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!
great question. I loved to read all the other narratives, and here is mine:
Even though I had a rotten athletic start because of a bone problem when I was a child and always HATED sports in school, I eventually got to love horseback riding, Tae Kwon Do (Emma Peel was my hero) and eventually playing Squash. Squash became my claim to very moderate fame. I started playing in Germany when I was 20 or so, and when I was sent on a work assignment to England, I REALLY got off into it and played just about every day.
I continued to play as I pursued my corporate career but my shoulders did not like my playing Squash as much as I did and started giving me problems. I became acquainted with the term ‘impingement syndrome’ and eventually had surgery. By then I was in the United States in search of corporate glory. I wanted to resume playing Squash but this sport was hardly known over here, and Racquetball just did not do it for me.
So I joined a gym and started working out as a continuation of my physical therapy. A very helpful young man was showing me what to do but knew very little about shoulders, so I ended up winging my way through the machine jungle at the gym and finding out what worked for me and what did not.
At that time, I had married and decided to stay in the US. My husband had retired and decided to start a career in fitness which had been a lifelong passion for him. I quit my corporate job and thought I’d try that as well.
That was almost 20 years ago. So there was a bit of chance and circumstance but things have been leading up to it as I look back at my decision to change careers so drastically.