Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - CAREERONE - Laura Tri­este

WHEN Jake Dunn re­alised he was spend­ing more time at the gym than the class­room in his fi­nal year of school, his ca­reer path be­came pretty clear.

The per­sonal trainer said there are many as­pects that drive his pas­sion for fit­ness.

“It’s less about be­ing fit and more about self im­prove­ment – get­ting my­self in bet­ter con­di­tion, more mus­cle, less body fat, get­ting stronger,” Mr Dunn said.

Af­ter work­ing for six months in sales at Fit­ness First, Mr Dunn tran­si­tioned into per­sonal train­ing at their Pen­rith fran­chise three years ago when he com­pleted a Cer­tifi­cate IV in Fit­ness.

“The job sat­is­fac­tion is through the roof and the hours I work are de­ter­mined by my­self,” he said.

Those hours mostly work around clients’ work sched­ules, usu­ally be­tween 5am and 10am in the morn­ing and back again in the af­ter- noon be­tween 4pm and 8pm.

“Get­ting up at 4am is some­thing you definitely need to adapt to but you’ve got a lot of time in be­tween,” Mr Dunn said.

This year he has also taken on the role of train­ing as­pir­ing per­sonal train­ers as a camp di­rec­tor at the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Per­sonal Train­ers.

“There’s some­thing ex­cit­ing about train­ing train­ers. There’s a dif­fer­ent level of pas­sion,” he said.

While per­sonal fit­ness is an im­por­tant as­pect, Mr Dunn said sell­ing your­self and build­ing re­la­tion­ships are vi­tal skills to learn.

“Gyms can be in­tim­i­dat­ing – you’ve got to cre­ate your own lit­tle com­fort bub­ble for clients,” he said.

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