Linda Mancino, Pt & Group Trainer, Vic
Where do you live and work?
Doreen, which is approximately 40 minutes north of Melbourne.
What fitness qualifications do you hold?
Certificates III and IV in Fitness, Diploma of Fitness, Certificate in Diet and Nutrition, Certificate IV in Massage, Accredited Outdoor and Bootcamp Instructor, Accredited Bootcamp and Outdoor Group Fitness For Kids Instructor.
What’s your main role in fitness?
Personal trainer and owner of Glowing Results, a group training business that’s been running for seven years.
How did you arrive at where you are today in your fitness career?
In 1990 I studied physio and group exercise instruction, but due to family trauma I never finished. I had two children close together when I was 30 and suffered postnatal depression. I needed something to occupy myself as I wasn’t naturally maternal and parenting came a little hard to me, so I did my Certificate IV in massage. While getting back on my feet emotionally I decided that it was time to get myself into shape, so I saw a nutritionist and lost 40 kilos! I’ve always loved being active and at one time competed internationally as a springboard diver, so I made up my mind to do my Certificate III and IV in Fitness. After qualifying, I put out a flyer in the hope of getting a few people to the local park to do some group fitness sessions – and now I employ three trainers and oversee 24 sessions each week. I love it!
Describe your typical day
I’m at the school gym by 5:50am, ready to run the weekly boot camp class. By 7:10am I’m home getting the kids ready for school. I’ll teach another boot camp session at 9:15am at the community centre and at 11am I usually take a couple of 30-minute PT sessions, followed by a couple of hours of admin and household chores. Between 2pm and 5:30pm I take a few more PT sessions. At 6:15pm I oversee boot camp sessions which wrap up at 8:45pm. Sometimes I’ll have a meeting afterwards as I have a few volunteer roles.
What skills are needed in your role?
The ability to adjust my behaviour style to match that of each client. Imagination, honesty, openness and empathy are important, as is remembering to take what I’m told with a pinch of salt (because clients aren’t always entirely honest!)
What are the best and worst aspects of your job?
Working for myself has allowed me the flexibility to work around my children and not miss out on school activities. I struggle to find a bad side!
What has been your greatest career challenge to date?
Overcommitting on a personal level and not valuing my time. Every time I say ‘yes’ I’m inadvertently saying ‘no’ to myself. It’s important to be OK with being ‘bored’ and still sometimes.
And your greatest highlight?
There have been many. Keeping clients from when I started and having some of them return after babies or changes in their life circumstances. I also love bringing very different types of people together through exercise and watching their friendships develop. Winning the Fitness Australia People’s Choice Award 2009, and Victorian Personal Training Business of the Year 2010 were also very special.
I love volunteering and meeting my peers at FILEX – and it was an honour to receive the Event Crew of the Year accolade this year! I also run an annual fun run for our local primary school and as chairperson of the Relay for life, Doreen, I oversaw the raising of over $320K for cancer research.
What’s your main focus now and what are your goals for the future?
I’ve developed a new weights program for my clients, to complement their boot camp workouts and have recently launched a kids’ boot camp as well. In the future (when the kids are old enough) I plan on retiring and travelling!
Who has inspired you in your fitness career?
I’ve followed Craig Harper on his blog for many years. He calls it as he sees it.
What motto or words of wisdom sum up your fitness/life philosophy?
Stay true to your core beliefs and represent that through your actions. And above everything else, be kind.
And finally – who would be on your ultimate dinner party guest list, and why?
Sean Connery, Ian Thorpe, Andre Agassi, Jillian Michaels, Janet Evanovich and Teresa Cutter, who can cook for us!
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