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Samantha Gibbs

Personal Trainer

Watford Woodside

Everyone Active

Sam Gibbs, 50, lost four stone while training at Watford Woodside as a member and was inspired to become a personal trainer and help others to get active.

“When I qualified as a personal trainer, Everyone Active gave me the opportunity to join Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre, working in the gym, teaching classes and training clients. Not many companies would take on someone new, but they were supportive and helped me learn the ropes and build up my portfolio of clients.

“I moved to Watford Woodside in December 2015 as a self-employed personal trainer, which felt like coming home, as all my friends were still there from when I was a member!

“Making the leap into freelance personal training was quite daunting, but I was keen to have more time for training clients, as that’s what I really enjoy. It’s incredibly rewarding to see the improvements in people’s movement and ability, and to be part of their progress.

“Everyone Active also really support personal trainers in creating a successful business by offering PT taster sessions to members every three months, passing on leads and employing just a small number of PTs.

“Because of my own personal fitness journey – and as I’m a little older – I work with clients who know I’ll understand their situation better.

“My first client was a 65-year-old man with high blood pressure. I also work with a young woman with cerebral palsy and epilepsy. The improvement in the strength on the left hand side of her body, which is affected by the cerebral palsy, has been amazing in the 14 weeks I’ve been training her.

“Progress can be slower with these types of clients, and it requires a different attitude but I keep clients longer than average, which gives me job security.”

Making the leap into freelance personal training was quite daunting, but I was keen to have more time for training clients, as that’s what I really enjoy
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