Watching her father battle health problems from a sedentary lifestyle was a wake-up call for Sue Borg.
Already struggling with weight and dealing with high blood pressure in her late 40s, Sue decided she needed to act. She and her husband joined a gym in 2011 and hired a personal trainer. Following a tailored workout plan, she lost 80 pounds within a year and felt great. She loved the gym’s restorative powers.
“When you go into the gym, you don’t come out the same way. The stress just disappears, you’re revitalized, you’re re-energized and I thought, ‘What a great place to work.’”
This inspired her to pursue her newfound love of fitness and enrolled in Humber’s Fitness and Health Promotion program when her career as an early childhood educator was cut short unexpectedly with the closure of the school where she taught.
“I was nervous when I started,” she admitted. “I was going to school with students my daughter’s age.” Her fears quickly faded though as “everyone was so accepting. The students are amazing and the staff are always there to help.”
She found the classes engaging and enjoyed the mix of academic study and real-world experience. For Sue, that meant working with a client on campus for 14 weeks, an internship at a local community centre and developing her first boot camp for a high school wrestling team.
Her work in the field was so authentic, it enabled her to become a certified personal trainer and a certified group exercise instructor through canfitpro while she studied. “I feel totally prepared to do this when I graduate,” she said. “Humber has given me all the tools I need.”
Her advice to others thinking of a second career: “It’s never too late,” she said. “You don’t want to regret never taking that chance on doing something you love.”
Humber College helped Sue Borg pursue a career change to complement her dramatic life change.