A SUPER-fit graduate has fought back against a flailing jobs market to start a new business venture.
Carl Conifey, 22, from Red House, had applied for hundreds of jobs before he set up his own business and is now expanding his fitness empire.
Carl studied sport and exercise development at Sunderland University and saved his student loan in preparation for when he graduated.
“I knew there was not going to be a lot of jobs when I graduated and I’ve always wanted to be a personal trainer, so I used the money to get my instructor course,” said Carl.
“I did more and more courses and got my qualification so I could teach.”
Carl was working as a shelf stacker at Asda, which gave him even more determination to realise his dream of being a fitness instructor.
“I was focused and wanted to do something with my life, so I left Asda. I was struggling for a while and applying for 10 jobs a day.”
Carl had been putting plans into place to start his own business, Meso Fitness, and set up his first fitness class in January.
“I started one class and got a lot of people coming and it just went from there,” said Carl.
Carl now runs different classes across Sunderland including boxercise, circuit training and his own creation, resistance blast.
“It’s aerobic training using rubber bands. It’s quite dancey and high intensity,” said Carl.
“It’s been really successful so far and I’m planning to set up more classes in the future.”
As well as teaching his fitness classes, Carl is also trained in full-body Swedish massage and operates as a mobile masseur.
He is determined that, despite the current economic climate, taking things into your own hands can be the best solution.
“My experience has showed that even though it can be really hard to find a job you can turn it into something positive.
Meso Fitness classes
l Monday is circuit training at St Cuthbert’s Church in Red House from 6pm to 7pm.
l Tuesday is resistance blast at Southwick Community Centre from 7pm to 8pm.
Carl also teaches a Boxercise class at Harton Gym in South Shields from 6pm to 7pm.
l Classes cost £4 per session of £13 for a block of four.