"It left me feeling motivated and well equipped with the tools to help clients improve their well-being."
Where did your initial interest in fitness come from?
Born in Athens, Greece, I moved to England to study for a degree in IT with business and over time gained numerous qualifications in business analysis and project management. My real love however lay in health and fitness and I always dreamt of turning this passion into a career. Paralleling my full-time job with part-time study of fitness coaching allowed me to take gradual steps towards achieving this dream by obtaining qualifications in GP Referral, Core Stability, Personal Training, Weight Management and Pilates amongst others with Future Fit Training – reflective of not only my motivation to succeed but of my aptitude for coaching.
My current role
I originally began practising as a Weight Management coach in my spare time, driven by both my love for fitness and desire to make a difference to others. I can proudly say the majority of my clients made a lot of progress but I was concerned for the few struggling to reach their weight goals. This provoked me to study Life Coaching, which further enriched my venture by bringing a holistic approach to clients’ lifestyles.
It left me feeling motivated and well equipped with the tools to help clients improve their well-being.
So saw the beginning of Libra Health and Fitness – where my knowledge and positive attitude motivated both my clients and myself. One client, Mrs Jones, who with my support was able to lose weight even on a cruise holiday, recently said, “Maria has proved to be so personable, enthusiastic, understanding and knowledgeable”. Another, Mrs Barlow, praised me for my unique approach to weight management, “Maria provides a framework for focusing on weight control in the context of real life”. Such comments make me feel honoured and proud to have made a difference and my clients’ determination has in turn inspired me, as I have now given up smoking. Taking Libra Health and Fitness full time has also enabled me to realise my goal which coupled with my previous business experience, allows me to confidently run my own company. I now jump out of bed every morning and never look back.
I am presently a level 3 Advanced Trainer and Nutrition and Weight Management Adviser with the Register of Exercise Professionals and after completing my Advanced Pilates Level with Future Fit Training, I enjoy running classes in my local area, alongside supporting clients on a 1-to-1 basis in their quest to reach their lifestyle goals. I feel so lucky that through helping others accomplish their dreams, I have finally been able to achieve my own.