I was a skinny kid wanting to gain some strength and muscle to improve my physique and to help my performance when representing my home town in athletics, football, rugby and swimming.
However, I never quite had the motivation to train frequently enough to get to the level I wanted to be. When I look back now, this is due to the certain training aspects that I didn’t enjoy…
What I know now, is that there is no limit on the number of ways to train, so there can always be something new and enjoyable. It may just take a little time to find these methods and solutions.
Years later, I graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with my Sport and Exercise Science degree. This is where I was captivated by the science of a healthy body – the ins and outs of muscle and fat metabolism. I later moved to Auckland, where I worked as a Personal Trainer in the second most popular gym in New Zealand. Here, I helped hundreds of people reach their goals, either through sharing nutritional information and handy tips or by giving them the support they need to maintain an effective exercise regime.
When I returned home, I worked my way up into a General Manager position at my local gym. I therefore had to sacrifice some time and the number of clients I could focus on. Although, during this time, I helped one of my clients start her amazing weight loss journey. Jen then went on to place 2nd in Women’s Transformations at the Pure Elite World Championships (Pro & Amateur)! Jen was spending two hours with me in the gym most weeks for 12 months..
I then found that the best way for me to live my passion, was to spend time solely on my clients, learning their habits and giving them easy alternatives that they can enjoy! That’s why I started online coaching. I can now help dozens of people reach their goals at the tips of my fingers!
- Body Toning and Weight Loss
- Gaining Muscle and Body Sculpture
- Reducing Muscle Atrophy with Aging
- Improving Athletic Performance
- Nutritional Advice
- Postural Corrections
- Enhanced Health and Well-being
Qualifications and Experience:
- BSc (Hons) Degree in Sport and Exercise Science
- Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Fitness instructing & Personal Training
- Level 2 Award in Studio Cycling
- First Aid Certificate
My Philosophy on Health, Fitness & Training
Train in as many ways as you possibly can. Work on all components of fitness: muscular strength & endurance, flexibility, balance, coordination, speed, power, agility, reaction time and cardiovascular endurance.
These may not all seem important to you and your lifestyle, and that is fine. Focus on whichever will benefit you the most, or, if you are someone that doesn't enjoy exercise, or only enjoys certain areas, then focus on those areas as it is much better than doing nothing. Speak to a Personal Trainer or someone that will be able to spark some ideas and appealing methods of training, dieting or living in general.
On average, I will train for around six hours per week, spread over three to five sessions. This is usually strength and power focused, although I will always incorporate as many components as possible.
However! It is not all about what we do inside the gym and in our few hours of training each week...
It is mostly about what we do during all the hours outside of training, we need to keep moving! It is what we were made for!
Nutrition wise - my approach is very similar to that of the way we should train..eat as many healthy, fresh whole foods as possible: veg & leafy greens, fruits, nuts, seeds, grains, beans and healthy fats.
Similarly, you may not be a fan of all these foods or have other reasons you're unable to eat them,
The most important thing here, is that you can recognise any unhealthy habits you have, minimise them and then build them into your diet in moderation.
Please don't get me wrong! I'm a lover of beer and burgers, wine and cheese, pizza and chocolate fudge brownie, mmm. But you have got to earn it. These luxuries can have such negative effects on your health, so you had best be doing your bit with the healthy foods too!
Continue to Grow & Evolve
Years down the line and here we are, more knowledge and experience gained, but also the awareness of how much research there is on human biology and how much we as a race are still yet to understand.