Member Spotlight: Fred Personal Trainer
In our new Member Spotlight Series, we're catching up with our members individually to hear about their stories and experiences as business owners in Argyll. Our local businesses are owned and operated by our friends, family, neighbours, and acquaintances who live and breathe Argyll. So, let's shine a light on all their fabulousness and get to know them a little better...
Today, we're starting with Fred, Personal Trainer & Weight Loss Coach. Inspired by his own family and personal health journey, this is a young entrepreneur with a passion for helping other people feel their best!
Introducing: Fred Hunt-Smith
Where in Argyll are you from?
Inveraray. I’ve lived here for the past 17 years.
What’s your favourite thing about living and working in Argyll?
I just enjoy the peace and quiet. I like going to the city although being able come back here at the end of the day makes me really appreciate living here. I work online so I’m able to make Inveraray my work base which is perfect for me.
Do you have a favourite spot or hidden gem that you love to visit?
It’s got to be Dun Na Cuaiche in Inveraray. I love the walk. It’s tough which makes reaching the top even better. The view over Loch Fyne and Inveraray is incredible. I always recommend to people who visit Inveraray to walk up there.
What’s the story or reason behind starting your business?
After being really unhealthy and suffering from migraines when I was a kid, I’ve been really passionate about health and fitness.
I started personal training and gained y certification after helping both of my parents lose 10 stone between them. I realised how rewarding it was to help them lose so much weight and see it change their lives in such a positive way. It made be want to help other people as well.
What will people get from your business that they won’t get anywhere else?
I think the biggest thing is honesty. Weight loss is often over complicated and I think that can be quite off putting to a lot of people. It’s impossible to know where to start and how to go about it. The fitness industry doesn’t really help this either because a lot of trainers (not all, but some) abuse their position and take advantage of people who maybe don’t have a great understanding of things and can be easily mislead. I help people reach their goals simply and sustainably, without any of those diet culture tactics.
What else are you passionate about? Is there anything people may be surprised to know or learn about you?
I really love Motorsport whether it’s on my simulation rig at home or at a Karting track. I’m a Drummer in 2 different bands. I like to travel but obviously it’s been a while. I really do enjoy cooking as well. I’ve followed a vegan diet since July 2020 for health, moral and environmental reasons which I’m really passionate about. I don’t like to force it on other people though because that doesn’t achieve anything. I think the world is slowly steering in that direction anyway and people can make that decision themselves.
We're all about supporting local businesses here at Market Argyll. Do you have any favourites you'd like to share and recommend to others?
I'm a coffee lover too so there’s a few local coffee shops I really like. Campbell Coffee in Inveraray serve really great coffee and when I'm in Oban, I visit Food From Argyll Cafe near Oban Pier for their coffee as well. Hinba Coffee Roasters (also in Oban) are great too and do amazing hot chocolate and vegan carrot cake!
What are you most proud of?
Definitely what I’ve managed to help my parents achieve. They both believed that being overweight was just part of getting older and that there was nothing they could do about it. To help them achieve the things they have is definitely what I am most proud of.
What’s your favourite quote?
I’m sure most people would quote a world leader or a poet but I’m going to quote Joe Rogan...
“Someone else’s success does not equal a failure for you”.
It’s easy when you see some fitness model on a magazine cover or on social media with an incredible physique and think that you’ll never look like that and you shouldn’t even try. Never let someone else’s success put you down. Only use their success to be inspired.
Where do you hang out most online? Where can people connect with you?
Definitely Instagram and I've recently started a YouTube channel. I’m not really a fan of any other platforms although I am on Facebook as well. I prefer Instagram and YouTube over Facebook because you have to include an image or a video whereas on Facebook or Twitter, a post with just words, people can easily take things the wrong way.
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