In my opinion, an effective training philosophy should never be definitive, rather a constantly evolving theory of practice.

A philosophy should form the foundation of a trainers system, with the coach continually seeking information to develop its structures and refine its foundations. This progressive method of thinking allows the trainer to develop an infrastructure of values, which is guided by the advancements of modern research, the accumulation of information from peers and also has influence from their own applications.

Once a trainer creates these foundations, a responsible coach should never directly impose their own beliefs or biases upon a client. Rather, responsibly express there system upon a student, assisting the learner towards their own goals and ultimately the discovery of their own epistemology, creating sustainable change for the person.

My current core values of training, initially revolve around the identification of demographics based upon their prioritisation of performance and/or the optimisation of health markers. This information must be diagnosed with a needs analysis. Within this review of the client, the trainer should identify the physical, psychological, physiological and metabolic interventions they must implement in order to successfully train the athlete/client. Furthermore, appropriate testing measures should be carried out to identify the efficiency of any exercise prescription and also monitor progression towards set goals. Additionally, each demographic will require the implementation of remedial based exercise, that addresses imbalances, optimises a specific movement or enhances a particular attribute.

From my understanding, the optimisation of health markers in the general population or those not focused on athletic performance, fundamental human movements such as squats, hinges, pushes, pulls and relevantly selected dynamic life tasks should provide the base focus within a programme. Optimisation of these moments should allow the public to carry out regular tasks effortlessly, subsequently improving their quality of life. Also, appropriate levels of cardiovascular fitness should be prescribed, due to their link with reduction in prevalent diseases and illness.

For athletic performance, there are proven methods that can enhance speed, increase strength and optimise certain markers that are vital/relevant to the sport/athlete. This is achieved, by the manipulation of training variables and the use of comprehensive analysis systems, that intricately assess and dictate the biomechanics, metabolic conditioning and lifting metrics of an athlete’s programme. Due to the rigorous demands required for efficient athletic performance, more standardised methods of measure must be adhered to for those in competitive sports. Standards in athletic training can be applied to proven training systems such as the olympic lifts, plyometrics and various squats. In order to support the high level of conditioning an athlete must implement, remedial exercise should be completed regularly to prevent or address injuries and imbalances.

Correct training prescription can be indispensable to demographics of all abilities and if trainers understand their boundaries and aim to work cohesively with other professionals, the benefits can be invaluable for quality of life and athletic performance. This creates a purified environment in which the client/athlete/student can flourish, creating a timeless methodology, which can never need to be disregarded with infinite scope.



Strength & Conditioning MSc (2017-2020)

Comprehensive knowledge in all aspects of strength and conditioning.  Anybody looking to improve their performance in any sports or recreational activity will benefit directly.  Also, the knowledge from this has great carry over into any gym based activity or anybody looking to better their body composition.

ASCA Accredited Strength And Conditioning Coach:
Recognised S&C coach, by the peak governing body in Australia, The Australian Strength & Conditioning Assosiation (ASCA).

Level 4 Obesity and Diabetes Specialist:
Being level 4 certified allows me to prescribe corrective exercise and give advanced nutritional advice specifically in relation to obese and diabetic clients. By having advanced understanding of these conditions and their pre cursors, it allows me to specialise in these complicated areas.

Level 4 Management Of Low Back Pain:
By having advanced knowledge of issues surrounding potential back pain, it allows me to prescribe training that can prevent and help relieve, any non specific back problems. 19 in every 20 cases of sudden onset low back pain is placed within the non specific category, so this allows me to assist with this large demographic.

Level 4 Cancer Rehabilitation:
This certification allows me to work with clients who are going through certain types of cancer treatment or have been diagnosed with cancer. I am able to prescribe exercise and dietary advice, while working alongside other medical professionals.

Level 3 Personal Trainer:
The basic requirement for a personal trainer.

Level 2 Fitness Instructor:
Prerequisite to becoming a personal trainer.

Poliquin Biosignature Level 1:
This allows me to link the fundamentals between body fat storage and possible hormonal imbalances. It enables me to use the advanced 12 site body fat assessment method to monitor body composition goals precisely.

Poliquin Biosignature Level 2 Practitioner:
Advanced knowledge gained in this area has given me understanding of the 12 site body fat testing system covering the gastrointestinal system, toxicity and neurological complex. It allows me to advise in depth on immune system and injury support strategies whilst also looking at nutrition to maximise results.

Paul Chek Holistic Lifecoach Level 1:
This focuses on lifestyle changes and provides a holistic model that looks at disease prevention, healthy eating habits and specific exercise that help to control stress. This has helped me develop an in depth questionnaire that helps me understand what my clients do away from our session and also taught me holistic training methods suitable for a certain demographic.

UK Athletics Coaching Level 1:

This allows me to support an athletics coach in the delivery of athletic based sessions.

UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) Level 1:
This is the UK’s professional body for strength and conditioning training. This focuses on training and nutrition predominantly for performance goals. Once an accredited coach you are eligible to coach professional sports teams.

UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) Level 2 Olympic Lifting:
For those able to do compound exercises efficiently, this certification builds further understanding around the neurological adaption and biomechanics of exercises like olympic clean and jerks, snatching and a variety of alternate squats.

UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) Level 2 Advanced Programme Design:

Applying advanced theoretical knowledge to any type of programme will increase its effectiveness. Utilising various systems of training and providing individualisation to the clients specific needs, psychology and biomechanics will develop sustainable results.

UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA) Level 2 Speed, Agility and Plyometrics:

Addressing a clients reactive ability, speed of certain movements and explosive power can have great carry overs in everyday life. But mostly, the benefits will be applying this specific knowledge to any sports or activities that measure performance.

Specialist Exercise Referral (GP Referral):
This specialist area allows me to apply safe guidance to anybody effected by the following conditions: Hypertension, Hypercholesterolemia, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases COPD, Asthma, Obesity, Diabetes, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Simple Non Specific Back Pain, Total Joint Replacement, Depression, Anxiety and Stress.

Pre and Post Natal Certified:
This gives me specific training and nutrition instructions for pre and post natal women. Highlighting biomechanics, hormonal and psychological changes that take place around pregnancy.

Douglas Heel Muscle Activation Level 1:
A unique method providing powerful tools that help the bodies relaxation process and addresses the response to stress. This offers an alternate perspective of the body and can be useful as part of a week regimented routine.