Another month has gone by and with it a new Innovative Fitness Kitsilano coach of the month: Kia Taeb! Kia has shown time and time again just how great he is at his work. We’re lucky to have him and the passion that he brings to his job every day!
Tell us about yourself and your journey with IF.
I’ve worked at Innovative Fitness for exactly a year now and honoured to receive the title ‘Coach of the Month’. Innovative Fitness has helped me step out of my shell and I’m definitely a much more complete version of myself since the first day I walked in through those doors. I like to challenge myself in one shape or another (however small or big they might be) every single day thanks to IF. My next big challenge I’m looking to embark upon is hopefully doing a hike at the beautiful Yosemite is addition to also furthering my school by taking the required measures to get accepted to a Physiotherapy school.
What’s the biggest adversity you’ve had to overcome?
Before IF I was the last person to have any desire to step out of my comfort zone. I had all the excuses in the world to explain why I shouldn’t do certain things. That’s the biggest adversity I’ve had to overcome. I have more confident in myself and stand up for what I believe in, while simultaneously welcoming new experiences and opportunities. One of the most recent life altering expeditions I went on was skydiving in Whistler. The highest thing I’ve ever jumped off before this was a 5-meter diving board, so it goes to show how far I’ve come when it comes to challenging myself not only physically, but also emotionally and spiritually.
What’s your best success story with a client?
It’s difficult to think of one Success story among my many lovely clients that I’ve had the pleasure of meeting. So I’ll point out a few memorable ones that really make all the hard work worth it. I’ve had a client lose over 20lbs in 6 weeks, another who trained to crush Tough Mudder this year. Also, numerous clients who’ve overcome injuries to compete in various races. I could keep going talking about the many achievements that my clients have been able to accomplish. However, the true fact is that it’s a mutual relationship where they help me to face my challenges and improve myself.
Finally, what is one advice for aspiring IF trainers?
My advice for anyone ever hoping to work in an environment like IF, is to be open to advice. Moreover, find the beauty in being wrong, because it offers you an opportunity to learn. The best way to evolve personally is to ask questions and to learn from each mistake.
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