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Our Students – Andrew Morrison

Name: Andrew Morrison

Course: Fast-track – Blended Course

Location: Reading

The Training Room are proud to work with students of all ages, abilities and skills to help them get into the career of their dreams. For those of you that don’t think you have it in you to up skill yourself and follow your dreams, check out Andrew’s inspiring journey below to see what a little determination can do for you!

“Being dyslexic can be very frustrating at times, especially when no one wants to give you a chance.

I have been on other courses and have been asked to leave because I did not fit the criteria. This happened to me a number of times in the past so I set out to find a company that would be able to cater to me. I phoned a few companies and got the same old treatment. i.e. the course is too intense, I need GCSE’s and so on. When I called The Training Room and spoke to Ross (TTR Academy Assessor) I told him what my concerns were and he really understood what I had to say. He arranged for me to meet a tutor called Amanda.

We sat down and she listened to what my concerns were. She was straight and honest and to the point, she told me it would be hard and frustrating at times but it could be done! I started a 6 month course on 2 May 2015 at Reading Academy where I was under the watchful eyes of Amanda Atkinson and Paul Edmondson. The classroom only held a few of us which is good as when you are in a bigger class its easier to get brushed to one side. There was a good mixture of ages from young to old.

There is quite a bit of theory and practical work to get through but Amanda walked us through it step by step and answered any questions and got us discussing topics which helps build confidence. Everyone on the course was helpful and understanding. The practical side of the course was my favourite as you get to learn new techniques. One of my favourite sessions was battle ropes which I had never done before. Amanda huddled up the class to give a demonstration on battle ropes, she put us all through our paces, at the end of the session we were all laid out across the gym in the recovery position lol! That’s part of the fun on the course but if you didn’t want to take part you were never forced to which I think is good as some people are not confident or have injuries, or they do not have the ability to do it.

On exam days the tutors are very helpful if you are dyslexic, or have learning difficulties as they supply a reader for you. I failed my level 2 twice and started to get behind. The tutors were very helpful and put me back a term until I caught up. The tutors are always on hand in the evening if you need help with anything. I finally made it to level 3 where there is more theory and practical. The classes are always fun and good to be in. The hardest part for me was the theory work where I struggled with writing programs and nutrition. The practical side was fun especially when it come to fitness testing. I finally finished the course on 26 April 2016.

This was a great achievement for me and I can’t thank everyone enough.”

Congratulations to Andrew on successfully completing his Personal Training qualification. We wish Andrew all the best with his new career and hope he reaps the rewards of all his hard work and commitment. If you would like to find out more about becoming a Personal Trainer, whatever your needs, please click here to get in touch.