How and why did you become a personal trainer?
After having an accident a few years ago, I did a lot of exercise for my rehab. I realised that I could help other people to discover the benefits of exercise in the same way I had... so I qualified as a personal trainer.
What other jobs have you had?
I studied accountancy and worked in that field in my home country, Spain. Since moving to the UK in 2009, I’ve also worked as a PA, a nanny and now I’m a personal trainer with KBPT in East London.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not training KBPT clients?
I love spending time with family and friends, watching movies and reading. I also enjoy getting out into nature and going to gym classes. My big passion is pole dancing – I’ve trained really hard to improve my upper body strength so that I can do it!
What is your philosophy on health and fitness?
‘Healthy mind, healthy body’. You have to find an activity that you enjoy and that will keep you motivated. With some of my clients, I need to help them change their mindset. For example, I’ll encourage them to go swimming or do some skipping if that’s what they like doing. It’s about focusing on what makes them happy. There’s no quick fix when it comes to your health – you have to look after your mind and your body for your whole life.
What inspires you – both professionally and personally?
People who never give up. I really admire resilience and I see it in a lot of my clients. Even when it’s really hard for them, they keep going, and that makes me push forward too.
How do you motivate your clients?
I always remember that I’m a “personal” trainer. Each of my clients needs to find their own way. It’s my job to tap into what they enjoy doing and boost their self-belief. I think many of my clients stick with me because I help them to get in the right frame of mind.
What lessons have you learned as a personal trainer?
I’ve always been a compassionate and sympathetic person but being a personal trainer has made me even more so. The other thing I’ve learned is that every new client has similar concerns in the beginning – they think they can’t do something but they can! I love helping people to believe in themselves more.
Bonus question... if you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
That’s easy. Spain! My family is there and there’s nothing more precious to me. Plus there’s the sunshine, the beach, the culture...
If you’d like to discuss how the KBPT team can help you, email Kate at [email protected].