Prestone Luseka, 23, is a gym instructor at Muscle, Health and Fitness Limited. He spoke to GARDY CHACHA
What does your job entail?
I keep people’s health in check. It’s in a way stemming out an illness before it creeps in. I do this by streamlining someone’s weight within the right Body Mass Index (BMI) and ensuring his/her general physical well being.
How did you end up in the field?
I loved exercising from when I was young. During break times at school, I would sprint, lift stones, run around — generally activities that dissipate energy. A veteran in this field saw my capabilities and introduced me to the trade. I became an apprentice and here I am after gaining practical knowledge. I think it’s a talent.
What importance does your field hold to humanity?
Our field is very essential. Among our clients are those sent by doctors so that we can put them through a regimen to get rid of a medical problem. Aside from that, people of all descriptions come to the gym to seek ways of getting to the right weight. Others just want to maintain their health status.
Did you have any other dreams while growing up?
I actually thought I would be a lawyer but finding fees for college was not easy. After high school, I did menial jobs; still hoping the lawyer dream would come my way. However, when the world of fitness came calling, I reluctantly took it up. I can honestly say I’ve settled in.
What’s the first thing you do when a client comes to the gym?
Evaluation and analysis — you need to know their health history. You will also need to check their BMI ratio and some other physical measurements of the body.
If I want to be an instructor, what would you advice me to do?