I’ve been interested in health, fitness and performance for as long as I can remember.
After completing my undergraduate degree in sport studies in 2003 I got my first gym instructor job, and subsequently trained to be a personal trainer and exercise referral instructor – completing as many qualifications as I could to learn more about my industry.
I worked as a personal trainer for around 5 years, and whilst I loved every minute of it, I quickly realised that I was developing a passion for the more underpinning aspects of exercise – physiology and biomechanics. Of course, this isn’t something that your average client is interested in so I decided that education would suit me better and made the decision to pursue a more academic road into teaching .
I spent the next 8 years educating and assessing on a wide range of fitness-related qualifications such as the personal trainer course, gym instructor, exercise nutrition and a range of shorter, development courses. I regularly delivered courses within university settings, and was regularly invited to deliver guest talks at a number of events.
My passion led me to complete a Master’s Degree in exercise physiology whilst working as a teacher, and eventually led me to beginning my journey into published academic writing and research.
Since then I’ve continued developing my interests, delivering university lectures on sport science programs, speaking at conferences and writing for a number of high-profile websites. I have worked for two global fitness equipment suppliers, delivering master trainer workshops throughout the UK, and sat on a number of advisory boards helping to develop fitness facilities.
Recently, I have become a director of TRA Performance Education, a collaborative education company that not only delivers its own fitness-related seminars, but brings world class academic and practitioners experts to the UK to deliver training to personal trainers, coaches and anyone else interested in improving their health and performance.