From a computer engineer to personal trainer at Kigali Marriott: The life of Girumugisha Gael

On 30 January 2020 at 03:15

Girumugisha Gael grew up with ambitions of becoming a professional footballer. He represented Rwanda in international football competitions in China and South Africa while he played for APR FC and Rayon Sports. Unfortunately, his career in football ended in an untimely manner due to a grave injury he suffered during a football match but it opened up for him a new opportunity as a personal trainer working with different people and institutions such as Kigali Marriott Hotel.

In high school, Girumugisha pursued electronics and ICT at ETO Nyamata and holds a Computer Science degree from ULK.

He told IGIHE that he loved sports and dreamed of becoming a professional footballer.

“I represented Rwanda many times in South Africa and China and was ranked among under 17 promising Rwandan footballers. When I was 17, I had an injury that stopped all my chances of ever becoming a footballer. However, the doctors advised me to work out frequently to get back in shape and maintain fitness. That is where I developed my interest of becoming a personal trainer. I said ‘If I can get back in shape after a severe injury, I am sure I can support other people in achieving their fitness goals as well.”

After his studies in computer science, he opted to become a personal trainer. He acquired a certificate in fitness in 2011. In over 3 years at Kigali Marriott Hotel, Girumugisha has trained and motivated gym enthusiasts to achieve their fitness goals every step of the way.

In 2010, Kigali Serena Hotel hired him as a receptionist but he would sometimes go to the gym facility, learn a thing or two and gradually adopted it as his new hobby.

At Kigali Serena hotel, he attended training from foreign professional trainers and acquired the competencies of becoming one himself.

He was later recruited by Kigali Marriott Hotel as a personal trainer and has ever since supported gym subscribers by designing safe and effective exercise programs and delivering one-to-one training.

He says there are so many benefits that come with working with a big brand such as Kigali Marriott Hotel as they have modern equipment that allow him to optimize sessions to fulfill the needs of clients.

“With the modern gym equipment at Kigali Marriott, I am capable of creating a tailored training program for clients, depending on their needs, abilities, and goals.”

Girumugisha says he owes getting where he is today to discipline. “I deal with clients who have different attitudes and some of them think the advice of a personal trainer is uncalled for but throughout gym sessions, I manage to help them get familiar with the machines, and show them more in-depth sessions that can help them perfect their form and at the end of the day, they are nothing but grateful.”

He says our bodies are unique and optimal fitness is never a one-size-fits-all package.

“For example, if your goal is to lose weight, your program will include specific weight-loss exercises. I will monitor and adapt your plan based on your progress.”

During Miss Rwanda 2019 competitions, he trained the 20 contestants to prepare ahead of the finale. A task he says was not easy, as many of the contestants were not used to exercising. He said that some of them continued exercising even after the contest, which is why he is excited and looks forward to training this year’s contestants to shape as well.

Girumugisha says that exercising is a good habit as it is essential to maintaining a healthy immune system.

Apart from the gym facility, Kigali Marriott allows customers to rest and stay fit at their Saray spa equipped with experienced massage therapists, sauna & steam areas with a state of the art relaxing area.

Girumugisha Gael grew up with ambitions of becoming a professional footballer.
Our bodies are unique and optimal fitness is never a one-size-fits-all package.