Name: Matt Tagg
Where are you from?
Self-employed personal trainer
Previous job roles
What course/s have you done with envisage?
Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training
Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing – Gym-based Exercise
Why did you choose to do the course?
It was the qualification and training I needed to be able to do the job I dreamed of doing.
What was your favourite thing about the course?
Learning about the different mechanisms within our body which help us perform and then how to apply that knowledge to different types of client.
I loved learning a wider range of practical skills which not only help get results with clients but also help me in my own training.
What skills and/or knowledge did you gain from the course?
As I mentioned above, the knowledge I gained from learning about the human body and how it works during exercise, really fascinated me and has supported my work on a daily basis. I was also introduced new area of interest to me, for example stretching and the different types and approaches to this under developed component of physical fitness.
The course really helped me improve my social skills, being a part of a group with like minded people made me feel comfortable and able to communicate more freely with everyone. I felt assured that I had made the right choice to change career.
The above is just a small piece of the skills and knowledge I’ve gained which has all lead to me being able to personalise training programmes to a range of clients and support them in achieving their goals.
Has the course had an impact on your life?
Yes, for sure! It has does this by allowing me to become a certified personal trainer, which has been my dream job, which before I participated in the course, that’s all it was. However, since doing the course I have been able to train and meet all different kinds of people/clients which in turn has helped me develop and increase my own knowledge and skills which I could not have done without passing making the transition into personal training.
In your current job role, what’s your favourite thing about your job?
I have to say that meeting a wide variety of people with a number of different goals is exciting and enjoyable.
I love being able to be a part of a client’s journey to meeting a specific target, knowing that I have helped those individuals to improve their health, fitness and daily life., and achieving goals is priceless.
In your current job role, what’s the most challenging aspect?
The most challenging aspect is the initial challenge of persuading people to invest their time into making a change in their own lifestyle, habits are hard to break and getting people to see the light can be sometimes tough.
What are your future career plans?
I hope to continuously improve my own business and then maybe one day in the future have my own fitness facility or even help produce the next generation of personal trainers.
Who’s your biggest inspiration?
I have two, the first is Ryan Terry, he’s gone from having a normal day to day job to stepping on stage and winning countless men physique shows, which has become my own personal target.
The other is Cristiano Ronaldo, not because of the fame or money he has obtained but because he came from having very little to being one of the greatest all round footballers of all time. That is due to all the hard work and dedication he has put in over the years, which is the biggest inspiration any one could ask for because we can all work hard it no one else’s fault if we don’t succeed.
If you could give your 16 year old self one piece of advice, what would it be?
Don’t waste the time, if you want something, go and do it because you’ll look back and think how much further along you could have been and how much more experience you could have had.
What’s your favourite gym exercise? And why?
Back squat. It’s probably been one of the exercises which I have struggled with but I’m finally starting to see progress on the lift, which to me shows my programmes working which in turn makes me happy.
How do you relax?
This might sound strange but going to the gym helps me relax, if I’m stressed or have things on my mind going to the gym, sticking my ear phones in and smashing out a workout helps me relive all of that and puts me in that relaxed state of mind.