Meet The Owner:
Meet Dylan Mena of A1 Coaching, located in Wollongong, NSW
Tell Us A Little Something About Yourself
I guess my love for sports, health and fitness started on the day I picked up my first football at the age of 5. From such a young age, and all through school I tried to participate wherever I could, constantly feeding my passion!
After high school I found myself studying a degree at university that I had no interest in. After spending a year failing my subjects, I decided to take a step back and ask myself “What do I want to do with my life”.
After reflecting on what truly made me happy, I decided to sign up to do my qualifications as a personal trainer so that I could start helping others in a field that I was truly passionate about.
6 years on and that passion has only grown stronger.
What Inspired You To Start Your Own Business?
From the moment i made the decision to be a coach, I’d always dreamed of owning my own business/facility.
Now looking back, I’m grateful that I had the opportunity to work at a great facility with a number of different coaches over a 5 and a half year period. It taught me many lessons, as a coach, a leader, and a person. Things I should do, and things I should not do.
I’d reached a point in my career where I felt I needed a new challenge. And so, A1 Coaching was created...
What Does Your Business Offer, And What Makes It Unique?
A1 Coaching offers a holistic approach to achieving health & fitness goals where it’s not only about seeing numbers drop, but understanding why.
The importance of knowing what causes change, what can effect change, how to develop a plan that works for you as an individual to help you get to where you want to be is what we're all about.
I do this through face-to-face coaching & online coaching.
What Does Your Journey Look Like?
When I first entered the fitness industry, I had passion, but little knowledge.
I was fortunate to land a job at one of the leading facilities in the Illawarra region, where I spent five and a half years before moving on to creating A1 Coaching.
During those five years I had the opportunity to work with hundreds of clients, learn from dozens of coaches, attend countless seminars, courses, webinars and other up-skill events. I went from being the new kid on the block, to a senior coach, to the gym manager, and someone that was well respected by my team & members alike.
I faced many challenges throughout my career, and each one of them has helped shape me into the person/coach I am today.
Making the decision to leave my secure job, and familiar workplace was extremely tough. I was in a leadership position in a successful training facility, but something just didn’t feel right. It got to the point where I began to question my decision to be a coach and my passion as a whole. I needed a new challenge. I needed a change.
It’s something I pondered on for several months, but ultimately the need for change reached a critical point, and I made the decision to start something that I had always dreamed of - my very own business.
A1 Coaching was launched in March 2020 which was an extremely challenging time to start a business, as it was just as the economy went into lockdown due to COVID-19. Fast forward to now, and it’s been a very positive start for the business, and I’m extremely excited for what the future holds!
Did You Always Think You'd Be Doing This?
After high school I spent a year studying Commerce at University. I felt as though that’s what you “had to do”, Go to uni...; But I had no interest. I didn’t enjoy it one bit, and as a result I failed most of my subjects.
I then took the time to ask myself what I really wanted to do. I looked at things I enjoyed, and different career paths that I could take in those areas. I can honestly say that, since making the decision to become a coach, I have not looked back once.
What Are The Most Rewarding And Challenging Parts Of Your Job And Owning Your Own Business?
The challenges of coaching people is that they’re exactly that - people.
You’re working with human beings that have lives, commitments, priorities, relationships, emotions, interests, and everything else that comes with being a human. Being a supportive coach through all of that can sometimes be a challenge, yeah, but I wouldn’t be doing it if I didn’t love it.
That said, not many people can say that they go to work and genuinely have a positive impact on someone’s life. Helping people lead healthier, and ultimately happier lives is definitely the biggest reward of being a coach.
Whats Your End Goal? The Moment You'll Know You've Achieved What You Want To?
Running a successful business and owning my own training facility.