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.
Great thread Lawrence. Similar to Jocelyn I got into it by chance. I was working as a nurse, slightly overweight and joined a women’s gym to get fit. It did not take me long to realize the instructors (we are talking 30 years ago, there were virtually no personal trainers back then), knew little about fitness or weights. I bought Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Body Building For Women” and brought the book to the gym with me. My body changed, the members noticed and soon began asking my advice (very few women used weights back then). I discovered I enjoyed helping them and continued to educate myself. Within 2 years I had left nursing (though I still keep my RN) and was working full time in the fitness industry.
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.
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.