Meet the trainer: Rupert Thomson

09 September 2020 FIAFitnation
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Rupert Thomson is FIAFitnation’s Senior Trainer and Assessor and calls the Melbourne campus home. We spoke with him to learn more about his own career in fitness and get some wise words of advice for those looking to get into the industry.

Not only is Rupert passionate about educating others, but he is determined to keep learning himself by keeping up to date with developments in the fitness industry and is also currently completing a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology.

How did you discover your passion for a career in fitness?

It all started when I was playing rugby union during school as a teenager. My interest for a career in fitness first sparked when I got into weight training which is something that was encouraged during rugby training.

What’s your favourite part about training others?

It’s got to be the rewarding feeling you get when you help someone to make an improvement in their fitness and/or health and ultimately their life. It’s a feeling like no other knowing you’ve helped someone to make a positive change. That’s a big part of having a career in fitness, educating and pushing others to be healthier versions of themselves.

Do you have any advice for those looking to get into the fitness industry?

Perseverance! Remember to keep up to date with current developments in the fitness world, it’s constantly changing and it’s up to you as a fitness expert to keep on top of it.

What’s something unexpected discovered through your profession?

I learnt that humans will repeat behaviour they enjoy and avoid behaviours they don’t. For this reason, it’s important to make exercise as fun and enjoyable as possible.

Do you have a go-to pre or post-workout meal?

Protein shakes usually. I love the convenience of them, they can be enjoyed on the go and if you choose the right brand, they usually contain essential nutrients.

What’s your favourite workout?

I love them all equally so it’s hard for me to choose. However, I do like to mix it up and try new things, so I don’t get bored.

Lastly, how do you motivate yourself during tough times?

I try to maintain a positive mental attitude whilst remembering things could always be worse. Also, exercise usually provides clarity and makes me feel better, so this helps to motivate me to keep on going. Do it for those endorphins if nothing else!



When you study with FIAFitnation, you know that you’re receiving the highest quality of fitness education to maximise your career opportunities. From a gym or floor instructor at our Certificate III entry level to a Specialised Exercise Trainer at a diploma level, FIAFitnation can assist your learning outcomes and career objectives by providing exceptional educational pathways to maximise your impact within the fitness industry.

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