I got into exercising at a young age with my dad lifting weights at home. My first visit to a gym aged fifteen was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my teenage years.
It was a small, backstreet weights gym (as they tended to be back in the early 90’s). The weights were old and the equipment well worn, but the place had a certain electric energy to it. For me as a boy I found the atmosphere both nerve racking and empowering at the same time. Immediately I was hooked. Right then I knew I wanted to train people and that would become my path.
After leaving school and attending college for two years I got qualified as a fitness coach and started working in health clubs. At one stage I worked two jobs simultaneously as I loved coaching that much.
Following My Dream
I knew I wanted my own facility and consequently worked my way up the management route in the private sector to learn the business and understand as much as I could about running a gym. After five years I took the plunge and left full time employment to work as a freelance trainer in September 2003.
As my job had become management based I had no current clients at the time and had to start my new business from scratch. It was tough at first. My mum had passed away from cancer and my younger brother and I lived alone. The fitness industry typically pays badly when you are in am employed position and money was very tight. Shortly after leaving full time employment I picked up my first client and began earning around £30 a week. It was incredibly tough and although at times I had my doubts, I knew in my heart I would make it work. And I did.
The Present Day
Fast forward to today and I am the co owner of a highly successful one to one personal training business. We have a lovely studio and a local reputation which I am extremely very proud of.
I have a waiting list of potential clients wanting to book sessions as my diary is constantly at capacity. I am thrilled and humbled to say that the vast majority of clients who started seeing me when I first started out are still regular clients of mine today.
My Love For My Work
Personal training for me isn't simply exercise instruction. If I approached my work in that way, the passion that drives me on two decades after I started would have probably been lost years ago.
For me, the love of my work comes from building relationships, empathising with my clients and helping solve their problems. I am extremely fortunate to be able to make a living out of something I love so much.
My approach to my work is slightly more holistic than some of my peers. My skillset falls into three categories; 1) Sports Massage Therapy to help ease my clients aches and pains. 2) My detailed knowledge of fitness and conditioning to physically move people toward their fitness related goals. 3) using N.L.P (Neuro Linguistic Programming) to help better understand my clients and to help keep them focused, motivated and consistent.
2020 came with certain challenges. It was in light of these challenges that I discovered a new way to connect and help people using the internet as an important resource.
In addition to helping people in my studio, I now have other ways of coaching and helping people remotely. I have clients who I train via my exclusive coaching app. This allows me to write bespoke programs which I can see my clients progress on. Weekly check in's keep them accountable. Its a system that works beautifully.
In addition, my online Group Exercise Classes proved extremely popular during the lockdown period. So much so, there was a demand to make my classes a permanent fixture in my diary. I now enjoy teaching four classes a week online and have a fantastic community of online clients.
Have a Question?
I know that hiring a trainer can be a daunting thing and you may have questions you may need help with before m making your decision to hire someone.
I will be more than happy to chat with your via text, email or a good old fashioned chat on the phone to help put your mind at ease and to answer any questions you may have.
If you are interested in one to one training or setting up a custom workout via my exclusive app, I will be delighted to book you in for a consultation to assess your goals and help create you a plan moving forward.
Feel free to leave me a message and I will come back to you within 24 hours to help you.
Thank you for taking the time to find out a little bit more about me. Perhaps in the future I may be able to find out a little more about you and help you along on your own fitness journey.