Becoming the boss: How I became a professional CrossFit Trainer - Shiv Simani

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It boils down to the goals that you want to achieve and the willingness to do what is required to achieve them. No one will do it for you.

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Shiv Simani is an established and renown Crossfit Level 1 trainer, online coach, social media influencer, former Mr. USIU and father. Shiv Simani founded Shiv Simani Fitness Ltd which caters to fitness and nutrition. We had an opportunity to have a chat with him on his career, here is how it went. 

What do you mean by CrossFit?

Crossfit is a form of high intensity interval training. It works on strength and conditioning and is made up of functional movements (actions performed in everyday life like squatting, pushing) performed at high intensity. 

You once said that you aspire to be an online fitness trainer. How has it been working for you?

The industry is still quite young since it has not yet been known and received as much. People still preferred going to the gym physically. Online training is tough because it requires more discipline and self-motivation. However, people have started embracing it more after realizing that you don’t have to be in the gym to be fit as long as you put in the work while at home.

It has given me more time on my hands because I’m able to serve more clients at a go as opposed to serving one client in the gym. I’m able to reach more people online with my fitness programs.

How did you begin your fitness journey?

I started way long ago in primary school as a footballer. I also actively participated in swimming, rugby and football back in high school. Sports was always my goal as a youngster and I actually dreamt of becoming a footballer. Due to various constraints, I couldn’t pursue a course in sports abroad and that’s why I settled for Hotel Management in USIU. A friend of mine in University was already into fitness and I asked him to help me with his programs. I also leveraged on YouTube a lot because there was a lot of content on the same. With consistency and excellent mentorship I got certified in Crossfit three years ago having worked for four years prior.

Did you think that Fitness would become your life-long career?

Yes. My desire was a career in sports as I had stated earlier but I pursued Hotel Management and actually got a job after graduating. But within the first year I knew that this was not what I wanted to do with my life. Fitness was my vision, therefore, having gained quality experience I made the bold steps to take it up as a career.

How did you break into the market and how did you position yourself as a professional?

When my partner Frank Kiarie and I started approximately seven years ago, we could see that there was potential in the online market because there was no one who was doing it virtually. In fact, I still believe that even now the market is not yet saturated enough. That is when we founded “Just gym it”.

We started by recording videos of us working out, edit and post them on social media. When people started watching them they would ask for more. Others wanted to join us during our workouts while others wanted to know more about the trade. However, I moved on from the company four years ago and founded my own company Shiv Simani Fitness Ltd.

"I pursued Hotel Management and actually got a job after graduating. But within the first year I knew that this was not what I wanted to do with my life."

 

How did you manage to cultivate self-discipline and consistency in your fitness journey?

A lot of it boils down to the goals that you want to achieve and the willingness to do what is required to achieve them. You have to take responsibility since no one will do it for you. For progress to be made there has to be action taken because success does not fall like manna from heaven.

It is hard but you have to push. For instance, if someone wants to shed off their belly fat, they have to put in daily effort to achieve that goal. Every little effort that you take especially in challenging times does count for something.

It is also important to educate oneself on the benefits of working out so that one can be motivated to workout.

Bearing in mind that success doesn’t happen overnight how then can one measure success or progress?

Ensure that you are goal-driven. Organize your goals in terms of long and short-term goals. A good example is setting the number of runs that you will do in a week. When you achieve that then it means that with consistency you grow or stretch the goals farther. Like from three runs a week to five. By the end of the year you will have achieved so much success.

How do you marry discipline in diet with discipline in fitness because its common knowledge a wrong diet defeats a good workout program?

“Abs are made in the kitchen” you might have heard of that saying. If you are burning 1000 calories but you consume 3000 calories in junk food and other nutrition less foods it means you will have an extra 2000. You will obviously fail to achieve your target of losing weight and your fitness goals as long as you keep defeating your efforts by eating the wrong thing. I advise people to keep off junk food as much as possible.

I beg to differ with the notion that natural food is expensive. Foods like rice, beans, ugali, etc are readily available and cheap to acquire. Just measure the quantities that you take and you will be good to go.

We all stumble sometimes, what’s that one mistake that you learnt from and has helped you progress in your career?

Overtime I have learnt to set boundaries. When I was starting out I was afraid of being harsh or letting go of some clients but I came to discover that some people take advantage of that. You would find that some people would not respect their allotted time and would show up late for class therefore the next client would suffer delays and time wastage.

I have learnt to emphasize on effective time management and demanding professionalism from my clients. This cultivates an environment for success. 

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    Mark | July 30, 2020 07:51

    Grate work

    AHMED | July 30, 2020 07:02

    Nice one brother, inspiring.

    Fredrick | July 30, 2020 06:00

    Just started my journey as a trainer too ✌

    EMMAH | July 29, 2020 08:09

    good message bro

    Tonny | July 28, 2020 10:35

    ''Always its good to be a vision bearer.'' That was a good ambitions and you made it. What we should know is that, ''what you desire in life is what you do, and will be.''

    Ivan | July 28, 2020 06:48

    Great Shiv. @Shelmith, age is just a number, at 40 you still have a lot to achieve. Just change your mindset.

    Evelyne | July 26, 2020 18:39

    So inspiring I like it

    katusiime | July 26, 2020 14:28

    It's encouraging. But wen u are jobless, u lack capital to start Wat u really want. May God intervine and I get a better paying job then I can work on my dreams.

    Daniel | July 26, 2020 07:19

    Hey Shiv i also would love to be a professional trainer like you. Very inspiring

    Gilbert | July 26, 2020 03:07

    Good work Mr .go more far

    Alphat | July 25, 2020 19:29

    Thanx for ur article shiv.

    Nduku | July 25, 2020 19:14

    Encouraging words thanks

    Daniel | July 25, 2020 12:03

    Hey!! what a wonderful inspiration it is my brother , You made it despite of setbacks amidst and I will make it as professional like you I hoped in Jesus Christ name. Thank you and fuzu group for their amazing work.

    Okello | July 25, 2020 10:50

    dat z great ,succesful enterpreneurs or great achevers are risk takers

    RICHARD | July 25, 2020 07:17

    Determination comes fro hard working .so interesting

    Enock | July 24, 2020 20:13

    I like it thanks

    EVERLYNE | July 24, 2020 12:37

    Very encouraging, am inspired, thanks

    HARRISON | July 24, 2020 08:59

    Great, At 40 , Hotel!!!!

    NAOMI | July 23, 2020 19:37

    Quite inspiring,thank you for sharing and long live your company.

    Deogracious | July 23, 2020 19:27

    Waaooo ,good project .I admire it

    panda | July 23, 2020 18:47

    Wawooo

    GERALD | July 23, 2020 18:19

    It's a good message bro , but for me am aproffesional driver l have no job

    Zephania | July 23, 2020 17:05

    Nice work mr.shiv

    NAKIRYA | July 23, 2020 15:37

    Dats great Bro

    Kevin | July 23, 2020 15:31

    Lovely Mr.shiv

    Vivian | July 23, 2020 15:10

    Am working out already...its been 4 weeks and am seeing results so far...the problem is I don't know how to measure the calories that I consume

    Omoding | July 23, 2020 14:14

    Your comments.very good project

    sylvia | July 23, 2020 12:30

    Awesome.Pls a need to reduce my belly

    Elizabeth | July 23, 2020 11:48

    Wow!I am very motivated.. you've inspired me Shiv

    kipkorir | July 23, 2020 11:40

    Good message thanks

    RODGERS | July 23, 2020 10:40

    It's amazing I like the commitment

    Murungi | July 23, 2020 10:32

    Such a Lucrative speech it is.

    Queentar | July 23, 2020 10:29

    Am inspired with the good lesson also is good to do what you love doing

    Doris | July 23, 2020 10:11

    When you are passionate about something, you will stop at nothing. Keep it up.

    Muhereza | July 23, 2020 10:02

    Very motivational and so captivating! I particular like the phrase; it all boils down to your goals because you usually achieve what you look out for

    Salama | July 23, 2020 09:58

    Wow..He built a beautiful idea into reality.

    Ibrahim tetu | July 23, 2020 09:52

    Awesome bro

    Lilian | July 23, 2020 09:39

    Good inspiration can you employ me coz right now am jobless and am in need of a job

    kezak | July 23, 2020 08:28

    Wonderful,I appreciate your inspiration

    Pamela | July 23, 2020 08:21

    Awesome

    Judy | July 23, 2020 07:21

    Wow motivated..... Have been trying to loose my weight for Long,, now I have the best idea of how i can do it

    maxwell mwenda | July 23, 2020 06:54

    Wow so good lesson for anyone with open minded for good future..

    daisy | July 23, 2020 05:39

    NICE WORK SHIV

    John | July 23, 2020 05:37

    Good lessons in here. May God bless you brother.

    Shelmith | July 23, 2020 05:21

    am inspired i did the same course and i have never done a job to do with the hotel managed i hate that field, what can i do at the moment am at 40,s , am like nothing i can achieve at my age am lost pls help me

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    Eunice | July 23, 2020 09:38

    Hey, hope you find help/ideas but keep in mind, it's all about your mindset. Don't let your age stop you from going that extra mile, discovering that hidden talent, being happy and wanting to learn more. There is time for everything. Forget about that 40 and start living. All the best!!

    Arinaitwe | July 23, 2020 05:00

    Thank you for your words of encouragement. I'm really inspired, and thanks again for all the help and support a from fuzu group

    Innocent Bruno | July 23, 2020 04:54

    Great inspiration and self commitment to a achieve success

    PAULINE | July 23, 2020 03:45

    Amazing

    Martine | July 23, 2020 03:35

    It's quite encouraging l like it. thanks.

    Richard | July 23, 2020 02:46

    Dear l need you to stand with me so that l become like you in Jesus name

    GEORGE | July 23, 2020 01:19

    Thus really great and so inspiring Shiv was my colleague at one of the Hotels in Nairobi ,am really motivated by his progress and focus


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