“Training for me is more than just wash board abs, it has empowered and strengthen my soul beyond measure”
My journey into fitness started in high school.
I found my school gym (a rack of dumbbells a bench and a treadmill set up in a class room) to be my outlet. I even convinced my PE teacher to let me go for runs outside the school grounds at lunch. It was clear; I didn’t like school.
I was definitely left of center. I never followed the crowd and was very happy doing my own thing. I was far from ever being one of ‘the cool kids’ at school. I was quiet, shy and didn’t really have a back bone. I was an ‘easy target’ and spent most of my schooling years bullied.
It all changed when I was pushed in-between some lockers and a wall.
A group of year 12 girls decided I was the ‘pick of the day’ and started a fight with me. One broken thumb and a blood nose later it was safe to say those girls didn’t bother me again.
That day proved that sticks or stones couldn’t break me – one of the most valuable lessons I learnt. From that day forth I had a backbone made of iron.
After that day, every lunch break I was in the gym lifting weights or running. I was empowered and I wanted to become stronger. I believed that if I became stronger physically, then, in turn, I would become stronger mentally.
I was right.
But it wasn’t until later that I really understood the power of strength training and how it would change my life.
Like most young adults I had no idea what I wanted to do after school. All I knew was that I couldn’t bare the idea of going to university, but there was expectation that I would continue my study. So to keep my family happy, I applied for accounting and once accepted, I deferred.
I had a year of freedom.
I was still working casually at McDonalds and had no idea what I was going to do. Eventually I landed an outbound sales role. I lasted six weeks and quit. Then I worked for Victoria Electricity for 10 months, became bored and applied for a receptionist role. I was told I was outstanding and within 6 months I was managing the team. I was developing fast and I was only 19.
Before I became certified as a trainer I would wake up each morning, get dressed in my pencil skirt, shirt and heels, do my hair and makeup then catch the train to Southern Cross station. I’d walk to 525 Collin Street and take the lift to level 27 South Tower, the Rialto Tower. Here, I managed two receptionists and 40 in-house clients. I loved my job, I was exceptional at it, but quite like a relationship, I wasn’t ‘in’ love.
I was in love with my training.
At the time, I had joined the local gym down the road from my house. I was quite timid when I first started, and only kept to the cardio equipment and the occasional group class. I had this urge to one day make it into the weight room where the big boys played but I chickened out and kept to my cardio and pump classes. Even though I had no idea what I was doing, I was motivated and determined but after seeing no results, I lost my motivation and stopped going.
I realized after a few months off that in order to achieve some kind of result I had to do more than pay a membership. I needed some help. So I walked down and asked one of the receptionists about personal training to help me overcome my fear of the weight room and teach me how to lift. I signed up with a trainer who taught me the foundations of strength training and this is where my newfound love for strength training grew.
It must have been the only thing I spoke about to my clients at Regus (my managing day job) because one morning, a client came up to me with a handful of papers and placed them on my desk. They were enrollment forms for fitness institutions. She told me, with my love for training and my passion for people (and personal development) I was in the wrong industry.
She was right.
She had planted to seed and one month later I quit my job. Six years later, I am in love with this industry more than ever.
Needless to say, I never went to uni, but I did find my love and passion for the gym and my career as a personal trainer. It’s funny looking back and seeing all the changes I made and I am so glad I did, even though I can hardly walk in a pair of heels now, I just deadlifted 135kg and am always striving for more.
The gym allows me to be what I want; it gives me a place to work on myself without the bullshit. It has built me up not only physically but has allowed me to see how much emotional strength I have. It’s hard to pick yourself up when you have been kicked to the ground over and over again but when I walk up to that barbell, its me against the iron, nothing else stands in my way.
Training for me is more than just washboard abs, It has empowered and strengthen my soul beyond measure. And I am privileged to be able to work with people at this level.
This is why I love Enterprise. My amazing Mentor Mark allows me to be 100% me. People need space and freedom to grow and what better place to do this in an environment as encouraging and supportive as Enterprise.
I love it here and I know you will too.