The Fitness Zone
Turning pure curiosity about health and fitness into a personal training empire is exactly what graduate and star Personal Trainer Nick Cheadle has perfected in his career to date. Here he shares with us the key to his success, and how he has turned his initial interest of fitness into a lifestyle!
After finishing High School in 2007, Nick took the opportunity to gain his Master Trainer qualification with the Australian Institute of Fitness. “It was of particular interest to me at the time, as I thoroughly enjoyed studying topics such as ‘Factors Affecting Performance’ and Improving Performance,” says Nick.
“I went with The Institute simply due to their connections in the fitness industry,” says Nick, who adds having the industry-leading qualification was important and being able to slot into an employment opportunity as soon as possible was exactly what he wanted. “Being around so many like-minded, eager to learn and enthusiastic people that were all looking into getting involved with helping people was probably the best part. The classes were highly interactive, the instructors engaging and the overall process was just fun. It didn’t feel like I was studying!
Since completing the Master Trainer program, Nick has undergone his own transformation and understands the physical and mental effects that nutrition and training can have on lifestyle. Taking his transformation even further Nick has competed in a number of physique competitions. “Competing is a rewarding experience. It is not often you’re able to showcase such hard work in such a way,” says Nick who now coaches his own clients to stage.
When it comes to staying motivated, Nick shares how there are always improvements to be made and there will always be someone stronger. “It’s within human nature to want what we don’t have and while I always encourage people to work on being the best versions of themselves. I don’t think there’s any harm in using others as motivation to strive for further improvement in time.”
In addition to this, Nick says that having the opportunity to continue to inspire, motivate and share what he has learnt with his followers is very motivating for him too. “I remember how hard it all seemed in the beginning and how much conflicting information there seemed to be available,” says Nick who adds that if he can simplify the content available for just a few people then that will keep him going!
“The opportunity to help people on a daily basis is obviously very rewarding. I am very fortunate that I love what I do”.
Nick's nutrition philosophy is based around moderation, balance and sustainability. “Flexible dieting and tracking macronutrients, I believe, offers the the healthiest possible relationship with food considering the lack of restriction involved,” says Nick who adds you should be able to eat some birthday cake or go out for dinner with friends without feeling guilty!
“I never thought I’d consider myself a business owner or be in a position to work on and further develop my own branding,” says Nick. He understands the importance of professional development with a large number of qualifications under his belt such as ASCA Strength and Conditioning Coach - Level 1, Punchfit boxing and kickboxing instructor and many more.
“My biggest piece of advice to students who are entering the fitness industry is to understand that everybody is different and ultimately striving for different things, and the main reason behind my success is being selfless with the help I offer”.
Photo credit; @nickcheadlefitness Instagram