She runs her own personal training business, leads a fitness retreat in Portugal and has written her own cookery book – and she’s still only 21.
But Jodie McGregor says she’ll never forget how she got started on her extraordinary career – at Middlesbrough College.
Jodie, who now lives in Rosedale near Pickering, was a talented equestrian in her teenage years and a successful member of GB’s junior eventing team. But realising she would never be in the top rank she set her sights on a new career.
“It was a big decision to give up riding, but I decided to go to Middlesbrough College to do a sports studies course,” she said.
“Outside of the course I also did my qualification as a personal trainer. I always knew I wanted to run my own business, so I got advice at the college about doing that.”
Jodie’s ambitions soon came to fruition, and she launched her successful business Jodie’s Fitness Formula over a year ago, combining her love of healthy eating with keeping fit.
She says her ethos is ‘nourish, not punish’ and believes staying healthy should be a maintainable lifestyle, not too tough to sustain.
Her customers like the idea, and their requests encouraged her to write down her healthy recipes and self-publish a cookery book – she’s also written one on exercise.
But Jodie’s not resting on her laurels – this month she’s taking her first party of customers on a fitness retreat to a beach in Portugal, and plans more if it’s a success.
She says she would encourage other young people to take a look at Middlesbrough College courses to kick-start their career.
“Taking a sports studies course worked really well for me,” she said. “It was really thorough, and my tutors were very knowledgeable.”
College principal and chief executive Zoe Lewis said she was delighted to hear of Jodie’s success and plans.
“Middlesbrough College is a great place for young entrepreneurs to get a good start,” she said.
“Jodie did an Access to Higher Education (Sports Studies) with us, which is one of many excellent introductions to different careers that we offer – and it’s certainly paid off for her. We wish her luck as she grows her business.”