A DETERMINATION to transform himself from flab to fitness set James Kent on the path to starting his own business.
The 27-year-old digital music graduate has developed a new healthy lifestyle by following effective cardio and weight training programmes and is now forging a career as a personal trainer.
“I no longer found the idea of long hours of physical inactivity in an isolated music studio very appealing,” said James, who lives in Hartlepool.
“I wanted to follow my true passion by helping others to enhance their wellbeing and physical fitness and find new confidence as I have.”
Having gained a raft of qualifications from major fitness training provider Premier Training International, including National Academy of Sports Medicine accreditation, he approached Hartlepool Working Solutions (HWS) last autumn for a business start-up grant.
The service, which is run by Hartlepool Borough Council’s economic development team, gave him £250 to buy essential training and fitness testing equipment.
“This grant was vital in getting me started as I had already spent a lot of my limited funds on gaining my qualifications,” added James.
He launched his business two months ago and already has a growing clientele, visiting people’s homes and workplaces and running weekly evening circuit training classes at Lynnfield School hall.
James said: “Eventually I’d like to open my own fitness studio. The help I received to get my business off the ground made all the difference and I’m delighted to have a career helping people change their lives for the better.”
For more information about Hartlepool Working Solutions, call (01429) 284482.