My Fitness Background
For the last 10 years I have worked as a Personal Trainer, specialising in lifestyle and stress management as well as strength training. During this time I have worked with a vast array of individuals from champion power-lifters to cancer survivors. I have helped clients overcome what they felt were severe limitations to lose body fat, sometimes life-saving amounts, adopt healthy habits with the emphasis always being on helping people to find small, achievable steps daily to make the improvements to their life that they want to make.
As a Wellness Coach I try to bring the same positive influence to people's lives; helping them to unlock the tremendous untapped potential that exists in us all. In my own life I have found a good coach, one brimming with enthusiasm but also completely empathetic and understanding, to be absolutely priceless. And I've also found that a good coach can come in many forms.
At this point I should perhaps explain that I was born with the lower half of my left arm missing. So in many ways, my first coach was my father: a pragmatist to the core, dad never let me focus on what I felt I couldn't do, only on what I could. Due to this, the whole question of 'Well, what can I do?' became an intrinsic part of my mindset. Inevitably, when you ask yourself these questions, more and more answers appear. Because of this, I have been involved in some form of sport my entire life! (I even had a go at being a goalkeeper - didn't work out...I'm only 5'9") And whilst I never excelled in any one thing as a youngster the whole question of 'What can I do?' has stayed with me my whole life.
Throughout, various coaches in the form of friends, family, teachers, colleagues have, usually unknowingly encouraged me to probe this question; providing me with the spur for greater self-awareness, problem-solving and decision making.
Prior to my career in fitness and wellnes I worked as a teacher for 5 years. This experience gave me a vital insight into not only the stresses and strains of working in a time-demanding profession, but also into how to maintain a healthy lifestyle whilst doing so.
As of today, I am still heavily influenced by coaches and employ one myself as I aim to break into the Paralympic squad for Team GB. For the last 3 years I have been competing in both javelin and discus and am creeping towards the required standards for European, and potentially world, competition.
I currently live in Tamworth with my beautiful and ever-patient wife Carmen, our son Albie and my stepdaughter Taylor. When I'm not running away from the floor being lava or dodging nerf bullets (parents of 5 year olds will know what I mean!), I enjoy curling up on the sofa with a good book or film.