It may seem a strange combination to work in both the fitness and insurance industries, but 34-year-old Nikko de Guzman makes it work. “Ten years ago, a friend of mine in the fitness industry owned a gym, and my first job there was for sales. After a year, he asked if I wanted to become a trainer, so that paved a way for me to becoming a fitness trainer," shares Nikko, "I became a CrossFit coach after I transferred to another gym four years ago." After more than 10 years of experience in the fitness industry, Nikko has decided to explore something new, something that would supplement his work as a CrossFit coach. "My dad’s friend is actually the boss of the insurance company I work for now. He asked me four years ago if I wanted to try it out," recalls Nikko, "I put it on hold for three years until I took the exams last year. I officially became an insurance agent in October 2017.”
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This, of course, means that Nikko faces double the daily challenges with two completely different careers. In insurance, Nikko needs to look for clients who are open to investing and being financially educated. As a CrossFit coach, he encourages people to step out of their comfort zones (meaning: the traditional gym) and explore how CrossFit is a style of fitness as well as a lifestyle that works for their trainees.
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Despite juggling duties as a fulltime insurance agent and a part-time CrossFit coach, Nikko finds that he has more time to do the things he wants to do, like spending time with his girlfriend Alex and her son Lucas.
“Before I got into the insurance agency, I was working fulltime with CrossFit, so I only get to spend time with them on Saturdays or Sundays. Now that I have more time in my hands, I get to spend more time with them, even on Mondays. I can go on a movie date (with Alex) on a Monday, and then pick up Lucas from school and bring him to Shakey’s.”
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Aside from spending quality with his loved ones, Nikko pursues his other interests. He only started drinking coffee eight years ago and has developed a hobby of making his own coffee at home, using different methods of brewing. Every chance he gets, he purchases new gear to make coffee better, living by the concept of “Specialty Coffee” which he explains as “a different way of drinking or tasting coffee; like wine, you get different flavors and tastes from certain types of coffee.”
For such a newbie in the insurance industry, Nikko already has long-term plans and big dreams for the future. “I plan to pursue the insurance industry,” he says. “Outside the insurance industry, I plan to have my own coffee bar, maybe in the next two or three years. I’m still trying to figure out how to get more experience in that side of the business. Less about fitness, more about insurance and coffee.”
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