MEMBER PROFILE: SAGA WESSMAN, PERSONAL TRAINER, NSW

What fitness qualifications do you hold?

My qualifications include Bachelor of Sport Science and Diploma of Fitness.

Where do you live and work?

I work and live in Neutral Bay, NSW.

What is your main role in the fitness industry?

I am a personal trainer at a boutique PT studio. My main role in the fitness industry is to promote and grow the sport of kettlebell in Australia. As a member of the national team, my role is to make sure our community learn to move in a more efficient way with the help of kettlebells. I also do strength and conditioning programs for runners and a Paralympic swimmer.

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

I got into the fitness industry after being a tennis player for nearly 10 years. I wanted to coach people into healthy habits and teach movement for life. After working in the tourism industry I wanted to have a career where I could see results and make a positive impact on people’s lives.

What does your typical day look like?

I wake up around 5am, ready to coach clients at 6am. I usually work until midday at the gym and then start my university studies. In the afternoon I head back to the gym and finish work around 7:30pm. In between clients I squeeze in some kettlebell sport training to prepare for my next competition.

What skills are needed in your role?

I think that it’s important these days to be able to assist clients with injury rehabilitation, and to help older clients safely improve and maintain their strength and mobility. In this industry you need to be a people person and an active listener.

What are the best and worst aspects of your job?

The best aspect is that you get to see real results and discover how small improvements can make a big difference in someone’s life. I don’t think there are any bad aspects in a job you love to do.

What has been your greatest career challenge to date?

My biggest challenge has been to finish my degree in sport science, while also training clients and training myself to make the national kettlebell team!

And your greatest highlight?

My greatest highlight was representing my country at the World Kettlebell Championship 2016 in Kazakhstan, alongside some of the world’s greatest athletes. I have also coached an athlete of the national swim team to not only reach the Rio Paralympic games in 2016, but to win a medal!

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

My main goal is to do a Masters degree in the next few years, and also to qualify to travel to the World Kettlebell Championships in Korea this year!

Who has inspired you in your fitness industry career?

I get inspired by all the top coaches in strength and endurance who are able to build strong athletes in any given sport.

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

Even if you feel like you fail in something, it’s never a fail – it’s always a learning curve, and the only thing we can do is to work on our weaknesses to achieve our goals!

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

Ksenia Dedukhina, one of the best female kettlebell sport athletes of all time. Roger Federer, because I love his tennis skills. Alyssa Azar: she summitted Mt Everest this year and I love climbing mountains just like her. And then Ryan Gosling, just because, you know… he’s hot!

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