It was 6 months after being trained by Marcel, my Dutch friend in Vancouver, over 20 years ago, that I asked him the very simple question:
“What do you do for work?”
When he answered: “This! I train people in the gym for a living!”
I was sold. How was it possible that I had never before considered this as a career option?
I was un-employed. It was fair to say I was a bit of a drinker and party goer. I had almost no high school education. I was in rough shape and wasn’t exactly Personal Trainer material.
It took 6 months, but eventually, I signed up for a Gym instructors course, and it turned out that the course was to be held at the Gym across from my apartment.
The challenge was a bit daunting, as my mind had been hammered by my ‘less than wholesome’ lifestyle choices.
Getting down to it
Studying was difficult for me.
I went every weekend to Vancouver island to stay with my parents so I could study.
Eventually, I passed the course, with a pass mark that made me very proud of my achievement.
I volunteered at the Gym where I took the course, and eventually was invited to an awards night.
As the awards were being handed out, a few of us had been enjoying several celebratory drinks and having a bit of a laugh at the speeches being made.
“Now, may we introduce a hard working, passionate, giving, professional and helpful young man!”
I remember making fun of this do-gooder. It was then that they said:
“The award for Volunteer of the year, goes to Tobias Moir (me)”.
I was visibly shaking as I went up. This was truly a humbling experience for me.
At this point, I had a first glimpse of my own sense of self worth. A worth that others, including Marcel, had noticed in me long before I started to see it.
Within a few months, a position as a Gym instructor came up. I got the position.
After a while, I noticed someone walking around with clients, and after a bit of investigation, I discovered that there was another certificate to attain – Personal Training!
I had to have it, and so went through yet another challenging course to achieve my PT qualification.
I was in awe of the tutor, who was a master at what he did.
I remember thinking, how is it that he could earn from doing something that he was so passionate about? It didn’t seem like what I’d been brought up to believe work should be like.
I then went to visit my brother in New Zealand, and decided to stay for a while. I was luckily enough to get a job as a freelance PT at Les Mills, one of the most famous gyms in the world.
The hard work begins
I went through a bootcamp to learn sales and marketing. It was a phenomenal time in my life and I ended up with over 40 sessions a week.
Life brought me to Glasgow 15 years ago, and I’ve since built my PT business from the ground up in 3 different gyms. Working 60 hours a week as a freelance PT was the life I lived for the first few years in Glasgow. Enough to buy my first flat.
I was burning out though, and knew that eventually, I’d need to create some balance in my life. I eventually got into tutoring for a company, certifying Personal Trainers.
I loved it. It gave me a healthy balance of PT, and helping others grow as well as PTs.
I decided after 6 months or so, that I wanted to set up my own certification company, and knew that I could improve on the service and delivery of the company I was working for.
Bodycore is born!
BodyCore was then born, with its signature PT MENTOR approach to learning!
I now run a vast network of Mentors, both here and abroad, and have certified over 500 students in 2.5 years.
My bootcamp experience at Les Mills had never been forgotten.
I knew that the support given at that early stage of my career, was invaluable to my success.
But why aren’t any UK based Training Providers offering an ongoing MENTORSHIP!?
I mean, 80% of businesses fail in the first 2 years, without support.
PT Business, which gives a full years Mentoring support to assist in the long term development was my answer to that question.
In fact, we are the ONLY training provider in the UK to guarantee you a job as a PT, or your money back.
Creating successful PTs rather than successful students had to be the goal of BodyCore.
Now, as managing director, I am in a unique position to be able to equip trainees with the skills and knowledge to succeed.
To empower and grow people.
To inspire people toward growth in their personal lives as well as in business, and the lives of the people they impact.
Wherever you come from, wherever you are ‘AT’ in life right now and no matter what you personally think you are capable of achieving, I urge you to reach for your goals and follow your passions.
This empowering career path has not only been a game changer for me, but a life saver.
It all started with a decision that
“I deserve more than this, I am capable of so much more, and I am going to take my life by the reigns and take control of my future- today!”