About me, Well where to start is the main thing. “When you are a personal trainer you’re expected to be in photoshoot shape all year round (well at least most of the time) but that just isn’t realistic.”
Or there is a certain level of shape is ‘acceptable’ for a fitness professional due to the influence and pressures of social media. A lot of people don’t know I’ve always struggled with my own bodyweight & eating issues (more so in the last few years after getting into competing). If you watch my YouTube video on “Eating disorders in the Irish fitness industry” you’ll get a more in depth insight into exactly what was going on with me & my food habits and hopefully give you some help or a bit of courage to spur you seek help should you need it.
I spent years going up & down in weight & struggling with food issues. I was no longer my confident self & was beginning to doubt if my personal training clients trusted me because of my shape.
I needed to get motivated in order to inspire others to do the same, so I really looked inward and found it in me to pull myself back from probably the worst shape in my life.
“Nobody expects you to struggle. As if you’re some sort of robot but at the end of the day I’m just the same as you. I love ice cream, going out with mates and sometimes I don’t feel like going to the gym. We’re only human”
“Smiling on the outside but so unhappy inside. I’ve been there, I know how
dark a place it can be!”
I can now guide people away from that place and encourage them to see the potential in themselves.
One of the best pieces of feedback I get from my clients is that I’m able to relate to them & know how it feels to be in the start position. I know what it feels like to sit in their chair, I know what it feels like to not feel happy in your clothes every day, not to feel confident, to be frustrated time & time again after starting in a Monday & messing it all up on Friday-Sunday… I know… I’ve done it!
The way I promote health and fitness to all of my clientele now is “what’s going to make you the happiest”
Not how ripped can you get or how shredded can you look or how much weight you lose. What is ultimately going to make them a happier person inside & out. Ultimately make the biggest impact on their life be it at home, work, family or when they look in the mirror!
I think sometimes we focus on where & what we’re aiming for we forget how far we’ve come. Which is what I aim to get my clients to try and see. Focusing on all of the positives they’re doing in their fitness journeys rather than the one or two minuscule hiccups along the way.
Take time to assess backwards as well as forward & encouraging them to give themselves a pat on the back from time to time!
The main thing I focus on with my plans is consistency. It’s ok to mess up from time to time… We’re only human but always remember I’m with you every step of the way, no matter what!
Want to know a little more about me? Feel free to head over to my youtube channel: