Why Train with me?
There is an abundance of Personal Trainers out there, it's a minefield. Ultimately it comes down to who is going to be the best person to help you achieve your fitness goals in the safest and most enjoyable environment. I've enjoyed sport and exercise my whole life to the point where I worked hard enough at it to play professional rugby for 10 years and semi professionally for a further 5 on top. Since retiring I've educated myself, first becoming a personal trainer, then becoming a master trainer in strength and conditioning. I enjoy working with all walks of life from young aspiring athletes to dad bods wanting to look better with their top off at the beach and as such I provide a high quality, personalised service. It is not a one size fits all approach. I tailor all of my programs according to each of my client’s goals and fitness levels.
What are my Qualifications?
At university I studied to become a PE teacher, after gaining my qualification I had a change of career after gaining a full time contract in rugby union. While playing I achieved qualifications in rugby coaching, and personal training. Post professional rugby I embarked on a rugby coaching and personal training career gaining further qualifications in strength and conditioning and olympic lifting.
What am I about?
I enjoy coaching all aspects of fitness, but first and foremost I will use strength training as the base of our training. Strength training is a key component of overall health and fitness, and it provides an important balance to aerobic workouts. Here's why;
Preserves muscle mass
Muscle mass diminishes with age. You can counteract this loss through strength training. The percentage of fat on your body increases as you get older if you don’t do anything to replace the lean muscle you lose. Strength training helps preserve and enhance your muscle mass, regardless of your age.
A regular strength training program helps you increase lean body mass and burn calories more efficiently, which can result in healthy weight loss.
Reduces risk of osteoporosis
Because of hormonal changes that women experience as they get older, they naturally lose bone density, putting them at increased risk for developing osteoporosis. Routinely lifting weights slows bone deterioration and can help your bones grow stronger, help you maintain strength, and reduce your chance of developing — or slow the effects of — osteoporosis.
Decreases injury risk
When you build muscle, you help protect your joints from injury and increase your balance and coordination. This becomes increasingly important to help you maintain your independence as you age.
Do I practice what I preach?
Well yes, when I retired from rugby I found exercise a great release. As well as keeping my body fit and strong it also helps my mental health. I find they go hand in hand. Not being in that competitive environment week in week out was difficult at first but I set myself some goals and worked hard to achieve them. While rehabbing my knee post retiring I found the Concept 2 skierg a great low impact workout, and what was better was that they have online leader boards and competitions. They also have world records for each distance. I found this a great motivator and I put my mind to it and I currently hold the fastest time ever skied across 4 distances.