Grace Cowan – Putting myself in uncomfortable situations

Hi! I’m Grace. I’m a personal trainer and online coach – mainly coaching shift workers and females to become the best versions of themselves, in a healthy and sustainable way.

A typical day for me starts at 5am 4 days per week, hydrate and caffeinate then journal. I run 1-2-1 sessions at the gym from 6am-11am. In-between this I work on my online business – client support or social media content, sales calls, zoom meetings, programming, check ins and all the other admin stuff. I then return to work for three hours in the evenings and run 3 more 1-2-1 sessions. 

I chose this career because I struggled with my weight and body image for years, and totally got lead down the wrong path TOO many times. Skinny coffee, slimfast, juice plus, fasting – then overindulging, being a cardio queen. I also struggled with low self-belief, confidence and anxiety and fitness was something that gave me a sense of purpose and got me where I am today. I want to give that back to others that need my help and support. The reason I specifically focus on shift workers is because prior to becoming a coach, I worked in children’s homes, mental health in the NHS and was a police officer. Not many coaches out there understand the stresses that come with these careers but I do, and can relate to how my clients feel.

How I got to where I am now in a nutshell – I hired a coach. Yes! I spent years trial and erroring my way to where I am, but I only really found my path when I met my partner, Lydia. I owe it all to her, she taught me everything I know and made me the coach I am today, and I will be forever grateful. She believed in me during times when I didn’t believe in myself and made the decision to quit my job as a police officer a whole lot easier!! So here I am – GRACIEBLOODYFIT 

‘I can relate to how my clients feel’

I put myself in uncomfortable situations, took off my comfy slippers and just started doing things that would align with the person and coach I wanted to become. I started to focus on being athletic, reading books, journaling. I call these things DAILY PRIVATE VICTORY as they are things and times where I focus on me and how I can be a better person for the people around me and a better coach for my clients. 

An important initiative that I feel passionate about in my role is helping shift workers feel FIT FOR DUTY.

I got the drive and determination to succeed by knowing that if it was going to be – it’s down to me. I was never handed anything on a plate growing up. I had to work for it, and it’s made the self-sufficient woman I am today. 

The great thing about being a female in my role is relating to the ladies on my team. Helping them feel empowered and building their confidence.

My biggest achievement in life is building my business – Graciefit. And changing people’s lives for the better.

The biggest lesson I have learnt along the way would be, do not hold back in life just to comfort or placate those around you. 

‘Do not hold back in life just to comfort or placate those around you’

In the fitness industry there is sometimes bad press that female PT’s are not as good as males – but I have not had those challenges.

My favourite hobbies outside of work are eating and drinking with friends, walking, running, swimming, cycling, MUSIC, reading. Anything that gives me an adrenaline rush!

The mantra I live my life by is ‘If it isn’t fun – don’t do it’

My top three tips to give to young females starting their careers would be:

1 – Do not dare play small. 

2- There is no such thing as failure – just feedback

3- You are capable of remarkable things that you could never foretell and will never discover without taking action. If you don’t jump – you won’t land

The best bit of advice I have ever been given was by my grandma and she said ‘Work hard whilst you’re young and able’ 

One woman who has impacted my life would be my mum. For the good and the bad. She made the loving and compassionate person I am today but also made me work hard to become everything she wasn’t. She relied on everyone for everything and never worked. I wanted to be the opposite. So, I worked twice as a hard to become independent and stand on my own two feet. 

‘If it isn’t fun – don’t do it’

My key motivators are: 

To be happy and make others happy. 

To learn more so I can pass more knowledge on. 

To provide a good life for me and my family

I think some strategies that can help women achieve a more prominent role in their organizations would be, equal opportunities for all, positive discrimination and encouraging females to go for promotion

My advice for women aiming for leadership positions would be that behind every successful man, is a woman leading the way. 

One key leadership lesson I’ve learned along the way would be to be confident, know yourself and love yourself

What I would say to my 16 year old self. There is no right or wrong way in life. We learn from experience and when we learn we grow. Challenge is central to all growth so challenge yourself as much as you possibly can

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