Fitness and Nutrition Coach
“My goal is to open my own gym with female and male members. The gym will also include studios for group exercise, dance, and yoga classes. My gym will have a vegan cafe, serving the best in plant-based foods and drinks that are nutritionally balanced!”
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I am a vegan mum of 3 young children, and I am really focused on raising them to enjoy a variety of foods, balance school life with play and to enjoy being active. I was overweight growing up, and I developed a really unhealthy relationship with food and would over-exercise in order to drop down to a specific weight.
I now help women to forget about the number on the scale, to focus on how they feel and to become more confident in their own skin. Becoming the strong queens that they are.
I encourage my clients to do strength training at home or in the gym. I show them how to fuel their bodies well and encourage them to enjoy eating their favourite foods throughout. I am not just there for them during their workout or check-in call; they know that I am only a message or call away if they need my support.
My advice for anyone wanting to join this industry is to do it for the right reasons. Yes, making money is obviously important, but so too is helping others and changing lives. People are putting their trust in you to not only help them in achieving their goals but to do so safely and for you to be someone they trust to go to for information and advice. Depending on whether you want to become a PT or Online Coach, I would advise that either way, you should try and get some PT clients first to use your newly learned skills and knowledge, build a client base, earn money and become more confident in your abilities.Emily Young
I became an ETM instructor in my early 20s, and then, following the birth of my second child in 2015, I had a PT show me the ropes in the weights section of the gym, and I have never looked back.
Being strong, fit and healthy is ingrained in my very being. I even exercise on holiday, not because I have to but because it is Me; it is part of my weekly routine. I love that my children see me exercise and see the way I eat, and I know that they are learning key skills for when they grow up.
When Covid-19 hit, I realised that I didn’t want to work in an office any longer; recruitment didn’t satisfy me. This was also the year I became vegan, so learning more about food has been part of not only my education but everyday life.
I began training as a PT and Nutrition Coach in 2020 and have loved my journey and all the wins along the way. From coaching my friend for my studies to now having coached over 30 women and taught so many group exercises classes that I cannot keep count.
I remember waking up early one morning during the lockdown and doing research on how to study to become a PT and saw many options available, from university to other providers. What drew me to Future Fit was the ability to study up to level 4 in PT and Nutrition, to become accredited in both fields and to have blended in-person and online training.
I have done many courses: Gym Instructor Level 2, Kettle Bell Instructor, Circuits Trainer, Vegan & Vegetarian Nutrition, Advanced Resistance Training, Nutrition for Sports, Level 3 Nutrition and Weight Management, Level 3 PT, Pre and Postnatal Nutrition, Level 4 Lower Back Specialist and more, and I still have a few to complete.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my in-person training courses. I learn well online, but more so when I have someone there showing me, explaining in more depth and when I can ask questions there and then. The support also from the tutors has been outstanding. I have never felt alone in my coursework. I know I can ask for guidance, and I have come away from phone calls feeling so much more assured and able to complete my work to a high standard.
Since qualifying, I have worked with a range of women in their late 20s to mid-50s, some of whom were pregnant, several postnatal, some with medical conditions and some perimenopausal. I am utterly proud of each of my clients for their determination and for their efforts.
My proudest moment is with a current client. I watched her cry in her consultation call, telling me how she felt awful, how she was happier eight years ago at a certain weight and dress size. I vowed to help her improve her health and feel better about herself. She was a cardio bunny and didn’t lift weights because she didn’t know what to do. Fast forward over six months, and this lady, who is over 50 years old, is squatting heavier, bench pressing, and doing tricep dips; she no longer feels pain in her leg, and she is enjoying how she feels in her new and old clothes, and she is slowly improving her nutrition habits. She is celebrating her wins each week and is transforming before my eyes. Her smile during each check-in call is so wide it is infectious, and the way she talks about how her body is moving and how she feels emotionally is just amazing.
I love cooking a hearty meals like Bean Chili, Curries and Filipino foods. I love rich flavours and am a huge spice fan, although I do have to dull this down for the children, sadly, ha.
A family favourite is Ginataang Kalabasa, which is a Filipino dish that I have veganised. It has a coconut milk base, pumpkin/butternut squash, green beans, peas, vegan fish sauce and garlic, and we enjoy it with steamed white rice and crispy soya chunks.
I also love baking; having been a cake maker in the past, it’s still something I love to do and who doesn’t love cake, right? My favourite things to bake are brownies, Victoria sponge cake, coffee and walnut cake and banana loaves.
My advice for anyone wanting to join this industry is to do it for the right reasons. Yes, making money is obviously important, but so too is helping others and changing lives. People are putting their trust in you to not only help them in achieving their goals but to do so safely and for you to be someone they trust to go to for information and advice.
Depending on whether you want to become a PT or Online Coach, I would advise that either way, you should try and get some PT clients first to use your newly learned skills and knowledge, build a client base, earn money and become more confident in your abilities.
You have to learn to sell yourself. This doesn’t come easy for me, but you are effectively selling yourself as a Coach. Why are you better than Jane Doe? Find what makes you unique and learn to sell that.
What has worked for me is having the blend of PT and Online Coaching. It has given me job satisfaction and has given me space to grow my business slowly.
I am proud to be part of the Future Fit family because of how much I value the training and support I have received.
I know PTs who have done training online only, no face-to-face and I just don’t feel like that’s enough. Being part of a group is great; you get to bounce ideas off each other and even stay in touch. I have made a friend since starting this journey, and I am still in touch with several people who I have done courses with.
I have also heard of other PT assessments and don’t feel that they assess enough. Future Fit is extremely thorough, and I am proud to have passed and qualified on the basis that it wasn’t easy and everything was reviewed rigorously.
I one day would like to become a Tutor and Assessor for Future Fit. I love teaching and would enjoy supporting newbies in their journeys to becoming fitness and nutrition pros.
I want to explore more of Asia for sure and return to the Philippines more often. If I had to pick one place, I would say Japan. My children and I love Japanese foods and how easily it is veganised. I love that Japan can be super busy in the city and then relaxed and scenic elsewhere, from mountains, bamboo forests, and waterfalls to beaches. I love how diverse it is and cannot wait to experience it soon.
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