Success Story - Hannah Wilson
"My tips to future students would be to master the basics - the A&P is so vital to understanding how the body works and moves (especially when you come across people with injuries, conditions, or older people for example). I would also encourage people to try and find a quiet place to fully absorb and focus on their learning."
When I was 18 I joined a gym with my partner and really enjoyed all the exercise classes that were on offer. Initially, I was looking to lose weight and take up a good level of fitness, but it did not take long before I discovered I had a particular interest in running.
Some years later, my partner and I decided to open our own health club, which we decided to build from scratch. As he was a bricklayer and hands on with the building itself, I was elected to go about getting the Personal Trainer qualifications needed to teach the people that would come along.
At the time, I believed that I probably only needed a Level 2 gym instruction qualification to know everything that was relevant to what we were going to do, but at the same time, I thought that if I was going to do the course I wanted to gain as much knowledge as possible. You never know when an unusual question or condition will come up so it's been great having such extensive training.
After completing my Level 2 gym qualification with another provider, I selected the Future Fit School of Personal Training as I was in a 9-5 job at the time and the weekend courses that were available fitted around my life very well. The majority of my training was completed whilst running the health club full time, and I was grateful to the Future Fit School of Personal Training for their flexibility. Another appeal I found of the course was being able to do a variety of different topics in combination with home study.
I currently run my own health club with my partner. We are an independent gym and I find myself calling on a wide range of knowledge from the various courses I completed on a daily basis.
I intend to expand the health club, and have already taken on another gym instructor whom I currently mentor. My tips to future students would be to master the basics - the A&P is so vital to understanding how the body works and moves (especially when you come across people with injuries, conditions, or older people for example).
I would also encourage people to try and find a quiet place to fully absorb and focus on their learning.
Most importantly - adopt a positive attitude and passion to help people - some people are terrified of gyms!