Why I Became a Trainer: Stories Behind FightCamp Trainers

Why I Became a Trainer: Stories Behind FightCamp Trainers

FightCamp trainers are some of the best around. Here's why they became boxing trainers and what they love about it.

Published: June 6, 2018

Topics: Trainer Spotlight, Training

Author: Jen Crompton

You get a great workout when you put in the work – and when you have a great trainer to challenge and push you. We wanted great, we expected great, and yes, we have great.

Our FightCamp trainers are some of the best around. They are fighters, fitness freaks, found souls, parents, and regular people doing what makes them happy. They love bringing the heat in their workouts and are inspired by all the hard work our FightCamp members have put in and the fact that our members show up day after day, ready to take on the challenge and throw some punches.

We know that inspiration is a two-way street and we wanted you to know more about why these trainers continue to push you and what motivated them to get into this business.

We asked our trainers two questions: Why did you become a trainer and what do you love the most about what you do?

Here’s what they had to say…

Coach PJ

FightCamp Trainer Coach PJ Shirdan

“Fifteen years ago I decided to pursue this passion of mine full-time. I saw a need for people to be helped, motivated, and inspired. So I became a trainer to make people better – to help maximize their life potential and to see people from all athletic backgrounds and ages achieve their fitness and life goals. My favorite thing about being a trainer is the people – the people I get to work with and do life with and make better on a daily basis. I love the sheer joy I see in their faces when they make progress – when they accomplish things that, at one point in their lives, was impossible. I love helping people have their best day every day.”

Follow P.J. on Instagram: @trainwithpj


FightCamp Trainer Shanie "Smash" Rusth

“I became a trainer because I am passionate about changing lives. I grew up watching my mother (who was a health nut and an aerobics instructor) live this lifestyle, and it was second nature for me to continue spreading the knowledge. In my early 20s, I became extremely passionate about fitness after the birth of my two children. Experiencing how exercise changed my mindset and brought me that natural high and rush of endorphins, I wanted to bring that positivity into others’ lives. I love watching people gain confidence – literally transforming their whole sense of being and sense of self-esteem through a total body transformation. Exercise is very therapeutic; you can heal a person’s inner being while transforming their figure."

Follow Shanie on Instagram: @shaniesmash


FightCamp Trainer Aaron Swenson

“I became a trainer because I love connecting with people – and I love movement. What I love most about being a trainer is the opportunity to interact with people from all walks of life.”

Follow Aaron on Instagram: @swensonboxing


FightCamp Trainer Tommy Duquette

“I started training people at Boston Boxing when I was 15 years-old. Prior, I was working a part-time job after school and it was interfering with my own training schedule. My trainer wanted me to focus on my training so he helped me get my first two training clients which allowed me to quit my after school job and be in the gym. Being a trainer is a very unique experience. It's one of the few disciplines where you have a direct impact on peoples’ lives, which is very rewarding. You also get to form real relationships – some of the people I trained became friends and they remain my friends to this day.”

Follow Tommy on Instagram: @tommyduquette

Flo Master

FightCamp Trainer Flo Master

“I became a trainer by accident. I was training myself and I tore my ACL. Then, I started to look for the best ways to recover from my injury. I started going to a lot of physical therapist and realized a lot of them did not know what the hell they were doing. That's when I decided I was going to educate myself and make myself better. So when I got better people saw that and it made them want to train with me. However, what really got thinking about becoming a personal trainer is when I started working with Usher. At first Usher called me to teach him how to b-boy. While learning how to dance, Usher saw me training and he wanted me to be his trainer. He is the reason why I started doing this. What do I love about training? I just love changing people's lives. I believe we were put on this Earth to better ourselves and better other people. There is nothing better than changing people's life besides yours”

Follow Flo Master on Instagram: @flomaster73

Jen Crompton

Jen Crompton is a co-owner and fitness instructor at FUEL Cycle Fitness, an indoor cycling + boxing fitness studio located in the Philly suburbs. An entrepreneur with a deep-rooted love of fitness and health, Jen combined her passions and talents alongside her husband to open their fitness studio in 2016 and begin building their FUELFit brand. Jen is also a Lululemon ambassador, digital marketer, writer, and mom to a 3-year old son.

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