Driving along a Brisbane road one afternoon, a radio ad for Sage Fitness piqued Butrus Haider’s interest. A long time lover of all things sports and fitness, he had always dreamt of working in the fitness industry but wasn’t too sure how. Hearing the words “new breed of personal trainer” on the radio that day struck a chord. It sounded good, sounded like something he wanted to be a part of.
That pivotal moment occurred in 2015. Today, at the age of 22, the Sage Fitness Program graduate is one brilliant success story, having opened his own personal fitness training business: BH Fitness, running outdoor fitness classes, one on one PT sessions and sporting activities. Wow!
Born in South Sudan, Butrus left for Australia 13 years ago. After graduating from high school, like many, he found himself unsure of what to do next, so spent the next couple of years studying a handful of different courses at TAFE. However, he struggled to find the motivation to complete any course as nothing much excited him.
Staying active was always a passion – playing football (soccer), running, and keeping his dog Tyson active, so once he’d discovered the Sage Fitness course, it seemed inevitable that it would be a great fit for him. He enrolled in August 2015 and never looked back.
“(Sage) has completely changed my life and I’m forever grateful that I made the decision to enrol…”
Says Butrus: “Over the year of studying my Diploma of Fitness Coaching (10067NAT), it’s been challenging but rewarding, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it.
“The trainers and staff at the Sage Brisbane campus were fantastic: they were always so helpful and supportive and would go above and beyond to make sure we succeeded in our course. Small class numbers made it feel like I was going through this journey with a team – and whenever I needed help, someone was always there to lend me a hand. Throughout the year, we bonded and became like a small family that would push and support each other… I’d like to thank all my classmates for their on-going support and wish them the very best in the sporting industry.”
“Studying Fitness at Sage has opened my eyes to different opportunities in the sporting industry. All the information, exposure and connections that were given to us have pushed me to become a successful personal trainer, giving me the tools to build my own personal training business.”
Butrus found his work experience hours invaluable: “Work experience was a fantastic opportunity; I learnt a lot while shadowing the gym manager Paul Heffernan, strength and conditioning coach for talented young local athletes. In the end, I was offered a job as a group trainer.”
Butrus credits Sage for giving him the courage and tools to start his own fitness business.
“My mission is to help my clients live a happy and healthy life by showing them that exercise is a lifestyle. I create personalised programs tailored specifically to the client’s needs and goals, and I feel this personalisation has helped my business become successful.
Mindset is all important to Butrus; he stresses that he likes to change people’s thoughts about fitness – to show them that it’s not about the size of your bicep or a number on the scales – but about being healthy and happy in your body and loving yourself for who you are.
Sage would like to congratulate Butrus on his wonderful business achievements, and we wish him all the success in the future. His talent and hard work are clearly paying off. Of course, in typical Butrus style, he attributes the latter to his parents:
My biggest motivator is my parents. They always push me to do my best and are always supportive of the choices I make. They’re also my inspiration as they fought for everything that they have – and fought hard to get me where I am today – with limited resources…I am forever grateful.
Love fitness? Want to begin your own personal journey as a fitness coach? Call Sage today on 1300 664 664.
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