Meet the Creative: Sam McGowan - Sam Says Personal Training

“There are two ways of exerting one’s strength: one is pushing down, the other  is pulling up.” - Booker T. Washington

Sam McGowan is a Personal Trainer on a mission to make the world a stronger, healthier and happier place - providing personal training and group training services in Manchester. Rather than a quick fix solution, Sam wants to help make positive long-term changes to her clients lives, showing them that they are stronger than they think, both in mind and body, with her tailored strength sessions. She will be joining us at Float on the 22nd September, focusing on strength, control and tempo with a body-weight session that will calm the mind - perfect for de-stressing and taking your mind away from any worries. We had a quick chat with Sam to find out how she would change the wellness industry for the better, how she got into personal training, and where to find those extra reserves of motivation on a Monday morning.

What is your company, what do you do and what makes in special?

My company is ‘Sam Says Personal Training’ and I am a personal trainer in Manchester. Now, before you go ‘oh she’s a PT’, I know…they have a bad rep right?! And for the most part, they can be terrible but there are some good ones out there. What makes me special is that I care, I care about my clients, their results and their health - both mental and physical and I use strength training to empower, build confidence and de-stress.

Why did you want to be a part of Float?

I personally suffer from anxiety and being active helps me manage that, so when I heard about Float I wanted to be part of something where I can help others do the same. If you have a strong body you can create a strong mind too.

Can you sum yourself up in one sentence?

I’d say I’m the kid that hangs out with the dog at the party.

What comes to mind when you hear the word wellness?

For me, it’s about being strong, confident, self-aware and grounded - having good mental and physical health so you can be in control of your life, instead of letting it control you.

How does your work encompass wellness?

My job is to help my clients become better versions of themselves, both mentally and physically - it’s not just about ‘going to the gym’ or lifting heavy weights but its the strength, the determination and the commitment that helps my clients feeling mentally and physically stronger.

If there is one thing you could change about the wellness industry, what would it be?

I’d change the perception of what it really takes to be a good personal trainer. It’s a huge responsibility and can literally change lives, so I’d make it more well-known just how important it is, both to those thinking of becoming a personal trainer and to those who don’t think much of them.

Did you always want to be a personal trainer?

Honestly, no I did not - it was only after working for Ultimate Performance, a high end personal training company that introduced me to the real world of fitness and they showed me just how much of a difference you can make to lives just by being fit and healthy. Fathers have literally turned their health around to be a better dad to their children, others have reduced their risk of serious diseases and for some, it has brought them out of seriously dark holes and given them a new lease of life - and I want to do that for others.

What would you like attendees to get from your session?

I would like them to just switch off from the rest of the world whilst they’re with me - it’s a time to de-stress, to feel some ‘good’ pain, to push themselves to places they didn’t think they could go.

I want them to come out of the session and realise that they’re much stronger than they think, and maybe, that the worries they might have had going in, might still be there, but they are strong enough to take them on.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

The thought of wasting time - don’t get me wrong, I love bed, but I love life more.

How do you find the motivation to work-out?

My motivation is my health - I don’t do it to look good or to have abs, I do it because I’m a stronger person because of it, I’ve done incredible things since I began weight training (which sounds crazy I know) but my confidence has never been better and I’ve never felt healthier, inside and out.

Favourite places in Manchester?

I lived in Castlefield for two years and it was a delight. I love the Northern Quarter but my favourite thing about Manchester is just how spoilt we are for a crackin’ coffee shop or somewhere for some proper top-notch grub.

Where can we find you at the weekend?

Most likely in a coffee shop with a bit of cake or watching Netflix in bed.

What are you reading/watching listening to right now?

It sounds sad but I’m currently spending my time researching many things about the body - I want to keep learning for my clients.

Who inspires you?

I have some incredible friends around me who inspire me every single day - they are strong, independent females (I’m not a feminist) who are taking on the world right now and I want to do them proud.


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Jenna Campbell