I was introduced to weight training at the age of 14 by my father an ex professional boxer whilst I was playing county rugby for Cornwall. I found that I had natural aesthetics for resistance training and a good strength to weight ratio from my time in gymnastics. Having excelled in physical education from a young age a desk job was never going to be my calling!
After working as a children’s fitness instructor whilst at college and completing my education in leisure tourism and out door pursuits I decided to Apply for the Royal Marines Commandos at the age of 17. Again excelling in all the physical aspects of training I passed out of training as a PT superior recruit and joined 42 Commando in 2001.
During my 14 years in the corps I have served in N. Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan with several exercise deployments to the arctic circle of Norway. I have been fortunate enough to train in gyms and different environments hot and cold all over the world, including Cyprus and the high altitude mountains of Switzerland. Having trained my self and peers to a good physical standard including those wanting to join the UK’s special forces I found I had a passion for it and aspired to become a physical training instructor.
Unfortunately due to injury sustained whilst in Norway I was unable to pursue this career path and was forced to seek an alternative. So I decided to follow my second passion………food!
I completed the basic chefs course followed by the professional chefs course in 2009 combined with my exercise knowledge and experience I was able to achieve new heights in my own personal training goals.
I learnt the importance of diet at a key time as I was approaching my thirties and my metabolism was starting to slow! I not only learnt how to create a healthy diet but how to combine healthy eating and tasty food together on the same plate, which many people struggle with!
In 2011 I was in the best shape of my life and decided to apply for the Men’s Health cover model
competition, thankfully I was invited to the studio for the final photo shoot and came 6th overall out of over 3000 applicants and have featured in the magazine on 3 separate occasions. Since this time I have been inundated with friends, family and colleagues wanting advice on everything from training programs, meal plans and diet and supplement advice.
My final job as a Royal Marine was the Rehabilitation Troop Sergeant for 30 Commando where I spent 18 months formalising a rehabilitation and remedial establishment for those injured on operations, exercises and their chosen sports. Managing a Troop of over 30 frustrated marines who were battling injuries ranging from spinal injuries to broken legs I took on another approach to training and alternative training methods. Learning a great deal about postural analysis, postural correction core stability, gate training and obesity. This was an invaluable period for me where I met some great guys who when put their minds to it could achieve and overcome great obstacles.
Without realising it I have been training fellow Marines and friends since 2001 with my knowledge and experience gained over the years. So this year I decided to pin a certificate to this knowledge and experience by completing the Premier training diploma in advanced nutrition and personal training.