I believe true happiness derives from self-actualization, which occurs when someone feels a deep sense of belonging, purpose and a maximization of their true potential. I also believe that it encompasses mindfulness and the ability to make the most out of factors we have control over. As a young adult I’m lucky enough to be on the journey of self-actualization.
At the age of 8 I began my fitness journey after winning a race at a local swimming competition. Fast forward 9 years after endless early mornings, competitions and an eternity following a black line, I had established a deep seeded passion towards fitness that would drive me towards studying it at both a secondary and tertiary level.
Upon graduation my passion for swimming was replaced with workouts at the gym, with the goal of improving both my physique and performance. In my pursuit for progress, I came to the realization that I had many questions that remained unanswered due to a large amount of conflicting information I was exposed to.
Going on to study Exercise Science was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made, as it allowed me to answer all of those questions I previously had and many more. Not only that, but it provided me with the knowledge and understanding of how to interpret scientific research and apply it practically to my client’s as well as my own training.
"Who dares to teach must never cease to learn." - John Cotton Dana
The beauty of my profession is that I am always a student. Each and every one of my client’s has their own unique set of values, goals and aspirations that has led me to constantly learn and grow as a trainer. With exposure to different methodologies of training, my training philosophy has also adapted.
When I first began training my goals were heavily focused on improving my appearance and being as strong as I looked. Even though these goals still stand, I’ve come to prioritize health as a fundamental benefit of being physically active. I’m now more appreciative of exercise for it’s benefits towards reducing risk of disease and improving overall quality of life.
Self-actualization represents belonging, purpose and potential. As a trainer I have the ability to positively influence those around me to feel each of those qualities. I’m lucky enough to feel and breathe it everyday, and if I can pass that onto those I come into contact with I know I’m helping to develop a fruitful and fulfilling life.
Daniel Chapelle AES, AEP
Accredited Exercise Physiologist