“My philosophy is very simple; I love to see people achieve their goals. I believe communication is the key to a good athlete/coach relationship, where the athlete always comes first. I don’t do generic training programmes, but programmes designed to suit the individual and their lifestyle”.
Sport and fitness have been a constant part of my life for as long as I can remember and have been involved in the world of triathlon since 2005, both as a competitor and coach.
Having finished a career in the British Army in 2000 and having retired from the rugby field, I retrained as a personal trainer and ran a successful personal training business. During this time I developed a keen interest in the science that backs up fitness and performance. To further my knowledge I undertook a BSc in Sport Science followed by an MSc in Human Performance at Brunel University. My research during this time focused heavily on the physiology and biomechanics of cycling, and in particular the effect it has on triathlon performance. This culminated in research being published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology.
It was during this period that I also got bitten by the triathlon bug and my focus switched towards endurance coaching. My coaching career started with Jetstream Triathlon Club as Head Coach to the junior section in 2005. While at Brunel University I also took up a role as a County Development Officer with Triathlon England, helping to run training camps, develop new clubs and support existing clubs. On finishing my studies at Brunel, I set up Aspiring Performance, offering laboratory based metabolic testing for athletes and bespoke endurance coaching programmes. In 2014 I fulfilled my dream to launch my own triathlon club and Aspiring Performance Triathlon Club (was Stoke Mandeville Tri Club) was born.
During my time as a coach I have coached athletes of all abilities, from novices looking to race their first sprint, GB age group athletes, athletes taking on long distance racing as well as runners, cyclists and swimmers participating on all manner of challenges.
MSc in Exercise Physiology
BSc (Hon) Sport and Exercise Science
Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach.
Philosophy: I believe gym based strength and conditioning has a vital part to play in the physical preparation of triathletes of all levels. When regular sessions are performed throughout the year and are executed with correct techniques, injury risk is lowered and physical performance enhanced.
My enthusiasm for sport and desire to learn how the body works led me to decide to study Sport and Exercise Science at university. It was during this undergraduate degree at Loughborough University I developed a keen interest in how the body responds to training, both acutely and in the long term. This curiosity resulted in furthering my knowledge on this topic by studying a masters degree in Exercise Physiology, during which my dissertation focused on triathletes.
Having gained this knowledge on my degrees, I wanted to apply what I knew to benefit athletes. I chose to do a one year internship in strength and conditioning and undertake my strength and conditioning qualification to enable me to do this to the best of my ability. My internship and qualification laid the foundations for me as a coach, taught me new exercises and how to programme training throughout the year effectively. My first job as strength and conditioning coach at Halton Tennis Centre without a doubt continues to develop these skills.
Like many, my triathlon journey started with doing one for charity and falling in love with the sport. After a year of training and competing I set myself the goal of qualifying for Age Group Team GB in sprint distance triathlon. I programed my own training and trained myself and nailed a third place finish, meaning automatic qualification in my first attempt. I really do believe my solid athletic foundation from my previous gym training helped me to train injury free and benefit my performance.
I now want to share my skills, knowledge and experience with other triathletes to plan and deliver strength and conditioning sessions to reduce injury risk and enhance performance.
MSc Human Performance
BSc (Hon) Sport Science
IOC Diploma in Sports Nutrition
“You can’t train out a bad diet! Nutrition and training go hand in hand, supporting each other to ultimately improve your performance and help you take another step forward in achieving your goals. Nutrition doesn’t have to be complicated but it must be tailored and refined to the individual, one size definitely doesn’t fit all”.
I have been in and around fitness since 2000, starting my career within the gym environment helping people to improve their health and fitness. This sparked off my interest and desire to create a career not only in sport but also in helping people in physical training.
In the early years of my sporting career, training and coaching was my main focus but following university I was more interested in helping people support their training goals through nutrition. This has predominately been in commercial nutrition, working for brands such as Lucozade Sport and Maximuscle. As a nutritionist it’s not all been commercially focused, within the last 7 years I have provided nutritional support for an array of sports and individuals from grass-roots up to Olympic Athletes and professionals.
I have been very fortunate to work in many sports but one that has always interested me both as a nutritionist and as a competitor is triathlon. I found a new level of insight and respect from putting the science of nutrition recommendations into practise in numerous events including the Ironman. These insights have helped me provide a great balance as a practitioner to not only get the most out of science but help individuals understand the practical application.
Over the past few years I have worked with British triathlon in coach education and closer with athletes for the Army Triathlon Association and I’m pleased to be part of the team at Aspiring Performance.