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Commando Steve’s inspirational talk at Sage’s Fitness Skills Centre on Collins St

Wow! What a treat it was for us all to meet Sage Institute of Fitness’ brand ambassador, Commando Steve, in person at the Fitness Skills Centre at our Collins St campus! His inspiring, motivational talk touched on strengths and weaknesses, professionalism in today’s market place, what will be expected of our students when they graduate and just what it takes to become a top class personal trainer.

The entire event took about 40 minutes including Q & A from the students and some ‘selfie time’ at the end. Given the reaction from our students – just a little bit excited to be in the presence of personal training royalty – we’re pretty sure he’ll be showing up in a lot of Instagram feeds this week! We’ve also YouTube’d the whole speech and edited some highlights in the video featured here – don’t forget to share it with friends, classmates and colleagues!

Many high profile celebrities never admit to weakness and make themselves out to be bullet proof – glamorous, impenetrable personalities that belong in a perfect world. Not so, Commando Steve. His disarmingly honest, down to earth approach gave our Fitness students a genuine glimpse of what it is to be a truly authentic professional – to recognise that we all have strengths and weaknesses, and that real success comes not from overplaying one or denying the other, but from acknowledging them and learning to manage them, to improve performance and get the best out of ourselves and others.

In a stirring motivational talk, the Commando explained how he was confronted by the all-female Moon family on Channel 10’s show The Biggest Loser and how it had pushed his buttons both personally and professionally. At one point, he even considered throwing in the towel with civilian life and going back to the army! Remembering that the “pain of regret is always worse than the pain of discipline,” and that true growth can only come by confronting challenges head on, he explained how he had to adapt his approach to succeed with the women by “getting in touch with his feminine side.”

It was a salient discussion and hugely inspiring for our Diploma of Fitness students who know that they too will be confronted by the same kinds of issues when they transition to professional personal trainers, and that adapting your approach to a client’s individual needs and psyche is vital to a successful outcome.

He also gave a warning that a personal training career isn’t just about training the ‘two percenters,” like elite athletes who want to win a gold medal in the Olympics. 98% of the personal training market, he explained, were just ordinary people who wanted to run a little better, lift a little better, improve and be healthy, and just not “suck at life.”

Commando Steve on Stage

He also delivered a strong message about the importance of community and how we “never achieve anything on our own.” We all rely on someone or something to help us out. He stressed the importance of emotional reward, best achieved by helping others. “Why do you keep doing the Biggest Loser? Because I’m helping people change their lives,” he said.

After finishing his talk, Commando Steve took a tour of our Collins St campus, stopping off to meet students from Child Care and Massage. He also paused to spend time with our Sage Institute of Aged Care students to discuss the importance of fitness for the elderly and how staying fit and healthy can be hugely empowering for older people.

Commando Steve’s visit to the Collins St campus was hugely inspiring and we’re delighted to announce that he’ll be making some more exciting appearances in his capacity as Sage Institute of Fitness’ brand ambassador including with the Nova breakfast team, so follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more details to come!

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Vicki Tuchtan

Vicki Tuchtan

Vicki Tuchtan is the Academic Director at Sage Institute of Education. She oversees learning processes, teaching outcomes, resources and course development. A passionate advocate for bettering standards of training in Australia, she is currently writing her PhD thesis on defining quality training in the Australian vocational education sector.
Vicki Tuchtan

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