In a series entitled “Get to know your Coach”, we present to you the various members of the Quad Squad. You might have seen them on our different social media video clips, heard them speak on our podcast; now you learn a little bit more about what makes them tick.
The next coach to come out from behind the curtain is Trijai. She is part of the squad at our Adyar Centre, at Chaos.
Trijai, please tell us a bit about yourself.
I coach strength & fitness at the Quad. It's the most favourite part of my day! Fitness and strength has helped me love myself, put me first and also discover all that I am physically and mentally capable of doing.
So, I want to pay it forward by helping those I meet find their own version of fitness that can sustainably and inevitably help them be the best version of themselves.
What made you get into fitness, in general and coaching in particular?
The urge to help people and the need to make a difference in their lives, in whatever small/big way that I can. Fitness specifically because, I get to help people live their lives to the fullest and help them be all that they set out to be :)
(Yes, she is that sweet!)
What is your favourite part of being a coach at The Quad?
The community. The coaching and student community are like a big hug and a pat on the shoulder. It helps you feel that you are all together in this. Equally favourite is the ample opportunity I get to help in the betterment of the quality of their lives.
Who are your favourite fitness gurus? Who do you follow?
Since I come from a non-fitness background, I'm not an ardent follower of any one guru. But I resonate with content created by Girls Gone Strong and their founder Molly Galbraith. I like Dan John for making fitness approachable and for simplifying it. I like Mel Robbins and Adam Grant for the content they create pertaining to mental health/positive reminders/reinforcements.
What is your coaching style?
I think at this point of time, my style isn't clearly defined. I'd say I enjoy bringing in a bit of humour where necessary and getting serious where necessary. Striking a balance between both is my style at the moment :)
Tell us more about your role at The Quad, beyond coaching.
Beyond coaching, I am a Success Manager at The Quad, I contribute towards the betterment of student experience, working with other success managers in ensuring students share similar if not same experiences no matter which Centre they train at the Quad. We work towards putting the 'student first' value into place and ensure we get there and grow from there as a well knit team.
For anyone interested in becoming a fitness coach themselves, what advice would you give?
Doesn't matter who you are or what you do, you will make a great coach if you have great empathy and get invested/care about people. That's the one thing you can't teach, the other things can be learnt on the job :)
What do you do in your downtime?
I love going for walks with my dog, listening to podcasts, cooking a meal without rush, binge watching Netflix, enjoying my favourite food and watching movies. Days are always these things in some combination :)
There you have it, an insight into one of our many women coaches at The Quad!