Natali is a personal trainer who has been in the industry for many years. She talks to Sundried about life as a PT.
Please tell us about sporting events you have taken part in or have coming up.
I will be doing the Cardiff half marathon in October. This will be my first half marathon which is very exciting.
Tell us about your journey to fitness? Where did it all start?
I started in the fitness industry 13 years ago. It was a very a great time to have started. I was a total geek when it came to learning and did every qualification possible and got to Level 4. I loved the buzz of achieving my clients’ fitness goals. I still love the love and never see what I do as a job, it's more a passion.
What are your training goals now?
My training goals these days are to keep my level of fitness as I can become a little lazy when the winter months approach. I am also looking forward to starting training with my sister as she is a novice to the fitness world.
Tell us one unusual fact we wouldn’t know about you:
Every morning I need to dance for 10 minutes before I have my coffee and go.
What advice do you wish you'd been given when you first started out?
To ask for help when you need it. Rather than see others in the industry as competitors, they can be collaborators.
Do you follow a specific nutrition plan? If so, what/when do you eat?
I am an 'everything in moderation' kind of person and that life is short so sometimes you need to eat cake. I try to eat as fresh, local and organic as possible.
What do you do to keep your clients motivated? Do you have any top tips to keep motivated?
To keep my clients motivated I keep their end goals in sight and break it down into simple steps. I always mix up the sessions and over the last 13 years no two sessions have ever been the same.
Talk us through your training regime.
Always a dance in the morning and if the weather is not freezing a long walk or run. I exercise 30 minutes every day; I do body weight exercises and once a week an hour-long session with a personal trainer to push me that little bit more.
How do you keep your fitness knowledge up to date?
I read blogs, articles and as many magazines as I can. I also like to keep up with the medical news as well so I read Medical News Today.
What are your top 3 trainer tips?
- To always have the end goal in sight even if sometimes the goal might change slightly.
- Never compare yourself to others as it puts on a lot of pressure.
- Always listen to your clients; it is about what they want and not what you want for them.
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Sweet potato fries.
Why work with Sundried?
I absolutely love the Sundried values, mission and the charity element. To have transparency is truly an exceptional value and this is missing in many companies these days.
Favourite fitness quote:
"It always takes that one step, the rest just follows."