Nauseating as it may seem, when I use the hashtag #lovemyjob on my social media posts, I really do mean it. Since leaving the corporate world over three and a half years ago now, I am lucky enough to have built not only a job but a career I love in the industry I am passionate about. Although in career terms that change was relatively recent, it was still quite unusual back then to quit a steady, well-paid office job to concentrate on fitness full-time whereas fast forward three years and more and more people are following in my footsteps and saying goodbye to their office, but hello to the gym. Which would make sense given that one of the questions I am asked most often is “how did you become a Personal Trainer, and how can I do it too?” Read on to find out what my advice is when it comes to forging a career in fitness….
I thought it might be helpful to share my journey – both how and why I decided to leave the corporate environment, how I studied to become a Personal Trainer, how I transitioned from an office 9 to 5 to delivering 1:1 PT sessions, how I attracted my clients and where I train them. I’ve produced three YouTube videos which cover all of these topics and more:
Part One is the Wildcat Fitness UK story and how Wildcat came about and my journey to becoming a full-time Personal Trainer:
Part Two is how I attract and retain my clients:
And Part 3 is where I train my clients and the various options when it comes to training locations:
If you’ve been thinking about working in fitness but you just aren’t sure how to make that happen, then I am sure you will find these videos useful. I’ve tried to cover as much detail as possible of what worked and what hasn’t for me, of course everyone is different but I am happy to share my story and what I believe has made Wildcat Fitness UK so successful in such a short space of time. However, if you have questions that I haven’t covered then please ask me – I am happy to answer anything in another video – I only wish I had found videos like this to watch when I was thinking of quitting my job!
Just know that whilst there’s never a “perfect” time to start a new career, there is research you can do, and steps you can take whilst still on the corporate ladder to ensure that your new job is a success not only for you, but for your clients too. And if you don’t give it a try, maybe you’ll never know if a uniform of lycra and Nikes and changing people’s lives for the better is for you…. In the words of Nike – just do it!