8 years ago, Browns Plains man Thomas Farrell went on a fitness journey that changed his life. Now he’s helping guide others through the same journey, with a twist.
Meet Thomas Farrell, Park Ridge News’s resident fitness tip provider, and PT at I Feel Good gym in Park Ridge, where a healthy mindset is equally important as a healthy body.
Thomas says he was working as a manager at hospitality venues when he turned to fitness as a way to cope.
“When I was going through my fitness journey I was in the food and beverage management industry. It’s a very high paced high stress environment. If you’re not having that outlet you’re turning towards unhealthy foods, alcohol, and maybe even smoking,” Thomas said.
Thomas says his fitness journey started off with simply working out, but the wellbeing he experienced was so life changing he couldn’t help but want to share it with others.
“When I went through my health and fitness journey, weight loss, muscle building and that sort of stuff, the emotions and feelings that I felt through all of that, made me look amazing and feel amazing. I felt I could bring that to other people as well,” Thomas said.
“There is also an element of the mindset that comes along with that journey as well. So I then went off and educated myself at some mindset coaching to help some people who need that extra drive in the right direction.”
Fast forward to today, Thomas has been a registered Master Trainer for 5 years. The last three of those have been at I Feel Good, who embrace his personal training technique aimed at cultivating mind and body fitness.
“I help them set up their journey beginning with the end in mind. So their goals, which will build upon their lifestyle, which will then build upon their habits,” Thomas said.
“A lot of people I have at the moment are looking to get healthier and fitter, some people are living with chronic issues such as diabetes, obesity, fatty liver and it’s just helping them.”
Thomas says there are many perks to his job but the most rewarding part is seeing people make their goals a reality.
“Apart from drinking coffee and having bacon and egg rolls for breakfast, it’s helping my clients achieve what they want to achieve and helping them see it before they achieve it,” Thomas said.
Thomas says among the many gyms he’s worked at in his PT career, I Feel Good; although a small gym, makes a big difference due to its community focus.
“There is the community in a small gym like I Feel Good. That can be made and felt apparent through small training studios and gyms. I have worked in a large commercial gym for a couple of years prior to this and I couldn’t feel it as much as I do now with I Feel Good,” Thomas said.
“With a commercial gym, you’ve got a receptionist that might look up at you from their screen to say hi, but their eyes go straight back down onto that screen.”
“Unless you have the support, whether it’s from people, fellow gym members or a personal trainer, it’s not there.”
In true PT style Thomas says if you haven’t started working out yet, it’s never too late to get started, and the team at I Feel Good will be with you every step of the way.
“The best time to start was yesterday. The second best time is today!” Thomas said.
“We all get the same 24hrs in a day, but not everybody has the exact same 24hrs in a day. Whether it’s shift workers or young families, they are a big one because they do have a lot more constraints in the time area.”
“It’s not easy, I completely understand that. But if you were to walk through that door for example at I Feel Good, Park Ridge, there’s a community of people there to help you carry along.”
“It’s a journey that can be done alone, but should not be.”