‘About me’ pages are usually reserved to let you know what qualifications someone has, perhaps it should be titled ‘About you’. The reason for that is you need to work out if I suit you. The qualifications I hold have some credence, but moreover do I have the provenance you are looking for? As you read through my ‘About me’ page will you connect with what I have achieved so that you are able to think … ‘this is the man for me!’ After all having a Personal Trainer is all ‘About you!’ and to be frank qualifications are not a reflection upon how inspirational a trainer is.
There are trainers that will enforce their ideas and ideals upon you, whereas those that really stand out are the ones that are exemplary at putting clients first. Being an exceptional listener has to be high on a trainers abilities. After that ‘experience’ has to be high on the agenda.
It is here that I really do stand out.
Firstly, I have gathered my skills and knowledge over twenty years. I was perhaps the first Personal Trainer in the Reigate and Dorking area starting Forever Young Fitness Ltd. in 1994. Even then, aged 26, I had achieved more than most would have in their lives after spending close to ten years in the British Army with two squadrons in the Army Air Corps 651 Sqn and 657 Sqn.
Below is a photo of me receiving Divisional Colours for Kayaking in 1988. Shortly after I received Army Colours and competed in several Inter-service Championships in different disciplines of kayaking.
Those days were heady with events, championships and adventurous activities.
Climbing Mt. Jebel Toubkal, High Atlas Mountains, Morocco, aged 16
Kayaking round the south side of Cyprus, aged 17
Running 4 Berlin Marathons, 1 Amsterdam, 1 Paris P.B. 3:09
Attaining 7:52 secs for 1.5 miles, in boots, for a Basic Fitness Test
Winning the Army Air Corps 10km Cross-Country Biathlon in Les Saisies, France
Teaching adventurous training for year in Canada 1989. Climbing, MTB, kayaking and Canoeing
Getting to 17.1 on the bleep test
Gaining a Silver Medal in the Cambrian Patrol – the Army’s toughest endurance test
Competing in the Devizes – Westminster canoe race 1988
Winning silver in the Army Canoe Slalom Championships, Honenlimburg, 1991.
Since leaving the military I’ve been afforded great opportunities to continue my interest and gained more knowledge through experience. I’ve been able to help many people achieve their personal challenges and goals. Some of my greater achievements have been :-
Richard Sterry’s MTB ‘South Downs Double’ 200 miles under 24 hours
Freddie Wheeler’s (stroke patient) 1 mile challenge 2 hours 45 mins
Simon Meadow’s L’Etape du Tour
Donald Milne’s Three Peak cycle challenge charity fund raiser
Katie Lawson’s (A working Mum from Reigate) Olympic distance Trialthon
David Hill’s Land’s End to John O’Groats charity fund raiser
Sandy Case (400m specialist) preparation for the Tour de Force – conversion from sprinter to endurance athlete.
Sports Massage Therapy for Jade Lally Commonwealth Bronze Discus
William Wates Memorial Trust – Tour de Force (Tour de France route) en masse charity ride 2006, 2010, 2012 ride leader and training organiser.
Trainer and rider for the United8 team 2008 relay team in the RAAM (Race Across America) 20mph ave 6 days 13 hours – 3,000 miles
Awarded the Surrey Mirror’s Sports Award for outstanding sporting achievement in 2009.
This is not a comprehensive list more a selection of things I’m proud off. Do you think I could help you?