Katrina Moulton was 43 when she made the decision to study Fitness Instructing at Eastleigh College. Personal family experience had inspired her to train to help and guide people who struggle with gym anxiety or medical disabilities. However as her experience progressed, she found a passion in Personal Training and progressed to study Level 3 Personal Training at Eastleigh College. Since completing her studies, she has gone on to become a Personal Trainer at Pure Gym in Southampton.
The inspiration for Katrina’s fitness journey began with her mother’s cancer, which left her disfigured and unable to attend the gym without assistance. Watching the ordeal that her mother went through convinced her of the value in training to help those who are disadvantaged and gave her the motivation she needed to embark on a course at Eastleigh College.
Katrina said: “After so long in the barbering industry, going back to education and retraining in a completely new field was definitely daunting at first. However, once I settled into the programme it became a lot easier to manage and my tutor Carley was a great source of support throughout.”
Upon completing her Level 2 course, Katrina decided she wanted to continue her development before entering the industry and undertook a further Level 3 course in Personal Training. Both courses were a mix of coursework and exams, ensuring a varied and diverse approach to learning.
“It was a bit scary taking classes at first but I’ve learnt to really enjoy my job and find it very rewarding. My ultimate goal is to use this experience as a launchpad to eventually become independent and run my own fitness training business.”
Carley Avery, Katrina’s tutor at Eastleigh College during her Level 2 Fitness Instructing course, said: “It was a pleasure to teach Katrina during her time here and her story can serve as a real inspiration to those who are considering a career change later in life. With Fitness Instructing and Personal Training qualifications, there are a wide range of career options available to individuals both as a sole trader and within larger businesses and corporations.”
Having completed her qualifications at Eastleigh College, Katrina joined Pure Gym Bitterne in Southampton as a Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer. Working within a dedicated team, she would often lead fitness classes on site.
Katrina said: “It was a bit scary taking classes at first but I’ve learnt to really enjoy my job and find it very rewarding. My ultimate goal is to use this experience as a launchpad to eventually become independent and run my own fitness training business.”