Last month, Wildcat Fitness was lucky enough to be the subject of a feature in West London’s Westside Magazine but for those of you who were unable to get their paws on a copy, or indeed for the full version of the interview then you’ve come to the right place. The interview was a great chance to answer some of the questions I’m asked most often, so if you’ve ever wondered how or why I decided to set up a Personal Training business, or for some quick and easy fitness tips then read on…
How long have you been in the Fitness industry?
I started out as a fitness instructor 5 years ago, teaching classes in gyms across Central and West London part time around my day job, but very quickly realised how rewarding the fitness industry could be. Working with people to help them reach their personal goals was so satisfying that I decided to leave my office job to devote myself full time to health and fitness and started working at one of West London’s biggest health clubs whilst studying for my Personal Training qualification.
Was making the switch from the corporate world difficult?
It was certainly a change, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing! I had been lucky enough to work in media and PR within the sports industry (Chelsea FC, the Premier League and the British Olympic Association) and whilst I loved my jobs my personal well-being was suffering. Although I loved fitness I couldn’t seem to make time for the gym, my diet consisted of rich client dinners and unhealthy snacks grabbed on the run and I was relying on caffeine and sugar to keep me going through my long days. I was permanently tired, lacking in energy and couldn’t lose weight. I decided to hire a Personal Trainer to help me and within 6 months had lost a stone and a half, dropped two dress sizes and was bouncing out of bed in the mornings. My PT turned my life around and I knew then I wanted to help other people in the way they had helped me and couldn’t believe how long I had put up with feeling so stressed and miserable. That was almost ten years ago and I have never looked back!
What made you decide to set up Wildcat Fitness?
Working in-house in various gyms and health clubs at the start of my PT career was a fantastic experience and helped me build up both knowledge and confidence, but as with many industries it was ultimately target driven and started to become more about number of sessions delivered as opposed to developing relationships and achieving individual client goals. This was my main reason for becoming a Personal Trainer – to help people become the best version of themselves, and so I decided to set up my own company, allowing me to work with people individually and ensure that all my clients are receiving completely bespoke training and nutrition plans.
What are your top fitness tips?
Firstly – to lift weights. So many people, females especially, are scared that lifting weights will turn them into The Hulk, but actually it takes incredible effort and an extremely hardcore training plan to developing bulky body-builder type muscles. Resistance training (using body weight, free weights, kettlebells etc) recruits large groups of muscles, and the more muscles you use when working out, the more calories you will burn. This in turn will also help to boost your metabolism and decrease body fat – even when you are resting. My second tip would be to really take a look at your diet. Fit bodies are made in the kitchen and then honed in the gym! Many people have sadly been taken in by media hype over low fat or low carb diets when in actual fact we need both fat and carbohydrate in our diet. Similarly I often see people who think that because they go to the gym they can eat what they want…. Then don’t understand why they aren’t losing weight! It is a fine balance, but once the nutrition side is right, you will see results much more quickly. I work with each of my clients closely to ensure they are eating the correct foods to support their training plan and ensure maximum results. Many find they are even eating more than before yet still losing weight – a nice position to be in!
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