Thursday guest post

Today I’m posting on a fellow health and fitness blogger’s website! How exciting!

Clare, at Fitting It All In, has been running a series of guest posts entitled ‘My Best Life Series’ and today, it’s all about me!

If you’ve ever wondered how I got started in the fitness industry, hop on over and find out! And be sure to check out the other women featured in the series, as well as Clare’s fabulous vegetarian menus (she likes to post pictures of food too!), stylish outfits (i.e., NOT workout clothes) and journey towards becoming a certified health coach (she’s just started taking clients!).

Thanks so much, Clare!

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Comments

  1. Hi there!!
    Could I ask how old you were when you decided to become certified? I am 38 and am kind of in the same boat you were, but keep struggling that maybe I am too old to start? As well did you find the can fit pro personal training certificate enough to get you confident enough to train people right away or did you do anything extra? You are a real inspiration to me!! Thank you!!:)

    • Melanie, you’re never to old to start something new! I was 38 when I started my certification courses. I did Fitness Theory, Group Fitness, Weight Training and Personal Training, plus all the exams and practicums in about 20 months. I didn’t rush it, but just kept at it. I’m certified with BCRPA, rather than CanFitPro, but that’s just because my employed requires the former (I don’t actually love the organization myself…).

      I did some job shadowing with another trainer before I started seeing clients on my own. But my pre PT course requirement was to conduct 20, one on one training sessions in the gym. I found guinea pigs through my group fitness classes and treated each as if they were a bona Fidel client, so I got good t it quickly.

      Honestly, the fit was so right for me, that I felt comfortable right away. Certainly I’ve learned a lot in the three years I’ve been training, and I’m a better trainer now than I was then!

      As far as age goes, yes, the fitness industry is a youthful one. But, many of my participants and clients are my age and older and prefer to see me than a younger, less life experienced trainer. I find the biggest difference between older and younger instructors is the number of classes they can teach per week. My max is 6; any more, and I’m physically wiped out. The twenty somethings can easily teach twice as many classes per week. That’s fine with me though, I like a mix of teaching classes, training clients and instructing small groups in a variety of registered programs. I’m also working on my supervisory status, so I can segue into that role when I feel like teaching classes is too difficult on my body.

      Thanks for your very kind words! Let me know if I can help you make the transition in any way. Tamara