From all corners of the globe fitness professionals have been submitting their entries to Life Fitness’s Personal Trainers to Watch Competition, and whilst entrants may come from the United States to South Africa and New Zealand to right here in the UK, the Life Fitness top 10 Personal Trainers to Watch finalists are united in their commitment to exceptional leadership, client support, motivation and inspiration.
The top 10 elite finalists, including REPs member Rachel Hobbs, will be meeting tomorrow at the DavidBartonGym – Astor Place in New York City to compete for the title of the world’s best Personal Trainer to Watch.
On the eve of the final we spoke with Rachel, who has been a REPs member for the past 8 years, to find out how she was feeling:
REPs: Firstly congratulations on reaching the final you must be ecstatic! So what would winning this competition mean to you?
Rachel: Winning the competition would be lovely, but I am honoured to have made the top 10. To be recognised by industry experts as someone who is passionate about improving the lives of others through top quality training and nutrition is wonderful. I love my job and work from early in the morning until late at night, balancing it with caring for my young family, powerlifting for Great Britain and studying; it is tough but vey worth it.
REPs: Why did you decide to enter the LifeFitness Personal Trainer to Watch Competition?
Rachel: It was the gym manager at Surrey Sports Park where I train my clients that discussed the competition with me. I thought it would be a great way to meet other professionals in the industry, to share training and fitness ideas, to encourage not only individuals to get involved with fitness but also show what a rewarding career it is.
REPS: So do you have a particular story or client that is most memorable or really had an impact on you as a personal trainer?
Rachel: All of my clients inspire me, whether it is overcoming an eating disorder, running a marathon, winning a gold medal in their sport or overcoming bad habits and forming more healthy ones. It is simply great to be able to have the opportunity to have a positive impact on client’s and their families lives.
REPs: And finally what made you want to have a career in fitness?
Rachel: I have always had a passion for sport, health and fitness but it was after I had my son and struggled with postpartum depression and disordered eating that training became my therapy. I ran a marathon for charity 5 months after his birth and realized the amazing benefits that exercise training has on the body and mind. It was then I decided to pursue a career that combined my love for fitness with supporting individuals gain the monumental physical, psychological and emotional benefits that regular exercise has on health and wellbeing.
Now in its fourth year, the Personal Trainers to Watch programme recognises and rewards elite trainers around the world who embody passion and commitment to the profession. The grand prize winner will receive $5,000 USD toward his or her personal training business, international media recognition as the global 2014 Personal Trainer to Watch, continuing education course credit from the Life Fitness Academy and a personalised award plaque.
Speaking to Greg Small, Head of Membership for REPs, he said:
“This is a fantastic opportunity for Rachel and I would like to congratulate her on reaching the final. Having seen the impacts this competition has had on REPs member Kim Ingleby, this certainly can be a life changing competition and I wish her the very best of luck for tomorrow.”
From everyone here at REPs we wish Rachel the best of luck for tomorrow, and we will be sure to keep you updated once a winner has been announced.