My journey into fitness had somewhat of a rocky start. I hated exercise at school and University wasn’t much better; I had no confidence so the idea of getting in the gym and working up a sweat in front of people was terrifying.
After working as a Chef for a few years I seriously needed to take a step toward self care, so I found a PT online and started going to the gym twice a week. He got me into weights, and completely changed my outlook on life. About a year later I decided that I wanted to help others the same way my gym experience had helped me, so I retrained as a PT, later becoming an ISSA Strength and Conditioning Coach.
In Strength and Conditioning I have found something that I can bring to my clients and make a real difference to their fitness and quality of life. Working with women in particular, who have spent years wanting to take the first step into strength training but have been put off by the masculine energy found in most gyms has been so rewarding. I recently took on a client who was adamant that she ‘can’t squat’. She had never been able to, and was convinced I wouldn’t be able to change that. Within about 10 minutes of our first session, she had done her first, correct form body weight squat - she was so proud of herself and all it took was a little support and some basic coaching. Since then we have a session every week, and each time she comes back a little stronger and much more confident, and it is amazing to know that I have helped her get there. I believe the more understanding and knowledge I have in this area will help me to bring more women into the field, and this has been a huge influence in my decision to study for an MSc and get into Sports Coaching.
I am at the point in my career where I feel I want to take my coaching and training to the next level, and expand my knowledge to enable me to help even more people.
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