Henri Kelmendi

Henri Kelmendi turned his biggest passion into a business

 

 

Henri Kelmendi was three years old when his parents decided to flee from their homeland Albania to Germany. Looking back, Henri is very grateful for the warmly welcome in the new country and remembers that his parents were lucky enough to find jobs quickly. He used to spend the evenings with his sister and his grandmother who also arrived to Germany with the family. His grandmother had always been a person to rely on for the siblings and Henri believes that this was a crucial factor for him to feel always at home in Germany.

“Having had such great family support as a child and adolescent made me believe in myself and never feel lost or alone. This is a pillar that strengthens me to this day.”

Henri always had a strong passion for sports and fitness. Therefore, he decided to become a fitness trainer after finishing school. During his fitness coach training he made an important experience: One of his coaches saw a lot of potential in him and always pushed Henri to his own limits. This wasn’t always easy for Henri, but he realized that it really made him grow in his abilities. Moreover, he felt proud for not giving up and keeping to on go. Sport was no longer just a passion for him, it was also a way to increase one’s self-confidence and he had the desire to teach others this lesson to.

“I grew up in a small town and after having finished school and my fitness coach license I felt that I needed a change. I moved to Frankfurt and slowly got familiar with the idea of becoming an entrepreneur”

,says Henri. He started working at a fitness studio and got familiar with training sessions and the daily routines in a fitness centre. Quickly, he was able to gain the trust of many people and decided to work as a self-employed fitness trainer in and outside the studio.

“I started with giving a lot of free training sessions to people. I wanted to show how I train and what they can learn from me. This was a good way to gain their trust and make myself a name as a personal fitness coach.”

For Henri it is important to enable people to reach beyond their limits and strive to achieve more for their bodies and minds. He wants to playfully encourage his clients to see movement as something that is fun, in line with his motto: Movement is not a fight, but an exploration and a success.  He attaches great importance to trustful customer relationships. The customer goes beyond his/her limits during the training and can trust that Henri knows exactly what he is doing with him.

“The best thing about being a fitness coach is to teach people something new, no matter how old they are. It fulfils me when people see movement as something that is fun again and dare step by step to perform more complex movements.”

Being a self-employed fitness coach was not always easy for him. At the beginning he struggled with bureaucratic topics such as taxes or insurances for entrepreneurs and needed to get familiar with many things at the same time. Nevertheless, he found great support in mentors and the YBG Start-Up scholarship programme and was able to pursue his own path.

Henri believes that being an entrepreneur goes along with many wonderful benefits and encourages everyone to take the step towards self-employment:

“The most important thing is that you act in the right environment: Tell your family and friends that you are serious about starting your own business. Moreover, do not compare yourself with others in your sector. Focus on your own potential and characteristics. This will make you unique and successful!”

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This website is part of the project Network for Migrant Entrepreneurs to Scale Up and Grow — EMEN-UP (no. 764398) which has received funding from the European Union’s COSME Programme (2014-2020)

The Network for Migrant Entrepreneurs to Scale Up and Grow

This website is part of the project Network for Migrant Entrepreneurs to Scale Up and Grow — EMEN-UP (no. 764398) which has received funding from the European Union’s COSME Programme (2014-2020)

The Network for Migrant Entrepreneurs to Scale Up and Grow

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