Leaving school I did not really know what I wanted to do, so I stayed on at 6th form college and got nothing out of it except some great memories with friends. I was well into my boxing at this point and also working part time in a gym to earn some money. I paid way more attention in both gyms than I ever did in class.
I told my grandad Ball I wanted to be a personal trainer, he said to me ‘who’s going to pay an 18 year old to train them? Get a trade first’
Im glad I took his advice. No one can ever take my trade away from me.
At 25 years old, working away from home every week of every year just wasn’t what I wanted from my life. I was on very good money for my age working as an electrician, but what is money if you are not happy? I was missing my girlfriend, my family, my friends, my dog and I was missing my house. The house that I was working away from home to pay for.
I made the decision half way through 2014 to pay for a personal training course, the only option for me was to do ‘self study’. Pretty much every night for around 10 months I read and revised my course in hotel rooms after work. I took exams when I felt I was ready.
Everything started to really click with me, all the human anatomy, physiology, nutrition, training systems etc. I then started to put it into practise by helping family and training people on the odd weekend.
As it got closer to finishing my course I decided I needed to start gaining valuable experience training people. I started to ring around a few local gyms. A few didn’t return my messages, one wanted ridiculous rent from me straight away. I then made the last call I needed to make, I rang Joe G’s fitness centre in Morley, luckily for me it was the actual owner that answered (Joe Gledhill) he didn’t promise me anything, I just wanted some advice and he invited me to go down to the gym and see him.
The first time I met him he was training somebody, the attention he was giving his client was top notch. Straight away I thought ‘I need to be here to learn’.
I am a few months into working at Joe G’s fitness centre. I now have around ten trainees and one group gym class.
I do still work as an electrician and also as a general builder with a very good friend of mine, I then hit the gym from around 5pm onwards. The days are long, but for the first time in my life I enjoy going to work, wether it’s a building site or the gym.
Pretty much anyone can go and pay to do a personal training course. Like anything in life though you learn on the job, in this gym I am learning everyday.
‘The best investment you can make is in yourself’
– Warren Buffet