I started out as an Environmental Engineer, putting my geeky passion for Math and Science to good use. Or so I thought…
Fast-forward a few years and I was feeling unsatisfied. While I enjoyed my job in the Drinking Water Treatment industry (I mean who wouldn’t?), I felt like something was missing. I began to dabble in fitness and nutrition as a pastime, to improve my own health. Perhaps because I was an engineer by trade, which comes hand-in-hand with a natural inquisitiveness for ‘how things work’ – I began to turn away from traditional engineering, so to speak, and focus on engineering the body.
At first I was overwhelmed by all the information out there; “try this”, “do that”, “don’t do this”, and I set about trying to dispel some of those myths. Being able to use my knack for all things scientific, I was able to approach learning about the physical aspects of fitness and the implications of nutrition with fearless abandon. No mythical stone was left unturned and I used my own body as a test subject. It was painful at times and never easy, but as I saw myself transform I realized other could do the same.
Once I got going I couldn’t stop – and it was all I thought about. I bit the bullet and decided to become a personal trainer. Leaving my office job was a tough choice, but I knew if I could share my passions and learnings with at least one person and make a difference in their life, well then, it would be worth it.
When it came to working with clients I realized that it helped that I had been there too, I understood how difficult making a change was. I had also struggled with weight gain and knew what it was like to be up and down on the scale, have low confidence in my body, and feel intimidated by the gym and all of the conflicting information out there. Understanding my clients helps me to help them and, ultimately, helps me to become a better trainer. My journey of discovery and development is never-ending – and I am currently pursuing a certification to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist (RHN) through the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN).
There is a lot of misconception in the industry and it’s often hard to find a clear answer. The most important lesson that I want people to take away is that, while being active is important, what you put into your body is equally so. It’s not about denying yourself things, or constantly feeling hungry, nutrition is about making the right choices for your body so you look and feel great – for the rest of your life.
Change is never simple, but I have never looked back. Now all I want to do is share everything I’ve learnt with my clients. It’s been sweat, tears and the occasional bit of blood, but if I can do it, then I believe with a little help, anyone can!