FitSpiration: Gillian Brunton


Posted on Sunday, 3rd Nov, 2013

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FitnessLink's FitSpiration pieces profile the movers, shakers and makers of the UAE health & fitness world - those that inspire, motivate and aim to make a difference. From local trainers to those that have achieved huge fitness goal, each inspire in their own little way!

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Who:

Gillian Brunton

Occupation:

Managing Director & Founder - InnerG Solutions

Tell me more:

I am passionate about CSR and 'Sport for Social Change'. I want to improve the experience of every young person and empower every young woman through the vehicle of sport and activity and I want to integrate corporate employees with young people (they are fun)!

My fitness journey:

I qualified as an 'Exercise to Music Instructor' almost 20 years ago through YMCA. I taught Step, Aerobics, Bums & Tums, circuits and started on BodyPump 8 (!!!). I freelanced all through University and still teach now. I have a BSc in Sports Science, a post grad physical education teaching qualification (PGCE) and more Governing Body qualifications than there are sports!!! I have always taught group exercise as a passion and a hobby. I love the energy of spinning and group exercise - I think I will teach it into my 90's!

My typical fitness routine:

Right now I have stepped it up a notch. I am training and being guided by Karen Gunning (WBFF) and doing some additional cardio at Flywheel twice a week. I also train three times a week at Strength (Al Quoz) doing a mixture of training principles. I have to mix it up and I have to be with people, either in a GX environment or with friends or I am bored and de-motivated.

My passion for youth & fitness:

Sport, fitness and physical education teaching are not seen as 'attractive' career choices by the next generation of graduates. In this region, students are encouraged to take more traditional career paths. I think it important for us to raise the profile of our industry for it to be seen as a valuable option and a good life choice! We need to motivate the next generation and show them that what we do is a passion!

In an effort to facilitate this I have designed two courses for young people, one in Saudi Arabia and one in UAE, so that they can 'wet their appetite' for the fitness industry. They may be too young to take formal qualifications yet or simply don't know which path they want to chose. I want to introduce them to fitness as a career choice and then signpost them to the 'next step'. I am hoping this helps them make University course and career choices which lead them to 'activate' and help other people with their health, fitness and overall well-being as I know I have done.

My top tips for making fitness a part of your life:

1. Love what you do!!! Endorphins are lazy and you have to activate them yourself so make a deal with your 'inner voice' and find activities which feel like 'play' and then find people to play with!

2. Everything in moderation, including silly and unrealistic expectations of yourself. You are who you are (not everyone is a super model and thank goodness for that) but you can 'Be The Best You Can Be'.

3. Mix with positive and driven people. Find out the good ones who accept you 'warts and all' and then make them train with you! Haha.


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