Meet our Trainer of the Month: Helen from PCYC Ashmore
When did you join the PCYC Ashmore team?
I originally joined as a member 10 years ago this September, after I had my second child. I fell in love with PCYC and their environment, family, and community vibe. It suited not only just me but my family as well. That’s when I asked about filling in as a group fitness instructor.
I started out as a contractor, then not long after, I graduated to the gym floor. I have worked with OSHC, assisted in the Bike Safety program, and moved positions throughout PCYC Queensland. For the past 12 months, I’ve been relieving as the Member Services Team Leader for PCYC Ashmore and PCYC Logan.
Why did you become a trainer?
Since primary school, I realised I had a passion for anything active. I signed up to do work experience at the gym in Year 10 and signed up to my first gym. I remember the trainer I had seemed so passionate and helpful, and I learnt my first gym fundamentals from him.
When school was coming to an end, I knew I needed to find something else, so I picked up martial arts. I became a black belt within years and a World Amateur Champion full contact fighter in 1999. 2001, I had my son, and restarted my fitness journey.
I started body building with a PT, she then became a mentor which led me to compete in my first figure body building competition. I loved it, that’s when I really knew I wanted to be in the fitness industry, it compliments my lifestyle and personal interests well. It wasn’t long after in 2004 that I did my Certificate III and IV in fitness. I loved learning about the human body and how it moves.
For years now, I still have my passion for fitness plus the added focus of helping people be confident, learn to exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
What are you training for personally now?
Currently, just training for life. I had my 3rd child at 39, the body does not bounce back as quick! I train, as I want to be a positive role model. I do push through boundaries, so training has always been to help keep me strong.
What are three words that describe you?
That’s a hard question. I’d say I’m a bit generous, empathetic and passionate