This is a long story but I'll try my best.
My coaching career began in 2007.
I was boxing at the time and I was always getting asked about my jump rope skills and if I could teach people.
It was around this time I discovered the best jump rope I've ever used (to this day), being the Buddy Lee Rope Master. I couldn't get enough of these ropes and ended up becoming a distributor that year (long story short).
Now, I started doing a bit of coaching in the gym just on jump rope. In 2010 I established On The Ropes dedicated to jump rope training and selling jump ropes and started the first and longest running jump rope class outside of the US.
This grew to 3 classes across London, 4 quarterly workshops and in 2018 created the first ever globally accredited jump rope certification to certify new coaches.
Now going back a bit, while boxing, I got injured and in around 2011 which gave me an opportunity to develop. I wasn't training as much and began to put weight on as I wasn't eating well (surprise, surprise).
I was asked to help at the gym with some boxing sessions, training amateurs and doing some white-collar camps.
This is what started my transition from competition to boxing coaching.
Now I must say, I was doing all this all while working a day job in the city as a business analyst and later a project manager within the banking sector (this becomes relevant later)
Now, now working and training evenings and weekends, I learned two things:
- 1. There is such a thing as burnout
- 2. You can't train newbies coming into a gym like you're training seasoned boxers from the off
There was something missing and I needed to fill that gap while also looking at how I could manage my schedule and my life more effectively, as I enjoyed the training, but I couldn't afford to or wasn't comfortable enough leaving my day job (although working as a contractor allowed me the opportunity for breaks)
Anywat, so it's 2011 and I started researching why you 200 crunches a session may not be the best way to train your core and could be a fast track back, about the importance of sleep, nutrition, exercise selection, you name it, I was soaking it up, applying it to myself and the classes.
Now still working contracts in the corporate sector, since 2015 I was working in workplace strategy - looking at office setups, workplace wellbeing and behavioural change. It translated greatly to my personal training practice and around this time I took some week long courses at the renowned CHEK Institute in San Diego, New York and London where the holistic part of my game clicked and it was a huge puzzle piece.
Working with clients who were burned out, didn't have the time to work out were domotivated, I learned it wasn't as simple as giving them some sample recipes, a healthy shopping list and making them sweat doing some HIIT. A holistic approach was needed for many of them.
And working as a project manager for so many years, I knew how to deliver, track and report. It was a perfect combination.
So I've applied all of this knowledge and experience since 2007 into creating programmes that address the challenges I was facing and my clients were facing and am now in a position to provide something that delivers long term results with accountability and tracking. Again, I work with clients for a specific period of time, usually 12 or 16 weeks typically until we reach a goal or milestone (just like a project). And once we reach that, we can create another and reach another plateau or they take the knowldge and lessons learned and continue to apply this in their lives.
That's the short version (if you can call that short!)
So, if you want to discuss your goals or a potential opportunity to working with me on your goals, give me a call (+447886029603), drop me an email ([email protected]) or fill in the form at the bottom of this page.
CREDENTIALS & TRAINING
Level 3 Personal Trainer
Level 4 Strength & Conditioning Coach
MSc Strength & Conditioning (In progress)
Level 3 Sports Massage
CHEK Institute Integrated Movement Specialist level 1, 2, 3
CHEK Institute Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 1 and 2
Founder of The Jump Rope Institute UK
ABA England Boxing Coach
Author of 3 globally accredited Jump Rope Certification programmes