• Claire Smith

My Journey To Personal Training

Updated: Sep 16, 2019

Since I was young I danced, it was my passion and my life. Weekends spent at dance competitions evenings spent in the church hall practicing, nothing else interested me. At the age of 18, I moved to London and attended a dance college. Monday to Friday I would be physically active not quite realising how much I was actually doing. 

I remember going to the gym maybe a couple of times in the whole 3 years of training but I could never get into a routine. I was either too tired from my day or I just didn't want to. I felt like I was doing enough exercise.

After graduating from college, I went to work on cruise ships. I moved to Miami for rehearsals which were long days and again I never felt like I needed or had the time to go to the gym. Once I was on the ship and into my first few months of the contract I went from 12 hours a day to 3 to 4 hours a day of dancing so the gym was needed to keep my stamina and strength for the shows. Again I tried to get into the routine but every day in a new place I just wanted to explore! The ship was a very hard place to eat healthy too and I wasn't disciplined enough in myself to do it. I enjoyed the lifestyle of luxury food and drink!

When I stopped working on the cruise ships I was lost, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I was working little jobs here and there while going to class and training as an aerialist to keep my fitness. I realised that I enjoyed going to a class or having a trainer. I wasn’t interested in just going to the gym I needed someone or people to motivate me. That’s what I was used to as a dancer bouncing energy off each other on the stage was the same thing. I worked hard knowing I had other people next to me working just as hard which was great motivation. 

I then decided that I could be that person. I could be the person people needed for motivation, support, energy, stability, encouragement. So I took my qualification as a Personal Trainer and never looked back. Sometimes it takes years to find what’s right for you, but once you find it you know it’s right. I love my job I love my clients I love the challenges it brings. Not everyone can do things by themselves and that’s ok. Sometimes we just need that little extra help and that’s where I come in. I challenge, I guide, I push and I get results.


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