Laura is a passionate PT working closely with clients, especially women to meet fitness goals,boost confidence and maximise physical & mental wellbeing.We caught up with her to find out about her journey to becoming a PT.
What were you doing beforehand?
I had spent most of my working life in a FMCG company in the marketing team, which although sometimes rewarding was often fraught with long hours, corporate politics plus it could be incredibly frustrating as it was like being on a treadmill, never really achieving what you set out to do!
What inspired you to start Laura Fancy Fitness?
I was really looking for a career that allowed me to work around my kids and allowed me to do something that actually made a difference to people.
How did you get started?
I had always loved exercise and was always trying out different routines, and latterly as my children came along I had to find a way of getting back into fitness that fitted in to my schedule. I started working out to various HIIT (high intensity interval training) sessions in my living room and discovered some of the best results I had ever had. Back in the office, I was always trying to get various people to get in to exercise of any sort, offering advice and tips from my own journey and experiences – anything to inspire others. Colleagues had always said why don’t you teach exercise or get into training, but I just never found the time or the energy and to give everything up that I had learnt and start again just seemed too big a challenge. Then when corporate life began taking over my home life, and there wasn’t any work/life balance, I decided enough was enough and took the plunge to take a career break to look after my then 2 year old son. Shortly afterwards I realised I didn’t want to go back to how things were and needed to find a new career that would work with the kids and my husband’s schedule. With the encouragement of my husband and friends I took the plunge, did an intense training course at the YMCA, Diploma in Personal Training, and haven’t looked back since…then FancyFIT was born!
What has been the greatest challenge so far?
To be honest going back to square one in terms of your career is a daunting task, especially at 40! Just taking a leap over the edge and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone on many fronts; exams (which I have always hated), setting yourself up and doing something completely new and no infrastructure to work into. Like learning to drive, you pass the test but the real learning is when you get out there on the job. But you have got to challenge yourself to find out what you are made of!
And the greatest success?
Doing something that I love that is rewarding and seeing the difference in the people that I train and fitting it all around the kids
What’s a ‘normal’ day for you?
Mostly an early start with me heading down to the gym for 6.30am to train a client, then back home, take the kids to school, back to gym for more clients, class & client programme planning, research, my own training, lunch and pick up kids and then one night a week I also teach spinning at Ride45.
How do you stay productive, motivated and at the top of your game?
You have to be organised and I am continually researching online with different fitness experts, forums and panels; new exercises, how to add variety, particular challenges/injuries that people face and learning different ways to make exercises accessible and fun to do. You have to be constantly learning and evolving to stay ahead.
Do you have any tips for others?
Follow your dreams; challenge yourself, you never know what you are made of until you try. It’s not easy but it is rewarding.
AND JUST FOR FUN….
Which part of the Chilterns do you live in? Chalfont St Giles
What do you love most about where you live? The fact that you have the best of both worlds, countryside and a short distance to London/M25
Favourite think to do at the weekend? Have a chill out breakfast with the kids followed by a family walk in the woods and roast
Favourite way to relax? Sadly exercise, especially weight training, put my headphones on and get down to it, bit of time just for me
One thing on your bucket list? To travel to Iceland to walk on the warm volcano lava (Eyjafjallajökull) and see the northern lights
Laura is based at Better Gym Chalfont in Chalfont St Peter or at a venue of your choice, be it at home or in the park. She offers a complimentary taster session where you can discuss a plan individually tailored to suit your needs and goals, simply message her for details firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively if you like group training, why not come along to her functional training class at 9:30 a.m on Wednesday, a great way to build muscle tone and train with friends and only £5, no membership required or if you like a cardio burnout to pumping music come along to her spinning class on Tuesday 7:15 p.m. at Ride45 in Chalfont St Giles…details at www.ride45.co.uk or @ride45 on facebook and instagram… Whatever you like, why not come share the passion, be inspired, get fit and have some fun!
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