Hi Jess! Tell us a little bit about yourself…

I’m Jess, and I’m the assistant manager at PureGym Arcadian. I’ve been a personal trainer for three years, and I started at Arcadian back in August last year.

Describe your job in three words.

Fast-paced, engaging and rewarding.

How did you first get into your career?

I’ve been into fitness from a young age, and I started running cross country for my school, before going on to run marathons.I first entered the fitness industry as a personal trainer, the after 2 years of helping my clients reach their goals I decided to work on my own, which is when I progressed into gym management.  

What does your average working day involve?

My average day can vary from being in an office keeping the gym running, to delivering high energy spin classes and setting up challenges to keep the Arcadian members motivated. Our gym members are the most important part of the job – without them, the gym wouldn’t have the atmosphere and life that it has.

For those looking to improve their fitness for 2020, what advice would you give?

Don’t overdo it! Sometimes people who are new to the gym jump straight into five or six training sessions a week, which will only end up burning you out. Instead, start with three a week and add more sessions once you feel your fitness gradually improving. Booking onto classes is an easy way to get exercise ideas to figure out what kind of training you like, whether that’s pure cycle or legs, bums and tums.

Since working in fitness, how have you seen the gym change?

It’s definitely busier now – more and more people seem to be taking their health and wellbeing more seriously, and knowing how important it is to look after yourself.

What can people expect when they visit PureGym?

PureGym offers a a friendly environment where people from all fitness abilities can work towards their fitness goals. We also have very friendly and knowledge personal trainers on hand to help you reach your goal.

What do you like about working in Southside?

Southside offers a real mix of culture, with everything from Chinatown to Birmingham Hippodrome. I’ve only worked in Birmingham for a short time, but I love the buzz of the city, and there’s a real community vibe.  

To find out more about PureGym Arcadian, click here.