Personal Trainer Georgia Mascarenhas can thank her older brother for sparking her interest in the fitness industry, but it is Georgia’s courage and caring spirit that has kept her there.
“While I was at school, I did a Certificate III online with another provider,” Georgia said. “But it wasn’t a good experience and, after school, I went into nursing. I have always wanted to help others. I also started working part-time as a receptionist at Plus Fitness, which is the same gym where my brother got me into exercise and where I still train.”
“Studying nursing at university was a big adjustment. I’d experienced anxiety and depression when I finished school, and at uni, I just felt lost,” Georgia said. “I asked the gym if I could work as a trainer there and researched PT courses. The FIA team were so helpful – they explained the process clearly and worked out the best option for my situation.”
After her experience at university, Georgia was nervous starting at FIA. “I had nothing to worry about. From the first day, the teachers were awesome, and they quickly put me at ease. I also made friends quickly, and we’re still in touch today,” she said.
“FIA was completely different to university and the other online course. I loved FIA’s structure. It was practical and so well run,” she said. “I ended up repeating my Cert III and I learnt so much. This time, I also had a strong focus. I was taking classes at the gym, so I applied what I was learning straight away, and I could also share my gym experience with my FIA classmates.”
Georgia can remember doodling fitness business logos at high school, but she was never sure she would make it happen. Now, aged just 22, Georgia manages two Plus Fitness gyms, as well as runs her own PT business – GMFIT.
Georgia enjoys helping others feel well and confident. With the rapid closure of gyms due to COVID-19, Georgia runs Zoom classes online, motivating her clients to look after their physical and mental wellbeing. “It’s so important to maintain the routines that keep us well,” Georgia said. “Some of my clients were hesitant at first, but now they’re jumping online. I felt the same way about using social media to connect with my clients, but I’ve had to lean in, and now I find it rewarding.”