A day in the life of a fitness trainer

Posted on: 19/10/2018

I have always found it interesting to find out what other people do and how their lives differ from my own, therefore I thought it would be good to share my own version of a typical day in my week as the next blog.

Firstly, my weeks are rarely the same and can often change mid-flight which I never have a problem with. Being adaptable is part of being successful in the fitness industry and being comfortable with working unsociable hours is often the case.

My job: I have been in the health and fitness industry for 20 years (showing my age now) as a fitness professional. As of today, I have a few different roles which include being the head of fitness for YOLO retreats, a fitness consultant for the Bamford Haybarn Spa at Daylesford in the Cotswolds alongside looking after a number of VIP clients in London and The Cotswolds.  I am also an ambassador for a number of health and fitness products and services which do require some of my time each month.  My life in fitness has a variety of responsibilities and projects, all of which are extremely enjoyable as anything fitness is a passion of mine.

My typical day: My week is typically split between London and the Cotswolds, where I live. I provide a health and fitness services to the prestigious Daylesford Organic Farm in the Cotswolds each Monday and Thursday. On Tuesday morning I travel to London and spend two days there with a series of clients, providing fitness sessions and reviewing their lifestyle programmes within my premium coach service.  During this time, I often have meetings and catch up with people I know in the industry.  I return to the Cotswolds on Wednesday evening for my second day at Daylesford Organic Farm (Thursday).  I then return back to London on Friday early morning, returning early evening to spend the weekend with my family, unless I am hosting a fitness retreat for YOLO retreats or guest speaking at an event.  Some weeks can be 7 days if there is a requirement across the weekend.

What do I enjoy about my profession: Applying myself to a job that I love everything about is so rewarding. There is a huge amount of personal satisfaction in helping someone change their life, making them feel good about themselves and supporting them to achieve a goal they didn’t think was possible. I absolutely love talking about health and fitness and never get bored of that. The feeling of waking up on a Monday morning and doing something I am whole heartedly passionate about makes me feel very fortunate that I am able to do this.  I have always been someone who enjoys interaction with others and meeting new people.

The most memorable moment: I have been fortunate enough to have had a real adventure in fitness. I have presented many group fitness concepts in the UK, managed fitness clubs in the best city in the world, London. I’ve consulted with the government on all things fitness and have owned a personal training studio. It’s fair to say that I am long in the tooth in the industry now and part of the old school. It’s hard to pick just one moment that is memorable, but the one that stands out to me is delivering my first ever presentation spinning class which was with 50 bikes at a fitness event in Germany.  Looking back, it was a moment that could make you extremely confident or break that confidence at a young age.  The fitness market was just beginning to become more edgy at that time and this was the first of its kind, with a mini laser show and DJ pumping the tunes, the room had so much energy, it was bursting.

I love the way that group fitness has evolved in recent years. It has been great to see this revolution of group fitness as I am still very passionate about it despite not involved day to day anymore.

The worst part of my week: I get up every morning and feel so blessed to be doing what I do but travelling around on certain days can be hard work and the driving aspect is the least fun. It does however supply thinking time between the physical demands of client sessions though. My days are completely varied and I always believe that today is going to be a good day.

My food and what a typical day’s food looks like: Every day for me is different. I try and train myself every day, even with the demands of my job, the travel and a family. In an ideal day I would train first thing at 6.30am and be ready for the day, having breakfast by 8am, where I’ll typically have a hearty bowl of porridge with blueberries to fuel me for the morning ahead. I’ll nibble on a protein bar at around 10am with a piece of fruit around 11am, before lunch at around 1pm. A good lunch is very important to me and will always run with a high protein, low carbohydrate option. I am also partial to a chicken, rice and salad from Nandos if the opportunity presents. I’ll have a late afternoon snack around 3/4pm, which will either be a protein shake or beef jerky with a piece of fruit. I’m often home around 6/6.30pm and I’m fortunate enough to have my wife who cooks everything from fresh and knows exactly what I need/like. Main meal can range from a naked burrito to lamb koftas to chilli and rice. I may have a small bowl of Greek yoghurt with almonds before 7.30pm but I won’t eat after 7.30pm on a week day and only have a cup of tea before bedtime. I like to eat every 2 hours, on the right foods and staying clear of processed food/refined sugars. I limit my coffee consumption to two flat whites per day and make sure I drink at least two litres every day.

My advice to anyone starting out in the health and fitness industry: The fitness industry has evolved in the last 10 years and there are many opportunities which didn’t exist when I was making the first steps into fitness as a career. My advice would be to anyone starting out to come into it for your passion for health and fitness and learn to walk before you run. Master the basics and always keep a watchful eye on what is evolving around you. Don’t get sucked into promoting fad crazes and quick fix diets. Focus on doing the basics well to help people achieve their goals and you will succeed. The best source of generating new clients is through referral and being spoken about as the person that helped to inspire them to live healthy. My last tip is to network and meet people wherever you can. You create your own opportunities and make you own luck. They won’t find you.