I started working in the fitness industry as the Manager at Workout Warehouse, after this I went to work for JJB Sports working my way up from a part time sales assistant to Area Manager in a dual role capacity. In 2009 Dave Whelan bought JJB Sports Fitness and renamed it DW Fitness First. I was then recruited to run a number of retail and leisure sites with clubs at a peak membership of over 4000. I travelled extensively throughout the north of England. I have been involved in all kinds of sport and fitness throughout my life and I am currently taking my Level 3 tennis coaching award. I also work as a tennis coach at the club as well as the Gym Manager.
Gym manager Workout Warehouse. 30 years working in the Leisure industry for JJB Sports Fitness and then DW Fitness First.
My fitness journey began in college when I developed interest in exercise, nutrition and the science behind it. Attending the gym regularly has become my habit for over 7 years as my main goal is to stay fit and healthy. I decided to develop a career in this field, therefore, I studied Exercise Science and undertaken other courses to become a professional expert in my field.
I am an energetic fitness class instructor and personal trainer with a background in strength and weight loss training. I have a passion for helping people reach their goals and change the lifestyles for better.
Exercise Science BSc (hons) University of Huddersfield
Level 3 Personal Trainer & Level 2 Gym Instructor
Level 3 Sports Massage Therapy
Level 2 Exercise to Music
My passion for wellness and all things fitness related perhaps stems from growing up in sunny KwaZulu Natal, South Africa where I was involved in surfing and competitive surf lifesaving from a young age.
Later, this innate love for physical activity and competition carried over to Chinese martial arts in high school where I would learn to incorporate and apply a more internal philosophy to my training. This has had a profound and lasting impact on how I approach training not only a physical point of view but also from a mental perspective.
After sustaining several competition related injuries, I was introduced to the gym environment by my physiotherapist for rehabilitation purposes. I developed a particular affinity for resistance training and anything strength based which ultimately served as the catalyst leading to my chosen career path as a trainer.
Working privately as a PT and for larger commercial club chains over the years such as Virgin Active and more recently as a trainer using Miha EMS (Electro-Myo Stimulation) technology at BODTEC SA has been a tremendous journey of personal growth over the span of over a decade in an ever-changing wellness industry.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
Level 2 Fitness Instructor – Institute of Fitness Professionals
Certified EMS Instructor – Miha BODYTEC
I started my education at Woodhouse Primary School going on to Rastrick High School, followed by Rastrick sixth form college. I then went to university in Bolton, Lancashire where I studied Sports Rehabilitation. From this not only did I gain a qualification but also gathered a lot of experience in the field of sports massage.
During my time at university I was given the opportunity to visit different sporting venues whilst attending work placement; venues such as Wigan Warriors RLFC, Leigh Centurions RLFC, Rochdale FC and Stoke City FC. These placements allowed me to receive first-hand experience working with both professional and international athletes.
Since graduating I started my working life by offering a mobile massage service, which has helped me build up a good clientele base. Now that my business has grown, I am now in a position to expand and have recently agreed to join the team at Thongsbridge Tennis Club. With over 6 years experience I feel I have a lot to offer the members in the way of recovery treatments and sports massage.
Outside the world of sports massage I am a massive fan of Huddersfield Town. I have held a season ticket for over 15 years. I have a love of music and in my spare time I enjoy playing my guitar.
Sports Rehabilitation BSc (hons) Bolton University