Trainer Q&A: Kate
In our final Q&A, we talk to KBPT founder Kate about how she built the business, what inspires her and why 2020 has made her more grateful.
How and why did you become a personal trainer?
I used to work in recruitment and sales but I’d always wanted to work in fitness – I just didn’t know how to make a career of it. When I was made redundant, I decided it was the right time. I qualified as a personal trainer just before my 30th birthday and got a job at a gym but soon decided I’d rather set up my own company.
How did you start KBPT?
It took a lot of hard work! I used to stand outside Bethnal Green tube station handing out flyers and I also put an ad in a local magazine. I started to get clients who want to do PT in the park or in their homes but I worked part-time in another job at the same time. I then started freelancing at London Fields fitness studio and got a small team together. We moved into our own KBPT studio in 2012.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not training KBPT clients?
I love anything outdoors! Hiking, cycling, SUP, swimming... Fortunately, I live in Devon so I’ve got beautiful countryside on my doorstep. I also enjoy yoga, functional fitness, listening to podcasts, socialising and travelling.
What is your philosophy on health and fitness?
You have to find something you enjoy doing. We all know we need to move more and get stronger – whether that’s to improve your heart health, increase your bone density or boost your mental health. If you’re fit and strong, you’ll be able to live a more active and happier life.
What inspires you – both personally and professionally?
People. I get inspired by kindness, bravery and hard work. You’ll often find me watching documentaries or listening to podcasts about inspirational people.
How do you motivate your clients?
Personal training is about working together. I gently encourage my clients rather than being too shouty and I make sure they have achievable goals – for example, rather than setting a goal of ‘losing a stone’, we focus on ‘cutting out sugary snacks’.
What lessons have you learned as a personal trainer?
You learn a lot of techniques from working with different clients. Do they need to lower their blood pressure? Are they training during cancer treatment? Do they want to increase their lung capacity? The key to being a good personal trainer is getting to know your clients really well and understanding why they want to get fitter.
In 2020, I’ve also learned that you have to be agile. I’ve quickly had to change the KBPT business model to make it COVID-proof. Fortunately, we already offered online PT and our clients are happy to train remotely. On a more personal level, this year has been a big reminder to live in the moment and to be grateful for things we often take for granted, like friendships.
Bonus question... what three things could you not do without if you were stranded on a desert island?
If you’d like to discuss how the KBPT team can help you,
email Kate at [email protected]