To say I’d always been a fitness fanatic would be a lie… I ran a lot of cross country when I was a kid and was a regular member and captain of the school’s football team. But then I went to University and it mostly went to pot.
Luckily, I seemed able to retain a base level of fitness and it was only an expanding waistline as I hit my early 30s that made me take my health a little more seriously and start using the gym.
Nine years ago, my father was taken to hospital where he remained in a coma for three months. My lifestyle choices degenerated dramatically. I’d rush from an office job to the hospital, would eat rubbish, was smoking 30 cigarettes a day and was drinking too much. When dad passed away, I didn’t change either, but kept going in a downward spiral.
Six months later, I’d gained almost 30 pounds in weight, surprising myself when I topped a scale at almost 16 stones. I’d progressively been buying larger and larger sized clothes in an effort to hide it all away – but those scales made me stop and think again.
I returned to the gym, set myself a challenge to lose weight and began running and eating better. The last thing I wanted was to end up in an early grave.
My re-found love of fitness, not to mention my vain side, saw me lose three stones and drop eight per cent of body fat. I became fitter and healthier, I drank less and quit smoking.
I feel as though I’ve gained another decade of life… I’m fitter than I have ever been – and I eventually quit my office job to train as a fitness instructor.
Why tell you all this? Because if you are looking to better yourself, it’s likely you may have felt some of the despair I did. I worked in an office, had a decent social life and then, when things got tough, had no natural fitness or willpower left to reverse the tide.
I understand the barriers to exercise – the feeling that there is always something better to do (that is usually detrimental to our health) – and I can help you surpass them.
Whether you need help with a programme, want to get a lapsed fitness kick started again or start eating better – by working together, I can help you achieve those goals.
Born in a pub in a South Yorkshire mining town in the late Sixties, I grew up in Greece before moving back to England at the age of 20. On my return, I trained as a photographer and journalist.
My work has since graced the pages of many national newspapers, including Metro, where I worked for a decade, three years of which were as health editor.
In 2009, I left to re-train as a fitness instructor.
I now live in Pool in Wharfedale with my wife Laura, our twin daughters Martha and Gracie and twin cats Mini and Uma.
REPS registered Level 2 gym instructor
REPS registered Level 3 Personal Trainer
REPS registered Level 3 Nutrition for Physical Activity
REPS registered Level 3 Active Ageing Specialist
REPS registered Level 3 Ante and Post Natal Specialist
REPS registered Level 3 Bootcamp and Circuit Training Specialist
REPS registered Level 3 Exercise Referral Specialist
REPS registered Level 3 Functional Resistance Training Specialist