How did I get from There to Here?PART 1
What made me think to start my Journey in Fitness? Well, the story is quite interesting. Let me tell you all about it……
Since 2007 I have been working in an office based environment. I was doing a range of different roles in the organisation where I still work 2 days a week. While I was working there I was approached by one of my clients who wanted to find a Personal Trainer that specialises in Training People with a Disability. I still remember like it was today, that I struggled to find one in Sydney. There was only one Trainer but he worked so far away. That wasn’t a very suitable option for my client. I was shocked to the fact that there wasn’t any Trainers in the area that worked in this field. I thought to myself back then, why I don’t do something like that. I did a lot of research on what was needed for me to become a Certified Personal Trainer for People with a Disability. I already had the experience I just needed to get the qualification.
At that time I was attending Fernwood Fitness gym with my friend. I found out that they had Fernwood Learning Centre where they offered online Fitness courses. They are now called Force Training Academy. Not long after that I enrolled in Certificate III in Fitness and began my journey through Fitness and Wellness. I was doing my online studies with them, but I did my placement in Fernwood Fitness gym where I trained with my friend.
Once I finished Certificate III I then enrolled in Certificate IV in Fitness. This is what I needed to become a Certified Personal Trainer. OMG, at that point I was thinking to myself: Am I really doing this? Is this real? Sure it was real. Very real. I finished my Placement in Fernwood Fitness and there I was, ready to conquer the world of Fitness.
I can tell you now, it wasn’t easy finding out what I had to do to start my own business. Yes, you are right, I didn’t just want to be a Personal Trainer, I wanted to run my own business in Fitness. Of course my focus was to work with People with a Disability. Another thing that I wanted to do was to take my training to the next level. I mainly wanted to train outdoors. Why? Well, because I love training outdoors. You get to breath the fresh air and get the extra vitamin D from the sun. It feels much better training in nature. Parks and beaches are the great environment to train. You feel totally refreshed.
The journey through the registration process was so costly and time consuming considering I was new to all this. Luckily for me, in my studies I did a lot of training on how to write a Business Plan and Marketing Plan. I had a starting point at least. Back then I didn’t know that I didn’t need to be registered with Fitness Australia to be a Personal Trainer. I paid a lot for their registration. Also, the requirement was and still is that you need to complete 20 credit points every 2 years to continue with the registration. Now that I know all this, I still choose to be with Fitness Australia. Why, you probably ask? Well, I personally think that as a Personal Trainer who runs their own business I need to always be on the top with the rules and regulations. Also, it is important to always learn new things and develop my professional skills.
Now that the boring part was done, I had to do something about marketing my business. Oh boy, that was the hardest part for me. Why, you ask again? Well, for those of you who know me, you know that I am very modest and reserved when it comes to talking about myself. To run your own business, you need to sell yourself and communicate, communicate….
I attended my first Fitness Expo called (Filex) in Sydney. That was huge!!! Plus, I was the only one at that Expo that didn’t try to sell anything. But mostly, I was an outsider, and definitely at the wrong place. I did get one thing right in that Expo. I met Sophie and her Team from FiaFitnation. I did my Nutrition course through them. But that is for another story. I didn’t get any clients from that Expo. I had to look into getting into the right field. Soon after that, I found out about South West Disability Expo, and there I was in my own element. This was the place for me… And yes I did get few clients thanks to that Expo. I loved the vibe and the atmosphere there.
5 years later, here I am, running my own business in Fitness and Nutrition. I love my job and the satisfaction that I feel when I see an individual achieve their goal. Whenever I have played even a tiny part in such a development I am rewarded by that individual’s success.
We all love our family and friends, we love food, sports and all sorts of other objects. But I am one of the lucky ones, not only do I have great family and friends that I love dearly, but I also have a job that I truly love. We often hear the phrase “do you want a job you love”, well I have that job.
I love that every person and family I work with is different – no one’s story is the same. It means that there is great variety to my work professionally.
Below is the video that highlights the services that I provide.