Interview with Asa MacCormack (@asa.active)

ASA

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

So my dad is a highly ranked karate instructor and I was training in martial arts 3-4 X per week and I earned my first black belt at the age of 9, martial arts has been a theme of my life ever since. My mum used to take me to the gym from a very young age. I used to have to sneak in a use little corners and make sure I wasn’t seen by the staff at first in those days there was a lot of nonsense about exercise can stunt your growth. Eventually, the gym staff all got to know me and I would go regularly to use the machines and dumbbells. My older brother was also a personal trainer and gym instructor and so I would go to the various gyms that he worked at and got familiar with all the kit and a variety of training styles and from a very young age, he got me to help him to set out circuits for classes. So I had a good understanding of partial movements and isometric contractions and other complex training methods from about the age of 9. Then I discovered rugby and by the age of 15, I was the captain of the wasps u16 rugby squad, and regular exercise and training were simply a part of my life. For all my ills I always wanted to be a personal trainer like my older brother and all the staff that I met at the various gyms I used. Eventually, I got qualified and this dream of mine is now my lived reality I have a full book of clients and have been training people for over a decade now.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

For me, I love seeing the changes that exercise and good nutrition can bring to people’s lives and the quality of their life. It is something truly spectacular to meet someone who lives with such pain and discomfort and to guide them all the way through to being just so fit and healthy and athletic.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

I would say to start where you are. Don’t start trying to charge top level for sessions if you have only just qualified. When I started I was charging £10 per session but that helped me to build the client base and most importantly to learn and grow and develop as a PT. Also, know your limits and set your boundaries, sometimes you need to recognise that not every client is a good fit for you or you for them, and you should know when to let them go.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

I live by the motto that “each one can teach one” and this means that I am willing to learn from any source even the most unexpected. I have learned new exercises and ideas from a school group that I taught with kids as young as 14 that influence my programming to this day but if there is one persona and story in particular that had influenced me it is this and It’s a sad story because my older brother used to be a personal trainer and he was my hero. I used to see how he would transform people’s lives and meet such cool and interesting people all the time. Unfortunately, he has since become addicted to drugs and is now very unwell both in mind and body.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

My job is about bringing goodness to the world. I help people to utterly transform their lives and live better quality lifestyles. This has a massive knock-on effect all around those people from their families and colleagues to all those that they interact with. However, my specific success as a trainer has come with some jealousy of others who may not have seen the journey that I have had training people in the park in the rain and dog shit for £10 sessions after and around 8- 16.5-hour shifts as a labourer, lifeguard, waiter, and dishwasher. They only see the results of a fully booked schedule and feel jealous, I like to raise these people up and mentor them in their business and ventures in the fitness industry both in terms of actual session layout and knowledge but more in terms of how to attract better business and manage difficult clients and support them on social media by sharing their pages and giving them the opportunities to answer the questions that I know, they will do well.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

“Each one can teach one” there was one time I had been a personal trainer for about 5 years and was quite experienced. I was asked by the gym manager to supervise a school gym session. I agreed and I was supervising the session of a group of 13-14-year-old school girls. Whilst teaching a group of them on how to do a press-up one of the girls showed me a variation that is a great stepping stone between the knees and a full press up and it is a technique that I have used ever since with great success when teaching people to do press-ups. I also have a personal code of conduct: Discipline Self-reliance Industriousness Courage Perseverance Truth.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

They can follow me on Instagram @asa.active.

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