Qualified with a sports and exercise science diploma from Huddersfield New College, I immediately embarked upon a career in the fitness industry. Driven by my passion for the field, i had the motivation along with enthusiasm to find my feet in this competitive business sector.
My sporting experience ranges extensively from a successful background in both cricket and football. I decided to pursue this success in 2011 where upon i started as a Level 2 Fitness Instructor in this establishment, following which i was awarded the esteemed Apprentice of the Year. Currently undertaking my Les Mills Fitness Instructing Qualifications after successfully becoming a Level 3 Personal Trainer back in 2013.
I hope i can use the traits i have gained over the years; of passion, motivation, commitment and enthusiasm; and successfully reciprocate this into my career and prove to be positive influence to any team or client i may work with in the future. I am eager to overcome any challenge that may await me.
1.What made you want to work in the fitness industry?
I’ve always been very active, playing competitive sport 7 days a week from 6 years old. I knew from a young age working in the fitness industry was made for me.
2.What do you do to stay active and how do you keep motivated?
This year has been a massive struggle for me, having a very complex cricketing injury meant keeping on top of my fitness goals weren’t a priority and this injury has taken my full attention. When I am fit, I’m hugely motivated! I watch hundreds of workouts a week and I strive to train harder, more intense and smarter
3. Who do you admire in the fitness industry and why?
Lex Griffin and Matt Ogus! These two are fitness vloggers on Youtube. Their knowledge is unreal and showcases very informative content. More recently I’ve been admiring the work of the mobility god Dr Kelly Starrett. He invented the foam roller, lacrosse ball and resistance band exercises to prevent and fix pains and injuries. You have a problem he has an answer.
4.What supplements would you recommend as part of a regular exercise plan?
When it comes to supplements be very careful what you buy. If it looks too good to be true it most certainly will be. When it comes to purchasing products, be smart and keep it simple. I would recommend Creatine; this is one of the very few products which are scientifically proven to work. Want to get stronger? Take creatine!
5.Why would you say it is beneficial to have a Personal Trainer?
When it comes to working out, you will subconsciously use the technique trial and error. What you enjoy, what works for you, what exercises you like and dislike. This can take years for you to figure out how to get the best out of yourself. Why not book 5 sessions and let one of the professionals do all this for you within a week? Save time and leap frog the trial and error process. If you answer yes to any of the following, you should consider booking some personal training sessions: Lack Motivation? Stuck at the same weight? Can’t gain weight? Don’t know if you’re doing things correctly? Want to take things to the next level? Book some sessions with the experts and smash them goals!
6.You do a lot of classes at PF and have quite a following, what class do you like to do the most and why?
This is why my job doesn’t feel like work! The following I have is amazing and we have such a great time within the classes. My favourite class has to be INSANITY. Knowing the members will gain so much for attending regularly and seeing them push past their comfort zone really makes me proud at the end of each session.
7.What is your favourite exercise?
The Deadlift! It’s a great compound exercise and you can stack some weight on the bar! I love seeing people working on their form and working on progression. I see the deadlift as a platform to set the foundation on how you should approach every exercise.
8.Can you talk us through a typical personal training routine?
A personal training session varies for client to client. The first initial session starts with a client par-Q and a really good chat. From the information gathered we will set the goals, take measurements and design together a great plan.
9. What advice would you give someone who has just started training for the very first time?
Ask questions! Lots of questions. I’ll put it another way, version 1 – you don’t ask any questions and just get on with what you want. Version 2 – you ask tons of questions and take on some great advice. At the end of the 12 month membership which version would have progressed further?
10.Why would you recommend PF Gym to any new members?
It’s a nice, friendly gym and we’ll get to know you on a personal level. We offer free programs and love helping everyone which creates a positive atmosphere and a fun environment to workout in.
In today’s blog I want to talk about mobility, how important it is and why it should be added in to your exercise program.
On a personal level mobility has been my number one priority this year. It was finally the time I stopped ignoring the sporting injuries, put the weights down and faced them one on one. From doing so, I’ve learnt so much about the body and can’t express how much I recommend a mobility section to your workout which will add longevity to your fitness training.
So what is mobility?
Mobility is a range of exercises, Stretches and techniques which resolve pain, prevent injury and optimize athletic performance.
In Episode 1 I want to go more in depth with the shin and how to resolve, prevent and optimize this area. If you love INSANITY and Hour of Power or any other higher impact class/exercise, you may suffer from shin pain/tightness from time to time. If you do or want to prevent it from happening to you, stick around and make sure to add these simple moves into your daily routine.
Mobilization target areas:
Extensor Hallucis Longus
Flexor Hallucis Longus
So why do these muscles become brutally tight and sore?
The musculature extending from your knee to your ankle along the inside of your shin bone, specifically the soleus, posterior tibialis and gastrocnemius muscles are responsible for giving your foot arch support. Anytime you stand, walk, run or hop you place high demand on these tissues. As they become tight and locked up, people start using a default open foot stance, which causes the ankle to collapse and places stress on the above muscles (1-4)
How do you fix this?
Now we want to restore good positions and normalize these tissues. Take a lacrosse ball or tennis ball, and start working it into the inside of your shinbone, working from the base of your knee down to the ankle bone. Position; Sit down, cross your legs over your knee. The techniques I want you to use are contract and relax (contract the muscle you’re working the ball into and relax whilst keeping under tension from the ball) and pressure waves (Pulse the ball from high to low pressure). You will find areas of high pain and areas of low pain. I want you to spend more time on the hot area and less time on the pain free area. I find this exercise really good because I can get some good leverage into the ball and because my ankle is free, I can change the position of my foot easily. If you find it hard to get into this position, an alternative option is to sit on a chair and pull your lower leg over your thigh. To progress the move, move your ankle off your knee and place it flat on the ground. Then you can add a second ball. The ball will be placed underneath your shin. So effectively you are working both sides of the calf at once. You can also change the position of the ball and move it onto the tibialis anterior (The meaty part of the shin).
The second exercise I want share with you is the double-leg plantarflexion hold. This exercise is really simple and also very effective. To perform this exercise simply drop to your knees and sit on your heels with your feet flush to the ground and your big toes right next to each other.
This has been episode 1 of the mobility series. Focusing on shin pain and resolving those issues once and for all. For any more information, be sure to grab me for a chat in the gym. The majority of my research comes from Dr Kelly Starrett, the founder of mobiltyWOD and author of Becoming a Supple Leopard.
Reference – Becoming a Supple Leopard (The ultimate guide to resolving pain, preventing injury and optimizing athletic performance) By Dr Kelly Starrett with Glen Cordoza