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Danielle Neil

Assistant General Manager

London Canning Town

The Gym Group

Danielle Neil began her career in the fitness industry after qualifying as a personal trainer four years ago. She has qualifications in Specialist Exercise - Obesity and Diabetes and Exercise Referral, and now works as the assistant general manager for The Gym Group London Canning Town

Tell us about your career

"I've been working in the fitness industry since 2016, after qualifying as a personal trainer in 2015. Exercise is my passion and I wanted to do something that I was really passionate about. I started working at The Gym Group as a PT immediately after qualifying and learned all about how to run my own business while learning about the industry at the same time. I started working on the operations side of things in August 2017, when I took on the role of assistant general manager at one of our London gyms. Since then, I've worked at several different gyms across London and graduated from The Gym Group's management training programme. I've also helped to launch three new gyms, in Tooting, Peckham and Collier's Wood, with a fourth, in Canning Town, the pipeline."

What is your favourite thing about your job?

"I love helping people to achieve their goals, even when it's something small. Fitness is incredibly personal, something that seems so simple for one person can be lifechanging for another. I also love the reactions from our members after they've had a good workout or they've attended a great class. Hearing positive things about the gym and our trainers is really gratifying, for both myself and the team."

What are some of the daily challenges you face in your job?

"No two days are the same, and each day brings a new challenge. It could be anything from leading and motivating my team and solving member queries to dealing with facility issues or finding creative ways to engage with our social media audience. With a pre-sale gym it's more to do with creating a positive presence in the area, and attracting new sales whilst outsmarting the local competition. We like to work together with local businesses and communities to spread the word about all the positive benefits that we have to offer."

What are your goals?

"My main goal is to progress to general manager. I'm really looking forward to managing my own site. I've also recently qualified as a STRONG by Zumba instructor and can't wait to start teaching my own classes. The workouts are so intense but so much fun. It's definitely my favourite type of workout."

Fitness is personal, something that seems simple for one person can be lifechanging for another
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