Chelsea makes her mark in UK Fitness Trainer final
Earlier this year, Live Active Officer, Chelsea, competed in the final of the WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer competition. Here she tells us about her journey and the hard work involved to get there.
From 16th-18th November I competed in the national final of the Worldskills UK competition in the category of ‘Fitness Trainer; Personal Trainer’ at the NEC in Birmingham. I would like to tell you about my journey and my experience of the competition and the final at the NEC.
My journey began back in March this year, when Trafford College nominated me to enter the competition. At first I was a little unsure, but after having a long think about it, I thought ‘why not’, it could be a little bit of fun. I didn’t think I would get through the regional stages. How wrong was I?
The first stage was an online test and the next stage was to submit a short video of me doing a training session with a client. My video was shortlisted and I was chosen to attend the live semi-final heats on 23rd June at Loughborough University, along with 30 other competitors.
The main task for the semi-final was to write and instruct a 45 minute personal trainer session with a client who I had already worked with. I also had to give details of a 12 week progressive programme overview. I needed to finish in the top 8 competitors in the semi-final to get through to the final in November.
I had to wait until the end of August to find out whether or not I had made it through to the final. When I got the email offering me a place in the final, I was shocked, nervous and anxious but also very excited and overwhelmed. Then the hard work started.
For the final at the NEC on 16th November, I had to deliver a 40 minute personal training session with a client. I was also marked on my written session plan and 12 week progressive programme. The second task was a skills test, where I demonstrated 3 exercises given to me at random and then progressed each exercise. I was judged on my ability to perform the exercises efficiently and with safe and effective technique.
On the second day of the competition I had to do a 7 hour personal trainer shift, which included sessions with 3 new clients and programme planning. I then had to teach a small ‘Go Row Indoor’ Concept 2 rowing class. The final task of the day was a personal trainer performance review with a line manager, which involved a discussion, questions and the opportunity for me to highlight my strengths and value to the business.
My experience of the whole competition and the skills show was amazing and overwhelming. It was an unbelievable opportunity that I will never forget. I met some fantastic and talented people that, without a doubt, will go on to be experts in their fields in the fitness industry.
Unfortunately I didn’t place within the top 4 in the final, but to be one of the top 8 in the UK is an incredible achievement, having battled through local and regional competitions. The journey doesn’t end there, however. As a finalist, I have been given the opportunity to join the Skills Champions Community. This is a professional network of former competitors who have represented their sector at a WorldSkills UK national final.
Having the opportunity to take part in this phenomenal competition has been life changing and now opens up so many doors for future opportunities. It has helped me to grow and has given me more knowledge, skills, experience and confidence as a personal trainer.
I would recommend this competition to anyone and if you get the chance to compete, make the most of it. I would like to thank everyone who has helped on my journey: Active Tameside, Trafford College, Rick Poole, Beccy Poole and Tasha Porter. Without them I wouldn’t be in this position today, so thank you.
You can read Chelsea’s full account of her journey here.