WHO I AM
PERSONAL TRAINER - ACCREDITED BY THE REGISTRY OF EXERCISE PROFESSIONALS
NUTRITIONAL THERAPIST - REGULATED BY THE BRITISH ASSOCIATION OF NUTRITIONAL THERAPY
GYM INSTRUCTOR - ACCREDITED BY THE REGISTRY OF EXERCISE PROFESSIONALS
I was not a sporty child. I was tall, and my lungs couldn't keep up.
What classmates could do easily, I couldn't accomplish. I would fall behind, gasping. I would fall so far behind that I was forgotten. The exercise curriculum was, quite literally, a lonely experience. I felt my lungs drowning, and I felt embarrassed as it happened.
I remember dismissal and disengagement. Coaches had finished explaining - or even begun - the next activity when I trudged to the finish.
I was six years old when I decided exercise was a battle of will.
As a teenager, I liked the idea of punching things. This is still the case. That was a joke. Well, not exactly, I still like punching things - I just didn't want that to sound too solemn. It was meant to be funny.
My lungs caught up and my coordination improved. I was in decent shape when I stumbled into a boxing gym - a special boxing gym.
Time passed, and something occurred to me. I knew how to win battles, but did everything need to be a battle? In fact, did anything need to be a battle?
I was creating unpleasant situations, and finding pleasure in the moments they were conquered. To achieve satisfaction, I was making my perception of events an unfavourable one - then pushing through. I was working against myself.
This exercise mentality is echoed in life. Have you ever found yourself awake late at night - reluctant to sleep and sacrifice the only time you feel nothing is expected of you?
Yet, we go through the motions, so long as we can reach that comfort the next day. Now, I train differently. No matter what sensation I'm experiencing, I make it a positive event. That's where I derive my strength - and my happiness.
I'm taking pleasure in the process, in both life and training. I'm stronger - in every way - than I've ever been before. Our broader attitudes are reflected in how we handle one of our most primal scenarios - physical demands placed upon us. Exercise shifts mentalities and changes lives. I look forward to enjoying it with you.