At our latest Careers and Recruitment Expo, Sage students were asked to share their stories for a chance to win tickets to be in the audience of the AFL Footy Show and The Project. The submissions were assessed and the four most interesting and inspiring stories received not just the tickets, but also a glimpse of fame with their stories published on the relevant Sage Institute blog page.
One of winners is Sage Institute of Fitness student, Lachlan McKellar. Lachlan shows us that he has a lot of drive and passion and he has some fantastic advice for new students wanting to study fitness at Sage. So read on, and find out more about Lachlan and why he is on track to achieve great things!
1. What is it that motivated you towards fitness as a career path?
Well, back in high school, one of my favourite subjects was physical education. It was a bit of a strength area and I did quite well. I thought that this was a good indication that I should pursue this later.
‘It might sound corny but my inspiration and motivation in terms of fitness comes from a quote that I like: “True nobility is not being better than your fellow man, but being better than your former self”’.
It’s always an aim and a goal for me to become better intellectually, physically, emotionally and just all round a better person. I have a passion to further my knowledge and become a fitness professional, bettering myself, and then being able to help others to achieve this too. It’s a noble cause – to give back. It’s what should make the world go ‘round…
2. Why did you choose Sage Institute of Fitness to undertake your training?
I moved to Melbourne in October 2015 and was working at a bank as a part time job to earn some income. I saw the Sage branding on a bus that drove past, and thought that Sage seemed interesting and that I would look in to it further. I had heard a lot of good things about Sage, and some of the other fitness institutes don’t have the strong reputation that Sage does.
“Sage is well renowned in the industry. I’m doing the Diploma of Fitness Coaching, so this was very important to me.”
3. Where are you at in the course, and have you done any placements?
I started in January this year, and have just started a placement at Productive Health and Wellness at the Rialto Towers. One of the fitness trainers invited me to do my first placement there, so obviously I’m doing something right! It’s pretty motivating to have this happen.
I went in last week to meet everyone, and yesterday I actually got to run a class. The first ten minutes were pretty daunting because it was my first time leading a class in a real gym. Once I was immersed in it, I found that it came naturally. I’m loving it…it is unreal!
4. What is your dream job when you have finished the course?
As long I am successful and I accomplish my goals, one of which is to finish the course with distinction, I don’t really mind. I’d like to top the class! My main thoughts at this stage are either to become a business manager, a personal trainer or an industry professional who gives advice or provides training. Maybe even becoming a trainer like the ones at Sage, and be able to help students – something like that would be awesome.
5. What aspects of studying at Sage do you enjoy the most?
I love the theory, weird as that sounds. I don’t know why. One of the things I love is that the functionality and efficiency of the classes. For example, we recently went through gait analysis, looking at the way people walk and identifying certain abnormalities. As soon as we learnt the theory side, we put it straight into practice, in the gym. This way, we won’t have to go over it again in a few weeks.
“That is what I really love about the course: being able to learn so much, and then put it into practice straight away”.
Also the trainers are all quite inspirational and motivating. We have Dave at the moment and he is fantastic! They really care about the course and your learning, so you try to learn as much from them as you can while you are there.
6. What are some of the biggest learning challenges you’ve come across during your course?
That’s quite a difficult question. I think that the biggest challenge is being able to find your own motivation and to really become independent. I’ve been incredibly lucky to have the referral for my placement, the support of my trainers and great opportunities. If I didn’t have that, the placement would definitely be the hardest. You have to go out of your comfort zone and create your own networks.
7. What advice would you give a new student commencing their course at Sage?
I would love to sit down with new students and give them “tips and tricks”! My first piece of advice would be to immerse yourself in the course. Find someone who you can learn from and who motivates you – either a trainer or another coach – and put yourself in the best position to learn. This course is about being able to absorb as much information as possible, so if you do that from the start you’ll be better off.
“You need to think about the course, the intensity and the outcome. If you do it to have a good time, perhaps you need to think again. Yes, it is social, but you really want to make sure that you are utilising every opportunity, particularly the one-on-one time with your trainers.”
The trainers have an abundance of knowledge so it’s really worth making a personal connection with them. Walking down the street sometimes, questions pop up in my mind so I email my instructor and I get a response very quickly because we have a great connection.
Networking with other trainers is a great idea too. Just because you have one trainer doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t liaise and form connections with the others too, as there is certainly a lot to learn from other people. Each trainer has a different way of teaching and different strengths so there is lots to pick up on.
8. Tell us about your hobbies.
I’ve played soccer my whole life, but I have found this a bit hard to maintain in Victoria. I have played footy as well. I like to learn…I’m a bit of a nerd! I’m also a movie buff, and my relaxation time would often be to go home and watch a movie.
I used to do a lot of creative work at school, like drawing and design, so I do enjoy that. I actually have a clothing label that I design for. It is casual street wear, so I fashion design is another interest. I also like playing guitar, but I’m not very good.
9. If you had to donate $100 to any charity in the world, which one would it be?
Definitely the White Ribbon foundation. For anyone that doesn’t know, it’s an organisation that was founded to prevent violence against women. I’ve have seen instances of domestic violence, which is quite confronting. Whether it be first person experience or removed, it really does affect you when you experience it. I am a White Ribbon ambassador, and if you go on to the White Ribbon website you can make a pledge. Ultimately, it is saying that you will always put the wellbeing of others as a priority.
Being a White Ribbon ambassador, I go to events and in November I support White Ribbon Day by distributing flyers and raising awareness. Domestic violence is a real problem in our culture and something we need to get rid of.
10. What is your favourite Instagram site and why?
Daniel Wellington. I love the watches, but I love the site mainly because every day they post a picture of either something very scenic, or someone travelling. I haven’t been overseas yet, but I’m itching to go…
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