It’s officially Small Business Saturday today around the UK – but of course it’s always Small Business Saturday here in Libro Towers, so it’s business as usual. Today we’re catching up with my old personal trainer, Marvin Edinborough, or Marvelous PT. He started taking part in this series in July 2012 and checked in for an update in August 2013. and most recently October 2014. At that point, he was mainly teaching and keeping the personal training going as he has loyal customers he wanted to keep working with. And his plan for the upcoming year? To be, “Still around, still training clients, still achieving results. Although the Personal Training has taken a background position, I still hope to have a good, loyal client base a year from now.” Now, Marvin has a history of being surprised where the year has in fact taken him, so let’s see if that’s true today …
Hello again, Marvin. So, the big question: are you where you thought you’d be when you looked forward a year ago?
Once again, not in the slightest. I knew (or at least thought) I’d still be training, but my situation has changed once again! Due to what I will say below I am currently doing around 10hrs training a week with no room for any more (by choice)
What has changed and what has stayed the same?
Firstly I am now a father to a little girl, which has had a little impact on my workload, but I am now training personal trainers to be. I took time off starting in February for a few months due to my daughter being born in March but missed it! (sad, I know) so I started up personal training again at a new local gym in July and in my time off came across Fitness tutoring and since September I have started working for a company delivering Level 2 and 3 fitness qualifications.
What have you learned? What do you wish you’d known a year ago?
It’s hard to say. I suppose I wish I’d known about the demand for personal trainer tutors as I would have got into it a lot earlier. I have seen some really bad practice amongst personal trainers throughout the years and I now can have some sort of impact on the professionals about to embark on a personal training career.
Any more hints and tips for people?
Work hard, do your research, read, attend seminars and never think you know it all. Always develop and grow!
And … where do you see yourself and your business in a(nother) year’s time?
I aim to be working towards my life goal of running my own qualifications company. At the moment it’s just ideas, but over the next few years I’d like there to be some sort of development. I’ll still be personal training of course. No matter how busy I get I will find time to personal train, as it’s something I have enjoyed for 6 years now.
Exciting news there – first of all congratulations to Marvin on becoming a dad and thank you to him for talking about how that’s impacted on his career, and second I think it’s great that he’s training the next generation of personal trainers – as such a good one himself, I know he’ll be passing on his skills and attitude to the people he’s teaching. I think his idea of having his own qualifications company is a great one, and look forward to seeing those plans progress!
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