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PEOPLE PROFILE Rachel Hobbs


Technogym selected Hobbs as an ‘Inspirational Trainer’ to work with athletes at the 2012 Games. We fi nd out about her company, Zest, and her football academy – the ventures that got her selected


How long have you worked in the fitness industry? Seven years.


How has your career progressed? I started as a recreational assistant in a leisure centre, advanced to fitness instructor and studio instructor before completing my personal training qualification. I continued to do a degree in dietetics and nutrition as well as gain my GP exercise referral and Level 4 specialist personal trainer status in obesity and diabetes.


What is your typical day-to-day at the moment? There is no typical day-to-day at the moment – every day is slight madness! I’m woken up by my son (aged four) at around 6.00am, before taking him to nursery. After that, my day is mixed between training clients, going to university lectures, teaching studio classes and writing health- related articles before collecting my son, giving him dinner then going to teach some more “fitness diva” evening classes – my own combination of fun exercise, dietary advice and weight management techniques.


Could you describe what Zest does as a company? Zest’s primary aim is to support, advise and inspire individuals to be the healthiest and happiest they can be, using a combination of personal training, dietary manipulation and life coaching. I set up Zest in 2010 and I now


work closely with a wide range of local professionals to offer the best health to our clients.


You’ve also founded Love Kids Football Academy – what is it? I visited Ghana with my son in 2011 and spent two months living in an


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orphanage. There were so many children who could not afford to go to school and who spent the days getting into trouble, so Love Kids Academy was founded to support these children. It’s been set up specifically to offer them support and education and to give them a goal and a purpose in life.


What did the role of Technogym Inspiration Trainer involve? During the Olympic Games, I was based in the main gym in the athletes’ village. I worked with the athletes and their coaches on how to use the equipment correctly, as well as assisting them with workouts and new exercises. Moving forwards, I hope to work closely with Technogym in the future – I believe in their philosophy of wellness.


What did it mean to you to be selected as one of Technogym’s Inspiration Trainers? It was so wonderful to be selected for this once in a lifetime opportunity. To be working alongside others with the same passion for fitness as myself was amazing. It was a simply unforgettable experience.


What’s the number one weakness in the fitness industry? The lack of recognition for trainers – just because personal trainers don’t have to go to university, people don’t always trust in them. However, most personal trainers are self-motivated and extremely knowledgeable in their chosen area.


What drives you? Passion. I love fitness and seeing how exercise can benefit individuals physically, psychological and emotionally.


What is your favourite life motto? It’s this: Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.


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