Head Female Trainer at Royale Fitness + Co-Creator of Royale Wellness Studio
If you type #positivevibesonly into an Instagram search it’s 92.6% guaranteed that you stumble across the hilarious, focused and devilishly witty Chantel Prince. She might even inspire you to make a change… because after all, she is in the business of helping you find a healthier you. Sounds epic right?
Don’t be fooled by her rock royalty surname, Chantel is a beast in the gym, and a fierce believer in living life to the absolute fullest. At only 26 years of age, Chantel has just launched her latest entrepreneurial venture Royale Wellness Studio. A modern day wellness oasis that she co-founded with her husband Matt.
Personally, I am obsessed with this #girlboss. While her plethora of crop tops, long blonde tresses, and bright smile, look every bit a girl who has always had her sh*t together, Chantel will be the first to tell you that this wasn’t always the case. Growing up in the small town of Bacchus Marsh in Victoria, Chantel went to an esteemed local college but chose not to go to University straight after Year 12. Why? Because she didn’t know what she wanted to do (sound familiar?).
This #careerstory will take you from Chantel’s time at High School, to the moment she realised that the health and fitness industry was for her. This interview is for those girls who know they were made to work for something bigger than themselves and desire the practical, tangible know to make that happen. Are you one of them?
Please meet the one and only Chantel Prince…
Chantel, it’s awesome to have you here. Thank you for agreeing to chat with me today about your career. Can you tell us where you grew up and how your experience shaped the person you are and the career that you are in today?
I grew up in a small town called Bacchus Marsh, VIC. My upbringing was awesome – yes every person experiences shitty situations – people pass away, people leave and bad, unexpected things happen and I think it is these things and how we react that ultimately shapes us – if I never experience bad I wouldn’t know, nor appreciate good. Having such a positive, motivated outlook on life and being brought up with an equal amount of praise and discipline taught me a lot – even though at the time I couldn’t figure out why Mum wouldn’t let me go to certain parties or say no to certain things – it taught me to stay determined and if I work hard I can achieve whatever it is you want which in turn lead me to a career I love and wouldn’t change for the world!
Where did you go to High School and how was that experience for you?
I went to a local school called Bacchus Marsh Grammar – at the time I didn’t appreciate the school my parents sent me to (who does?) but looking back now I’m very grateful to have such a good education – I would always get so annoyed with ‘tuck your shirt in’ & ‘pull your socks up’ – like what did that have to do with my education but now I can see the values it taught me.
Did your high school play an important role in helping you choose your further education and future career?
Not at all. I NEVER knew what I wanted to be throughout my whole schooling period – I always had an interest in health and fitness but I saw it as a hobby and hobbies weren’t taken seriously as careers – especially fitness. It was all about accounting, arts, event management and teaching.
Did you complete any internships or work experience placements in high school? Tell us about that experience.
No internships as such or any work experience – well we were supposed to do work experience but I would always just hang out with my nan in the local nursing home and claim I was doing work experience there, when in fact she would just cook for me all day. I did though get my very first job when I was 15 working casually after school at a Pharmacy, this casual position lead to me an apprenticeship after year 12, which was perfect for me at the time. I knew I didn’t want to go to University, and I loved my job at the pharmacy so I was getting paid to work full time and learn. I received my certificates 3 & 4 in community pharmacy and stayed there for 6 years!
Did you go to College, University, Tafe or another equivalent? Take us through the courses that you studied and why you chose them?
So as mentioned above I didn’t go to Uni straight after school – it was pushed on me by my careers advisor, they want you to apply for Uni courses you don’t even want to do, I saw no point! A waste of time and money – I was very stubborn about this. Unless I knew exactly what I wanted to be when I grow up there was no way I was applying. I still tried super hard in Year 12 because I knew that my enter score (do they still call it that?) would be beneficial for when I did figure out what I wanted to do. Fast forward past my years in pharmacy completing multiple certificates and working my way up the ladder to a management position the ball finally dropped. I went to Europe for seven weeks with my girlfriends when I was 23, and when I came home I finally decided to listen to my boyfriend (now husband) and enrol for my certificate 3 & 4 in fitness. I had been toying with it for ages and decided to bite the bullet – it was scary I knew nothing besides pharmacy and I think that’s where a lot of people get stuck, they are interested in something but they are too comfortable in what they are currently doing to make any changes. I was slowly turning my hobby into my career and it felt so right.
Tell us about your career journey so far. Who you have worked for, and explain any highlights.
2005-2011 Nova pharmacy – working my way through my apprenticeship – this provided me with a stable job after school where I learned A LOT! Not only about pharmacy but customer service and business.
2011- 2014 UFS pharmacy – working my way up the management ladder. This was a great job to see a different side of pharmacy – it wasn’t working with the people though so I didn’t enjoy it as much. In 2013 I cut back to part time while I was studying my PT course.
2014- NOW Royale Fitness – After my studies were finished I started the new year of 2014 with big dreams and high hopes – motivated AF to become a kick-arse trainer for females. It was scary, I was so new to it all but I created a style of training that I personally loved – strength, cardio & pilates – there was nothing like this around in the one class so it went off with a bang – I now train over 70 + females weekly and we have just opened up Royale Wellness Studio. All in 3 years. I’ve created a career I love that works in with my life.
How did you get the job that you are in now?
My husband is the creator of Royale Fitness – we have both had a love of fitness from a young age – he decided to pursue it after finishing 12 Year in 2007. So when I was toying with the idea he was more than supportive he has wanted me to enter the fitness industry for years! That’s all his known – he started in his mums garage with a handful of clients and now to this date Royale Fitness currently has over 220 members and growing. We didn’t know how we’d go living together & working together but it’s honestly awesome wouldn’t want it any other way – we make a kick-arse team, we get to spend so much time together – especially during the day when the 9-5-ers are working we have the freedom of going to the beach or seeing a movie.
What is the hardest part of your current job?
To be honest probably loving it too much and not switching off as much as I should. Although my actual hours in the gym are minimal compared to full-time hours – it doesn’t stop when I come home. I’m always replying to texts, researching new movements, courses, marketing, always looking for ways to make the business better – which I love!
What does a day a typical business day look like for you in your current job?
- My alarm goes off at 5:07am (I like setting it at weird times – those extra 7 minutes make a difference I swear!) – I’ve never been a morning person so I hit snooze 3 maybe 4 times before actually getting up.
- I coach my first group training session at Royale Fitness at 6am-7am.
- Once finished I come home make my protein smoothie and check my emails.
- Back to Royale Fitness at 9am-10am for our Mums group.
- I then head home and nap for an hour – napping is essential when you’re a PT 10:30am-11:30am
- After my nap we’ll take out fur babies down to the park for a run around for about 30 minutes.
- It’s then lunch time – usually a chicken wrap.
- After lunch it is work mode. Catch up on calls, emails, do some marketing stuff, write programs, organised upcoming events, business stuff ect…
- I like to train in the late afternoon so around 2-3pm usually for an hour.
- Then its home shower and back to Royale Fitness for a 4:30pm start and that leaves me coaching until 8:30pm.
- I get home just after that to cook dinner, eat, sleep (by 10pm) & repeat!
Who has been your hero, or greatest inspiration growing up and why?
My mum. She’s a real life wonder woman; there is nothing she can’t do. These qualities inspired me to succeed and give everything I do 110%. She might not know it but her hard-working nature and carefree attitude had a huge impact on me growing up it helped shape me to be the person I am today, without her guidance or support I don’t know where I’d be! She’s the best.
What advice would you give girls who are interested in your career?
There is a million and one personal trainers now – when I first started it was never this big. This makes it hard for you girls – there are a lot of crappy courses and empty promises. Do your research and don’t do an online course. Go face to face, you’ll learn so much more and get the most out of it. Once you complete your course trial different methods of training to see what you enjoy coaching and also what gives results. That way when you market what you do, you can be very specific and it doesn’t look like just another boot camp, you’ll attract a tribe with the same interests and beliefs as you!
Hey Chantel, List your most valuable resources that you turn to constantly for inspiration in your profession?
- Favourite Blogs or Websites: Pintrest – it has everything, literally everything you could be looking for! And of course my blog talkingwithtel.com where I ramble on about fitness, life and realness.
- Name an Instagram Account or Snapchat that you can’t go a day without checking: I don’t have snapchat (I waste too much time!) but instagram it changes all the time I’m currently loving @businesschicks for motivation and any upcoming events @livphyland because she’s super down to earth and has the perfect combination of realness, health, wellness and fitness.
- Books: The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
- People: My husband and also trainer and creator of Royale Fitness – Matt Prince