up hurting my back because my ‘Squash muscles’ had atrophied but my ‘Squash brain’ had not. I had to give it up and spent some time pouting and feeling sorry for myself.
So I joined a club and did the normal cardio, weights and stretching thing which I liked better than I expected. Since I had come to this after an injury, I looked around for advice but did not find the ‘trainers’ very helpful. So I bought every book I could find on what was then called bodybuilding and figured it out for myself.
A career change a few years later opened the opportunity to do something entirely different, and becoming a personal trainer was my new goal. Because of my personal history with injuries, I was immediately drawn to learning more in that area, and that’s where I still am after more than 20 years.
(And, yes, I also cruised around in leotards and tights – sigh.)