29 nov Shanice about working at mac: ‘Sometimes I see myself as a therapist’
Shanice (25) is bursting with ambition. More than a year and a half ago she started as a front office employee at mac. Recently she started teaching the group classes Box-Kick and Strong by Zumba in her own passionate way. But she wants more. Shanice is currently being trained by mac to become a Personal Trainer. That is a big career switch, after her study to become a beauty therapist. “I will be a beauty therapist when I am older. For now I want to work in the fitness world”, she says.
Shanice arrived at mac a little by coincidence. “I was a bit tired of my old job. My niece Nathaly – a teacher at mac Body & Mind – asked me if I would be interested in working here. I’ve always been very sporty. I used to play volleyball and also did hip-hop dancing. Yet I was not consciously looking for a job in sports, but I liked to work here. It started with a few hours a week and now I am here almost every day. I really love being around people. As an employee at mac you create a strong bond with our members. Sometimes I see myself as some kind of therapist, because I hear a lot about the private lives of all the members,” Shanice laughs.
Last summer Shanice started teaching at mac. “It has always been my idea to become a group class instructor, but it took me quite a long time to actually start teaching. I had a bit of stage fright. But I really love teaching. It is so much fun to stand in front of a group of people, to see them sweat and to help them go to the limit. Box-Kick is a freestyle class in which I can put all my ideas and energy. Constance thought Strong was a class I would like to do, so she asked me to start teaching that too. It really suits me, because I used to be a dancer. Strong is heavily influenced by dance. The combination working at the front desk and being an instructor is ideal for me.”
At the moment Shanice is working on again a next step in her career. “I am being trained by mac to become a Personal Trainer. That means lots of studying. The theory behind the training is very important. For instance, I have to learn how the human body works, what muscles you use in the exercises and so on. It has been a while since I went to school, so this is a challenge for me. My days are really busy at the moment. But the result will be great. I am really looking forward to working with our members in about six months’ time.”