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Q & A with Personal Trainer, Razvan Gradinaru

Ever thought about changing someone’s life and starting a career in one of the most rewarding industries? We caught up with Razvan Gradinaru, Multi Unit Manager and Personal Trainer at CityFitness, to share his experience and advice. Razvan has worked passionately as a CityFitness Trainer for 5 years and now manages a large team of CityFitness Personal Trainers in four Wellington clubs.

1)      How did you get started in the Fitness industry?

My passion for fitness started 16 years ago when I lived in Europe - I was very lean weighing only 59 kg. I decided to work hard on my health and physique and started seeing results quite early. My dedication was visible to others in my local gym that several friends began asking me for advice. I had the answers and loved sharing them so I thought I should pursue this more.


2)      What is the most rewarding part of being a Personal Trainer?

The feeling when someone tells me that I changed their life is just indescribable. There are many rewarding career paths out there, but improving one’s health, well being, confidence, and physique is something that makes me smile day in and out.


3)      Have you experienced any struggles in your career?

There will always be struggles and I experienced two that I can remember right off the top of my head. One was the language barrier as I am originally from Romania – I had to learn the English language from scratch when I came to NZ. There were many fitness terms that I had trouble understanding, but with time and dedication, I improved a great deal. Another struggle was understanding  that Personal Training is not about what I want the client to achieve – it is all about what they want to achieve.


4)      What advice would you give some who has just started their Personal Training career?

There is a lot to of advice to give, but there are three important ones...

  • Be a coach, not an expert and listen well to your client’s needs

  • Believe in yourself and realise that you are a role model for a lot of people

  • Give 100% and your work will be rewarded more that that