So why I am so passionate about fitness and how I am in the position I am today?
So here we go the story goes, around 5 years ago I had the privilege and opportunity to receive sport specific strength and conditioning, plyometric based training from the world renowned Michael Johnson Performance (MJP). I found the coach Brock Christopher particularly inspiring and someone I got on with very well from day one of training.
So much so that following the training programme completion within the school setting Brock invited me down to St. George’s park where MJP’s English office was based to partake in a week’s intense pre-season training along with other young aspiring footballers some signed to professional clubs and some not and playing non-league football.
The experience I received during that week seeing the facilities and trying to absorb as much knowledge as possible while I was there, I truly believe subconsciously is what sparked my passion for and pursuit of a career in health and fitness.
This spark was continually fuelled during the following 4 years or so while I undertook an undergraduate degree in Exercise, Nutrition and Health at Nottingham Trent University, during which I obtained REPs levels 2 fitness instructor and 3 Personal Training and GP exercise referral qualifications. As well as the knowledge into exercise, nutrition and health that stood me in good stead moving forward.
Allowing me after graduating to fortunately gain employment at Hilton St George’s Park as a fitness instructor in the summer of 2017, where I was lucky enough to work in a great team of like minded people who’s conversations over my time there further inspired me to have enough confidence in myself to start up on my own and chase my dreams.
After having the urge to return to the FA centre at St. George’s Park I found out I had to return to study, achieve a masters in strength and conditioning related research in order to one day gain employment within a professional sporting setup. I knew this would also give me the knowledge to train aspiring amateur/semi-professional sports players that are looking to improve their sporting level. As I feel this is an area lacking in the industry.
I took the stand point and mindset to achieve as many qualifications and go as high as possible within education to add as many strings to my bow as possible and gain as much knowledge, while youth was still on my side, before going it alone.
Now what once was just a spark is now fully fuelled with knowledge/passionate and ready to explode!
Getting in shape shouldn’t feel like a punishment. It’s an amazing opportunity and empowering lifestyle change that anyone can choose to make and then achieve. I believe in finding a pleasurable form of working out and training that fits your lifestyle, that's fun and releases endorphin levels, providing energy you will experience that adds to your life for the better.