WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition: Meet the finalists – Ben Flower and Terri Musson
With just five weeks to go until the start of the Skills Show – where AoC Sport will be managing the finals of the WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition – Competition Manager Christopher Pitts chats past, present and future with the finalists.
The finalists have been competing since March 2016 and have taken part in institution-based competitions, live regional heats and a semi-final at Loughborough University. The competitors will now all be challenged once again across the three days of the Skills Show to demonstrate their talent and skill in either Personal Training or Gym Instructing.
A team of four expert judges has been brought together from the four corners of theUKand will work underneath Karen Stanton as head judge to assess the finalists in both competitions.
This week we’re talking to Ben Flower and Terri Musson.
B – I’m Ben Flower, I’m 18 and I’m from Torquay. I’m competing in the Gym Instructor finals and I studied for my Gym Instructor qualification at Exete rCollege.
T – I’m Terri Musson, I’m 27 and I’m from Loughborough. I’m going to be competing in the Personal Trainer Category of the WorldSkillsUK Fitness Trainer Competition. I studied at Loughborough College.
C – Why do you want to work in the fitness industry?
B – People need an ambition in life.
T – When I graduated fromDramaSchool, I started touring shows around theUKand abroad for long periods of time. While travelling and working away the only thing that kept me sane and happy was exercise. I loved it so much – I wanted to learn more and in doing this I realised that I wanted help others too. This means helping people find the body they want but most importantly be happy with who they are and what they do. I think that fitness is a great tool to fill a person with confidence and give them an improved healthy mindset.
C – Are you currently studying? If so, what?
B – I’m now studying for my Diploma in Personal Training and Instruction atExeterCollegeagain and hoping to enter the Personal Trainer competition next year.
T – I have just completed my Level 3 Personal Trainer atLoughboroughCollege.
C – What made you decide to enter the WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition 2016?
B – To try and win and get an achievement to start with my career, I know students from my college have entered in the past and done well so I thought I’d give it a go.
T – This is an amazing opportunity to show off my skills and my training techniques. It’s great to meet people in the industry, finding out what they do and expanding my knowledge of the business. It’s a wonderful platform to start my career from and winning the ‘Regional Round’ of the competition boosted my confidence. The recognition of the work I put into each training session was a fantastic feeling.
C – So how have you found the experience of the competition so far?
B – Very enjoyable so far and hoping to have a great time at the finals, too.
T – Hard! But enjoyable! I am used to people watching me from when I was an actor on stage, but for that I was given a script and a director. This is different – I write the script/plan and I direct the piece/session. I’m in control and judged for that hour. It’s exhilarating.
C – What are your career plans now and after the competition?
B – Finish my Personal Trainer qualification at college and see what opens up for me.
T – I’ve begun to set up my Personal Trainer business. I have some excellent and inspirational clients from all walks of life. It’s such a rewarding career. I work five days a week at a Special Educational Needs school in Leicestershire – the school is very supportive. I even held my own fitness sessions with a class of seniors at the school. It was great to experience working with large group, but also invaluable in learning how to specialise the workouts to individual needs, whether those are physical, mental or emotional.
C – What impact would you like to have on the fitness industry?
B – A successful career helping as many people as possible to achieve their fitness goals and embed physical activity in their daily lives.
T – My aim is for the client to see changes in their body and mind. If my client says ‘I feel amazing’ or ‘I achieved this…’ or ‘my back strength is so much better, it doesn’t hurt anymore’ then I feel I have had an impact. Of course I want to be successful and when my client base increases this is what I want to do full time. I would eventually like to work with people in the acting industry. I would like to be the ‘Actors’ Personal Trainer’. I understand how taxing it is to take on an eight show a week job or to complete a gruelling 12-hour TV or film shoot, so having a healthy and fit body is important. I feel like I could make a difference here.
C – What’s your favourite exercise to demonstrate/piece of equipment to use and why?
B – I enjoy teaching my clients and instructing them in the gym. I love seeing them succeed because of the work we do together regardless of what piece of equipment they’re using.
T – My favourite piece of equipment would be the TRX. It is very versatile, a multitude of exercises can be performed using it and it is suitable for all clients of varying fitness levels.
C – And finally, what interesting fact would you want other people to know about you?
B – I’ve competed in the World Championship of sailing.
T – I still love the acting industry and enjoyed all the plays I was in, especially playing Puck and Hermia in Midsummer Night’s Dream inJapan. However right now my focus is on the fitness industry. I do focus most of my PT work on adults in a mainstream environment, however as I have experience of working with young adults in a Special Educational Needs environment I would like to look into a course that could give me more inspiration and advice tailored to this demographic.
The WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition final will take place at the Skills Show, at Birmingham’s NEC in November. Book your place here.