Jobseeker grant starts Lawshall personal trainer running

Martin Arnold, Personal Trainer with client Diane Peters at Fitta Bodies Gym Bury St Edmunds
Picture Mark Westley ANL-161130-123509009

Martin Arnold, Personal Trainer with client Diane Peters at Fitta Bodies Gym Bury St Edmunds Picture Mark Westley ANL-161130-123509009

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Redundancy gave former GB sprinter Martin Arnold the chance he needed to go full time as a personal trainer with a difference.

Martin,33, from Lawshall, has been working as a personal trainer on and off for 16 years, but had always done it part time, alongside a full-time job, but going it alone with a young family was a big step.

“When I was made redundant, the opportunity came to go full time,” he said. “An NEA [New Enterprise Allowance ]grant gave me the funding to set things up.

“All I needed was a few posters and my training knowledge.”

NEA is run by Jobcentre Plus and for those on Jobseeker’s and other benefits. It gives a weekly allowance for up to 26 weeks and offers a start-up loan if needed. You also get the help of a business mentor.

Martin was a sprinter with the GB team in his late teans but had to retire because of injury at 20.

His MA-Personal Training clients range from slimmers – one has lost 22 stone – to those competing in sports to a high level.

Martin explained: “My thing is the personal touch. I don’t work with you for an hour then say ‘that’s it I’ll see you next week’ – I’m always available. If a customer has a problem, they can come straight on to me.

“I’m not only doing personal training at local gyms but tapping into an even more unique sector by doing home personal training sessions at clients’ homes and circuit training in surrounding villages, which at present are very popular to the point of looking for further areas to expand to.”

He works with several local gyms and has just arranged to use Bury Rugby Club facilities.

His website is www.ma-pt.co.uk. To find out about NEA grants visit www.gov.uk/new-enterprise-allowance