Hi, my name is Sebastian. Seb for short, in full, it's Sebastian Chrzczonowski. I know! I was born in Poland, and no, I will not try to teach you how to say my surname.
What I will try to do is to help you on your path to greater health and fitness. If you want to know what kind of service I offer and where, check out the home page and click on some of the ''fitness goals''.
If you want to find out how I came to do what I do, and why, read on.
As I said, I was born and lived the first 20 years of my life in a small town in Poland. Untiljunior high school, my life was carefree, but not very focused. A typical kid, I liked to playfootball and ride my bike, but I was never very fit, and often came in the bottom half of myclass at PE! I liked to eat too, and not always the healthiest things.
In the last years of high school I decided to change it all. I was fed up being mediocre. Youcould say I was looking for a purpose in life. I was also a bit shy and low on confidencemeeting new people.
In the morning a swim or run, and after school, training at a basement gym, Krav Maga, MMA or a Ju-Jitsu session. From a teenager who loved computer games, I turned into a very active person. From the moment I became more active, my confidence and self-esteem increased significantly. I saw my dream of ''having abs'' become a reality! And back then I thought that having a six-pack was the cure for every ill in this world (I don't think that anymore, but I must say I still think it helps a little…).
Once out of high school I was wondering what to do. My parents expected me to go to university, but I decided to go abroad, tempted by the idea of a better life there, and stories of streets paved with gold (or nearly). At first, my mom thought I was joking, she didn't believe that I would be able to "cut the cord" and go to that far-away place to try my chances. But I did.
I came to Scotland in 2017, aged 20, with a few quid in my pocket, a friend's floor to stay on and a potential job in a biscuit factory. The reality soon hit. I thought that with a good school grade in English I would be able to easily communicate. But the Scots I worked with quickly proved me wrong. I understood almost nothing! To start with I also earned less than if I was working in Poland as the hours were so erratic. At one point, I even had to borrow money for rent and food. I knew I could always go back. But I still remember my mum saying "You'll end up in over your head". Maybe that's why I was determined to keep going.
After a few months of factory work, I was promoted to a machine operator, which made things better, and then I got a job with a Scottish builder - better for my English (Scottish version!), and much better for getting to know the culture and the people I was working with and living amongst.
I read somewhere that the way to find out was to think of what I really enjoyed and what I could and wanted to do every day. Without a doubt, the first thing that came to my mind was fitness, exercise, the gym, healthy eating and body shaping.
At the time, I was going to a nearby gym and saw personal trainers there. This tied in with my newly found drive and I decided that I also wanted to become a personal trainer and help people experience the same benefits I experienced since I committed to a healthy lifestyle. From that moment on, working on a construction site became just a means to an end, the end being entering the fitness industry. I thought that as a trainer, I had to prove something about my own abilities and determination first, so I challenged myself to take part in bodybuilding competitions to sculpt my body and prove to my future clients that I could walk the walk as well as talk the talk.
I couldn't afford to quit my job, so I took up a part time course where most of the work was done at weekends. I did not know what to expect. My English was still not that great. In the beginning, I even had a hard time understanding the tutor and other people from the course. Admittedly, some of them were from Glasgow and you could definitely tell... Even so, I felt confident because I had been interested in exercise and nutrition before, so I knew many things already. I had to re-learn the English names for bones, muscles, body processes and movement mechanisms, and put it all into some sort of order.
to come back from work, sit down to books and prepare for exams on weekends. As one of the few, I passed all the tests first time, with close to the maximum scores. That was pretty satisfying!
As I said, I was born and lived the first 20 years of my life in a small town in Poland. Until junior high school, my life was carefree, but not very focused. A typical kid, I liked to play football and ride my bike, but I was never very fit, and often came in the bottom half of my class at PE! I liked to eat too, and not always the healthiest things. In the last years of high school I decided to change it all. I was fed up being mediocre. You could say I was looking for a purpose in life.
Now I had the qualifications, it was time to risk testing it in real life. I gave up my safe job on the building site and become a personal trainer full-time. At the beginning, I had doubts whether, as a Pole, I would be able to attract enough customers or whether they would prefer someone else. That turned out to be untrue. I found out that the approach, character and personality was what mattered. It turned that I can not only teach someone to train safely, maintain a good exercise routine and eat well, but I am also able to build a personal bond with my clients!
we don't just give instructions, but advise, support, motivate, and sometimes listen to people vent and get things off their chest after a long and difficult day.
I love seeing people transform their bodies, and sometimes their lives, with my assistance. I am grateful to every person who decides to work with me and gives me a chance to help them.