The Fitness Zone
Who would have thought that training for a life changing surgery would ignite a passion for fitness and then turn that passion into a career? Australian Institute of Fitness Graduate and now PT Tracey Hicks knows all about it and shares how a kidney transplant surgery transformed her career.
Five years ago Tracey Hicks’ husband went into renal failure. He was placed on dialysis and his only hope of a normal life was to have a kidney transplant. This is not how most personal training careers begin. Unlike a lot of PT’s who find their passion for fitness playing sports and training with their friends, when graduate Tracey Hicks was informed she was a perfect match for her husband's kidney transplant she knew she had to take her health and fitness seriously.
Tracey said it was like a miracle had occurred when she was deemed a match and she could donate one of her own kidneys.
“My husband and I have always led a healthy lifestyle, enjoying bush walking, kayaking and cycling, so fitness was a way of life for us,” Tracey says, “But I wanted to get SUPER fit for our transplant which meant spending a lot of time in the gym.”
“Spending so much time in the gym ignited my passion to become a Personal Trainer,” Tracey says. This led her to enrolling to study our Master Trainer and Nutrition Coach courses, and she has not looked back since.
Tracey says that she was originally drawn to study with the Australian Institute of Fitness as she saw Michelle Bridges, her hero, was the ambassador. This prompted further research where Hicks found that she loved what we had to offer and could see what a great reputation we have.
“I have had the most amazing experiences in the courses I have studied. The Coaches are brilliant; they truly know their stuff and are so passionate about what they do”. Once Tracey had completed her Master Trainer program she was straight onto the Nutrition Coach course, seeing the importance of being a multi-skilled Personal Trainer.
“My most memorable part of the course was receiving the Nourisher Award, for showing the most dedication, enthusiasm and engagement throughout my course. I was extremely proud and very excited!”
With a whirlwind of events over the past few years Tracey has come out the other side stronger than ever, proving that you can set yourself goals and achieve them through hard work whatever your motivation.
Tracey, now a qualified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Coach, is up at 5am each day training with her husband before training her own clients. “I love that I now know so much about the fitness industry and the people in it and I'm very happy to count myself as one of them.”