MEMBER PROFILE: Rosemary Dugan, PT business owner, WA

What fitness qualifications do you hold?

Cert III and Cert IV; Diploma of Fitness; Group Fitness Instructor (Aqua, Les Mills, Rip 60), Heart Moves Leader, Lecturer & Trainer in Health & Fitness & Sport (Dip. Of VET); Master Practitioner NLP; Reiki Master.

Where do you live and work?

In Perth, WA.

What is your main role in the fitness industry?

Delivering group fitness and PT sessions, as well as training and educating fitness professionals and the general public at HBF Arena Joondalup, and through my business Synchronised Body Solutions.

How did you arrive at where you are today in your career?

After dancing professionally for 10 years this was a natural career transition because of its physical aspect. I’m fortunate to have met people that encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone and take my skills and education further than I ever imagined. After 14 years as a curriculum developer, lecturer, presenter and assessor I decided it was time to start my own business and follow my passion of fitness and wellbeing.

What does your typical day look like?

Up by 6am and then meditate for 15 minutes before checking emails over a coffee. Then I do some study for a personal development course. If I have no classes, PT sessions or workshops that day, I will have client appointments for Reiki and NLP. I will then work on material for upcoming training workshops or network and attend business meetings. In the late afternoon I do my own workout, before heading home for dinner and quality time with my family.

What skills are needed in your role?

I am currently learning a lot about running a business, marketing and the technology involved. It’s a huge learning curve, challenging but exciting. To succeed, you need to be driven, passionate, committed, organised and creative. Great leadership and communication skills are also a must, along with confidence, self-belief and perseverance.

What are the best and worst aspects of your job?

I’m definitely a people person, so I love the interaction with clients. I love the team work, camaraderie and continual learning I get from my peers. I’m also enjoying broadening my clientele market, continually expanding my personal education and development. Being able to choose who I want to work with, and when, is gratifying. I’ve been fortunate to experience only the highs – if I encounter any lows, I’ll treat them as learning experiences and move on.

What has been your greatest career challenge to date?

Trying to re-educate people with credible and logical information about their health and fitness. With so many myths and mixed information out there, people are susceptible to believing misleading ads, marketing and social media from unqualified charlatans.

And your greatest highlight?

Educating and assisting students to find their feet and succeed in the fitness industry. Watching instant positive change in my NLP clients is also incredibly rewarding.

What’s your main focus now and what are your goals for the future?

My main focus is to keep growing my business, as well as my industry profile. I will keep training and educating industry professionals, as well as expand the services I offer through my business.

Who has inspired you in your fitness industry career?

I draw inspiration from countless people I’ve encountered throughout my career, who have battled against the odds to succeed. People who are genuine about helping improve the quality of life for others and who do it with true passion and commitment inspire me.

What motto or words of wisdom sum up your fitness/life philosophy?

There are two that I live by: ‘Strive for progress, not perfection’ and ‘SUCCESS all depends on the second letter.’

And finally, who would be on your ultimate dinner party guest list?

Anthony Robbins (genius), the Dalai Lama (for his spiritual wisdom), Jane Fonda (the conversations we would have…), Whoopi Goldberg (for a good laugh), Dr Phil (to pick his brains), Jennifer Lopez and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnston (because I’m a big fan!)


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