I’m Tottie Milner, and helping people find their fitness is my business. I think of it as helping people be what they want to be. I love my job. For me, it’s not like work at all.
I was driven towards a career in fitness after I discovered the love of feeling good. I was an unfit, non-sporty child and teen. I was interested in drama and plays; I simply didn’t know how to look after my body.
But I joined a gym at the age of sixteen with my first wage packet as a hairdressing apprentice – and I met there a female body builder who taught me to stop yo-yo dieting and pounding the treadmill. If I wanted to change my body shape, she said, I’d have to pick up a dumbbell. This was unheard of in the 1980s.
Over time, I started to look and feel pretty good, and the people around me started to ask my advice in the gym. There was no greater feeling than that of helping others reach their goals. I thought, “Actually, this is what I love doing.” I retrained, and qualified as Fitness Instructor, then a Personal Trainer, and then a sports nutritionist.
I’ve worked in Australia and the USA, Japan, and Germany. Now I’m back in the UK, doing what I love here.
When not working, working out or looking after my two gorgeous girls, I like to challenge myself: I do muddy runs, assault courses, dragon boat racing. I do two charity Spinathons a year – so far raising £19,000 for Myton hospice, a cause very close to my heart. I love good food, Thai being my favourite. I meet up with friends, go on girls’ nights out, dance whenever and wherever I can.
Genetically, I am on the shorter side of average, stout and not naturally very sporty at all. I’m living proof you can do anything if you put your mind to it: you can BE whatever you choose to BE. And I can help.
Losing weight isn’t rocket science. Nutrition is a science, but, simply put, eating less bad calories than you burn off isn’t that complicated.
However: a) keeping it off, b) being a happier, healthier you, and c) being that happier, healthier you for life? That can be complicated, and confusing.
After seventeen years in the industry, the most important thing I’ve learned is that fitness isn’t about training and exercise. It’s about people, and understanding them. If you ask the right questions, and allow someone to talk for long enough, they come up with the answers themselves.
I love watching someone change. Changing shape is good, but enhancing your strength and confidence is amazing. I don’t see myself as perfect, and I certainly wouldn’t compare myself to some of the athletes out there – but fitness is about being your best you, being fit for your life.
Food choices are huge – as are most peoples portion sizes! We have to take care with what we choose to eat. There is so much choice – so much conflicting information, so many diets, food fashions and fads – but I like to think I can help people get through the maze, by keeping it simple.
Likewise, most people now work in sedentary jobs, so we have to make time to exercise, to simply move. My job is to make movement fun.
It’s no myth: you have to be prepared, or – yup – you should prepare to fail. But through offering fun, motivational and realistic exercises, classes and routines, I can help you get set for success.
From six-minute FIIT routines configured just for you, to my easy to cook “Take 6” recipes: I offer simple, stress-free ways to keep healthy. Staying fit is about understanding your choices and making the right ones; straightforward systems can support us to do that.
All my classes, routines and ideas are available for you to view and share for free on either my website, YouTube channel, Facebook or Instagram. My fitness philosophy is to be there for you, whenever you need the support. Together, we can change not just your fitness levels … but your life, too.
Being an instructor is about helping people be who they want to be – but safely. It’s about knowing every move, and teaching them to the people who can most benefit. And it’s about seeing in people’s eyes the pride of a job well done. Sound like fun? It is. Contact me today to talk about becoming an instructor – it’s every bit as fulfilling as you think.Become instructor