It's about time I introduce you to Martina. Check out the video to find out how she's come to become a personal trainer and how she helps our clients achieve their fitness goals.
- It would probably be a good way to introduce Martina. Martina's been working here since October, tell us a bit about yourself. When did you first become a personal trainer?
- So yeah, I've been a personal trainer for around four years now, so basically I got into personal training and strength and conditioning from being an athlete myself. So I used to run 400 meters and relays for Malta and I used to do that, I've done that for quite a few years. So after college I wanted to go to university, the option was to either stay back home and go into PE teaching, or else, go somewhere else and I guess study sports science and something different. So I did choose that route because I wasn't that interested into PE teaching at the time. So yes, moved here, I've done my undergrad in sports science. Then after the three years I worked and through those years I got my qualification as well. After those three years, I wasn't really sure if I wanted to go back home or stay, so I decided to do my masters as well and did a masters in strength and conditioning. Then after that, while doing my masters, I started working as a personal trainer as well as a strength and conditioning coach with different sports clubs, so that's really what got me into the sports industry and I find that the balance between the two does work really well for me.
- In the sense that I have contact with the general population and help them achieve their goals while I still have contact with athletes and be a little more specific with them - Yeah. - towards their athletic performance.
- Yeah, it's like the difference between having an F1 team. - Yeah! - But all that technology filters down into all the other cars.
- Yeah. That is how I like to think about it. Yeah, for me though, it's very different because you've had a background of sporting excellence.
- Well, yes, to a certain extent.
- Yeah, like I was not really that sporty when I grew up. - Okay. - I was not good at team sports and I enjoyed athletics more than team sports but I mean I didn't find sport properly until I went to university and actually I found that the strength and conditioning side of things was actually where I excelled rather than the actual triathlon training so in a way I've come to this, to be a personal trainer from the complete opposite end of the spectrum. To you at least.
- Yeah, which is - Yeah. - I think there's not one better than the other, if you do find what kind of, what you like doing and what you enjoy doing, what is your passion. I think that is the most important thing, not how you find it.
- Yeah, true. Yeah, I think people come to this in many, many different ways.