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Akash Vaghela Akash Vaghela · 01 Jan 2020

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My love for health and fitness all started when I didn’t make it into a rugby academy at the age of 13. I was quite big for my age but was surrounded by what felt like monsters at the trial. I used this as an excuse and tried to console myself until someone asked me what I was going to do about it. That’s when the switch flicked in my head. The following night I started doing push ups and sit ups in my bedroom, which progressed to a set of adjustable dumbbells from Argos, and finally I joined the gym at my local leisure centre.

Although training was something that I enjoyed doing as a hobby, rugby still excited me the most. When I left school, I knew that rugby wasn’t going to be a career option, so I went into coaching instead. I started by gaining some basic coaching badges and then spending 6 months in Australia coaching at a school, before coming back to England to do a BSc in Sport Coaching at Northumbria University. 

During my time at uni my interest in training grew, which led me to qualify as a personal trainer during the summer breaks. Although looking back now the content was nothing spectacular, it captivated me and I discovered an excitement around learning that I had never experienced before. 

After graduating, I wanted to apply my experience of coaching in a sports setting. My interest in health and fitness was  rapidly growing, so I began an MSc in Strength and Conditioning at The University of Edinburgh. 

While I was gaining a lot of theoretical knowledge, I knew that it was just one part of the story. Eager to get more practical knowledge, I immersed myself in internships during this period.  I worked with Scotland Rugby, Edinburgh Rugby and Scottish Institute of Sport. 

From there I moved to Oxford and began working as a self-employed Strength and Conditioning Coach. Although I worked with a range of university, club and school teams and athletes, I found myself padding out my diary with busy, everyday people to help pay the bills. Something I never expected soon started to happen...these were the people that I was getting most excited about training. I realised the impact that I could have on this type of client was so much greater than the impact I could have on any athlete. Helping ‘regular’ people improve their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing was so much more important than helping an elite athlete run a bit faster. 

By this point I was reading, listening and watching more content on training and nutrition for improved health and body composition than I was for athletic performance and I could feel my own training shift that way. This is when I made the big leap to move to Dubai to work for a world-renowned body transformation company and really commit to pursuing personal training as a career. 

This move took me to another level as a trainer, as well as providing me invaluable life experience. I had left the UK as a personal trainer but when I moved to Belfast to work for myself again I was a results producing, body transformation coach! 

I loved seeing the impact that I was having on my clients but it didn’t take long until I felt like another change was needed to help me continue progressing as a coach. I wanted to be part of a team of high performers who would support and push me to be my best and allow me to play a part in doing something world class - RNT Fitness was the obvious choice. 

Since joining RNT Fitness I have been able to use the physical results that my clients make as the vehicle for all other areas of their lives -  unlocking true transformation. I’m now based back in England with my young family and can finally say that I’m so happy that at 13 I didn’t get past those trials!

Akash VaghelaAkash Vaghela

Akash Vaghela has spent 10+ years transforming bodies and lives around the world, and in May 2017, founded RNT Fitness to serve this purpose. His vision is to see a world transformed, where ambitious high performers experience the power of the physical as the vehicle to unlock their real potential. He’s the author of the Amazon best-sellilng book Transform Your Body Transform Your Life, which explains his unique and proven five-phase methodology, is host of the RNT Fitness Radio podcast, has been featured in the likes of Men’s Health and BBC, whilst regularly speaking across the world on all things transformation.

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