Audrey Barry – Turning Passion into Profession
From Aura Gym Member to Employee, Navan Local Audrey Barry, Tells Us Her Story of Turning Her Passion Into a Profession!
I reluctantly joined Aura Navan on 21st July 2017 when I was overweight, unfit and my confidence was totally gone. I met with Kacper and he totally put me at ease. I set myself a goal of losing 2 stone. I received a workout plan and Kacper checked me every week to see how I was getting on. I was encouraged to start eating healthy and educated about healthy eating. I started doing classes in Aura and was determined to better myself every day. After 6 months I lost 3 and a half stone which exceeded my expectations. It was a total transformation. Last summer I got into the pool but I wouldn’t even put my face in the water. Kacper happened to be there and made me put goggles on and put my face in the water. He then set me a goal of learning to swim and got me to book the ladies swimming lessons. Susan was amazing at teaching me and after 8 weeks I was swimming lengths.
In February I was approached and asked if I would consider becoming a swim teacher. I took on the challenge and did the course. I am so happy that I did as now I am a member of staff and love my new job. Aura is like a big family, the friends you end up having is just brilliant. It’s not just a place to go and workout but it is a place to meet new people and become a close community supporting each other. Thanks to Aura I am so confident in myself now and I look and feel amazing. It was the best thing that has ever happened to me and I could have never have seen myself learning all the skills that I have. I plan to keep learning and developing myself. I have added years to my life and I have my life back thanks to Aura.
One of the great things about working for this company is the continuous upskilling and training and development programmes. Aura recently launched their first Aura Fitness Academy where you can study to gain internationally recognised Personal Training and Fitness Instructor Qualifications. I am delighted to be starting this course in September and continue on my career journey doing what I love.