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Bianca Sainty was miserable. After spending 10 years as a television producer, she began to feel like there was something missing in her life. “I’ve always loved sport and it was something I was good at. It provided an identity for me. When I moved to London, I lost contact with that.”
Neil Godly got into the fitness industry purely by chance. At the age of 15, he left school and worked in the building industry until he nearly fell into the River Thames one day and decided he would never do it again.
Arlene Caffrey didn’t start out her career knowing that she wanted to be a fitness business owner. She studied Graphic Design in college but as the global economy declined, her lecturers told her to start applying for visas to Canada and Australia because there wouldn’t be any local jobs in their industry once they finished the course.
Heidi had already been in business for four years before hearing about NPE. In December 2013, she launched an event to make 2014 the healthiest year yet and posted it on Facebook. Someone commented “NPE?” on the post and since she had no idea what that was, she googled it.
Nell was an army physiologist for 10 years but discovered her true purpose after rupturing her rotator cup playing tennis. When she left officer training in the army, she went to a facility called Headley Court where seriously injured soldiers went for rehabilitation.
Sam owned a studio with just a few clients and when he went on holiday to Vietnam, he left another trainer in charge of the studio who he thought was a good guy. In the two weeks he was away, multiple clients emailed Sam saying that the trainer was cursing at them, wasn’t showing up to sessions, and then he quit.
Jane was happy with her life as a PE teacher but she took up personal training to have more freedom to spend time with her friends. For the first five years, Jane held training sessions at her house.
After Ricky Berry was medically discharged from the army due to torn ligaments in his ankle, he completed a personal training course and got a job at Virgin Active, the largest health club in the UK.
As a kid, Becky had two ambitions: to own an ice cream factory or to be a fabulous fitness instructor like Jane Fonda.
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