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Have you ever felt you couldn’t achieve something? Ever felt held back from pursuing a dream? You’re not the only one – we’ve all felt that way at some point in our lives. PT graduate Lee certainly did back in 2016 when a serious motorbike accident left him fighting for his life in a 3-week coma.
Despite all the adversity he faced, Lee made an incredible recovery and has forged a successful career from his personal trainer course with The Training Room. We caught up with Lee to share his inspirational journey from serious injury through to rehabilitation.
“Lee, it’s great to hear from you! Tell us about how you came to start your course with us.
Sure, well like most aspiring personal trainers I’m really passionate about health and fitness so was keen to train in the industry. For me it’s more than just pushing your body – I’ve been going through rehab after a pretty serious biking accident and the PT course has been part of that development.
My accident left me with broken bones and I lost about 25% of my brain function so I’ve struggled with memory loss and had to relearn and remap my brain. I saw the course as a great way to do that and after an initial conversation with my tutor Luke I was encouraged me to sign up - he’d cater for any student’s medical needs so I felt completely reassured even after everything I’ve been through.
What was your experience of the course?
To be honest, it was really difficult. My cognitive functions are skewed from the accident so it takes me a bit longer to process and retain information. Even with this struggle my tutor Luke was so patient with me – he asked encouraging questions and made sure I understood everything along the way. He’d come in an hour early every day to help with my studies – it’s helped rehabilitate my brain in a way I never thought would be possible. I’m so grateful.
Having completed the course, what advice would you give to other students?
Attitude is everything. If you let your injuries, or anything else for that matter, affect your attitude or self-worth you’ll struggle on the course. The learning is intense, but if you need help the tutors are there to support you – you’ve just got to communicate and have the right attitude. It really paid off for me.
Now you’re a qualified PT, what are you planning next?
The Prince’s Trust is a charity I’m really passionate about so I’ll continue my work with them to help young women into jobs with career support.
I’ll utilise my new PT skills to continue working with Ozbox. It’s a scheme aimed at young people using boxing as a way of keeping them on the straight and narrow and out of trouble. It’s so rewarding to know you’re making a difference to young people’s lives.
Lee at an Ozbox community boxing class
I’m also focussing on my career as a Personal Trainer – I understand better than anyone the physical obstacles you face in a fitness journey. Whether a client is looking for that extra bit of motivation or to smash a specific goal I’m able to encourage and help; it’s a great feeling.
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All staff were so helpful and lovely to speak to. They made the experience very simple and easy and have calmed my worries about the difficulties of getting back into teaching. Thank you to all :)
Stefan Lucian Gabriel
Professionalisms. Listening to my questions and answering to the point!
Outstanding and as helpful as could be.
John Robert Harmeston
All the people I spoke to were really friendly and answered any questions I had either by phone or email. They walked me through the steps and are really easy to talk to.
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Chris was great
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David John Ingram
Very friendly and easy process
I would definitely recommend them. I was treated really well, answered all my questions even though I thought some of the questions I asked were silly ones.
great customer journey. Really was given all the information and was not pressured at all, Jack, Ella and Jack's supervisor were sensational at their job.
Very professional whilst still seeming passionate. Extremely informative.
Lovely girl who spoke me through it all in detail.
Laura was so lovely!! I was nervous about studying again and asked so many questions she couldn't have been more helpful! she was just as excited as I was to start a new journey
Thanks Laura! :)
The booking experience was smooth and the service was brilliant from all members of staff I spoke to. Laura was amazing - she guided me through the booking process and provided great detail making me confident this is the perfect course for me!!
Daniel Robert Johnson
Fantastic service! I was skeptical at first but after several calls I was sure that studying Personal Training with the Training room was the right move for me to make and thanks to Laura I am on my journey to becoming a personal trainer.
All staff are excellent and very professional and they made a point in making sure that I understood everything before we progressed further
Very helpful and liked that I was re directed back to the first agent I spoke to about it months ago. Made it very perosnal.
Craig Aaron Drake
Very friendly and helpful. Very reassuring as to how much support one can have while studying. :)