Each one of us has a story of how we got into the fitness industry.
For me, my inspiration was venturing into another field that I knew nothing about (other than enjoying the benefits of a gym membership AND having a great personal trainer) and to see what I could create for it (the gym software).
I am curious to find out what inspired you.
Does your inspiration come from another person in the field?
A loved one who benefits from your knowledge and expertise?
A general innate desire to help others?
I hope everyone is having a great week. I look forward to your responses and, always, learning more!
I love these types of questions!
Honestly, mine was happenstance. I was quite successful at the pharmaceutical sales job I was doing and had advanced quite nicely within the company. But, at the time, pharmaceutical sales was changing their culture due to FDA regulation changes, a resession and drugs coming off of patent, so layoffs were quite common, or the threat of layoffs. That does not make for a very stress free work environment!
At the same time, we had our first child. My husband is active duty military and was facing multiple deployments and a lot of time away. I was also traveling quite regularly. One of us had to stay home. So when it came time to move, as happens quite frequently with the military, I stayed home. Unfortunately, I HATED being a stay at home mom! It just was not for me! God Bless all those who can do it and love it!
I’ve always been active. Competing in marathons, road races, relays, duathlons, etc. My mother had suggested personal training to me a few years back, but at the time, I didn’t want to turn my hobby into my day job. While I was out and about with my daughter, people would often ask me what I did to stay in shape. How did I exercise with a small child? Where did I find the time? So I started researching more on how to become a personal trainer and if it would work with a military lifestyle.
Three children later, 4 moves and lots of changes, I’m so glad I made the decision. Yes, moving and re-establishing myself every few years can be hard, but it also keeps things fresh and reinvigorating. I have to stay on top of trends, industry changes, new research, so I can get those new clients. And I try to always stay true to my client base…moms, pre/post natal and women! I’m not only happy that I made the change, but I’m a better mom and wife because of it! I love what I do! I love helping women find ways to live healthier lives within the challenge of life and motherhood!
I was an athlete since I was 8 years old. I was a competitive swimmer until my early 20’s, so for me was a natural path to follow. I am competitive and at the same time I like to help others improve their lifestyle and adopt healthier habits. The disciplines I’ve learned while I was a swimmer helped me in my career and made me understand what it takes to set and achieve goals. Jack LaLanne was an inspiration for me as well and I hope to continue helping people just like he did.
Hello Lawrence with Gym Insight,
This is great; I love the stories. Thank you all for sharing and helping out our country.
I love to do many things; but, one day, I had had enough of all the gimmicks out there and watching good, well-intentioned people fall for every one out there, only to add to their confusion and disgust.
I started helping friends and relatives then thought: I could be getting paid for this, but better get educated to do things properly.
I went back to school after raising our children to adulthood. Now it is my turn to make a career helping one and all achieve their health and fitness goals safely.