What do you love about being a Personal Trainer?
I love that I can take my career in the direction I’m passionate about and that there is endless learning. Coming from a dance background, I’ve always been passionate about how the body moves and how to optimise performance, but I didn’t want to limit myself to just the dance industry. I have always wanted a job that helped others, and that kept me active and not stuck behind a desk, so being a trainer was the perfect fit for me. The best part of my job is seeing clients achieve their physical goals is incredibly rewarding, but helping people on their journey to breaking mental barriers and finding their inner strengths is definitely the most fulfilling part of my job.
How is training at Enterprise Fitness different?
If failure isn’t an option to you, then train at Enterprise Fitness. The standard is high and everyone there has to meet that standard, but the environment is so supportive and filled with such smart, passionate people. Meeting the standard isn’t intimidating or scary; it’s challenging and exciting and drives you towards success. It’s the studio I’ve been searching for my whole training life.
How did you get into weight training?
In 2010 I had to stop dancing for health reasons, so I started weight training in my garage. I started VERY light and VERY basic and watched DVDs from the nineties to learn what to do! I kept this up for about a year, falling more in love with it but never being truly satisfied with what I was achieving. I knew that lifting 6kg dumbbells wasn’t enough anymore, and I enrolled in my personal training course purely as a way to learn how to weight train properly. I definitely didn’t learn how to lift weights at the AIF, but once I started working in a gym I mentored with all of the senior trainers, and I haven’t stopped learning since.
How has weight training and proper nutrition changed your life?
I started weight training at a very dark time in my life and initially used it for stress-relief and as an excuse to get out of the house. I then started researching nutrition and how to train properly, and it gave me a real sense of purpose. When I started applying the principles to myself I felt like I was becoming the person I was always meant to be and my life started moving in directions I never expected. I went from feeling totally lost and out of control, to getting my confidence back and feeling me again.
What hobbies do you enjoy?
In my spare time I absolutely love reading good crime novels, and I’ve recently taken up Pole Dancing. I also still go to ballet and jazz classes when I get spare time.
What motivates you?
I like to use myself as motivation; when I look back on personal achievements and how I fought to get to where I am, I’m motivated to continually work hard and be the best possible version of myself. I’m also very lucky to work at Enterprise Fitness because the whole team inspires me daily, and you couldn’t get a more motivational boss than Mark.
What are your training goals?
I have a very long list of training goals, but my main goal is to compete at a National level for pole dancing (which is very fun to train towards!) It will probably take me another 12 months of training before I can compete at that level.
“Strength is the product of struggle. You must do what others don’t, to achieve what others won’t.”
– Henry Rollins