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Judging by his impressive physique, one would automatically assume that Nick Mitchell has been in the fitness industry all his life. However, the personal trainer, author and owner of Ultimate Performance, began his career as a banker armed with a law degree.
After graduating from law school, Mitchell quickly realised that being in the legal industry was not for him.
“My parents had pretty high expectations. They believed in the traditional paths of becoming a doctor or lawyer and having a proper job. But that wasn’t me,” Mitchell shared. “So I quit law and I decided to try a few different professions. I went into banking and tried that out for a bit but I was waking up every morning going to work in London and hating my life. I kept thinking that there had to be more than just this.”
Miserable and feeling stuck, Mitchell started wondering if perhaps there was a different career that would be more suited to him. “Maybe you can call it a mid-life crisis but at the age of 34, I saw a friend who was doing personal training and, I mean, I’ve been going to the gym since I was 14. So I started wondering if maybe I could try being a personal trainer.”
It took a long period of deliberation but Mitchell finally decided to take the plunge. “I was scared and nervous. I don’t think I’ve ever been this scared or nervous but honestly, that helped me so much because fear just gave me the biggest kick in the backside I’ve ever had in my life,” he shared. “I didn’t want to be in my 40s thinking what might have been and wondering why I stayed stuck in a job I wasn’t happy in. So I just went for it.”
Despite the fact that he hid his career from his parents initially, as someone who was a former competitive physique athlete, Mitchell already had several decades of practical experience in coaching athletic excellence under his belt and was able to hit the ground running. “I hid it from my parents until I got my first big article about myself out. That was when I kind of said, look, I’ve decided to do this and I’m going to embrace it,” he said.