Daniel Simmons in his home gym, where he has set up a personal training business Chozen One.
Daniel Simmons in his home gym, where he has set up a personal training business Chozen One. Allan Reinikka ROK2120916agym3

FROM mining to personal training.

It's a big leap, but one Daniel Simmons is determined will work.

The Rockhampton father started cross fit training four years ago in what became a whole lifestyle change which would eventually see him opening his own business.

But Daniel said fitness wasn't always a passion.

"I sort of fell off the bandwagon and ran with the wrong crew," he said.

"I realised that wasn't for me and sort of pulled my way back in, cross fit sort of pulled me back in.

"It's a mental challenge, as well as a fitness challenge."

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Over the past six months, Daniel has been building his own personal training business, Chozen One, after working at Vida Fit for some time.

"At the moment I'm chasing a dream and a passion," he said.

"I'm not in a rush to make it big, I want people to come for the right reasons."

He's training roughly 20 people currently and was selected as one of the region's top 10 personal trainers in a recent Morning Bulletin poll.

Daniel said cross fit was as much about team work as individual results, with a need to support others.

He said it was rewarding to hear feedback from other competitors who had found strength in the support of teammates.

It's something Daniel also enjoys when training others, saying he enjoyed "seeing them achieve goals they never thought were possible".

The transition from mining to personal training has proved positive so far, with Daniel saying time with his family was a real bonus.

Daniel will soon be competing with a Rockhampton team at a state-wide competition on the Gold Coast in three weeks, with hopes of making it to the national competition in November.

Topics:  better business, business, cross fit, fitness, personal training

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