I still can’t believe this is happening, I’ll be honest.
I, Samantha McGowan, am now a personal trainer – BOOM.
I thought I’d kick off my blogging (because now I have a fancy new website you’ll be hearing a lot more from me, yay for you), with why, how and whatever else relates to me becoming a personal trainer.
As many of you may know, I worked at Ultimate Performance Personal Training for two years, and that’s where it all started really.
Before that, the only way I knew how to keep fit was gymnastics. I had done it all of my life and it was all I knew, but when that came to an end because of an injury, I got a little stuck – a bit lost.
I hated the gym – despised it and wouldn’t know what to do even when I did attempt to go. I would do the usual – walk in, go on a cross trainer, maybe the treadmill, or I’d give that rowing game a go where you can play the fish game whilst rowing…you know what I mean right?
Anyway, that would last about 20 minutes, I’d get bored and then I’d walk out of the gym.
So that was where I stood until I started working for Ultimate Performance, the best personal trainers in the world – and what a place it was.
I completed my very own 12-week transformation and honestly it was one of the hardest things I have ever done but it also changed my life – no seriously.
Even when I worked there I would watch the PT’s and tell them, ‘I’d love to be doing this’ – but I also told myself that I would never be as good as them and ‘I should leave it to the pros’ type thing.
But throughout my time there I never stopped learning and even when I left, the passion for the fitness industry never went away – in fact, it just kept growing.
Then back in March, I was in London after a holiday in Dubai, with my good friend and UP personal trainer Emily, and I had to hang around the Ultimate Performance Mayfair for a little while before my train back home.
That was when my lightbulb moment happened.
Mayfair is where the magic happens, and I simply sat there staring at all of the trainers training their clients – changing lives.
And that is exactly what made me realise that was what I wanted to do – and why the hell not?!
I’m 27 years old, I’ve worked in a call centre for 4 years, I’ve worked in sales and marketing for another 6-7 years and although that experience has made me who I am today – I’m now ready to do something for me.
Everything I’ve done until this point has led me to here, and I know that sounds cheesy but it’s true and honestly I couldn’t be more excited if I tried.
So, on the train home I booked myself onto an online course with Origym and made the decision to leave Myprotein and work at a job in the City that was closer to home and would give me the time I needed to focus on this next part of my life.
That was back in March, so here I am, in August, just about ready to get started.
I wanted to do this right, and it hasn’t been easy. I’ve been using any spare time I’ve had studying, I’ve been working on my website, on my business plans and also about what it is I want to provide for my future clients.
If there’s one thing I’ve learnt from Ultimate Performance is how to be a good personal trainer. I’ll be honest and say its fairly easy to get a personal training qualification, but it isn’t easy to be a good personal trainer.
And that is what I promise to do – so everything down to the service I provide, my promises to my clients and exactly how I’m going to execute my plans has been thought of.
But that is just the very beginning of this journey – I will never stop learning, I will never stop being the best I can be and I will never take my job as a personal trainer for granted.
The way I see it, if someone puts their health and their hard-earned money in my hands, I sure as hell am not going to mess around with that.
I cannot wait to get started with you all.