I’ll kick off with the boring, CV-style spiel, then I’ll tell you a bit about my gym (videos et al) and I’ll finish with a run-through of my own fitness journey…
Since becoming a Personal Trainer in 2010, I’ve worked with people from all walks of life; from UFC fighter to retiree to new mum to busy dude looking to blow off some steam a few times per week.
I’ve also spoken at numerous events; including a Main Stage appearance at Scotland’s biggest ever fitness exhibition, the SFN EXPO. I spoke at the Origin Empower event as an expert for other Personal Trainers and gym owners to learn from. I regularly contributes as a ‘fitness expert’ on BBC Radio Scotland and, perhaps coolest of all, I was awarded the ‘Personal Trainer of The Year’ trophy from Lift The Bar in 2015.
I don’t really have a set ‘method’, I believe more in meeting people where they’re at, helping them develop their own knowledge/understanding and essentially guiding them to an improved version of themselves.
That’s my jam.
I run a gym called Improve Glasgow and inside those walls myself and my team run Glasgow’s highest quality and most flexible Personal Training program.
The easiest way for you to get involved is via our 30 Day Trial, and if you’d like to know more about who we are/what we do at Improve Glasgow, you can check out the website at http://www.improveglasgow.com, listen to our Improve Glasgow Podcast over on iTunes or you can check out our super-cool videos below:
From a personal standpoint, I walked into a gym for the first time when I was around 15 years old. I had no idea what I was doing but I showed up, worked hard and made progress.
After school, I went to university to study Sports Studies at Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence in Stirling.
(Full disclaimer: When I say ’study’ I mean I lifted weights a lot, ran frequently, played football and did Thai boxing.)
I graduated after 4 years with an honours degree, but more importantly a boat-load of experience coaching athletes from youth to international level, as well as experience coaching everyday running via a part-time job I held during my last two years at university .
I played football when I was young, transitioned to Thai boxing in my late teens, then to submissions grappling and mixed martial arts (MMA) in my early 20s and now consider myself a stereotypical gym goer/Personal Training client.
See, I essentially lived my life as an athlete for 10 years.
Nowadays I’ve got all of the same stresses and excuses that everyone else in the world has: a busy work schedule, a penchant for pale ales and red wine, and a tooth that’s sweeter than honey.
I’ve got all of the knowledge I could probably ever need to get myself in shape, but I struggle with finding the time and, sometimes, also with motivation.
Previously, I exercised to be ‘shredded’ and to enhance my sporting performance during competitions.
Nowadays, I exercise to de-stress, maintain my bodyweight, increase my energy and productivity levels.
Many would read that and think that’d make me a ‘bad’ Personal Trainer, but I fully believe the opposite to be true.
I believe that since becoming less physically active and less dedicated to purely fitness goals I am a far superior coach to our members than I ever was before.
I can relate to their struggles and I can empathise with their lulls in motivation. This is probably validated by our ever-expanding membership base at Improve Glasgow.
It’s been a whacky ride, but I’m just getting warmed up.