Well, it's been a long time coming (twelve years, actually!) but now, I'm close to the end of my career with the army and I'll soon be working a 'normal' job as a PT. I get it: personal training probably can't be considered a normal job. But, it's the closest thing to normal that I've had in a long time.
So, how did it come about?
Around three years ago whilst having a coffee with an old school friend (and now, subsequently a client), was when I first started having rumblings about leaving the armed forces. Here, is where he planted the idea in my head of becoming a personal trainer. And, why not? He told me he was paying four-hundred pounds per month for his, and his PT was turning away clients because his workload was too much.
FOUR-HUNDRED POUNDS PER MONTH?!
That equated to four sessions a week. Hang on. Could I get paid for doing something that I actually enjoy?
Hand me the degree and I'll get started.
Obviously, it isn't all about the money. And, being a relatively new PT, I'm under no illusions that I will probably be struggling for the first three to six months. Long days and six-day weeks are what I have planned.
The bonus though, is that I actually thoroughly enjoy being a PT. The gym is somewhere I've always felt comfortable and I love imparting knowledge to clients and friends, and receiving knowledge from fellow PTs. There's nothing better than working with a client or a friend during a session, then at they end, you see the look of accomplishment of their face.
Still, there's a lot to be said about having a modest approach when it comes to the world of fitness. Knowledge is an ever-evolving beast. Training methods alter and change as often as British weather, and it makes it almost impossible to stay ahead of the curve. In my opinion: no one can ever be an oracle when it comes to fitness. A complete oracle, anyway. Some types of training will be effective for some and useless for others. This is where it can become dangerous for anyone deciding to take it upon themselves to train:
During this digital age; where the internet becomes Gospel, it's easy for anyone to become a professional in their own minds. In my current job, I am constantly surrounded by people who've maybe read a few articles on training methods or new ways to do certain exercises, for instance, and then suddenly decided that they're a subject matter expert. I suppose my point is this: when it comes to making the decision to maybe get a little bit healthier or fitter, but maybe don't know where to start, it might be a good idea to speak to a fitness professional. Even if you don't end up requiring a personal trainer, it's good to get some solid and, most importantly, some safe advice before starting. Otherwise, it can be like 'Googling' a runny nose and 'WebMD' telling you that you've got several types of cancer.
I've digressed a little with this first post. This was meant to be a 'welcome' to my website and its turned into something completely different. I'll be posting new articles here every few weeks. So, stay tuned for more updates.
WELCOME to JPT.