We had the good fortune of connecting with Caroline Leon and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Caroline, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
In 2015 I survived a life threatening rock climbing accident in which I fell over 7 meters onto rock and gravel. After months in hospital I under went 14 surgeries to repair; two shattered feet, re-attach my pubic bone, reconstructing my pelvis and replace a segment of my spine and 23 blood transfusions. It took 2 years to learn to walk again, with the assistance of physiotherapists, osteopaths and countless other holistic practitioners. By the time could walk again, it was time to progress and step out of the clinical setting. I searched high and low for a certified fitness professional which could cope with clinical rehab. My effort to find a rehabilitation instructor to effectively take me through this complex stage of rehab, proved more difficult than anticipated. After numerous negative and disappointing experiences, I was finally recommended to contact rehabilitation specialist Keith O’Malley-Farrell. Keith had a wide ranging experience rehabilitating patients recovering from complex trauma injuries during his time working in the UK with the British Military. It was clear that while the general health and fitness community was well versed in weight loss, body building, yoga, pilates and gym instruction, as a whole, the in-depth understanding of the complexities involved with effectively supporting those confronted with out of the ordinary physical challenges, just didn’t do the industry justice. From this, Keith and I collaborate to create A Life of Education. Our aim was to bring leading experts from around the world of together on one brand new platform to share their knowledge and expertise on a global scale. By watching and learning from those specialists in their fields students could continue their education through a more flexible, more accessible and more affordable education platform.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Our Business is called A Life of Education. It is the world’s first Online fitness education platform, with online courses for every aspect relating to fitness. Some of our topics include Woman’s Health, Mental health courses, Anatomy and Physiology, Rehabilitation, Physical Fitness and Yoga and Pilates courses. We launched A Life of Education in September of 2019 and this September will be our 1 year anniversary. We are excited that even through COVID we have managed to release over 100 courses to the site. Launch a free workouts page and our Fitness Podcast. We are excited to see where our business goes and how it grows.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shout out is in gratitude to all those people who supported me during my accident. My mum, and sisters Andrea and Steph. My husband Scott and all my friends who came every singe day to the hospital. I wouldn’t be here today without all the doctor and nurses who saved my live.