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​Mind Body Ambassador Jarryd's Journey- The Challenges

Paul Bulatao - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

This article was written by Jarryd Foote, Mind Body Ambassador at fitnessU.

‘If it doesn’t challenge you, then it won’t change you’. The fitness industry is a perpetually changing environment. Having been a part of the fitness industry for nearly 10 years, so much has changed in that time. My personal experience has really given newfound meaning to the line ‘resist change and you’ll get left behind’. Changes in consumer demand for fitness services, expectations on fitness professionals in such a competitive market and accelerated technological developments are just some of the myriad of shifts the fitness industry has experienced recently.


Perhaps the biggest challenge I have had to face hinges around my ability (or inability at times) to maintain my authenticity. For instance, I’ve always struggled with the expectation that fitness professionals ‘should’ be extroverts. The people who know me personally have always commented that I’m the ‘weirdest personification of a fitness person’. I never understood what that meant. I still don’t. Personally, I think it’s the shock that my friends have accepted regarding my ability to step onto a stage and teach (or ‘perform’) a class, motivating, empowering and energising bunches of people, to then retreating back into my introverted, self-contained bubble. Perhaps it’s the plethora of stereotypes of personal trainers as ‘sergeant major commandos’. Such labels couldn’t be further from the truth.


While I can acknowledge the challenges that the fitness industry imposes on its professionals, I’d be lying if I said that these challenges have not inspired the greatest changes in my career. The initial stages of my fitness career were characterised by an attempt to stick to what I knew. I was so comfortable with group fitness, that the thought of tackling personal training (let alone becoming a Yoga and Pilates teacher!) seemed too arduous and ‘time consuming’ to pursue. I remember an experience in which I realised that my fitness knowledge hadn’t developed. I was asked by a faithful member for advice regarding her physical condition, and realised that I couldn’t answer her question. I couldn’t offer her an alternative. In that moment, I knew I was letting her down, my club, my industry and my peers. I had become stagnant. Perhaps it was the struggle for my introverted self to resist change. That sense of stagnation ignited a newfound sense of duty to learn, grow and challenge myself to improve and represent the industry with integrity. As I mentioned earlier, our fitness industry continues to grow so long as we are willing to grow from within ourselves.


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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