Personal Training; a lifestyle – not just a qualification.

Vince and Roz’s Gym, a family business renowned as ‘Australia’s longest running gym,’ located in Sydney’s inner Western Suburb of Ermington. Is the office for Australian Fitness professional, Elizabeth Richmond. She has been involved and working within the fitness industry for over twenty-five years and says it’s her passion that has kept her interested for so long. She soon realised exercise for her became a lifestyle choice, rather than a job.

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The fitness industry in Australia, has somewhat become unregulated recently; with the rise of online study. Elizabeth believes she gained her knowledge and expertise from physically learning on the job, rather than ‘‘reading the books and getting the piece of paper.’’ There are seventeen different Certificate four in Fitness Training courses available, in Sydney alone including respectable colleges such as Australian Institute of Personal Training, Tafe NSW, FIA Fit Nation as well as Open Colleges. This course is available to study online in over ninety percent of them. The debate here is, can you really be a qualified personal trainer if you aren’t personally, physically training someone?

Elizabeth explained, when she was learning to become a personal trainer during the 80’s, there wasn’t a formal qualification to study a Fitness Training certificate. Instead, she was granted her first job from the knowledge and physicality she leaned from other trainer’s around her gym and her experience in competitive body building. This suggests that the fitness industry, should ensure all online courses entail a physical component. This will enable trainers aspiring to enter the industry have sufficient skills, knowledge and training techniques to both safely and competently train a person in real life.

Elizabeth said, she hasn’t stopped learning; twenty years later. When formal regulations eventually entered the fitness industry, Elizabeth completed her qualifications like anyone else. But she only last year, decided to return to studying yet again to completer her Diploma in Training, to be able to teach other people to become quality personal trainers; like herself.

Personal training isn’t just like a 9:00-5:00 job, Elizabeth has various clients of ages, abilities and locations around Sydney that she is loyal to and trains regularly. She doesn’t stick to a typical regime or program either. ‘’I believe training someone, is to suit their specific needs and goals,’’ Elizabeth explained. She has clients that operate weekly from Vince and Roz’s gym facility and experience a resistance and cardiovascular based workout, in the gym environment. But she also adapts to clients location, by training clients in the comfort of their home as well as walking with them as a form or fitness, but also therapy.

A personal trainer is not just a physical trainer, they are there to support a client’s mentality also. Elizabeth offers motivational coaching and goal setting as part of her services. She also mentors an elderly group of ESL (English Second Language) ladies, by leading an aerobics style workout to suit their needs and ability.

Elizabeth’s success as a personal trainer, is based solely on her. She markets herself on the success of her clients and retaining long-term clients. Elizabeth doesn’t use any other form of marketing or social media. This is surprising in the popularity of online personal trainers such as Emily Skye and Ashy Bines; who rely solely on their popularity on popular social sites like Instagram and Facebook. Elizabeth believes her popularity goes past the materialism of social media marketing. She continues to train herself, week in and week out and inspires her clients to continue to do so, in the process. A testimony to her art, Elizabeth is an example of a real trainer who keeps to fitness industry alive.

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