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Client conversations: meet Zoya

This post is is the second in my new client conversations series. I’m lucky enough to train really diverse and interesting folk with all kinds of training goals, ambitions, professional backgrounds and life experiences. I’ll regularly feature an interview with a client on my blog, so you can get to know them! Meet Zoya, a communications and advocacy professional, who has been training with me for a couple of months.

You in 25 words or less

I’m 25-years-old, work full time in communications, and am a writer of fiction and non-fiction. I’m also a feminist and an animal rights activist.

What’s on your playlist right now?

I’m loving the new Tame Impala album! I also really love HAIM.

Why did you decide to start training with me?

Exercise was always something that freaked me out – I’ve always been self-concious about it, and never felt particularly confident to train on my own. In 2013, I started running, and that changed my whole perspective. I finally felt like I could be a ‘fit person’.

When I decided that I wanted to work on my strength and conditioning, I was looking for a trainer who would create the kind of culture and atmosphere around training that would keep me comfortable and motivated, and who could help me work towards my goals and keep me informed along the way – everything I heard about you ticked all the boxes, and you’ve definitely delivered!

What are your big picture training goals?

I would love to run faster – I have chronic asthma, so it’s hard for me to push myself without occasionally crossing into dangerous territory. I’m hoping to gradually build up to running faster and for longer.

I’d love to be able to run a half-marathon one day!

Who inspires you?

A friend of mine passed away recently – she was an amazing writer, and since her death, I’ve really reflected on how respected and loved she was in the community. Her legacy inspires me.

What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about getting into training?

It can be really daunting deciding to start training, especially if you’re like me and are relatively new to exercise. Be really honest about what you are and aren’t comfortable with, and challenge yourself to stretch your boundaries. And definitely choose a trainer who works with your needs and goals – it’s worth it!

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