Having been involved in fitness all my life through both Athletics and my career as a Professional Footballer, I have experienced various training techniques, approaches and methods, all of which have helped shape me to become the Personal Trainer that I am today. I have also had direct experience of a variety of diets and nutrition plans and their benefits and drawbacks, first hand.
Representing England in the U17 200m Sprint gave me an excellent insight into the training that is demanded of the Elite athletes and the extent of how their training differs to that of a beginner. Likewise, I have also experienced a variety of injuries and knocks along the way which has given me excellent first-hand knowledge of the rehabilitation process and the alterations and modifications required throughout this process.
I have also had the benefit of experiencing a variety of Sport Psychology techniques and approaches and, with the extent of my experience, how these apply and motivate to different personalities.
I believe my strengths as a Personal Trainer lie in weight loss (guaranteed!), strength and conditioning (muscle building) and coaching Elite performers as a direct result of my first-hand experience within the Sports industry.
My 16-year Football career saw me reach my peak playing in the FA Cup Final in 2004 with Millwall against Manchester Utd. I have also played for several other clubs including Charlton Athletic FC, Brighton FC, Doncaster Rovers FC. Finishing in 2012 I then went on to undertake a Degree in Professional Sports Writing and Broadcasting (BA (Hons)) and featured on various football matches live commentary.
I got into Personal Training when I finished my football career after being continually approached by my peers (still within football) who were seeking advice and support for their fitness and diet. Seeing them get great results through weight loss and improved fitness inspired me to want to help others achieve their goals.
I also work with young children with anger management issues and behavioral problems through Social Services to educate them and train them giving them a controlled behavioural outlet whilst also working on instilling discipline.
I run a range of outdoor Fitness Camps which include Boxing classes, Circuit Training and Core sessions.
Back in September 2016, I weighed 114kg, wore extra large shirts and 38” waist in jeans.
4 months later I`m now weighing 96kg, wearing medium shirts and 34” waist in jeans. That says it all! I've lost nearly 3 stone. Amazing results!
The training has been hard, fun and highly effective. Mark takes you to your absolute limit, and then a bit more, to really maximize results.
Every session has been completely different, never once the same. I never thought working out could be so much fun, especially the football sessions. Mark just keeps you going. On my own, I would never have kept going to this level, but Mark just keeps you going and believing in yourself.
Mark also sorted my food intake, what to eat and when, and it all works. The results speak for themselves! My body has changed so much and I now also have so much more energy and vitality. Mark has changed my life completely, giving me a totally different perspective on food and exercise.
Other than using the treadmill from time to time and going to a couple of gym classes, I was never really into fitness and I was actually quite intimidated by it. Since having sessions with Mark, I have gained full knowledge on which exercises work best for me, and started to lift heavier weights than I ever thought I could! Mark has inspired me through constant support, reassurance and knowledge to change my lifestyle in both fitness and nutrition, and as promised: my results have come flying in. I am 110% happier in my body as well as myself and even though it’s a struggle at times, I now officially believe that hard work pays off!
When I first started training with Mark I was an amateur preparing to take part in the WBFF championships for aesthetic body building to fulfil my dream of stepping on stage. I knew the training would be tough and Mark was with me every step of the way! I went on to win the WBFF and am now also highly successful within the fitness industry. I now have endorsements from well known fitness brands including Gymshark, EHP Labs & Nocco and over 1.3m followers on Instagram. Mark pushed me to the limit and beyond, which was what I needed to get me to where I am now. He was patient with me during the lows and the days where I thought I couldn't take anymore. He always came up with new or different styles of training to hit when my body reached a plateau or needed a new challenge and push. I would like to thank him for all the help he has given me from the start as he really played a massive part behind me reaching my goals.
I’d been hitting the gym on my own about 5 times per week and not really seeing any changes to my body. I started training with Mark and was pleasantly surprised at how much he got involved in not only my training, but also my diet and lifestyle outside the sessions which I’d never before. He has really made me believe in myself and pushed my boundaries and limits and showed me how results are achieved. I can honestly say no one session I’ve ever had with him has been the same as a previous session which has made it so much fun and never boring but always hard work!I’ve achieved results and a physique I never taught I was capable off but most of all, a completely different mentality to how I eat and train that I know will stay with me for life!Thanks so much Mark!