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Patrick Success Story

Patrick, AIPT Graduate

"Stay hungry and go after it. Learning fitness is not like other careers, you stay happy throughout because if you love anything fitness related, you will maintain longevity in the fitness realm and prosper".

Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Patrick, I’m 25 and from Sydney, greater west. I currently work as a mental health/disability support worker for two different organizations. I also work part-time in the Australian Defence Force (ADF) a part of the Infantry core to serve and keep myself physically and mentally fit. I have completed a bachelor in Criminology at Western Sydney University, and I hope to pursue a criminal/justice related role in the future. I want to maintain my Army Reservist position as an infantry soldier and have just kick-started my personal training career to help those reach their goals and improve their overall health and wellbeing.

What made you decide to pursue a career in fitness?

I loved fitness the moment I picked up a 10kg dumbbell for the first time. Funny as that sounds I have never lost interest in the notion of going to the gym or exercising despite the inconsistencies faced with school, university and work where I had to leave the gym, lose gains and start from scratch. Muscle memory and the motivation required were always present so thank God for that! Ever since then, I had always been around playing sports and working out in my high school years. By joining up at a gym in year 12, 2012, I began to put on muscle and started to see myself improve by sticking to a diet plan/fitness routine. I thought if I had just gained knowledge of how it all works, maybe I could possibly teach those around me. Although I would never have thought though, that six years later, the idea of having that knowledge would be brought to light. I had finally made the right moves and spoke to Matt from the AIPT team to commence study. Six years later, here I am, with the knowledge gained with the accreditation in certificates 3 and 4. Cheers to the team at AIPT!

Why did you choose to study with AIPT?

After having a look online, as well as speaking to fitness enthusiasts, I had seen that the team at AIPT were offering the course completely online. Tackling three jobs, one being full time, and the other 2 being casual jobs, I thought this is the flexible opportunity I have been looking for. The opportunity to study the course online and yet still get help over the phone through the AIPT student support team was perfect at the time. By understanding and speaking to Matthew (course advisor) from the AIPT team, he sent me all the information regarding certificates 3 & 4 in Complete Personal Training and how they will be run over a 12 month period. Coupled with the competitive pricing in comparison to other institutes I was set in my tracks to enrol as it appeared the best, and I’m not even from Brisbane!

What are your plans for the future?

To maintain a self-employed personal training business as one of my set career paths, create more links within the fitness community and possibly join a gym as a personal trainer.

What would you say to people who are considering taking the leap into a career in fitness?

Let’s go! Stay hungry and go after it. Learning fitness is not like other careers, you stay happy throughout because if you love anything fitness related, you will maintain longevity in the fitness realm and prosper. Studying the course of Certificate III and IV has a lot of interesting and engaging content, so keep an open mind, try your best and understand that help is always there and that you will succeed.


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