In an industry that can’t be focused on ‘self’ I don’t talk about myself very often but here’s some stuff about ME. Also to once again share my thanks to some pivotal people who a year ago supported me during my change in direction.
After 20 years working as a Personal Trainer and close to 30,000 one-on-one sessions last October I was taking my last journey into central London to see clients.
For those of you new to the industry…..
I’ve worked 1083 full days (24 hour days) doing personal training.
That’s nearly 3 whole years of my life if I did it all back to back. For many of you coaches starting out bear that in mind.
At that’s stage I charged 1233.33% per session more than I did twenty years ago.
I’d been on social media channels as a business for 6 years. I didn’t sell anything for 4 of those years and just wrote free, yes free content. Thousands of articles. Along that way I engaged and talked to those same people.
I’ve trained people to be champions, actors and actresses for roles, people to lose fat, gain muscle and more than anything helped people to gain confidence and control.
I started personal training in 1997. Six years after the internet first became publicly available and 7 years before Facebook was even invented.
The resources I had for my business in 1997 is insignificant compared to what coaches have in today’s day and age.
I’m more passionate about the industry than when I started. It’s wavered a bit without doubt. Mostly due to my inability to pay my bills.
Damn I sound old……don’t feel it mind.
That day I did my last session with ongoing clients.
My time will now be spent on my yacht in the……
No it won’t.
My time has been spent writing, educating and helping the industry I’ve spent over half my life in. Bringing people and thoughts together the best I can.
Working on advancing my coaching academy and applying a LOT of my time to that. I’ll continue to teach and lecture in all manner of places. I’ll also still consult with people but in a much different capacity.
It was time to change direction slightly.
To all of my past and current clients thank you all so much for entrusting your wellbeing in me and having faith in what I could offer you. To all of you who now work with me, thank you.
Thank you so much to the Third Space London for the opportunities when I first came to London and Nick at Ultimate Performance Personal Training for the opportunity he gave me when I was ready to pack my bags for the US. For creating an amazing facility in which I continued to work with clients and some great coaches.
My best friend and mentor Andrew who has driven me every day and guided me more than he will ever know.
Thank you to all the people that have been a part of this stage of my career and thank you for your ongoing support with what I do.
Thank you also to my friends and all of my family for the support in what I do. There are numerous times I’ve considered quitting and numerous times I’ve thought I might not be able to make a healthy career from coaching people.
Without you all I would have quit.
Finally. Thank you to EVERYONE who is a part of my life, my work and everything I do. You’re the fuel that keeps me going and the reason I do what I do. Katie, thank you for your endless and ongoing support.
You all give ME, the very same, once very overweight, insecure, averagely academic Phil the confidence to know I’m of value to many people and I can do something to improve the lives of others and THAT, that is a great feeling to have.
Whatever part you’ve played my heartfelt thanks still go out to you all.