Life in a small town far away from the capital isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Add this to the fact that this small town was situated in Poland–a country still coming to terms with its newfound freedom. Add a mono-brow, big mole on even bigger lips and a stammer straight out of the Kings Speech, and you can imagine me as a child.
Clearly a catch for the girls
Change of path
When it came to applying for universities, I had no clue what I wanted to do. My dad suggested studying physiotherapy. Neither of us knew what the hell it was, except for ‘I think it is something to do with massage’
But three months in, that changed. I learned a lot more than massaging, and what knowledge I gleaned, I was quick to apply to the gym. I became obsessed with training: I ran and lifted weights religiously, to the point that I had difficulty securing my seatbelt due to the DOMS.
One day my sister came back home, and was taking pictures of us for a family album. I was wearing a black vest (I was stylish like that; I liked fedoras too). When I saw the pictures, it hit me. I enjoyed training because it was an outlet for me to apply what I learned. But I realized for the first time that I could change myself. It was something that I had control over, and it was addicting. It had a bigger effect than I thought. I started studying and paying attention to my grades for first time since I was 12. In fact, I passed my university with 2:1, but somehow that wasn’t enough.
I didn’t want to be a physiotherapist, because of the work environment and the political/bureaucratic nature of the job. However, someone I met on a bodybuilding forum, Eva, made a suggestion. She was a trainer in London and told me about this job called Personal Training. Sounded like something I would be good at, I thought back then. I haven’t looked back since.
'Greg Mikolap, BSc in Physiotherapy, and a Personal Trainer based in Maidenhead, England. Greg is also a founder of www.PTFolder.com, training solution for people who want to get fit or for people who help others get fit. With almost 10 years experience in the industry, Greg is also a course director for Faster Health & Fitness and is working on his volleyball performance book.'