Hi there, first of all before I start rambling let me introduce myself. My name is Josh Goodfellow, a 22 year old fitness professional, business owner, life lover and most notably a recent graduate of the Body Aid Solutions Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training course.
With 5 years of industry experience and 7 years at the top of the sporting ladder my love for everything industry related is unquestionable. I have a condition or if you speak to a doctor they prefer the term “disABILITY” yeah because they just love tarnishing people with pointless and offensive terminology, anyway, it’s called Cerebral Palsy (Spastic Diplegia) to be more specific.
That allegedly is supposed to affect the function of my legs, fine motor skills like balance, co-ordination and flexibility, they are all implicating factors and are difficult to live with but I’m a glass half full kind of guy, I mean from a positive point of view I get to walk around with a cool limp, I get a blue badge for my car and well I’m what you would call “different”.
All jokes aside, despite this condition I truly believe that the only thing that has any bearing on your ability to do something is your attitude or mind-set towards life. I live by the philosophy that “The only disABILITY in life is a bad attitude” you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it, I’m a prime example of that, at the age of 14 I took up athletics (100m+200m) it would have been football but none of the local teams fancied letting me play for them, petrified that I’d “fall over” whilst playing and sue or die.
Quite quickly I was touted as being quite good at running and by the age of 15 I was already achieving National titles, by the end of my career at 18 I had amassed over 10 National Medals, 4 National Titles, 2 National Records and at my peak I was the fastest man in the world. Not bad for a kid who has a “disABILITY” after retiring at 18 for no reason other than disabled sport isn’t lucrative and like everyone I had to start growing up and paying bills. So I went to college and got my YMCA Level 2 in Gym Instructing (Sorry Body Aid) and got a job in a gym as an instructor. Shock horror a disABLED person working in a gym. In December 2012 I started a company called JGFitness, other than the usual services you would expect its primary service is supporting people with disABILITIES with health, fitness and bodybuilding, since its launch we have been fortunate enough to help create avenues and opportunities for disABILITY events and individuals to really flourish and develop. For more information on JGFitness and it’s work please visit www.jgfitness.co.
Fast forward to today I have been working in that same gym for 4 ½ years and I recently undertook a Level 3 Personal Training course with Body Aid Solutions, I couldn’t recommend them highly enough as a training provider, the tutors are great and the course structure and content is fantastic it has allowed me to continue with my CPD, and will now allow me to work with and support so many more people within my day job at the gym and also as “The man behind the brand” JGFitness.
As for me personally I am now an avid and VERY amateur “bodybuilder” I competed in my 1st show in May 2014 and in on 1st November 2014 I shall be taking to the stage again to prove that “The only disABILITY in life is a bad attitude”
That’s all from me for now but hopefully if Body Aid will have me back after this essay I shall be blogging regularly on a wide variety of topics that aren’t my life story and are in fact quite interesting and hopefully thought provoking.