“What’s a Fit Pro?” I hear you ask. It just stands for Fitness Professional! A few people have asked me how I got into fitness so I thought I’d map it all out for you. I was always a chubby kid with absolutely no interest in exercise or sport of any kind, with the exception of my weekly dance classes. I didn’t start to take dance seriously until I was about 15/16, before then it was just a hobby I hadn’t really considered making into a career.
I think I really started to take an interest into fitness at around the same time, like I said I was a chubby kid and had always struggled with my weight. My mum became a fitness instructor I want to say around 2010, and so I started going to her classes and I think it was the summer after my GCSEs I got really into working out with her and used to go to work with her all the time and do loads of different classes. I did choose to GCSE PE as an extra option and I think that’s when I realised I actually enjoyed learning all the science stuff.
So while I was in sixth form my school actually did a bursary where you could apply for some money to do an extra curricular thing so I went to my head of year and had a meeting and told him that I wanted to do my Level 2 ETM (Exercise To Music) and ended up getting the funding for it that way, which was amazing. So that’s where it began and here’s how it went from there…
July 2016 – Level 2 Exercise To Music
This qualification allows you to teach classes like aerobics, body conditioning, legs bums tums, HIIT, circuits, basically anything that doesn’t require any equipment and isn’t owned by another company (for example, Zumba, PiYo, Insanity are not included in this).
March 2017 – Level 3 Pilates Matwork
I was really following in my mum’s footsteps here, I went to her Pilates classes and decided there weren’t enough young people in Pilates classes and there’s this weird misconception that it’s a hobby for 50 year old women, so I thought I’d go and learn how to teach it and hopefully get the younger generations in class. It worked because I went on to have my own weekly class at my local gym that I built up to a full class with a waiting list – and there were plenty of people my age and younger. Mission accomplished. Pilates is still one of my favourite things to teach.
July 2017 – Aqua
Aqua, on the other hand, is definitely not my favourite, mostly because it involves jumping around on poolside in the 30 degree heat and sweating absolute buckets. Also, I never managed to get the young folk into my aqua class. I also think that it may have caused part of the development of my shin splints experience which was absolutely hideous (it went on for about a year).
August 2017 – Les Mills Body Pump
My all time favourite, I think if I could only teach/go to one fitness class, it would be Pump. I think it’s the combination of weights and feeling strong, the fact that it’s choreographed, and the music itself. I love it. I’m really hoping to get a permanent class again once lockdown is over.
January 2018 – Level 3 Personal Training
This is where I technically overtook my mum training wise… she sticks to her classes. Whereas I developed a love for training in the gym as well as doing my classes, and got a really good deal in the January sale which combined the Level 2 and Level 3 Gym Training.
2018 – Trigger Point Pilates
What I like to call my secret weapon! We use prickle balls, foam rollers, bender balls and resistance bands to combine Pilates and stretching with a kind of self massage to promote myofascial release. It’s magic.
2019 – Trigger Point Pilates Barre and Balls
I was in the first training group for this course which was exciting, it’s basically the Trigger Point version of a Barre workout but much more ballet focused along with the myofascial stuff, and working on lengthening the muscles rather than shortening them and causing tension.
2020 – Optimum Nutrition for Health and Performance
This is the course I’m doing right now. I touched on Nutrition in my Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications, but wanted to do another add on, and found that Optimum Nutrition were offering this course for free during this lockdown period. I’m really enjoying it so far and can’t wait to complete it and get another certificate under my belt.
What’s next….? I never want to stop learning! There’s always going to be another course to do, personal development to be done… Right now I’m seriously debating enrolling on the Level 4 Strength & Conditioning, another one that has been heavily reduced due to lockdown and is now able to be done completely remotely which really appeals to me. Especially since it looks like I’m off college until September now, I’d love to do something productive with the time and I’ve genuinely been eyeing up this course for a while now.
And that’s it to date! Congratulations if you made it through all of that, I didn’t expect it to be that long! If you have any questions about anything in there don’t hesitate to reach out, and if you’re reading this because you’re debating starting your own fit pro journey, please reach out and let me know, I’d love to help you out.