Do you want to learn to be a personal trainer? Read the case study of our recently qualified PT Ashley Fry.
Why did you want to become a qualified personal trainer?
I am a graduate of a sports therapist, my degree in sports therapy was rehabilitation, strength, and condition.
However, many of the diplomas were theoretical and lacked a practical side. So I decided to learn how to become a Personal Trainer, which gave me a real insight into the practical elements of the training that had a huge impact on my S&C knowledge.
It also helped me with my communication skills which translate well into rehabilitation. Being a personal trainer is also a very reliable and rewarding job!
What prompted you to seek a scholarship?
I went to university later than my classmates because I wanted to help my mom with the finances at home. I did a three-year advanced apprenticeship at O2 headquarters in Slough when I was 18 and worked for a year on their security team. Although the money was great when I turned 22 and helped around the house as much as I could, I decided it was time to fulfill my dream of becoming a sports therapist and coach.
There was always very little money in my family, so without this scholarship, I would not have been able to fulfill my dream of becoming a personal trainer in Pasadena CA here at https://personaltrainerpasadenaca.com/. PT courses can be very costly for those without financial resources, making it extremely difficult to qualify with a reputable company. It was thanks to that I was able to enter the course and chase my dream!
Where have you heard about the scholarship?
After Google and considering personal trainer courses, popped up on one of my searches. The website says that only 4 people are lucky enough to be given this opportunity and you think “it will never be me!” but as they say, you have to be there to win!
Tell us about your time on the course?
The course was part-time Saturday in Dudley, Birmingham. It was a 12-week course. Each participant of the course was of different ages and backgrounds, each had a different story to tell which made the course a very fun and enjoyable place.
Our teacher Hannah made the course as smooth and enjoyable as possible with lots of banter and laughter. We worked hard but had a great time doing it. Saturdays were passing. There has not been a week when I have a negative moment or not be happy with the course.
The course had an excellent breakdown of theory and hands-on activities in the gym which made a pleasant break to the days.
My favorite part of the course was in the last weeks, we did some tests with treadmills and push-ups. Competitiveness was at its highest ever, and we laughed all the way through, except that after 30 minutes she would get off the floor after the tests were over.
What have you been doing since you became PT?
I am currently working in a dual role as a sports therapist and personal trainer at ShapeShifters, a personal training studio at Selly Oak. We specialize in body transformation, and I was lucky to be hunted for this assignment, which I believe was largely due to this scholarship.
My day is divided into injury assessment, the performance of motion screens, and personal training of our clients. The course has raised my confidence and I feel that I am a better person to have finished it.
What’s next for you?
I am slowly building my brand with 2 colleagues called Physical Performance Therapy which we hope will grow in the future. We regularly post content on social media, ranging from training tutorials and rehabilitation exercises to advice and treatment techniques. Follow us, we may have posted something that can help you!