Amy Pounder

Personal Trainer, Middlesbrough

Sector: Personal Training

After tackling her own mental health struggles, Amy Pounder set up her own personal training business. Today, she runs that business alongside ladies’ bootcamp classes

Where do you call home?

Middlesbrough.

Tell us about your role? 

I am a director of my own business, Amy Pounder Personal Training Ltd. I am a personal trainer and run an all-women’s bootcamp. 

How did you get to where you are today?

I started off in the motor industry as a service advisor. But after struggling with my own mental health, and realising that fitness plays a huge role in overcoming this, I wanted to help other women who suffer with their mental health while also helping them on their fitness journey. I decided to open my own business after 10 years in the motor trade and have run my ladies’ bootcamp for over two years. 

What struggles or obstacles did you face along the way?

The main struggle was to overcome my own mental health. Once I had done this, I realised how much I could help other women in my situation. It’s always a struggle starting your own business and getting the first clients to join bootcamp. Once the first few started, word of mouth helped greatly, as well promoting the business – and when you are determined and have the right mindset, the rest will fall into place. 

Describe the moment you first got a feel for success?

The moment I realised how successful it could be was when I started to see my business grow and more clients join bootcamp. This made me more passionate than ever and I have not looked back since. 

Do you have any advice for aspiring young females?

My first bit of advice to any young female is to always believe in yourself and never give up on any dream you have, because that dream can always be made a reality. With hard work and determination, the world is your oyster. I took the path at an early age to start in the motor trade, but just because I took that path didn’t mean I had to follow it, and that shows you can always follow and achieve your dreams. Always look for and find your purpose in life.

What advice would you give to your younger self? 

Never give up on yourself and your goals, even when times are hard. If you want something, when you work hard enough and believe in yourself enough, good things will come. Always surround yourself with positive people who will lift you up when things get tough, and never let anybody tell you that you can’t do something.

What three words inspire you and encourage a positive path? 

Believe, achieve, succeed.

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