Personal trainer of the month: January 2016

Success Story – From IT to Personal Trainer

Personal trainer of the month: January 2016

Wow…. It was tough

Picking a learner of the month when there are so many superstars to choose from!

So I’ll begin with a BIG high 5 to everyone.

Steve Howliston’s corporate job was forcing him to be someone he just wasn’t. Drained and shackled to the desk, he set out on a journey to discover what else he could do. Using running and becoming gym addict Steve took a major U-turn in his own fitness, he’s rediscovered his passion to help others and found work that he’s  excited to talk about.  Here’s his story.

What work were you doing previously?

I am in I.T. support and have been for many years…

What are you doing now?

I’m fitness Moonlighting!

Having recently qualified as a level 3 personal trainer I am still learning and feel fitness moonlighting is my #1 option to start with.

I get the best of both worlds…. I still do my day job but I am really pushing my passion to help others achieve results in their running.

I’m doing this through Start Line Running and Fitness! Having come from an running and ultra marathon background I really want to help get to the Start Line. Not just helping them in their fitness, but also educating them on all other aspects that make this goal a reality.  For example, nutrition, techniques, clothing choice, navigation to sleep and hydration.

When was the moment you decided to make the change?

I’d been going to the gym for several months and had limited success in my own personal bests for ultra marathon times.  My impression of personal trainers was pretty low and that they didn’t really want to help.



I asked a PT in the club I was training at to help…. He made it very clear, he had limited experience on running but promised to help.  He cam back a few days later with a rough plan and built upon this in the weeks ahead.

WOW! My next ultra marathon [100 km race to the stones] I knocked a whooping 4 hours of my time.

I thought, this PT guy worked miracles and from that moment on I become fixated on the idea that PTs really can change lives.

That got me thinking… there is more that I can give and I too wanted to change lives as well.

The PB’s continued to come and I as my fitness and confidence grew I reached out to Parallel Coaching following a recommendation.

How did you go about making the shift?

Once I decided to reach out to Parallel Coaching and spoke with Hayley I know that this was for me! and I could train alongside my work and current commitments.

Hell yeah! I was scared, going back to the classroom, not knowing others on the course and having to learn how to learn all over again.

I ultimately choose a course that broke everything down into easy steps… starting with home study and access to the student zone.  I built my confidence and the pace of the personal trainer course progressed from there.

On course my ‘shift’ accelerated… the more I helped others on course and new PT clients, the more I realised others were there to help me in the areas I need to cement making this shift real!

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What was the most difficult thing about changing?

Simple…. Learning how to learn again, it was a while since i’d been in a classroom and at times the nerves got the better of me.  But I stepped up and faced some tricky and difficult situations.  Looking back on those now, I still feel nervous but am seriously pleased I rose to the challenge.

Where I found learning tough to start, I now find myself reading daily and pushing even harder.

What have you learnt in the process?

The list is endless… I’ve learnt so much about myself and how I work with others.

I’ve learnt the fitness industry is so much fun and were I belong.

I’m now a fully qualified PT, so my new found knowledge is just busting!

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What courses have you done to get to where you are now?

I went full on in to a Master Personal Trainer route.  I started with level 2 gym instructor, level 1 kettlebells instructor and fitness first aid.  I then had a small gap before starting my level 3 personal trainer course and ending with my suspension training instructor.

Part way through my level 3 Personal Trainer Course, I wanted some extra guidance and focus on my next step as a fitpro and attended the SP1: release your inner coach workshop.  I literally mapped out my entire fitpro  business in a day, locked in a room with 5 other personal trainers that also wanted to fully excel.

I’m also completing my level 3 exercise referral course later this year so I can work with those that are less healthy and still get them to the Start Line!

The journey started back in August 2015 with my home study and I graduated in January 2016.

What would you advise others to do in the same situation?

Just do it!

If you are sitting behind a desk or somewhat fed up with the daily grind then make a change… Simple.

A lot of people say you can’t just change career and make your passion your profession, But I know you can.

Listen to your gut feelings and if you feel that same pull I did towards becoming a personal trainer then reach out.

[NOTE: If Steve’s story has inspired you then reach out and take our 21 day challenge]


Why is Steve learner of the month?

WOW! 🙂 Where do I start.

Steve has been one of the people that just pushes every single day.  He is always reaching out, asking questions and really pushing to the best version of himself.

What really stood out for myself, Hayley and Andy was how Steve constantly helped others on course and threw himself head first into his courses.  From the outset Steve’s approach was definitely tenacious, he hit a number of road blocks and barriers but tackled them all with full force and energy.

We wish Steve all the best as he kick-starts Start Line Running and Fitness << In fact head over to his FB page, click ‘Like’ and give him some thumbs up.  I can’t wait to see the impact Steve has on his clients results.

Give Steve a cheer of encouragement by hitting the ‘Share’ button as well!

Looking for more inspiration and info about how to Become a Personal Trainer and make a career shift,  Learn More Here

Speak soon


P.S. If you are thinking of heading into a career change like Steve did, then reach out and book career Jumpstart call for this week… CLICK HERE.



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