Not a single week seems to go by these days without me getting at least a couple of emails or Direct Messages from people who are thinking about studying to become, or who are in the process of qualifying as a Personal Trainer asking my advice about starting in the industry. Firstly, I am flattered that anyone would want to ask my advice and am always happy to offer it, and secondly, it is amazing that so many people are now interested in careers in the fitness industry. I’m well aware I post often about how much I love my job and my clients and how I genuinely feel blessed to live the life I do, but as with any job, not everything in the life of a Personal Trainer is shiny new Nikes and super happy clients. Whilst I believe it is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world, it can also be hugely demanding at times, so in the interest of balance and honesty I wanted to share with you the Secrets of a Personal Trainer that no one else will tell you….
You know, it’s a pretty fair question! And surprisingly, one I get asked pretty often. We live in a world where people can share their every meal, every movement, every workout on social media yet people can know so little about the person behind the posts. Why is it called Wildcat Fitness? Who is the Wildcat? What motivates you? Where do you get all that energy?! If I had £1 for every time I got asked one of these… well, I wouldn’t quite be a millionaire but I could probably have bought a pretty nice holiday (or a LOT of Lorna Jane!)
Some fellow bloggers and brands have asked the same questions, so I thought it might make interesting reading to collate them all in one place, so that you can really get to grips (or indeed your claws into) who the Wildcat really is.
It seems barely a month goes by now without the launch of a brand new Fitness app, and so when the CEO of Fitssi, the new social training app which encourages women to #nevertrainalone asked me to meet her so she could explain how it works and why they are different I was intrigued. When we met and Katie Booth told me about Fitssi‘s vision to empower women who were fearful of gyms and intimidated by large group fitness classes, and discouraged by the high price tag attached to private PT sessions, I was all ears. Even more so when at our meeting she asked me if I would be one of the speakers on the panel for the Fitssi launch event – and asked me to talk about my take on the theme for the night, “Empowering Women in Fitness”. And so last night, in the Lorna Jane UK Active Living Room, myself and Melissa Weldon (Fempower and 1Rebel), Grace Fit UK (fitness influencer extraordinaire), and Leigh Fergus (founder of Be:Fit Festival) made up the panel who had the honour of sharing our stories, journeys and advice with a room full of incredible women.
It was my first ever public speaking event in the fitness world, and despite being hugely nervous beforehand, I loved being able to share my story and experience. However I know many people were unable to make the event last night, and so I thought I would add the original, full version of the speech I gave last night, because Empowering Women in Fitness is a message that is so important for us all to hear.
Confession time…. up until yesterday morning I had never been on a Santander Cycle! Despite living in London almost 15 years and spending my life dashing from place to place I have just never got around to using London’s self-service bike-sharing scheme for short journeys, despite there being docking stations in so many convenient locations for me. However, that all changed yesterday when #SantanderCycles invited me to head to one of my favourite London venues, the Kensington Roof Garden, to take part in a very special Boom Cycle class to show me exactly how Santander Cycles could help me unlock my City….
…. unbelievably, me! I am ecstatic to be able to tell you that you are now officially reading the Best Fitness Blog – as awarded last Friday at the That Protein Health Blog Awards 2016.
Even over a week later, I still can’t quite believe it. Whilst I do work hard and put a lot of time into creating content for my Blog, it really is largely a labour of love – I write because I love it, and because I love having the chance to inform and inspire a wider audience with workout tips, healthy recipes, class and product reviews and sharing my own personal weight loss and fitness story. That in itself means the world to me, so to also win an award for Blogging really is a privilege. So why did I start the Wildcat Fitness Blog, and how much does winning Best Fitness Blog really mean to me?
Having a weeknight off as a Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor is a sheer luxury – whilst most office workers are heading home, us fitness professionals are usually just getting started again, which is why when I do have an evening to myself I like to use it wisely, and this Thursday was no exception as I headed into Notting Hill to the brand new XINX activewear pop-up store launch.
Of course I got snapped just “hanging around” with the gorgeous Chessie King! Turns out we were in pretty good company as Chloe Madeley (one of my all time female fitness idols!), Lauren Pope, Kate Lawler and Vogue Williams were also in attendance to check out this brand new collection of male and female activewear in this beautiful space designed by Studio Boum (who have also created concept spaces for Selfridges, Libertys and Opening Ceremony). So what does the new XINX collection offer?