Clint has been involved in the fitness industry for 15 years, with 12 of those served in the United Kingdom’s Royal Air Force as a physical training instructor (PTI). There he worked with some of the fittest people in the world.
Clint later worked with a number of professional sports teams, from rugby league to premier league teams, running pre-season fitness camps for players. He has also worked alongside some of the top fitness professionals in Europe as an international fitness presenter.
In 2013 Clint decided to set up his own military bootcamp fitness business, ForceFX Development Training. The business provides expert one-on-one personal training, motivational group fitness, bootcamps, training and coaching, leadership development, self-awareness and conflict management, as well as team building exercises.
Through each of these sessions, Clint uses the skills learnt in the military to get people fit and reach their goals. All levels of fitness are catered for, with a large variety of exercises to help keep people motivated and having fun.
Clint is also helping others who want to get into the fitness industry and is an online trainer assessor for SIS40210 Certificate IV in Fitness at Open Colleges.
The first thing I would say is that you need to be organised. With any business, there are a lot of administration procedures to manage, as well as staff. You have to have excellent time management skills as you will be expected to manage the studio, whilst working with your current clients. This could involve long hours of work, so you will need to be prepared to put in the effort.
The most inspiring moments in my fitness career are when my clients reach their goals. There is nothing more satisfying than working with people and seeing the transformations that have occurred along the journey.
I have been fortunate enough to have had a great grounding within the military as a physical training instructor. I have worked with and been mentored by the top fitness professionals in the United Kingdom, gaining valuable experience, particularly in relation to group and individual training in the gym. I have also been able to hone my people skills and test myself on a regular basis. Now I enjoy mentoring other trainers, imparting my knowledge and skills to develop their own toolbox.
The best advice I can give is to enter the industry with a “can do” attitude and a flexible approach. Being a fitness professional requires working all sorts of hours with your clients to get the best results.
Open Colleges gives you a solid foundation of knowledge. The courses are well structured and have great resources for all students to use. Open Colleges has also partnered with companies for really good placements that encourage students to develop and learn, preparing them for a role in the fitness industry in the future.
I’m always inspired with each new fitness professional that joins our industry; they have so much passion, drive and determination when they start. I always try and bring them back to what their initial motivation was to become a fitness professional.
The fitness industry is not about you, it’s about your clients and the people you coach, and making sure they are reaching their goals for a healthy lifestyle. As fitness professionals, we are in a very privileged position to have a positive impact on people lives.