Remember back when I paid off $30,000 of student loan debt and swore that I was done making decisions out of fear? Well, I almost did just that recently. After moving across the country (and quitting my stable job that I loved in the process), I found myself in the unique situation of not having a job, but also not totally needing to have one. By that I mean we can comfortably live on one income, without the pressure of me needing to bring in what I was making at my last job. However, I was raised to be a self-sufficient, independent woman (thanks, Mom and Dad!), and found myself struggling with the idea of not having a job.
So I started applying to big box gyms for Personal Trainer positions. And was actually interviewing with one incredibly, upscale gym that I thought I would love working at! Wow, they wanted to interview me and have me meet others on the team! I was shocked and flattered, but after giving it some serious thought and making a pros and cons list, I contacted them and indicated that I did no want to pursue the opportunity anymore, and had decided to go in another direction.
Why? So many reasons, not the least of which is that the role simply doesn’t jive with my personal beliefs. Quality fitness should not be accessible only to the super-wealthy. Forking over $200 a month for membership, and then paying thousands of dollars on top of that for personal training? I don’t begrudge people who have the means to afford one-on-one attention like that, but it’s not something that I wanted to be involved in. I didn’t make a career change to rake in tons of money — rather, I wanted to do something that for once in my life I actually give a shit about.
But if this new career would have me walking the floor of a gym, interrupting peoples’ workouts (when let’s face it, people don’t want to be bothered at the gym!), hawking crazy-expensive personal training plans for a huge corporation, and limiting myself to working with one person at a time…then I didn’t want any part of that.
So where does that leave me? That’s what I am figuring out currently. I know that I want to help lots of people, and not just people who can afford it. I want to make health and fitness fun, approachable, and accessible. I want people to feel empowered, instead of intimidated. I want to spread the word that fitness isn’t about being a size 0 or being at a certain “goal weight” (because the scale lies! That’s a post for another day.). I want to not feel like a sell-out, convincing people to spend their hard-earned money on tons of shit that they do. not. need. And most importantly, I want to wake up every day with the knowledge that while I may not have it all figured out, at least I’m figuring it out on my own and am not at the mercy of hitting sales quotas for some big company.