Thanks for all your positive feedback on the last few posts! It’s been really encouraging to hear how your own fitness and health journeys are going!
Today we have another Strength interview with a fantastic Personal Trainer, 1st Fitness Universe Ms Bikini Britain, 1st Pure Elite Bikini Babe Tall and Model, Janine George.
Check out our interview below as I ask her about competitions, post-workout snacks and everything in between!
1. Was becoming a personal trainer a natural point to arrive at in your life? Have you always enjoyed exercise and sports?
I wouldn't say that working in the fitness industry was my first choice, although I enjoyed working out. I was more interested in fashion when I was younger. It was during the time that I had a PT train me, that I thought it would be very useful for me to learn more about personal training. As a child I was very active; I took part in swimming, athletics, gymnastics and undertook many training activities as an air cadet. In hindsight I realise that the desire for fitness has always been there. I enjoy training it’s like therapy and with that I aim for everyone I teach to find the fun and results in every programme .
2. How have you taken your love of training and fitness to world stage? Can you tell us about any competitions that you have been involved with?
I decided to take part in a bikini competition to boost my training and have something big to aim for. I competed with Fitness Universe in London and in Las Vegas and Pure Elite in the UK. It took me a year to mentally prepare for these shows, yet during that time I trained as though my registration had been sent and I was due to compete. I took on the attitude of a competitor. I played around with food, supplements and stuck to a programme for 12 weeks to see how my body would adapt. I researched as much as I could on other competitors and the processes they went through, I visited fitness shows and attended some bikini camps.
3. Do you teach any classes? What are they and how did it feel teaching your first one in comparison to the level you are currently at?
Yes, Battlebells, MetCon, Hardcore, Gains, Ripped & Stripped, Badass, Thigh High, HiiT The Deck, Meta Burn, Legs-Glutes-Abs and Ultra Shock Circuit.
The classes I teach are equally enjoyable, especially as my confidence has increased the more that I teach.
4. Is there any class you currently don't run but would love to in the future?
Maybe spin, I’ve never been too fond of it but I am willing to step out of my comfort zone
5. If you could workout for a day in another part of the world, where would you go?
I have to visit Venice beach in America, that would be epic!
6. Can you describe an average day in the life of a PT? What challenges can you face that you may not have anticipated when you were training?
When you run your own business managing everything is tough. On top of that your diary is constantly changing. You also have to maintain your own level of fitness to stay on top, oh and try to get a good nights rest ;-)
7. Do you have a favourite piece of workout gear that makes you feel great? What is it and why?
Currently, my elasticated, cropped Reebok leggings; with just enough room in the crutch and glutes to give me the flexibility I need when training
8. Your slogan is 'Strength is Beauty', can you explain what this means to you day to day and for your clients?
It births confidence. Strength doesn’t necessarily mean that you go around lifting and throwing everything as a test of your power, but sometimes its discipline that is required. To be able to stay committed to a given task; enduring to the end. If you have the patience to go through the stages of your training - foundation, loading and performance, then you have a greater sense of achievement at the end and as a result you feel empowered.
It is an affirmation. For many years I used to think that I couldn’t embrace my strength, especially as a female. I felt like it had to be tamed; I craved testing my fitness levels and improving my physique. As I grew up I realised it's nothing to be embarrassed about, if anything you are inspiring others to work hard too. If you get your mind strong your body will follow suit.
To love who you are and your unique self, is your strength, and that is beautiful.
9. Do you have any exciting plans for the near future? Are you training for any particular goals at the moment?
I would eventually like to compete again and set another goal. Right now I am just enjoying my day to day, but I definitely feel the desire coming very soon
10. Your favourite post workout snack!
Something with protein or peanut butter is my usual go to. I usually have a couple of Bounce balls in my gym bag for an instant fix.
If you're wanting to follow the rest of Janine's amazing fitness journey, you can find her here on Instagram !
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