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 have always felt that fitness was as important as education. But that wasn’t the view of parents and teachers. I did a lot of coaching as a way to make extra money while going through college. When I graduated I realized that I could make a very good living coaching and teaching fitness. That those were real professions as much as being a doctor is a real profession. And I believed that fitness would eventually be proven to be more important than any scientific advancement in medicine. So, I decided to stay with what I loved to do. And to bring health and wellness to people before they were too far down the road of poor health to reap the benefits.
Really interesting paths that got us all to this industry!
In high school, drill team was my life. I did other sports, music, etc., but what I really loved was choreographing and teaching synchronized dance routines. Although I’m an introvert’s introvert, I had no trouble teaching large groups how to dance, and I continued through college.
When I got out of college, I bought my first gym membership. Yuck. I was bored on the machines and the treadmill. Then I attended a “hi/lo” class and decided that I’d rather teach it than take it. That was a chance for me to get back into choreographing (more simply) and teaching.
As we know more, we do more. I’ve grown into many directions in the last 25 years, now most interested in therapeutics and keeping Baby Boomers in their best vibrant shape. But it all started with the back of an aerobics class, thinking, “I should do this.”
Loved reading all of the answers. I’ve been involved in athletics for as long as I can remember. My dad was a high school coach so I’ve struggled heel and toe with athletes for since I can remember. After competing and coaching at both the high school and collegiate level it was fortuitous that the ‘fitness industry’ was just emerging when I retired from coaching & teaching. It has grown leaps & bounds and I am thankful to have been a part of it for many years. Working with individual clients, groups, lecturing, writing articles and books and striving to maintain my own fitness have all been a labor of love!
A very good question, I loved being in a gym since I first set my foot through the door at 13 I had to lie about my age so they would let me join.
After I left school I was employed as a casual gym instructor, my employer paid for me to gain my personal training qualification. In 2004 I moved t africa and started working at the biggest chain in the country, I worked as a personal training manager till 2010 when my love getting my clients in shape and the interaction with clients brought me back to PT.
To this day I still feel the same excitement that the 13 year old me felt that first day in the gym. I get to feel that every single day.
Since having kids I let myself go, my husband was in the armed forces and away a lot. We had moved around several times, which lead to me being long distances away from my family. For years my eldest daughter who is now 14 had been bullied, she is a very pretty girl with a great personality. I had to deal with all these problems on my own as my husband was away a lot, I worked full time and had become very stressed. I took to buying lots of take away, and ready made meals as well as junk food for comfort. I was sleeping my life away with any spare time and had no energy to do anything especially with my daughters. I joined the local gym and went a few times then gave up and made heaps of excuses to myself as why not to go. Then one day I was so stressed and upset about how my daughter was being treated so I went for a run, once finished I felt good. This became a regular late night thing when the kids had gone to bed. I was confident enough to go back to my local gym, the staff were so friendly and helpful. I decided to take up a personal training package they were offering. After a month or so results started to show and my weight was going down. They where offering a 12 week challenge with a cash prize of $10,000 and they convinced me to sign up. I was a bit hesitant at first but then thought why not as I got nothing to lose. As the challenge came closer I was so determined to prove to everybody especially my family and friends that I could do this and maybe even win it. I became more and more determined to try win it, weeks passed and I still believed in myself, I had my first weigh in and got some great results, I had a number of goals I wanted to achieve by the end of it , my fitness levels were improving greatly and believe it or not I loved more and more going to the gym. I stuck to my diet and my pt pushed me harder and harder I let no obstacle or thought get in my way. The challenge came to an end and I had achieved great results. I got a phone call to say I had made it in the top 5 of the comp. In the end I did not win the $10,000 but made an amazing transformation of myself and along my journey had inspired many family and friends to take the plunge and look at their own life’s. I decided that I wanted to be able to help people just like me so I am completing my training to become a PT. I am now on all the posters around town and at my local gym as the next 12 week challenge is about to start. The gym is now apart of my daily routine . My girls have become more active and see me as an inspiration . My youngest daughter 11 since joining cross fit kids has not missed a single session. To date I have lost a total of 37kg . I never ever look back and hope by telling you my story that you can share it with others .