When we started on the course content the first week or two was like “wow that’s a lot of information”, especially when it came to Anatomy & Physiology which were both in depth but fascinating at the same time. The tutors Fergal and Sarah were great and they reassured us that we would be well prepared come test time as long as you put the effort in and paid attention in class.
I really enjoyed the nutrition aspect of the course as I knew it would be a vital aspect when it comes to clients in the gym, Eamon the nutrition teacher had a great overall understanding of nutrition and was able to link it very well with personal training being a qualified PT himself.
I thought that this was vital as he knows first-hand what it’s like on the gym floor and how clients react to nutrition plans. The resistance training was great as I, like a lot of people taking the course, enjoy going to the gym. The resistance tutors John and Noel will take you to a whole new level when it comes to programming and training. This part of the course gave you a sense of how to structure programs, how to talk clients through different exercises, which is surprisingly challenging at the start, and also to perform an exercise with good technique. It was great being able to get out of the classroom and into the gym. We were put through some tough classes as the philosophy was every PT should know what they are putting the clients through when pushing their boundaries. Rebecca gave us some valuable knowledge on how to deal with clients professionally. There was really no stone left unturned and I felt we were well prepared for not only the exams, but working in the industry itself. What subject did you enjoy the most?
Funny enough it was Anatomy and Physiology, definitely the harder subjects but it was great to get an understanding on how this amazing machine the human body works. A lot of people know so much about objective things in this world but very little about their own human body and how it works, and as the famous quote goes “Know Thy Self”. What do you love about working in the fitness industry?
I love waking up whether it be a Monday or Friday and enjoying going to work, nothing can beat that. The gym is an inspiring place to be. People of all walks of life are coming in, some with goals to be in the best physical condition they have ever been in and others wanting to become happier & healthier human beings. Watching people progress from sometimes not being able to do a body weight squat, to having the confidence to get under a bar packed with weight and squat it. To be a client in a gym takes confidence courage and determination. Sometimes that’s not there at the start but to be a personal trainer and to help clients acquire gain these important traits is a great feeling. What is life like after the Fitness Institute?
I am currently working in the CMB gym in Dublin City Centre, I have also set up a fitness and wellbeing page on Facebook called ‘Not Another PT page’. I try to bring my followers interesting and natural ways they can improve their health while also posting videos of my clients performing exercises. I have great clients of all ages and it’s amazing the bond you create with them. I have gone to a seminar since finishing my course and plan to attend more as this industry has an unbounded amount of knowledge in it. We were advised by the tutors to always expand our knowledge and never stand still. What sets you apart from other trainers in the industry?
When it comes to clients I understand most people just want their body to look better and that’s it. The first priority is to deliver that and you’ll keep your client happy initially. But the nature of the mind is to always want more, so sooner or later new goals are created and again the approach needs to change. I am not after the quick fix with clients, I want something sustainable.