Supermarket worker who started posting fitness videos on lockdown and now has nearly 90,000 subscribers
Megan Brown had no idea how much Instagram was going to change her life when she launched her fitness page. It was originally intended to reach a few local people and keep them updated on its progress. Today, the 24-year-old has nearly 90,000 subscribers, has quit her job and works with some of the biggest fitness brands in the UK.
Originally from Cowbridge, Megan studied fashion marketing in Cardiff and held a part-time position at Waitrose during her studies. After graduating, she increased her full-time hours while she worked on her next move. It was then that her partner Lloyd, also a personal trainer, suggested that she join the professional training world she loved so much.
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She explained, “I started taking an online course, study online, you can do it as fast or as slowly as you want.
“Along with working full time, it took me a while because in my free time I was in the gym a lot, or, you know, out. So my online training qualification probably took me a year and half.”
Meanwhile, she started her Instagram, which had a modest 581 followers when we went into lockdown on March 23, 2020. While working full time as a key worker, Megan decided to post videos to help out people to train at home with minimal equipment.
“I think a lot of people back then were looking for workouts to do at home because they had more free time. When the gyms were open and before Covid, few people were doing their workouts because we didn’t have any. no need. So I I think people just enjoyed seeing home workouts that they could copy at home without equipment. “
Megan’s subscriber numbers quickly started to increase, and the demand for useful content continued. Fortunately, she had moved into a house with her boyfriend in Bridgend, as her house gradually became her own personal fitness space. She believes the shortage of gym equipment while on lockdown is what made her tutorials so popular, as they were mostly bodyweight or band exercises. Megan explained that it was a rewarding but busy year.
She said: “It was stressful trying to balance two jobs, and especially when trying to grow a business.”
Big fitness brands like Gymshark, Myprotein, and Ryderwear have started messaging her to work together on Instagram.
“When Gymshark emailed me I thought it was wrong. Like, seriously? Yeah, it’s just, honestly, a dream come true to work out with your favorite gym brands.”
In September, after completing her qualification, Megan launched her own online coaching app. Gyms had reopened, but her clients were a mix of home and home workouts, keeping her lock content in mind alive.
“I would say half of my clients workout at home and they prefer it, or maybe they don’t have time to go to a gym and they prefer to do it. at home.”
Megan describes having her own anxieties about the gym that she now sees in some clients. She said: “I was very shy, I just had low self-confidence. When I went to the gym, it was the same as anxiety in the gym. I didn’t want to go alone, I did. didn’t want to wear a sports bra and shorts i would cover up a little my boyfriend is also a qualified personal trainer so having him there he was my comfort blanket he taught me a lot. “
Through her training, she was able to give other women the confidence to try and get in shape and hit the gym. Thanks to her high number of social media followers, Megan was able to deliver her review last week and finally take her full-time personal training business.
“It’s amazing and it’s really nice to be able to do what I want to do, which I’m passionate about, and to know that I’m helping people at the same time. It’s just really rewarding work.”
Megan is now eager to put all her energy into her business MegMaeFit, and hopes to someday launch her own line of workout accessories to continue to encourage women to get involved in fitness.