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Mind and Body Ambassador- Jarryd Foote

Paul Bulatao - Monday, October 10, 2016


fitnessU Group Fitness Ambassador- Jarryd Foote

Name: Jarryd Foote


Classes you teach/ role:
I wear several different ‘hats’ in the fitness industry. I work part time as a Group Fitness Manager for Goodlife Health Clubs in East Brisbane, and teach a range of classes such as Body Pump, Pilates and Yoga. I also proudly represent YogaFit Australia as a Master Trainer.


We know you studied law at university, what prompted your transition into a career in fitness?
I see my pathway as one of ‘experimentation’. Studying law was intellectually challenging and taught me a wide variety of skills that I’ve been able to transfer to the fitness industry. Analytical and problem solving skills are valuable attributes in the fitness industry and I utilise these skills every day, especially when training clients, working in fitness management and in my training role.
As for my transition – well, I can thank my mum for that! Fitness and wellness have always been a part of my life. From spending mornings in the crèche while mum taught classes in the 90’s to participating in old-school circuit classes as a teen, I was always in and around gyms.


You teach a diverse range of classes, what is your favourite and why?
I love all my classes, but nothing soothes my soul like teaching yoga classes. Teaching yoga allows me to empower, encourage and support people in a multitude of different ways. Of course, I can help people develop and improve their physical capabilities, but through yoga I can impart knowledge that enables my members to grow emotionally, mentally, energetically, psychologically and even intellectually.
What are the three greatest benefits of mind/body fitness?
For me the first benefit of mind/body fitness is that ANYONE can participate. Age, gender, physical prowess are all irrelevant factors. Secondly, mind/body programs are accessible, supportive and empowering environments where I see the most positive change in people (think: ‘aha’ moments). Members can easily translate so many of the physical and mental benefits of mind/body fitness into their daily lives. Finally, mind/body fitness tends to attract the friendliest people and this makes them the best classes for creating connections and fitness communities. I might be bias though!


What has been your greatest challenge and how did you overcome it?
My greatest challenge was being able to find my authentic place in the fitness industry. I tend to believe that most people associate instructors and personal trainers in the fitness industry as extroverts. As an introverted person, initially I struggled to find the right balance, particularly when I started presenting. However, having faith in your abilities is a big step forward to overcoming this challenge. I also took responsibility for studying, learning and listening to the people/leaders I wanted to emulate in the fitness industry. I’m blessed with some influential mentors who have guided me and helped me to harness my true authenticity.


What has been the top stand-out moment in your career to date?
The top stand-out moment in my career would be becoming Australia’s first YogaFit Master Trainer. I feel incredibly grateful to be part of this wonderful program, and I love nothing more than sharing YogaFit with our Aussie instructors and personal trainers. Plus, the opportunity to work with some of the most respected and incredibly talented people at Australian Fitness Network and YogaFit Australia means that I’ve never ‘worked’ a day in my life!


You also have experience presenting, what is your top tip for overcoming nerves?
Preparation is crucial. When I’m 2-3 weeks out from presenting, I set aside time to refresh, revise and refine my delivery of the content. I’ll dedicate time to visualise the presentation in my mind and develop any areas that I think are ‘loose’ or not quite hitting the mark. For everything I present, I write my own objectives to ensure that everything I deliver is relevant, succinct and practical.
In saying that, I’ve always believed that nerves are a good thing. It shows you care about what you’re presenting and it keeps you honest. I’m always ‘comfortably nervous’ before presenting and I know the moment I stop getting nervous will be the day I know I should step away.


What piece of advice do you wish you had been given at the beginning of your career?
I wish that someone had tapped me on the shoulder a little earlier in my career and said ‘Jarryd, enjoy the journey and don’t be in a hurry’. Being an efficient, industrious person meant I was forever looking for the next step, the next course or the next level. In time I’ve learnt to harness that ambition and now I have started to trust the process and have faith that I am exactly where I am meant to be. The lights at the end of the tunnel (i.e. our goals and dreams) are important, but we must remind ourselves to wind the windows down and appreciate all the wonderful people, opportunities and moments that are passing us by on our journey.



To be further inspired by Jarryd’s journey, or to find out more about how you can become a Mind Body Instructor, including training prerequisites, visit the Mind and Body Instructor page.

Do it your way. Go for it in your fitness career. #goforit






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