Certificate III & IV in Fitness

Our Skill Seekers' Journey_Box Hill InstituteI had reached a stage in my life where I needed change.

Greg Stafford had a 38-year career in banking with 10 of those in senior executive positions when he realised he needed a change. Having a strong sporting background in coaching martial arts and Aussie rules footy, and with a high level of personal fitness, he decided that the fitness industry was calling.

Greg came to the Box Hill Institute to make a career out of fitness, studying a Certificate III and IV in Fitness. He said, “The study experience was awesome.“

Wary of being taken for an old bloke in a room full of 20 year olds, Greg wound up feeling that there was no age barrier. He said, “The course was invigorating as I was actually studying something I had a strong passion for. Some of the assessments were testing, however these proved helpful in real life situations.”

Greg is currently employed at Aqua Hub Leisure Centre in Croydon where he does nine hours a week on the gym floor, runs three one-hour group fitness classes, and conducts nine personal training sessions. He began his role straight after he became qualified and has a number of personal training clients outside work. He is also the Fitness Coach for a local First Division football club.

Greg’s aim is to keep doing what he’s doing as long as possible. He said, “I find it extremely motivating seeing the people I deal with getting fitter and feeling better about themselves.

“What I have learned is that age is no barrier for me. People don’t consider it an issue to work with a mature age trainer and my clients vary in age from 14 to 53. However, I think it is important that you keep a strong and fit body. You’ve got to have a bit of credibility,” he said.

Greg would encourage anyone, of any age, to get involved in the fitness industry. He said, “The Box Hill experience was fantastic. The course structure is first rate as is the instruction. You really appreciate this once you have been in the industry for a period of time. I see so many students from other schools come through doing placement hours at my gym and I am sometimes shocked at the lack of knowledge they have.”

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