Fitness model helping others feel better about themselves in Liverpool
A fitness model uses her passion to help others feel better about themselves.
Ste Dobie, originally from Hunt’s Cross, is a personal trainer with his own gym. Through this, he coaches others in one-on-one sessions to achieve their end goal, whether it’s losing weight, gaining confidence, or building muscle.
The 35-year-old has been running Dobie Optimum Fitness in Speke for three years.
The gym prides itself on being an intimate community space with only eight members in the room at a time.
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The former project manager, who modeled for Box Menswear, began his own personal fitness training in his early twenties at a time in his life when he was determined to change the way he felt.
Ste admitted he knew very little about the gymnasium and found it overwhelming, which is a million miles from where it is today.
The business leader told ECHO: “I felt intimidated when I started the training, I didn’t know what I was doing, but we all have a starting point.
“That’s why I wanted to create a gym that eliminates bullying, because as a new person coming to the gym, whether you’re overweight or LGBT, there’s always that fear. I don’t didn’t want anyone to feel the way I felt in the beginning.”
Shortly after his own trip, Ste, who has more than 153,000 followers on Instagram, was approached by others for help.
He added: “I wasn’t sure I knew enough to be able to help others. I decided that the career I was in was not going to go any further, so I started studying part-time to become a personal trainer. Once qualified, I didn’t want to go to a traditional gym and always wanted my own space.
Now Ste works alongside her 31-year-old boyfriend, Erikas Gedvygas, who specializes in sports massage.
The couple met seven years ago on social media and were drawn to each other because of their shared interest in fitness. Ste jokes that he would “break customers and Erikas would help make them better”.
Like many other businesses, they had to adapt once the pandemic hit. Together, the two organized online classes as well as pre-recorded workouts that they could use whenever they wanted.
Ste was incredibly grateful that his clientele returned once restrictions were lifted as he saw a friend’s businesses struggle first hand.
The couples hard work over the past year has not gone unnoticed. In October, their company won Best Customer Service at the 2021 LGBTQ+ North West Business Awards.
Ste added: “The award was a judges’ choice award, so it was really nice to receive it and to be recognized for what we offer.
“A lot of clients come from the LGBTQ+ community and we generally get the same feedback from everyone who comes to the studio who are very welcoming.
“Although the past few years have been difficult it has made us who we are today and I couldn’t be happier with what we have been able to create and to still be here able to deliver a form physical to everyone. Our customers are the foundation of our business.”
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