Paulina Chenkina 

Sofia, Bulgaria

"I didn't play sports as a child. I was 16-17 years old when I started training judo. And not because I wanted to! Mom asked me to learn just enough to partner with the children in her group.

After about a year I was still "helping" ... Every night almost my whole family was in the hall (mom, me and my two sisters). We trained, had fun, and more and more people joined the group

After a while we changed the club with another one. This was followed by strength training and my first contact with free weights.

And now I remember how hard it was for me! The levers and weights seemed unbearably heavy and scary to me.

Sometimes I couldn't sit down, other times I couldn't get up ... I moaned and laughed at the same time. But I said I would train!

I went with a notebook and wrote down every success and failure ... and soon I began to enjoy the feeling that I could do more, that I could lift more, that I was stronger.

Friends have asked me why I do it and I'm sure I just made up something ... Today I know the answer: BECAUSE IT MAKES ME HAPPY.

Fitness had become my passion imperceptibly.

Today fitness is my profession, hobby, life.

Has fitness changed my life? - NO

I guess you've read thousands of examples of how fitness has changed the lives of different people with health, psychological, physical problems and more.

I am one of those people whose life has been accompanied by fitness, not changed.

During my student years I tried to work in an administrative position, but very quickly I began to feel limited, dissatisfied, without enthusiasm and desire for development. For a short time I lost all desire for sports.

Soon after, I started working in a women's gym with a great and cohesive team.

I took my first steps as a fitness instructor, learned a lot and was satisfied with my work.

After the birth of my first child, I tried to return to the judo hall. But training is usually in the evening and with a lot of effort I managed to get involved 1-2 times a week, and more often than not I failed. And somehow, of course, the kimono and tatami were a thing of the past.

During the day, however, I always distributed the time much better and was constant in the gym.

I started working in a larger hall. I met my first individual clients.

I had time to train, work and study, and be with my family.

Then a very special person for me helped me realize that my work does not just "help people", but improve their quality of life.

I began to realize that I was not working for rent because of the comfortable working hours, the acceptable salary, etc. I worked for the people and the meaning of the profession.

So it is today."

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