I’ve been training clients since I qualified as a Personal Trainer in 2005. Before that I completed a Sports Science Degree at University of Wales and spent a year travelling in Australia.
One of the best things about being a Personal Trainer is the variety. I’ve trained all kinds of people in the last ten years, from national level athletes to complete beginners who just want to get off the sofa and improve their general fitness. I get a real kick out of seeing clients achieve their fitness goals, especially when the good habits they learn will help keep them healthy and active for years to come.
You never stop learning as a Physical Trainer and I always try to increase my expertise, so I’m up to date with the latest developments in sports science. As well as training clients I work with the Firefighters Charity as an Exercise Therapist and Remedial Massage Therapist, helping people recover from injury and illness.
Personally I enjoy weight training in the gym, playing cricket and running. I like to take part in a few half marathons or 10k runs each year. In my free time I enjoy walking on Dartmoor and the South West Coast Path, as well as spending time at the beach surfing and kayaking with my family.
I grew up on the Isle of Man (which was great and which is still one of my favourite places) and when I left school I trained as a nurse. After qualifying as a Registered General Nurse I moved to England and in 1990 changed careers and studied mechanical engineering at University of Hertfordshire where I qualified with BEng (Hons) in 1995. I worked as a stress engineer for Augsta Westland for several years as part of a design team calculating loads on helicopters. After moving to Plymouth and getting hooked on endurance running events I qualified as a Personal Trainer and joined Body Active in 2005.
I love the variety of work as a personal trainer but especially working with people who are new to exercise or helping people recovering from illness or injury. Staying fit has such a positive effect on our lives but it has to fit our lifestyles and it has to be fun or at least satisfying, I enjoy helping my clients find the way to make exercise a good part of their day rather than a chore.
In the past I have taken part in some long distance, multi-day running events, such as Marathon des Sable (155 mile, 7 day race in the Sahara desert) and Marathon of Britain (175 mile 6 day running race). I’ve picked up injuries and recovered and understand that injury and return to your sport can be a daunting experience. For the last few years I’ve been doing triathlons and have done quite a few half ironman races and last year did a full distance one. I’m certainly never going to be the quickest but I love taking part in these events and aim to carry on doing them as long as they are fun. .
- Registered General Nurse
- Advanced Instructor Level 3 Register of Exercise Professionals
- Certificate in Sports massage