BECOMING A PERSONAL TRAINER
So in this bit I wanted to cover off why I made the decision to become a personal trainer, I've had quite a few mixed reactions from people so far which I found really interesting.
1. Fitness makes me feel good. Yes the motivation to workout can be a challenge and no I do not wake up every day, jump into my gym gear and practically live in my gym. However, when I come home from any form of exercise I know I will feel good, a sense of achievement and with every day my body feels stronger and quicker.
2. Depression & Osteoporosis - for anybody who knows me or my family these things are all key in why I made the decision to become a PT. Depression and Osteoporosis are two things which play a part in my families lives and I have seen how exercise can have a hugely positive impact on them both.
3. I like a challenge and I'm competative. I've always been one of those people who doesn't want to be rubbish at anything, including the things I am rubbish at like pool. Learning to study again now I've been in the same job 8 years is going to be interesting to say the least. I've just turned our spare room / Pickles (the cat) day-time napping area into my study.
4. I like the idea of being able to help other people, get them to achieve their goals and gain confidence to workout wherever they want.
5. I want to understand more about training and how to train to help improve my own fitness. I am by no means an expert and I guess that's kind of the point.
Hopefully that gives everybody a little more insight into why I have decided to go on this journey!
My Personal Training Course
So my course starts on the 11th of February 2017 with TrainFitness and I will be completing an 18 week part time study course for a level 3 diploma in personal training.
This means I'll be taking place in workshops, examinations and practical assessments over the 18 weeks every Saturday in Didsbury. The rest of my study will be using onlne materials at home.
Trainfitness offer a range of study options, full time, part time and distance learning so its up to you. I have opted for part time study as I think the assessment and tutor time will be really important for how I learn. I'm not great at just absorbing loads of information of a screen or sheet of paper and just remembering it.
You can find out more about the courses and different tiers of qualification on the Trainfitness website here: https://train.fitness/
What I'm reading
These are a couple of books I'm reading at the moment called Ignite The Fire and the Personal Trainer Pocket Book, they're really good insight and motivation reads for anybody thinking of going into personal training / is a personal trainer or has just recently qualified. They're written by Jonathan Goodman and I absolutely love the tone of his books. They're really personal and stupidly easy to get into. This guy knows his stuff.