After leaving school in 2000 i studied leisure and tourism for 2 years before dropping out due to lack of interest and not really knowing what I wanted to do with my life.
In 2003 i completed an apprenticeship in leisure for stoke on trent city council and from there started working as a lifeguard at fenton manor pool until 2007.
It was then I got my first opportunity in the fitness industry working as a fitness instructor at shapes gym Initially this was on a part time basis but soon moved into a full time position. I quickly realised this was something I enjoyed and had a strong interest in. Not only was I enjoying my job (walking around a swimming pool was slowly destroying me) but I was gaining further qualifications along the way. I qualified as a personal trainer and started teaching my own fitness classes after gaining the relevant qualifications.
In January 2010 I successfully applied to be a full time exercise referral instructor and was fortunate enough to still be based at shapes gym in this roll. I gained my exercise referral qualification and cardiac rehabilitation qualification, which is by far the hardest thing I have ever done, but persistence paid off in the end as it generally always does. By this time I had grown as a studio instructor and had expanded to teach my own classes at several other gyms across Stoke on Trent.
In January 2015 I was approached by Lifestyle fitness to work as a personal trainer. This is where my career really began to move in a new, exciting direction.
Initially I was still working full time at shapes gym as a referral instructor which limited my availability. Despite this within a few months I was starting to get fantastic results with clients and started to build up an ever growing client base. The only problem was I was struggling to cope with the demand of juggling two jobs, teaching classes and having a life. After 5 months I had built up my client base to a point that I decided to reduce my hours on the referral programme to free up more time for PT, and in December 2015 I reduced my hours again to cope with the demand. I was loving every minute working as a PT and the results I was helping my clients achieve were amazing. My only regret is I wish I had done it sooner.
In March 2016 I decided to leave my post on the referral programme at shapes to focus full time on growing KM fitness. This also coincided with me leaving lifestyle fitness to be based at True Grit training. Grit is one of the leading gyms in Stoke on Trent with a fantastic team of trainers and a great bunch of members so despite being approached by other gyms in the area when Grit approached me it really was an easy decision to make. One of the biggest successes for me has to be starting my own bootcamps. I couldn’t have imagined I would have had so many success stories when I first launched KM bootcamps in July 2015. Helping people improve not only their body shape but also their health, fitness and perhaps more importantly their own confidence and self esteem has been so rewarding personally, especially now I am seeing so many of these people every day at Grit continuing what they achieved on my bootcamps.
The biggest aspect of my job that I pride myself in is my client transformations. It is a results business I work in and a trainers reputation is based on the results they get for their clients. This is after all why people approach us in the first place. I take great pride in the transformations I have achieved with my clients and work my butt off every day to be the best. Referring back to my earlier days when I first started and one point I will make regarding my own journey is everything I have achieved so far in the fitness industry has largely been a result of nurture rather than nature. Those who know me the best will know I am naturally a shy person and speaking in front of people has always been a nervy experience, let alone teaching to a class full of people.
Two experiences spring to mind when I first started working in fitness. The first is my first gym assessment at shapes, I don’t think I slept a wink the night before with worry, the actual assessment was not too bad though and I kept my job so I couldn’t have been so bad. The second was the first circuit class I took at Shapes, my first experience teaching to a large group of people. This was probably the most frightening experience of my life. To have so many sets of eyes on me was a terrifying experience and firmly out of my comfort zone but I did it and from that point continued to grow in confidence and as an instructor. I strongly believe the life experiences I have gained as a fitness professional have nurtured me into the person I am today. Without these experiences I would be completely different.
The point I am making is you can spend your whole life avoiding things in life that scare you and make you nervous. I could quite easily still be walking around a swimming pool to this day bored out of my mind if I had not decided to step out of my comfort zone and try my hand in the fitness industry. I have met so many friends along the way as well as my fiancé. I feel fortunate to be surrounded by so many positive minded people every day.
Stepping out of your comfort zone and working your butt off is an essential part of life if you are going to achieve anything. This is the attitude I pass on to all of my clients when I train them. Nothing good comes easily.
I have established myself as one of the leading trainers in Staffordshire with this mind set. As well as this I will be launching Nutribox, my own health food café with two friends by the end of 2017. I tell myself every day hard work and a little risk taking are essential to being successful.
I use my own life experiences up to this point in my life to encourage my clients if they want something bad enough you have to work for it! Do that and you will get your rewards. That’s me, thanks for listening peeps 🙂