When Tracey Mah-Gillies moved to Calgary from Nova Scotia as a young mother, she found – like many working moms – that she didn’t have time to do the activities she used to enjoy, like figure skating and horseback riding.
When one of her daughters started skating, Tracey asked the coach if he would work with her separately to get back in shape.
With a reignited passion for physical fitness and healthy living, Tracey became a Pilates instructor and started working with a personal trainer. Not only did she excel, but began to consider personal training as a career change from social work.
“The program took me to a whole other level working with clients,” Tracey says. “I was more confident in my fitness knowledge and the MRU program covered areas that I felt I needed.”
“I loved the community in the Personal Fitness Trainer program,” she says. “So much so that I brought some of my classmates here to work with me.”
Tracey suggests that anyone considering a career as a personal trainer should be passionate about working with people – even more than being passionate about fitness.
“I love to connect with people one-on-one,” Tracey says. “I consider it an honour that they choose to share an hour of their time with me.”
In September Tracey will travel to Africa to work with families of AIDS victims, teaching them to incorporate sports and recreational activity into their daily lives as a way of coping with emotional stress.
Hear what Tracey had to say when we caught up with her in her fitness studio.