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….
I’m very happy to be bringing you my first Guest Post of 2017, and aptly it is a post full of great exercise tips to ensure you stay fit and healthy in 2017 – after all resolutions are for life, not just for Christmas! This post was written by Niamh Wallis, who is a budding content writer from London that loves writing about all things health, exercise and fitness. When Niamh asked if she could share something with the Wildcat Fitness readers I was only too happy to oblige, so without further ado I’ll let Niamh share her top tips with you….
Want to keep your New Year’s resolution to hit the gym before work? Or just attend your Zumba class once a week? There are tons of tips out there on how to get motivated to exercise, but many of them will be easy to ignore if you’re not 100 percent dedicated. So, what is going to really work? If it’s a case of creating a routine, how do you even get started it in the first place?
As you will have seen me boldly state on the Wildcat Fitness Personal Training website – fitness IS my number one passion in life. But do you know what comes a close second? Make up and beauty products, as my overflowing bathroom cupboards and bedroom shelves will testify. You might think make up and the gym are not a match made in heaven, and for many people they aren’t, but personally I still like to look good even when I sweat, and I certainly like to appear groomed when I train my clients or go to meetings, so it’s very rare that you’ll see me bare faced. However, I also like to look after my skin and hair and also not feel like I am caked in products and my skin can’t breathe – so over the years I’ve honed down the contents of my make up and toiletry bag and have a handful of products I now swear by. And I’m about to share them with you!
And whilst I love to pretend that this is my routine every day before working out, sadly this is a flash back to a photoshoot with Tom Miles and my amazing make up artist Lauren Ross!
With literally a matter of days left of 2016, as soon as the presents have been unwrapped and turkey (or tofu in my case!) has been devoured then thoughts turn to New Year. For some this might mean what to wear to your New Years Eve party, but for most this means what promises you’re going to make to yourself to achieve over the next 12 months. And there’s a variation on a theme that tops the list time and time again, year after year. I’m talking of course about the thousands of people who vow every January 1st to make this the year that they “lose weight” or “get fit”. For those of us who work in a gym January is the busiest month of the year bar none for this exact reason. But how many people do you think stick to their resolutions? Depressingly very few. Come March so many of the new faces we welcomed to the gym in January have fallen off the wagon never to be seen again – and more often than not I never get to find out why. So instead of being on of “those” resolution makers – why not make 2017 the year you make New Years promises you can keep? Like what…? Read on to find out how to make New Years Resolutions the Wildcat way!
Photo by Anna Jackson (@annajcksn)
I am very excited to bring you this latest Guest Post to Wildcat Fitness UK, not least because boxing is one of my current favourite ways to train. When Alejandro from Fight Co asked me if he could write something for Wildcat Fitness UK on the benefits of combat sports I was thrilled – there’s a reason boxers are so lean and fit! I’ll let Alejandro tell you more though….
You’ve probably tried the cycling classes, Zumba, yoga and meditation, and other popular fitness classes. But something that might have flown under the radar is combat sports. You heard right, I’m talking about muay-thai, boxing, judo, karate, and even the trendy MMA style of fighting. When you hear these disciplines of fighting, images of two men beating each other to the pulp probably arise. But just because you’re undergoing the same training as these fighters doesn’t mean you actually have to get into the octagon and Rousey another person to the floor. Taking up a combat sport will benefit you in ways that other types of fitness training can’t even come close to.
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….