John – tell me how you got into training in the first place?
“Throughout my time in the police I trained for sports – football, rugby and boxing. I ended up as an instructor in the police with the responsibility to test officers annually to make sure their fitness was up to scratch. It was a natural progression to continue training after I left the police, so I decided to teach fitness at various levels and get some fitness qualifications.”
What qualifications do you have?
“There are several, and in no particular order – Personal Trainer, Gym Instructor, Exercise to Music level 2, Muscular Strength and Endurance, Metafit, Indoor Cycling (spinning) and adult and children’s Boxercise. I’m also a qualified first aider. I also have the PVG certificate (Protecting Vulnerable Groups) ensuring my suitability to work with children.”
What classes do you run at the gym?
“The classes I run involve the qualifications outlined above. Spinning/Tone, Boxercise for adults and primary age children and Circuits. At all the classes I’m conscious of the needs of individuals and they are pushed but I also take into account ability and previous fitness levels.”
Any comments about diet?
“The people who attend my classes always show the commitment and dedication to both enjoy the class and give 100%. To help them achieve their goals support , proper technique and a balanced diet is essential and I give advice on correct foods, hydration and if appropriate protein supplements.”
“People who are thinking of coming along can talk to me in advance and also come and try a session to see if it is what they want before deciding to take things forward. My motto is –
No Challenge – No Change!”