Dame Kelly puts ukactive trainees through their paces
Dame Kelly Holmes combined her running experience with new-found personal trainer skills to set a treadmill challenge for ukactive’s Jak Phillips.
The two are working towards the Future Fit Level 3 PT diploma and were developing their practical gym skills. Alongside Head of Communications - Jak, ukactive Executive Director Steve Ward and Operations Director Geraldine Tuck are also studying the diploma with Kelly.
“The weekend training was pretty tough but it was a great chance to work alongside other trainees in the gym and put some of the theory into practice,” says Jak. “I guess it had to happen that with Kelly on our course she’d choose to devise a running challenge for someone and that turned out to be me.”
Kelly has a lifelong interest in health and fitness including 10 years in the British Army where she worked as a top-level Physical Training Instructor. While the skills she learned then are helping her in many respects on the Level 3 PT diploma, there is also a wealth of additional theory and practical work to be done.
“I’m working more and more in the leisure industry now and people are asking my advice and seeking help,” says Kelly. “I really felt that to do this justice I had to study and qualify as a Level 3 PT. Training with Future Fit has taken my knowledge and skills to a whole new level and the depth of knowledge and face-to-face gym work and case study time has been an eye-opener.
“Working with the group in the gym was great fun: Jak was a good sport and I wasn’t too tough on him really!”
“Having Kelly on the course has given us all a boost,” says Paul Swainson, Head of the Future Fit School of PT. “We all have huge respect for her as an athlete and the amazing work she does with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust and other charities. Seeing her in action on the gym floor is inspiring: she brings all her enthusiasm and natural talent to the task and the many years of PTI work show in her ability and attitude: she’s a great student with huge potential.”