An Interview with Personal Trainer Lucy Marner
Thank you so much for being involved in the Girl Gang Chat Lucy! Please introduce yourself to the Girl Gang: Hey girls! My name is Lucy Marner and I’m a qualified personal trainer, and my husband and I have two beautiful little boys called Mason who is 8 and Jaxon who is 5.
Have you always had a passion for fitness?
I think I always have in some ways. I grew up loving skiing holidays and my Dad used to take me sailing, I was a quite a ‘Tom boy’ really, having two older brothers to keep up with! Then I started dancing and eventually got a place at Italia Conti dance school in London, and we would have dance classes for three hours per day, it was gruelling, but a lot of fun! The biggest lesson I learnt there was discipline. Which I think is what helps me now as a personal trainer and for my own fitness goals.
Why did you decide to become a Personal Trainer?
After having my first Son, I hired a Personal Trainer to come to my house three times a week and I enjoyed it so much, and also admired her career and felt like I could do it too. I thought it would be a great job to have around the kids, if I could work for myself.
What do you enjoy most about being a Personal Trainer?
I love the satisfaction of helping people. Often clients come to me either after just having had a baby, or women who are new to fitness, and just watching them get stronger each week, more confident and happy in themselves, is very rewarding!
How do you feel social media impacts and affects women's views on their body image?
I think it can be quite damaging for some women, especially if they are feeling insecure about themselves. For example, women who have just had a baby, there still seems to be a lot of pressure to “snap back” but that’s not what I’m about. I like to encourage and empower my clients, and help them to find a happy balance with their diet and fitness goals. There are too many unrealistic images out there on the internet for women to compare themselves too. However there are also some amazing, inspiring accounts on social media, which in my opinion does level it out. My advice: don’t follow anyone on social media who makes you feel bad or sad!
What can we do as a generation to change this?
Keep sharing “real” content on social media. It’s great to be fit and healthy and I applaud anyone who works hard and achieves what they want in life, and we should be seeing this on social media as it is motivating for most people. But we should keep showing the tummy rolls and bags under our eyes, to help women understand that they are not alone and no one is perfect!
How do you find juggling work and being a mum?
Sometimes it’s a struggle, but I think that since working solely from my home studio for the past year or so, it’s been amazing. I’ve managed to organise my schedule a lot more efficiently, packing more clients into one day, and making sure I can still take the kids to school and pick them up again. I personally wouldn’t want my career to negatively impact the kids. I want to be there for them as much as I can, I don’t even think they really know that I work all day whilst they’re at school!
What do you love most about having your own business?
The flexibility! As I said, I decided to qualify as a personal trainer because I wanted to do something that I knew I would enjoy doing for years to come, and something that worked well around the kids. It’s perfect for me and my family!
And finally, what is your me time moment?
Exercising! Finding my own time to exercise is tough at the moment as I work all day and then have the kids, but when I find the time, which I do manage to, even if it’s half an hour, it makes me feel so refreshed and energised. And then at the end of the day, a hot bubble bath and snuggling up on the sofa to watch Netflix!