Melanie Ryding - RYDING 2 HEALTH
Fitlink Shaped My Career
I was obese until 2007 when I lost 4.5 stone (28.5 kg) and decided to get fit! My story made national press in England.
In 2009 I was on the Great Britain Triathlon Team in my age group having only taken up the sport 6-months previously. I represented GB in 4 consecutive World and European Championships until in 2012 a serious injury forced me into retirement after what was to be my last race: the World championships Grand final in Auckland.
While I was racing I became interested in nutrition and my low fat diet was actually making me sick
, so I did a nutrition qualification to learn more about how to lose weight and fuel for sport safely.
Before I retired from racing I was asked many times if I’d coach and following more public pressure I took on Tri-coaching and qualified as a Tri NZ coach.
From there I wanted to develop a ‘one-stop-health-shop’ type coaching package that deals with the whole person, rather than just fitness or weight loss.
My husband jokes with me that I just like bing an eternal student but the truth is “I Love to Learn” and take great pleasure in helping others to achieve their goals and dreams.
I loved studying with Fitlink because it was all-online which meant I could study in my own time and at my own pace. Its a fab course that covers all sorts of interesting topics and will simple make you want to know more. Having flexible access to the internet will help you to complete this course with ease, if you are a good time manager. I was able to download the modules onto my ipad, and study on the go, without having to carry round large files of paper. :)
Within 6 months of finishing the Fitlink course I have built a business from scratch, am now full time self-employed and recently opened a personal training studio.
NICOLE WARD - From Banking to Personal Training
Why did I choose Fitlink?
Before starting my course I was in the banking industry. I had a passion for fitness and wanted to become a personal trainer. Fitlink helped make that happen. The service I received from Fitlink was outstanding and what they had to offer was great!
I wanted to be able to study while I was working so I was looking for a course online and flexible. I was offered a scholarship that made it very affordable and they could tailor a payment plan to suit. I paid mine off and got a further discount which was amazing. The tutors went above and beyond answering any questions I had and motivating me throughout the course.
When I graduated I worked for one of the biggest gyms in New Plymouth and truly learnt the "Art of Personal Training", I learnt so much! I was able to leave there knowing what I needed to do to be successful not just with working-out clients but with how to charge properly.
I now have my own studio at home where I work with people from right in my own community which is so rewarding. Oh, and I entered my first body building competition which helped me to understand what some of my clients go through.
I love what I do!
I would recommend Fitlink to anyone who is passionate about a career in the fitness industry as they are dedicated to helping you achieve and be the best you can be.