The Fitness Zone
Since shedding an astounding 40kg, personal training student Carl Attard has turned his life and career around. Here's his story.
At the end of 2008 I was 101kg, had suffered a mental breakdown and was in a job I hated. I was a walking heart attack with two young children relying on me.
One day my nine-year-old daughter looked me in the eyes and asked whether I was happy. I thought my heart was going to burst. Her question was the catalyst for change and I decided shortly afterward to make some positive changes to my life. That's when my fitness journey began.
My world opened up
I began to walk to the train station instead of taking the car. I also joined the local gym and went three times a week. I changed jobs and became known as the office health nut cycling into work and running during my lunch break. I started to feel more energetic and alive.
By mid-2012 I had lost 40kg and was feeling great. My new positive outlook paved the way to reconnecting with my birth mother, whom I'd never met, which has been a tremendously joyous experience. I've also found real love with an amazing woman and the relationship with my children is fun, active and full of love.
While I loved my workplace, I soon felt it was time to change careers. I wanted to share my story with others and help people live a positive existence. With the support of my friends and family, I enrolled with the Australian Institute of Fitness. My goal now is to work with mums and children.
Everything's fallen into place
I've learned many lessons on my fitness journey so far the main one being to live positively, with integrity and self-belief. It's never too late to make positive changes and the rewards are immeasurable. I love my life and I'm super excited to be training at the Institute's Wheelers Hill Campus, surrounded by like-minded people in an amazingly positive environment. My personal mantra of just be has quite literally reshaped my life. I can't wait to write the next chapter!
What's your story? Start transforming your life and career with a range of courses at the Australian Institute of Fitness.
Justin Price is the creator of The BioMechanics Method® Corrective Exercise Specialist (TBMM-CES) course available through Australian Fitness Network. This course is the fitness industry’s highest-rated specialty certification, and there are TBMM specialists in over 70 countries helping people alleviate pain and reach their performance goals. He is also the author of several books including the academic textbook The BioMechanics Method for Corrective Exercise. Justin is a former IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, founding author of PTA Global, and a subject matter expert for AFN, The American Council on Exercise, PTontheNET, TRX, BOSU, Arthritis Today, BBC, Discovery Health, Los Angeles Times, Men's Health, MSNBC, New York Times, Newsweek, Time, Wall Street Journal, WebMD and Tennis Magazine.
How Personal Trainers Should Communicate With Their 4 Types of ClientsMarch 1, 2019
How Should You Price Your Personal Training Services?February 27, 2019
Marketing 101 for Personal TrainersFebruary 26, 2019
How to Lead a Fitness Class with ConfidenceJanuary 31, 2019
Do’s and Don’ts of Working with Personal Training ClientsJanuary 31, 2019