How I became a personal trainer: Oliver Jahelka
- How did I become a personal trainer?
I have been a professional ballet dancer for over 15 years. Ballet is very demanding and challenging both physically and mentally. Just like anyone who is committed 100% to their craft, we dancers strive for perfection. This includes an endless amount of rehearsals, repetitions, lack of sleep, stress etc… Unfortunately, there are consequences and we do have injuries at some point in our career. Most of the time it is some sort of small sprain or strain. However, sometimes it can be pretty serious, which can require a surgery or a specifically designed rehabilitation program. As I have been dancing for a while now, I have quite a history when it comes to injuries, surgeries. These obstacles led me to find passion in fitness and peace of mind as well. The gym became my safe zone, where I could disconnect from everything and focus on myself. Its a win win situation cause you are working on your physical and mental health too. You learn a lot from dealing with multiple injuries and I wanted to share my experience and knowledge about it. This is the reason why I became a certified personal trainer. I want to share and pass on everything I have learned and help others improve their lives. Also I absolutely love it!
- What does my schedule look like?
Having 2 jobs requires a bit more time management obviously, but I love being busy so its not a problem. My dancing schedule is mostly fixed. 6 days per week from 10 to 5/6 depending on the amount of rehearsals, or if I’m in the particular production. On the day of the performance, we mostly have a free afternoon as the show is in the evening. We do perform also at 5 o’clock or at 12 o’clock. Monday is for dancers a day off. My personal trainer schedule is planned around my dancing of course. I prefer training my clients in the mornings, but I also coach during the day or in the evenings.
- What does my free time consist of?
Even though I am always physically active thanks to being a dancer and a trainer, I simply love going to the gym and absolutely annihilating myself 😄 For me its like a therapy and the health benefits are incredible. Beside working out, I love to go to the nature, read books, watch a good movie, spend time with family and friends and of course eat…a lot.
- Do I find time to train myself? What is my favourite exercises?
On most days I do find time to train myself, but sometimes it just doesn’t work out for me. I prefer to train in the evening, as that way I don’t have to go back to dancing, which enables me to give it all I got in the gym. I tried a couple of times to do a hard session and do ballet after…. I do not recommend it 😄 My favourite exercises include deadlift, bench press, leg raises, cable flys, lateral raises, barbell row. Also, I love running, particularly sprinting.
- What about nutrition and favourite foods?
As I am a dancer, I cannot just decide that now its off season so it’s time to bulk. My body responds well to a calorie surplus so bulking is not a problem, but it is not my goal at the moment. As dance is an art form and its aesthetic, I aim to keep my body fat low. This enables me to look more ripped, create nice lines and be lighter when i jump. Most of the time I do a ketogenic diet, but of course I do have days where I just refuel on all the carbs like pizza. As long as you have it under control you’ll be fine. My favourite foods include burgers, pizza, eggs, kale, avocados, apples, nuts, salmon etc. and of course i love a good beer or a glass of wine.
- Personal training 1x – 50.00€
- Personal training 3x – 135.00€
- Personal training 7x – 299.00€
- Body composition analysis – 15.00€
- Training and dietary counseling – 50.00€
Clubs: Rävala, Postimaja