Christian Finn

Sports Exercise 1998

What attracted you to choose University of Luton/ University of Bedfordshire and to study your course here?

There were two things that attracted me to the University of Bedfordshire.

Firstly, the content of the course - exercise science - was and still is a big passion of mine. The course was both extremely interesting and highly relevant to the career path I'd chosen. Second, when deciding whether to accept me on the course, the university was very flexible and took into account my work experience and background rather than just formal qualifications.

What is your strongest memory of your time at University of Luton/University of Bedfordshire?

Graduating top of my class with a master's degree with distinction. Having failed all my A Levels at the age of 18, being ranked bottom of my science class at school, and being told by one teacher that my future was bleak, graduating with a distinction was one of those "proving everyone wrong" moments that puts a smile on your face for a long time.

What is the one thing you would say about University of Luton/University of Bedfordshire to someone who doesn't know anything about it?

The tutors are all very supportive and helpful.

How did you change as a person during your time at University of Luton/University of Bedfordshire and how has your time here influenced your life since you graduated?

The ability to critically analyse research data, to compare that data with other studies on the same subject, as well as being able to write about that research in a way that makes sense to people without an academic background, have been essential skills in my career. I know it sounds terribly clichéd, but my time at Bedfordshire changed my life completely. I couldn't have done what I've done without it.

What has been your career highlight to date?

Selling a company that I'd helped build into one of the most successful and fastest growing sports nutrition companies in Europe. It was the culmination of almost 10 years of very hard but extremely exciting work.

What advice would you give to students and recent alumni aspiring to work in your area?

For the fitness industry to remain an industry, it needs to keep churning out "new" concepts. Magazine writers need something new to write about every month. Personal trainers need something different to sell to their clients. Equipment manufacturers need new products for people to buy.

Unfortunately, much of it is either completely meaningless or plain stupid. Make sure that most of what you do has a solid base of evidence behind it, and always think for yourself rather than relying on traditions or institutions to do it for you.

What excites or interests you about your work?

I really enjoy the process of researching and writing an article, digging deep into the research on a particular subject.

Are there any projects or ideas you'd like to pursue in the future?

I want to take my Muscle Evo training programme and turn it into a smartphone app, so that it's a lot easier for people to use.

What do your shoes say about your personality?

That I'm a lot more interested in comfort than fashion.

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