How and why did you become a personal trainer?
I’ve always been interested in fitness and was a regular gym goer. Back in August 2017, I started doing workouts with a friend in a field near my house. Then another friend joined and another... So I decided to become a personal trainer! I began working towards my Level 3 qualification in January 2018 (part-time) and later qualified in pre and post natal training. Unfortunately, just as I set myself up as a full-time personal trainer in early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic hit...
What other jobs have you had?
I was working at Bank of America while training to become a PT. I’ve had all sorts of other jobs, including working on a cattle ranch in Australia!
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not training KBPT clients?
I run mum and baby fitness classes and I’m also a Reiki practitioner and sports massage therapist. In my spare time, I like to do angel card and oracle card readings. I also love keeping fit, of course (although you wouldn’t catch me doing a triathlon!).
What is your philosophy on health and fitness?
When people first start working with a personal trainer, they’re often completely overwhelmed and looking for a quick fix (e.g. weight loss). I always say that this is about long-term change – an investment for life. I help my clients to develop a healthy mindset and achieve balance (chocolate and wine are OK in moderation as long as you also exercise regularly).
What inspires you – both professionally and personally?
I follow lots of fitness coaches, such as @thesoberbodybuilder, on Instagram. It’s really inspiring when you see how someone has used exercise to turn their life around.
How do you motivate your clients?
I tell them that they will never regret a workout! One of my clients really hated PT to start with – now she loves it. A few words of encouragement and some great music can really help to motivate people.
What lessons have you learned as a personal trainer?
I used to take it really personally when any of my client’s were moaning and groaning during their sessions. I thought it was because of me! I now know not to take things to heart.
At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the PT business was slow and that was really worrying. I remember telling a friend that something would come up – I really believed it would. Two weeks later, Kate messaged me about joining KBPT. It was meant to be :)
Bonus question... what are your three favourite places in London?
1. Any bridge over the Thames (I love bridges!)
2. Primrose Hill
3. Tarshish (Turkish restaurant)
If you’d like to discuss how the KBPT team can help you, email Kate at [email protected].