Matt McKay’s had about four hours sleep a night for the last month … there’s simply too much to do. “When I started my personal training business, I knew it would be busy while I completed my degree - particularly over exam time. But I found the more I learnt, the more confident I got, and the more the business grew.
It was all worth it for the brand new graduate, especially when he was announced the NZ Exercise Industry Awards 2016 Up and Coming Personal Trainer of the Year. The award recognises Matt’s excellent teaching techniques, and the natural rapport he has in building skills and the trust of his clients.
Personal trainers can apply for the award within the first two years of their career. Matt won it after only six months in the business.
Matt found his study at Otago Polytechnic instrumental to his business. “The only reason I could be a personal trainer is because of my degree. The final year is really about time management – it prepares you well for the real world.”
Matt runs his business through Dunedin company ABSolute Health and Fitness. “It’s a great environment there that really breeds success” he says.
Matt’s personal training future is bright. He’s developing an 8-week challenge, and wants to do more online coaching in order to help people all over New Zealand.
Then there’s always the next award to apply for. “I want to push myself even harder. I’ll apply for the Personal Trainer of the Year within the next couple of years. I’m really competitive.”