- Diploma in Personal Fitness Training (Future Fit)
- RSA Teaching Gym and Circuits
- Reebok Teaching Spin
- Fit to Perform Teaching to Music
- ITEC Anatomy, Physiology and Swedish Massage
- ITEC Sport Massage
- Diploma Nutritional Therapy (Institute for Optimum Nutrition)
- CNE Sports Nutrition
- NVQ Level 1 & 2 Hotel Catering
- Advanced Training Postural Correction
- Pregnancy Exercise Prescription
- Swedish and sports massage therapist
- 10 years experience working as a chef
- Trained in martial arts (boxing, Thai boxing, Brazilian and Japanese Jiu-Jitsu and Kuntoa)
- Jeet-Kune-Do Progressive Fight System (Paul Vunak)
I began my career as a chef working in a wide variety of kitchens, from Michelin starred restaurants to touring with and cooking for bands. Working as a chef for ten years developed my passion for food and nutrition.
As a child I was always into sports, which is something I carried through into adulthood. I also had a natural interest in anatomy, physiology, health and fitness. I decided to combine these passions and qualify as a personal trainer.
I started my personal training career working in a few different gyms, listening, learning and reading as much as I could before settling in one place and developing my own style. I studied in Swedish massage, sports massage, postural correction and sports nutrition, plus I spent four years studying clinical nutrition.
I've now been working in the fitness industry for nearly twenty years and, through my own training and working with a wide range of clients, I’ve learnt that there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ training plan. Different body types respond differently. Some need to do more cardio, while others need lower rep ranges. Some respond better on a split routine, while higher carbs seem to work for some body types but not others. This is where the YBP training philosophy began. Training people based on not just their goal and agility level, but by body type, plus taking into account any postural issues they may have.
I’ve also learnt that beyond the physical programme, it’s important to understand what is happening inside and how that may impact potential results. There are many conditions, such as diabetes, insomnia, arthritis, polycystic ovaries, PMS, osteoporosis and food intolerances that will affect the way a person can train, their hormone balance and the way they will respond to the exercise and nutrition programme they’re following. It’s in cases like these that the clinical nutrition package can be used either on its own or in conjunction with another package.
Through the creation of YBP with business partner and good friend Luisa, I’m excited to be able to offer a wider audience tailor made programmes with a scientific base and share my passion for healthy living.