In my childhood, and throughout most of my teens, I was very active, sporty, fit and healthy. I played a wide variety of sports to a decent level, although I never excelled at anything in particular. I found that my rounded fitness and athleticism transferred well to almost anything I turned my hand to, though, including completely new physical challenges. As I neared the end of my teens, I began drinking, smoking, and stopped playing sport as often.

I joined the Army aged 19 and, with the short exception of basic training in 2003, I used the first half of my career to get drunk, eat poorly, and make less than optimal lifestyle choices regarding sleep, exercise and stress. By 26, I was close to 18 stone, at 5'11" (113kg at 180cm) with a 39" (99cm) waistline. I also failed my fitness test, having scraped through for many years, and was at a personal low too. 

I decided to make some changes, and discovered CrossFit in mid 2011. I began eating well, training regularly, and choosing sleep and recovery over sleepless nights and parties. By the same time the next year, I had dropped all of my excess weight (and actually some that wasn't excess), had drastically improved my fitness, and had a new found love for pushing myself, both in and out of the gym.

Fast forward to 2013 and I had started helping other soldiers work on their fitness, using the methods I had learned. This prompted me to research further, and I found a lot of enjoyment in learning about health and fitness, and passing that knowledge on to help others. In 2014, I made this official by becoming a CrossFit Level 1 Trainer (CF-L1). Since mid 2014, my life has been a balance of challenging myself across a broad spectrum of physical events, and coaching the broadest range of athletes I could possibly access.

In 2012 I ran my first 10km race, and I ran my first Half Marathon in 2013. I ran my first Ultra Marathon in 2014, and my first weighted Half Marathon the same year. I competed in my first Strongman competition in 2014, along with my first weightlifting competition. I competed in my first CrossFit open, along with various unaffiliated competitions in 2013, and every year since. 

In 2016, having left the regular army, I opened my gym - GT Fitness - which is running to this day with a wide selection of members. I also continued (and still continue) to serve with the army reserve, training potential officers with the Officers' Training Corps.

I love all aspects of physical training and the challenges that come with it. From Strongman and Weightlifting competitions, through to Ultra Marathons and Obstacle Course Racing, with some CrossFit thrown in the middle, I try as much as I can. I get equal amounts of pleasure from seeing clients succeed, as I do from hitting my own goals. I currently coach clients for powerlifting, strongman, CrossFit, military preparation, iron distance triathlon, weight loss, and prolonging independence in senior years. 

Physical Achievements

 

  • Yorkshire Coast 10k

  • Stafford Half Marathon x3

  • Keswick to Barrow (K2B) 40 Mile Ultra Marathon

  • Legends of Tomorrow Forces Strongman

  • Tough Mudder

  • Spartan Race Super

  • Mud Runner Double

  • Farmaggeddon

  • Cannock Chase 10k

  • Ultra Tour of Arran

  • Dirty Weekend - Dirty Double

  • Man Vs Coast

  • Man Vs Lakes

  • Man Vs Mountain

  • Ragnar Relay Ultra Team

  • Survival of the Fittest

  • Brutal Triathlon Iron Distance

  • Hellrunner

  • 50 Mile Self Supported Run Wearing 20lb Vest

  • British Weightlifting Midlands Open Series Champion 2020 (35-39)

  • English Weightlifting Champion 2021 (35-29, 89kg)

Coaching Roles

  • Head Coach - CrossFit GTF & GT Fitness

  • Head Coach - GTF Barbell Club

  • Midlands Coach - British Army Weightlifting

  • Unit PTI - Birmingham UOTC

Coaching and Teaching Qualifications

  • CrossFit Level 3 Trainer (CF-L3) Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT)

  • British Weightlifting Level 2 Coach

  • Certified Precision Nutrition Coach (Pn1)

  • BTEC Level 4 Certificate in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (CTTLS)

  • CF Weightlifting Trainer

  • CF Gymnastics Trainer

  • CF Aerobic Capacity Trainer

  • CF Powerlifting Trainer

  • CF Rowing Trainer

  • CF Sport Specific Trainer

  • CF Mobility Trainer

  • CF Strongman Trainer

  • Level 2 Certificate in the Management & Care of Diabetes

  • Army Reserve Physical Training Instructor

  • British Weightlifting Level 2 Technical Official

  • CertHE Sport, Fitness and Coaching (Due completion summer '21)

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