Who: Abbie Golledge
What: Nutrition Coach & Fitness Trainer
Field: Fitness and Nutrition
How to become a fitness and nutrition coach
Introduce yourself and tell how you got into this.
My name is Abbie and I am a personal trainer and nutrition coach. I got into this field because I absolutely love working out and learning about the human body. I always thought my dream job would be to be able to spend all day in a gym.
How old are you and where are you from?
I’m 26 and originally from London but I moved to Bahrain 4 years ago.
What does your average day look like?
My day usually starts early, around 5.30/6am. I wake up and train 1-2 morning clients at their homes and some days I teach a class. Around midday, I’ll go and train myself for about 90 minutes, then I go home to eat and rest. I spend my spare time planning classes, making posts for my Instagram and prepping meals.
How do you market yourself?
I market myself via Instagram, I post daily videos/tips and this gets all my leads. I get a lot of referrals from my current clients too.
How did you get your first client?
I started freelancing from one client I trained at the gym I worked at, she was complaining about the gym’s inflexibility and wanted to train from home. I jumped at the idea and was like ‘I’ll come and train you at home!” and I ended up literally quitting to train this one client.
How did you go about setting your rates for charging clients?
There’s a pretty set in stone going rate for PT in Bahrain which I was happy with so that’s what I went with. I’ve heard of people Charging much less and also much more but I think it’s important to be both affordable and set a standard which shows it’s a quality service that is worth a fair price.
How did you continue to build your client base?
Word of mouth has been a God send for me and is something that works so well in a tiny market like Bahrain. I couldn’t have reached so many people without Instagram though.
What has been your biggest challenge along the process?
My biggest challenge is definitely myself! I suffer from anxiety so I will over think situations and worry. I have to stop myself from worrying and to realise that everything works out in the end and usually much better than you’d expect.
Is social media the way forward? And how do you keep your customers engaged?
I definitely think social media is the way forward whether we like it or not! I think the idea of starting a YouTube channel and/or a blog is a great way to build an engaging audience.
What’s your one piece of advice for someone starting out in the fitness industry?
My advice would be to work in a gym first to gain experience. Teach classes and try to become known in your local community. I worked every weekend for the first 2 years. Like any business, it takes a lot of hard work. Don’t do it for the money, do it because you want to help people. If you’re chasing the money you’ll come across as inauthentic and people can sense if you genuinely want to help them or not.
How often should we be exercising?
I definitely think we need to move on a daily basis. It doesn’t have to be anything hard core, but 30-60 minutes of any type of activity will really positively impact your energy and wellbeing.
What are quick tips for eating healthy?
”Ditch the processed foods!
Base your meals around whole grains, a lean protein source and eat every color of the rainbow”
Should we be doing exercises tailored to our body types?
I wouldn’t say ‘exercise to your body type’ but you need to be ‘exercising to the body type you’re aspiring towards!’ If you want to look athletic you need to lift weights. If you want to look like a runner you need to run!
Is the 80:20 rule of healthy unhealthy effective?
I would say it’s a good tool if used properly, though a lot of people can maybe be too loose on what’s in the 80 and what’s in the 20. I try not to compartmentalize food as ‘good’ and ‘bad’ as this can cause deeper-rooted relationships issues with food.
How much alcohol should I be consuming per week?
It depends on your goals, alcohol is highly calorific so if you have a fat loss goal then you can’t really afford to drink on a regular basis. If you want to drink I would suggest low calorie drinks such as gin and slimline tonic or a vodka soda with some lime juice.
You’ve started going vegan? Tell us about the effects it’s had and how it’s changed your energy levels.
I’m loving my new plant-based diet, I love that I’m eating around 9 portions of fruit and veg a day because this means I am taking in so many vitamins and minerals. I really do feel more alive and it’s improving my digestion too.
What does your morning routine look like?
My morning routine isn’t particularly interesting, it usually involves me crawling out of bed at 5am, drinking a coffee, staring into space and then throwing on a gym kit and heading out to train a client!! I like waking up early as it’s the single best habit one can ever develop. It has helped me become much more effective, gives me a head start, increases productivity and there’s nothing like a great workout to boost my day!
What’s your philosophy on life?
I don’t know if this is a philosophy but I do strongly believe in the law of attraction and try to practice positive thinking as much as I can.
‘Cultivate the technique of seeing all problems as opportunities to be and decide who you really are’ - Neil Donald Walsh
20 DECEMBER, 2018