RESPONSIBLE EMPLOYERS

On average, people in full time work spend more than one-third of their day, five days per week at the workplace, and whilst employers have a responsibility to provide a safe and hazard-free workplace, they also have abundant opportunities to promote individual health and foster a healthy work environment where their workforce is well and resilient.

UK national healthcare expenditure is in excess of £100 Billion… a significant proportion of these costs are borne, by employers.

The workplace is an important setting for health protection, health promotion and disease prevention. The use of effective workplace programmes and policies can reduce health risks and improve quality of life for workers, which we believe that many progressive businesses both agree with and support this aspiration.

Our ‘mission’ is to provide leadership, expertise and practical help in turning this aspiration into a reality…

OUR VISION

“One day all people of working age in the UK will be physically active.
They will live, work and play in environments that encourage
and support regular physical activity”

Our ultimate purpose is to improve health, prevent disease and disability, by helping people develop resilience to the risks (both physical and mental) associated with running a business or working for a company.

For our vision to succeed, we need to educate and support individuals, businesses and leaders by assisting them in implementing strategies and tactics that benefit everyone. Our plan is to produce a set of policies, programmes and initiatives designed to increase physical activity in the workplace, which help foster a culture that supports physically active lifestyles.

FAR REACHING BENEFITS

Lack of physical activity is an important underlying health risk for NCD-related costs associated with reduced worker performance, however, the potential for business and industry to improve the level of physical activity at the workplace is strong.

According to data from World Bank, a staggering 89% of deaths in the UK are associated with non-communicable diseases (ncds), such as cancer, obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.

By maintaining a healthier workforce you can lower direct costs such as insurance premiums and worker’s compensation claims. It will also positively impact many indirect costs such as absenteeism and worker productivity.

Healthy employees are your biggest asset when it comes to building a successful business, and evidence shows that businesses gain significantly positive results when we engage with employees at all levels – i.e. from the Managing Director to the sales team.

OUR APPROACH

WHAT WE DO:

We help businesses provide their employees with opportunities and incentives, which will help them adopt and maintain a physically active lifestyle, and in doing so, develop personal resilience to physical and mental stress.

HOW WE DO IT:

  • We develop policies that support the implementation of evidence-based programmes and initiatives, which promote physical activity in the workplace setting.
  • We create or enhance access to places for employees to engage in physical activity before, during, and after work hours; combined with informational outreach activities.
  • We conduct periodic worksite-based health screenings which measure the physical activity and fitness levels of workers. Include measures of fitness components that are relevant to the job types of the workers.
  • We provide the resources necessary to support physical activity behaviour adoption and maintenance among employees, including access to relevant expertise, evidence-based behavioural change programmes, and well-qualified fitness and behaviour change professionals.
  • We collaborate with partners to develop and implement a plan for evaluating the effectiveness of workplace physical activity programmes.
  • We ensure the business case addresses the needs of all worksites, especially small and medium size businesses (100 or fewer employees and 101-999 employees, respectively).
Peter

PETER MOORHEAD

CORPORATE FITNESS COACH

Peter created Celebrate after a long career as a soldier. He soon realised that his passion lay in helping people become the best that they could be with a focus on better fitness and healthier eating. As he runs a small business himself, he is very aware of the risks of ill health or injury keeping him from earning a living. It was through this realisation, the concept of “Resilience in Business” was born.

PETER’S STORY…

As a skinny young lad I was always a fast runner so was frequently involved in sports that required running. I was never any good at football but I could chase a ball and boot it up field.

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I preferred rugby though and spent many a Saturday morning at school shivering on the wing waiting to be passed the ball so I could run with it! I thought I was quite good at Rugby and kept it up over my adult life, usually on the wing.

Boy Soldier

At 15 years of age I joined the Army and, as a Boy Soldier spent a couple of years learning how to tie my boots, sweep floors, shoot, drink and play more sport. That probably sums up my military career and again, I thought I was quite good at it.

Fortunately, enough other people thought so too and it was when I was responsible for the welfare and training of my soldiers that I discovered a talent for fitness training.  PT at 6.30am became an everyday challenge to find something different and enjoyable for 40 or so soldiers.

That’s where my love of outdoor fitness training started, would you believe I was doing Boot Camp stuff and running events like “Freddy’s Mud Run” in the early 80’s! If only I had known!

Leaving the Army in 1996 I moved to Milton Keynes having met my lovely wife Sally and I spent several years bouncing around jobs and getting fat and old. And it was that realisation (being fat and old) that made me decide to do something about it. I studied and gained qualifications as a Personal Trainer, quit my job and set up Celebrate in 2007.

Outdoor Fitness Specialist

Now, as anyone who knows me will tell you. I’m still running (but not so fast), I love outdoor activities whether that is Boot Camp stuff, cycling, hiking in mountains, skiing or Ultra Marathon.

I am a fervent believer that when it comes to food, sugar is the no. 1 culprit for the obesity epidemic and my clients soon discover that “exercise is for enjoyment” and “what you eat determines your weight”. I derive a great deal of satisfaction from helping people make a difference to how they look and how they feel about themselves and to bringing some joy into life. It’s a celebration after all!

P.S. – I also have a company for Personal Training for people at home. It’s called ‘Celebrate Personal Training’ and I serve my clients at their homes and outdoors in and around Milton Keynes.

VIKI

VIKI DRURY

SPORTS MASSAGE THERAPIST

Massage is an element of fitness and wellbeing that is often neglected, but the benefits of a good massage can have an immediate impact in relieving sore, tired muscles, and increasing your range of movement and flexibility.

Viki’s hands-on expertise is invaluable when it comes to clients suffering from aches and pains, and frequently alignment issues (sprains and twists etc). Viki will give you the best possible advice and referral to an osteopath or chiropractor as appropriate. Viki also has a Therapy Suite in Dunstable.

VIKI’S STORY…

I was always interested in massage and what it can do for the body, and I wanted

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to work in a field that had a lot of variety, and where I could meet lots of different people. Sports Therapy was the perfect option for me, and I qualified in 2010 from the University of Bedfordshire with an Honours degree in Sports Therapy. I get great satisfaction from being able to help people every time I go to work. Although I’m not fighting fires or performing surgery, I can provide pain relief and the opportunity to improve someone’s day-to-day life.

Pain relief and maintenance of healthy muscle tissue

Sport and Deep Tissue Massage is my speciality. I believe every gym-goer, sports enthusiast (whether it be football, rugby, running, cycling, netball, swimming or golf) or generally active individual, should treat themselves to at least once a month. It restores muscle tone, reduces tension, improves flexibility, restores muscular balance, is a vital tool in the maintenance of healthy muscle tissue and can help promote recovery from injury. As well as this, it helps relief tension headaches, stress pains, invigorates the body and revives tired muscles.

Remove Toxins

Massage also plays an important role in expelling excess fluids, toxins and waste from the body. This is perfect to boost general wellbeing and helps muscles to recover at a faster pace.

Improved athletic performance

Tailored to your specific needs, I treat the areas that require attention (i.e. tight, weak or restricted in movement), coupled with a postural assessment, appropriate advice on how to maintain and improve the muscular system through stretching, adapting daily activity and making minor adjustments to your environment.

Break-down fat cells

As well as deep tissue/sports massage, I also offer, Swedish Body Massage – a treatment that targets emotional relaxation and circulation; Lymphatic Drainage – a treatment designed specifically to remove fluids and toxins; and Cellulite Reduction – a blend of techniques that break down and remove the fat cells that cause cellulite, and various techniques that aid recovery, diminish stress levels and improve flexibility.

Faye

FAYE JORDAN

PERSONAL TRAINER

Faye is without doubt the most accomplished and inspirational role model for anyone looking to “be better.” Second only to her three children, her passion is exercise and training. There are things she struggles with (mainly cardio, running, etc.), but that doesn’t mean she can’t still keep fit and healthy or help others to do the same. Faye trains with weights and competes in Powerlifting and Strongwoman at both at National and International level. She says: “It is great to see what the human body can do when pushed to its limits, I find the whole process fascinating”

Faye was awarded Northampton’s Inspirational Woman of 2015

Faye is co-owner of a gym in Northampton

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FAYE’S STORY…

I am not your conventional personal trainer, despite working in the industry now for well over a decade. I have come a long way! As a kid I was sporty, did everything, was good at most things, excelled in Rugby, Hockey and Athletics, 200m, 800m and Shot Put being my best.

At the age of 20 I was diagnosed with cancer, was very ill, and was at one point given only 2 weeks to live, BUT I’M A FIGHTER! I survived, however through complications and the intensive treatments I lost the sight in my right eye and hearing in right ear, and my lungs were left with around 40% capacity because of scarring. I couldn’t do much, had to learn how to walk again, and to learn how to drive again, and the breathlessness was literally crippling. I would never run or play rugby again; I was told I would probably never have children either.

This spurred me on to do what I could – I retrained as a fitness instructor and specialised in training people with medical problems, I trained myself too – it was a long hard process to be normal again, to be able to do simple things like walk around the shops without having to sit down for a rest, clean my house, the simple achievements were the best.

At the age of 22 I fell pregnant, to my amazement, and had a perfect baby boy in May 2006, and against the odds my second little boy was born in April 2008, and a baby girl in November 2011. My children are my world, I love spending time with them, going for walks, playing in the park, painting, playing computer games, swimming, or just relaxing, I don’t mind, I just love their company and seeing them grow into beautiful little people.

Simon

SIMON DEAN

PERSONAL TRAINER

Simon has been a Personal Trainer since 2013, having had a late career change when the corporate world and driving a desk for a living, lost its appeal. Nowadays, he considers himself lucky that he was able to make that change and earn a living in the fitness industry… whilst we consider ourselves lucky to have him in our team.

As one of the training team at Celebrate Health and Fitness, Simon works on site at Blue Chip and occasionally with some of our other Corporate Clients.

SIMON’S STORY…

 

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I have always been interested in physical fitness and have trained since I was a teenager.  Over the years I have cycled, run, skied, trained with weights, attended boot camps etc.  Over the last 3 years or so my training has revolved around running, kettlebells, suspension training (TRX) and other “functional” training such as battle ropes, sandbags etc. This interest has translated into gaining Advanced Kettlebell Instructor qualifications and allows me to add a lot of variety to the training I can deliver to my clients. Thanks to the folks at Blue Chip, I got to experience Obstacle course racing (OCR) towards the end of 2015 and have got a bit hooked on it. My next challenge is to run either an OCR or a running event every month. These will include a 24-hour team endurance challenge and all three distances in the Spartan Race OCR programme, so I am training hard for those at the moment.

I love being a personal trainer and relish the opportunities my job brings to meet and work closely with so many great people – helping them get fitter, stronger, more confident and ultimately improve their health – it’s a real privilege, which makes a life of early mornings and late evenings all the more worthwhile.

Simon also runs his own PT Company in Milton Keynes.

Anna

ANNA O

PERSONAL TRAINER

Although she is a qualified Personal Trainer, Anna draws on her Pilates and dance background and so has the advantage of being able to combine different forms of exercise to create motivating exercise programmes.

Pilates in particular, helps improves core strength and flexibility, which can often get forgotten and neglected but which are vital for keeping our bodies healthy and happy. Pilates is also great to use as cross training for sports like golf, running, road biking and many more which is why you increasingly find it being used by sports professionals.

ANNA’S STORY…

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I am a Personal Trainer and Pilates Teacher from Milton Keynes. I love working with lots of different people with different goals and interests no matter what their level of fitness.

I come from a professional dance background, training at the Northern School of Contemporary dance in Leeds (part of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama) where I studied for a dance degree. After my degree I taught dance and realized that I also enjoyed working out in the Gym. So I decided to combine the fitness and teaching and trained as a personal trainer, although I am still involved in the dance world.

Combining my love of contemporary dance with Pilates seemed like a natural thing to do as Joseph Pilates, the founder, worked with many of the early contemporary dancers and today many dancers use his techniques. So I trained, at Pilates Advanced Training School. I find teaching Pilates very rewarding. It develops all round fitness and helps people maintain their wellbeing in a world where we spend too much time sitting and staring at screens. Pilates has allowed me to help people improve their posture back issues and stiffness. It particularly improves core strength and flexibility, which can often get forgotten and neglected but which are vital for keeping our bodies healthy and happy. Pilates is also great to use as cross training for sports like golf, running, road biking and many more. Today you increasingly find it being used by sports professionals. I am currently doing a course in lower back pain to continue my learning and help people maintain healthy spines.

Although I draw on my Pilates and dance background, as a qualified Personal Trainer I have the advantage of being able to combine different forms of exercise to create motivating exercise programmes. I also work with a lot of people who want to improve health, fitness and strength using a variety of other techniques – from bodyweight exercises to weights and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). Helping to build people’s confidence in fitness and making it an enjoyable activity rather than a chore.

I feel it is important to recognize that everyone is unique, with different body structures and minds requiring an individual approach to exercise. I think personal training is all about motivating you to reach your goals and I believe that it should be fun!

Anna has her own PT business in Milton Keynes.

Andrea

ANDREA BRESLIN

PERSONAL TRAINER

Andrea knows from her own experience, just what it is like to be unfit and overweight. With 2 children and struggling with lack of confidence and low self esteem, life did not appear to hold out much hope but she did something difficult; she changed. And with hard work and dedication Andrea decided to become a Personal Trainer herself so she could pass on what she has learned about fitness and her own struggle to be better.

Andrea too is an inspiration and is living proof that an ordinary person can become extra-ordinary.

ANDREA’S STORY…

 

 

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I started off in life as a very active person – I was a figure skater and trampolinist – and I held all the school records in body weight exercises (i.e. pull ups, push ups, sit ups, dips and tiger lifts) from the age of 12 to 18 – but when I left school, I never realised there was an option to do anything involving exercise as a career, so I ended up studying music technology for four years. To cut a long story short, I got married and had two beautiful children, but I became reclusive with very little self-confidence and low self-esteem. I smoked and drank too much and I’d stopped doing all of the things that I enjoyed. Things had to change.

I managed to quit smoking and started exercising a little, but when I stopped smoking I gained two stone in weight. So I found myself in the position of being unfit and overweight and heading towards 40 fast – but at least I was not a smoker anymore!

I decided to get myself a Personal Trainer to help me on my journey. I worked hard, I lost the two stone I’d put on and I finally started to get fit and strong. Along the way I became more self-confident with bags more self-esteem, and I felt younger and full of energy everyday. It didn’t just change my life, it changed my family’s lives too – I was so amazed at the outcome I decided I wanted everyone to feel like this, so I studied to become a Personal Trainer so that I could help people find themselves again, or for some, for the very first time.

My passion is Bodyweight and I am one of very few trainers that hold the PCC (Progressive Calisthenics Certification) certificate in this country. PCC is based on the teaching of Convict Conditioning founded by Paul Wade. My other passions are for Kettlebells, Animal Flow, and anything that will help keep the body and mind young. I have also studied postural assessment to complement my Personal Training.

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ROLAND PATTERSON

PERSONAL TRAINER

Roland has been involved in sport and fitness for as long as he can remember playing football at a high level representing Bucks County and Luton FC.  He is also a keen martial arts enthusiast of Wing Chun, Brazilian Ju Jitsu and Filipino Stick Fighting.

ROLAND’S STORY…

An important part of feeling good about yourself is to feel in control of your life. Regardless of your age, lifestyle and fitness levels you can make positive changes to improve yourself. The key to training is to HAVE FUN, KEEP IT FRESH and NEW – and that is what I bring to my training sessions.

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After leaving school I worked in sales/office environments where there was not much opportunity to exercise and so do know how easy it is to end up doing very little and becoming unfit. I continued though to play sport and train outside of work and then I took the decision to follow my heart and work in the fitness industry.

I qualified as a Personal Trainer in 2010 and I have continued to expand my knowledge and expertise in this ever-growing industry to embrace all aspects of fitness and nutrition. Have travelled around SE Asia, living in Cambodia for a while, I’ve learnt so much from my travels which has helped me grow as a person and so provide a better service to my clients.

I am a fully qualified Personal Trainer with further qualifications in Advanced Kettlebell Training, Circuit Training, Nutritional Advice and adapting exercise for pre/post natal fitness so that women can continue to exercise safely during/after pregnancy. I also run high intensity interval training (HIIT) classes and finally, if it all gets too much, then don’t worry as I am also a qualified first aider.

I get immense satisfaction from helping people achieve their goals and everyone is different. I will discuss with you fat loss, nutrition and design a personalised training programme to ensure you maximise your results so you will quickly see the difference and feel great. I know the time commitment and drive it takes to achieve goals – I also know the pitfalls and how to avoid them. Together we can work on a plan – it will be the start of a new you.

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JUNE SRIVALSAN

HEALTH TECHNICIAN

June is our Health Technician, with many years experience in providing clients with medical health assessments – taking them through a whole range of tests. The test results are instant, therefore if there are any immediate or potential health issues evident, June can advise you there-and-then on the best route forward and/or refer you to your doctor with the results. Clients receive on-going support, including stress management and follow-ups.

June is naturally very personable and helps everyone feel at ease, ensuring all of her clients are treated with empathy and the utmost respect.

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SAM DOWNTON

NUTRITIONAL THERAPIST

Sam Downton is the person we turn to for Nutrition advice when it is beyond our own level of expertise.

We believe that Nutrition is the cornerstone to good health and not only will a body stay healthy given the base materials needed through healthy eating but that many of the symptoms of disease can be treated using food effectively as medicine. Sam was instrumental in putting together our Leaner Eating Programme.

The way your body responds to food is unique and as such you will be advised according to your individual needs. This could help you achieve optimal health levels, improved wellbeing and abundant vitality. Sam is the person we turn to for advice when our clients need specific advice and for ourselves too… because we eat our own cooking.

As a business owner, I have no spare time. How can I make time for Exercise?

The number of hours in the day is the same for everyone, there each day for us to work, rest and play. Of course what is really meant when someone says I don’t have time is “This is not important enough for me to make time”

Is that an excuse?

Sometimes, quite frankly, yes it is but other times, we need to take time out before we realise just how badly we need a break, some “me time” and to feel so much better for it. Taking time out for exercise not only gives you a break from the routine but also gives you the benefits of exercise:

You feel energised, alive and focussed, more productive and pro-active and by taking an exercise break you discover time spent on exercise makes for a better use of your time.

There is enough to do and too many distractions already, why should we add a wellness programme to the list?

This to me is the real crux of the matter “why should we” because in many ways it is easier to just ignore it and accept that the health and fitness of people at work is “not our problem”.

Consider however the effect on your business if one or more key employee, or even you, is not there either through sickness or injury? How much time and energy is lost in finding a temporary replacement, in training that person, paying agency fees perhaps let alone the loss of income, the worry and the effect on other staff members.

What of the people who struggle to come into work when they are ill and actually cause more disruption because although they are “present” they may be doing nothing more than spreading germs and sitting at a desk and complaining?

This is all to do with the overriding theme of our workplace wellness programmes, to develop resilience to the risks to health, mental and physical, associated with running a business or working in a busy company, with practical and focussed physical activity and relevant dietary advice.

What exactly is the “Active Business” plan?

It’s about being active in the true sense of the word as opposed to being sedentary and it depends on the size and needs of a company and employees on exactly what that plan is. Regardless of your needs, we aim to give you a full service from consultation to delivery of any or all of our Fitness Training, Massage Therapy, Nutritional Therapy and Health Checks

For some business it will be doing one-to-one personal training once or more a week at home or place of work.

For others it is boot-camp type, small group training before or after work either outdoors or in.

Others may have an charity event or team challenge they want to train for such as the 3 Peaks or London to Brighton bike ride.

And for some it is a full package from Employee Attitude Surveys, Health Risk Assessment, regular Health Checks, design and kit-out of Company Gym and the provision of top quality Personal Trainers and Therapists from 1 hour to 50 hours per week.

I cannot afford a wellness programme, how much is this going to cost?

A fair question although difficult to answer without more information but I can tell you our current monthly invoices run from just over £250 to over £10,000 per month.

The majority of our clients start at the most basic level of one or more fitness sessions at home or at the place of work per week and regular health checks to see progress every 4 weeks. Whereas if our whole team is involved training or treating 5 days a week, costs will be higher.

My company already offers discounts at the local gym and life insurance, why should we do more?

Unlike a gym, we book our clients into time slots with their trainer so that there is a schedule and very importantly, some accountability. So rather than offering a service, we are providing it free at the point of use. This works best if accompanied with a system that penalises absence such as a £10 fine for charity if a session is missed for other than work related reasons.

As for life insurance, that is all well and good but only pays out when it is too late! Surely taking action to avoid the need for life insurance payouts is better and more responsible?

What do you have to do in the Health Checks and do we have to do them?

We use Health Checks primarily as a test of progress and a measure of success so initially we could conduct a check of a number of employees to identify issues such as being overweight, having excess visceral fat, high blood pressure or potential respiratory problems. The point being that if we identify an issue we can present a plan to put it right or in some cases, to seek medical advice.

The checks most often are a simple case of standing on some special scales that will give body composition measures such as fat, muscle and bone mass as well as metabolic age and calorie requirements. We can then go on to measure blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels and lung capacity if requested or required.

How can we measure a return on our investment?

For something tangible, it requires a check of sickness and attendance, which is indeed a motivator for initiating a wellness programme anyway. Then of course it comes down to the bottom line and profit. Morale however plays a big part in the collection of those statistics. Do your staff feel appreciated? Are they grateful that there employer cares about their state of health and do they have more energy and focus because they are now energised, active and “alive”?

We don’t have a gym, how do you expect us to exercise?

Sure, it helps if there is a gym as does having changing and shower facilities and our programme may not suit every business if (for example) you are located in the middle of a busy city with now green spaces.

Many companies work where there are accessible and adequate outdoor spaces, they have a meeting room if the weather is bad or small business owners work from home. There is always a way round the problem of space and it takes a conversation to see what is appropriate. We can even help with gym design and equipment if you want to create a gym.

I can get a trainer for less, so why should I choose to work with you (Celebrate Health & Fitness)?

I thought hard about putting this FAQ in because if it not always verbalised, it is a factor in choosing us to work with your company.

I see many companies, some are very good at what they do, that offer services. There are those that offer Health Risk Assessments, producing copious well presented documents pointing out where your company is going wrong. There are surveys and reports that attempt to discover why absenteeism and sickness is a problem. Companies that will equip a gym with state-of-the-art kit; Those that will provide a random gym instructor.

So what is different about us? I believe it is because our focus is on the individual so that one person at a time feels better, performs better, becomes more confident, proactive and appreciative of who and what they are. Everyone wins, the employee, the business and yes, us too.

No amount of surveys, spreadsheets and reports. No underused gym or poorly trained and de-motivated agency fitness instructor can make the difference that we do with our proactive and collaborative approach. Our desire is to become your partner in health and fitness to make your business an active business with happy and healthy employees.

What happens if it does not work – we don’t want to be stuck in any lengthy contract?

We always suggest a pilot scheme. After all no-one wants to waste time and money on something that does not work and we also have a reputation to uphold.

Let’s have the conversation and consultation process and provide you with a plan that we can test and measure for six month to see what difference it can make and take it from there.

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Fiona Gray

Peter is excellent at what he does. A unique combination of personal fitness training, psychology, and awareness that if you are investing your time and money in something, it better bring results! It certainly has for me, on both a personal and business level. Competent, life changing, fun, and with high levels of energy and integrity, along with a spooky ability to read your mind – and tailor your programme and his approach accordingly. Highly recommended.

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Stephen Minney

After spending several years with Army PTI’s who believe your body is indestructible, training with Peter was a breath fresh air. Providing realistic objectives and excellent structured knowledge, he arms you with everything needed to make healthy progress. Peter is a great character and genuinely eager to see you improve, he makes Celebrate Health & Fitness what it is.

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Stephen Franks

I ran a half marathon last Saturday, it was a very warm day, and I can’t thank you enough for the running advice. Changing my style hurt like hell for a few days, a week even, but it looks like it paid off. I ran the distance and suffered no aches or pains after, plus I then went on to cycle 15 miles just for fun. So on the whole I’d say it’s going brilliantly!

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Lisa Bremner

I have been lucky enough to work with Peter for about 15 months. Thanks to Peter I have gone from not being able to run, to regularly running 5km and working towards 10km. We always have great fun during our sessions (which have included abs work, lifting 5kg weights, skipping and boxing training). Thanks to working with Peter I have lost weight, lost inches and gained a huge amount confidence and now I am fitter and stronger than I have ever been.

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Liam Oakes

Peter increased my fitness levels within only a few training sessions and helped me push on to train by myself on a regular basis – having taken his knowledge and fitness recommendations on board. I still use Peter’s running techniques each time I run and it has really helped reduce the injuries I was getting in sport

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Caroline Watts

I hate going to the gym as I find it really boring. Running has never been my strong point but something I have always wanted to do. I have so much fun at Peter’s class I forget that I am actually running. He makes the whole workout interesting and social. I would recommend his groups to everyone.

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Natalie Bailey

Peter’s enthusiasm for fitness and wellbeing is extremely contagious. He is a caring and highly personable trainer, who recognises your level of fitness and pushes you gently towards your goals. I have been cycling and jogging with Peter and both sessions were effective, and delivered with an emphasis on having fun. I wholeheartedly recommend Peter’s services as a fitness trainer.

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Mark Allen

Well it’s official now – I am formally registered and entry verified for OCR (Obstacle Course Racing) World Champs! Exciting but scary times. Fundamentally I couldn’t have gotten to this point without all the help and support that you and your team have given me over the past few years, so thank you. If ever there was training motivation this is it! Happy days.

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David Beach

Peter’s dedication and commitment to his work to get you results is outstanding. He works above and beyond what anyone would expect and he is such a kind and welcoming person.

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Emerson Patton

I recommend Peter if you want to lose weight quickly and safely – I only wish I’d done this a year ago! Being overweight is something I’ve had to live with for a long time and I have to admit I was sceptical. I’ve now lost 2 stone and feel so much better. It’s been hard but worth it and Peter has been there to check on me every week and keep me on track. I put my business partner in touch with him and he has since lost 1 stone too.

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Mark Richardson

Since starting the Resolutions programme back in January it provided me some serious focus into my fitness regime. With the help of the Personal Trainers I started to complete some weight training as well. Since January 2015 I have now lost 7 stone or 45kg in weight.  I have gone from a 3XL shirt to XL now.

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Giles Phillips

Peter has worked closely with Aaron Wallis for a number of years now on both a group and individual basis and have found him to be a very knowledgeable and personable trainer which has proved invaluable to the fitness levels of the office.” “Whatever time we want to start our sessions to fit around office hours Peter is very accommodating and always arrives with a smile on his face. I would definitely recommend him to both small business and corporates alike for running fitness sessions.

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Heather Townsend

I’ve worked with Peter for over 18 months and the difference he has made to my fitness, figure and day-to-day aches and pains is huge. My sciatica and lower back pain has pretty much disappeared.

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Julia Cox

I engaged Peter at a time when I was struggling to maintain a fitness plan. He made sure I stayed on target when it would have been so easy to give up! Encouraging and knowledgeable, he also created excellent work out plans for me that suited my needs. In addition he maintains a friendly and very professional manner – I would definitely recommend him.

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Linda Rogerson-Heath

Peter is one of the people who you feel comfortable with to really help you get the job done. He will push you to the limit that you ask for, but will do it in such a way that you are glad he does. His knowledge spans a lifetime of excellence in fitness and dedication to his work and colleagues. If you have a goal to achieve Peter will be with you all the way if you need him.

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Jon Baker

I’ve known Peter for over a year; he’s very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. His enthusiasm is motivation, which, when added to his deep knowledge of fitness, means that I’ve got great results for both fitness and weight loss. Thank you Peter.

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Rob Cottingham

Peter is a personable, punctual and professional service provider, who takes a holistic approach to his clients – not just looking at the physical or fitness aspects, but also nutritional aspects, mental well-being and overall lifestyle choices. Thoroughly recommended.

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Simon Haddy

A large group of us at Rok signed up to do the 3 Peaks Challenge this year. When speaking to Peter about this he kindly invited us along to a taster event on a Thursday evening. Peter’s personable approach and understanding of individual goals and abilities, encouraged the group to attend a number of sessions. As a result, the team were geared up for what was to prove to be an extremely difficult but enjoyable event. I would highly recommend Peter.

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Angela Sherman

Peter is enthusiastic and inspiring – and his outdoor exercise sessions are great fun! They’re a great way to refresh and re-energise after a day’s work.

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Steve Light

I would have no hesitation in recommending Peter as a personal trainer. In particular, Peter offers a great ‘running for beginners’ course, which caters for people looking to start up jogging and running, or people looking who have not been running for quite some time. Peter has the ability to make each session enjoyable and fun, as well as providing essential information in keeping fit and healthy. He treats every individual on their own merits to ensure that each person performs to their personal limits.

RESPONSIBLE EMPLOYERS

On average, people in full time work spend more than one-third of their day, five days per week at the workplace, and whilst employers have a responsibility to provide a safe and hazard-free workplace, they also have abundant opportunities to promote individual health and foster a healthy work environment where their workforce is well and resilient.

UK national healthcare expenditure is in excess of £100 Billion… a significant proportion of these costs are borne, by employers.

The workplace is an important setting for health protection, health promotion and disease prevention. The use of effective workplace programmes and policies can reduce health risks and improve quality of life for workers, which we believe that many progressive businesses both agree with and support this aspiration.

Our ‘mission’ is to provide leadership, expertise and practical help in turning this aspiration into a reality…

OUR VISION

“One day all people of working age in the UK will be physically active.
They will live, work and play in environments that encourage
and support regular physical activity”

Our ultimate purpose is to improve health, prevent disease and disability, by helping people develop resilience to the risks (both physical and mental) associated with running a business or working for a company.

For our vision to succeed, we need to educate and support individuals, businesses and leaders by assisting them in implementing strategies and tactics that benefit everyone. Our plan is to produce a set of policies, programmes and initiatives designed to increase physical activity in the workplace, which help foster a culture that supports physically active lifestyles.

FAR REACHING BENEFITS

Lack of physical activity is an important underlying health risk for NCD-related costs associated with reduced worker performance, however, the potential for business and industry to improve the level of physical activity at the workplace is strong.

According to data from World Bank, a staggering 89% of deaths in the UK are associated with non-communicable diseases (ncds), such as cancer, obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.

By maintaining a healthier workforce you can lower direct costs such as insurance premiums and worker’s compensation claims. It will also positively impact many indirect costs such as absenteeism and worker productivity.

Healthy employees are your biggest asset when it comes to building a successful business, and evidence shows that businesses gain significantly positive results when we engage with employees at all levels – i.e. from the Managing Director to the sales team.

OUR APPROACH

WHAT WE DO:

We help businesses provide their employees with opportunities and incentives, which will help them adopt and maintain a physically active lifestyle, and in doing so, develop personal resilience to physical and mental stress.

HOW WE DO IT:

  • We develop policies that support the implementation of evidence-based programmes and initiatives, which promote physical activity in the workplace setting.
  • We create or enhance access to places for employees to engage in physical activity before, during, and after work hours; combined with informational outreach activities.
  • We conduct periodic worksite-based health screenings which measure the physical activity and fitness levels of workers. Include measures of fitness components that are relevant to the job types of the workers.
  • We provide the resources necessary to support physical activity behaviour adoption and maintenance among employees, including access to relevant expertise, evidence-based behavioural change programmes, and well-qualified fitness and behaviour change professionals.
  • We collaborate with partners to develop and implement a plan for evaluating the effectiveness of workplace physical activity programmes.
  • We ensure the business case addresses the needs of all worksites, especially small and medium size businesses (100 or fewer employees and 101-999 employees, respectively).
Peter

PETER MOORHEAD

CORPORATE FITNESS COACH

Peter created Celebrate after a long career as a soldier. He soon realised that his passion lay in helping people become the best that they could be with a focus on better fitness and healthier eating. As he runs a small business himself, he is very aware of the risks of ill health or injury keeping him from earning a living. It was through this realisation, the concept of “Resilience in Business” was born.

PETER’S STORY…

As a skinny young lad I was always a fast runner so was frequently involved in sports that required running. I was never any good at football but I could chase a ball and boot it up field.

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I preferred rugby though and spent many a Saturday morning at school shivering on the wing waiting to be passed the ball so I could run with it! I thought I was quite good at Rugby and kept it up over my adult life, usually on the wing.

Boy Soldier

At 15 years of age I joined the Army and, as a Boy Soldier spent a couple of years learning how to tie my boots, sweep floors, shoot, drink and play more sport. That probably sums up my military career and again, I thought I was quite good at it.

Fortunately, enough other people thought so too and it was when I was responsible for the welfare and training of my soldiers that I discovered a talent for fitness training.  PT at 6.30am became an everyday challenge to find something different and enjoyable for 40 or so soldiers.

That’s where my love of outdoor fitness training started, would you believe I was doing Boot Camp stuff and running events like “Freddy’s Mud Run” in the early 80’s! If only I had known!

Leaving the Army in 1996 I moved to Milton Keynes having met my lovely wife Sally and I spent several years bouncing around jobs and getting fat and old. And it was that realisation (being fat and old) that made me decide to do something about it. I studied and gained qualifications as a Personal Trainer, quit my job and set up Celebrate in 2007.

Outdoor Fitness Specialist

Now, as anyone who knows me will tell you. I’m still running (but not so fast), I love outdoor activities whether that is Boot Camp stuff, cycling, hiking in mountains, skiing or Ultra Marathon.

I am a fervent believer that when it comes to food, sugar is the no. 1 culprit for the obesity epidemic and my clients soon discover that “exercise is for enjoyment” and “what you eat determines your weight”. I derive a great deal of satisfaction from helping people make a difference to how they look and how they feel about themselves and to bringing some joy into life. It’s a celebration after all!

P.S. – I also have a company for Personal Training for people at home. It’s called ‘Celebrate Personal Training’ and I serve my clients at their homes and outdoors in and around Milton Keynes.

VIKI

VIKI DRURY

SPORTS MASSAGE THERAPIST

Massage is an element of fitness and wellbeing that is often neglected, but the benefits of a good massage can have an immediate impact in relieving sore, tired muscles, and increasing your range of movement and flexibility.

Viki’s hands-on expertise is invaluable when it comes to clients suffering from aches and pains, and frequently alignment issues (sprains and twists etc). Viki will give you the best possible advice and referral to an osteopath or chiropractor as appropriate. Viki also has a Therapy Suite in Dunstable.

VIKI’S STORY…

I was always interested in massage and what it can do for the body, and I wanted

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to work in a field that had a lot of variety, and where I could meet lots of different people. Sports Therapy was the perfect option for me, and I qualified in 2010 from the University of Bedfordshire with an Honours degree in Sports Therapy. I get great satisfaction from being able to help people every time I go to work. Although I’m not fighting fires or performing surgery, I can provide pain relief and the opportunity to improve someone’s day-to-day life.

Pain relief and maintenance of healthy muscle tissue

Sport and Deep Tissue Massage is my speciality. I believe every gym-goer, sports enthusiast (whether it be football, rugby, running, cycling, netball, swimming or golf) or generally active individual, should treat themselves to at least once a month. It restores muscle tone, reduces tension, improves flexibility, restores muscular balance, is a vital tool in the maintenance of healthy muscle tissue and can help promote recovery from injury. As well as this, it helps relief tension headaches, stress pains, invigorates the body and revives tired muscles.

Remove Toxins

Massage also plays an important role in expelling excess fluids, toxins and waste from the body. This is perfect to boost general wellbeing and helps muscles to recover at a faster pace.

Improved athletic performance

Tailored to your specific needs, I treat the areas that require attention (i.e. tight, weak or restricted in movement), coupled with a postural assessment, appropriate advice on how to maintain and improve the muscular system through stretching, adapting daily activity and making minor adjustments to your environment.

Break-down fat cells

As well as deep tissue/sports massage, I also offer, Swedish Body Massage – a treatment that targets emotional relaxation and circulation; Lymphatic Drainage – a treatment designed specifically to remove fluids and toxins; and Cellulite Reduction – a blend of techniques that break down and remove the fat cells that cause cellulite, and various techniques that aid recovery, diminish stress levels and improve flexibility.

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FAYE JORDAN

PERSONAL TRAINER

Faye is without doubt the most accomplished and inspirational role model for anyone looking to “be better.” Second only to her three children, her passion is exercise and training. There are things she struggles with (mainly cardio, running, etc.), but that doesn’t mean she can’t still keep fit and healthy or help others to do the same. Faye trains with weights and competes in Powerlifting and Strongwoman at both at National and International level. She says: “It is great to see what the human body can do when pushed to its limits, I find the whole process fascinating”

Faye was awarded Northampton’s Inspirational Woman of 2015

Faye is co-owner of a gym in Northampton

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FAYE’S STORY…

I am not your conventional personal trainer, despite working in the industry now for well over a decade. I have come a long way! As a kid I was sporty, did everything, was good at most things, excelled in Rugby, Hockey and Athletics, 200m, 800m and Shot Put being my best.

At the age of 20 I was diagnosed with cancer, was very ill, and was at one point given only 2 weeks to live, BUT I’M A FIGHTER! I survived, however through complications and the intensive treatments I lost the sight in my right eye and hearing in right ear, and my lungs were left with around 40% capacity because of scarring. I couldn’t do much, had to learn how to walk again, and to learn how to drive again, and the breathlessness was literally crippling. I would never run or play rugby again; I was told I would probably never have children either.

This spurred me on to do what I could – I retrained as a fitness instructor and specialised in training people with medical problems, I trained myself too – it was a long hard process to be normal again, to be able to do simple things like walk around the shops without having to sit down for a rest, clean my house, the simple achievements were the best.

At the age of 22 I fell pregnant, to my amazement, and had a perfect baby boy in May 2006, and against the odds my second little boy was born in April 2008, and a baby girl in November 2011. My children are my world, I love spending time with them, going for walks, playing in the park, painting, playing computer games, swimming, or just relaxing, I don’t mind, I just love their company and seeing them grow into beautiful little people.

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SIMON DEAN

PERSONAL TRAINER

Simon has been a Personal Trainer since 2013, having had a late career change when the corporate world and driving a desk for a living, lost its appeal. Nowadays, he considers himself lucky that he was able to make that change and earn a living in the fitness industry… whilst we consider ourselves lucky to have him in our team.

As one of the training team at Celebrate Health and Fitness, Simon works on site at Blue Chip and occasionally with some of our other Corporate Clients.

SIMON’S STORY…

 

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I have always been interested in physical fitness and have trained since I was a teenager.  Over the years I have cycled, run, skied, trained with weights, attended boot camps etc.  Over the last 3 years or so my training has revolved around running, kettlebells, suspension training (TRX) and other “functional” training such as battle ropes, sandbags etc. This interest has translated into gaining Advanced Kettlebell Instructor qualifications and allows me to add a lot of variety to the training I can deliver to my clients. Thanks to the folks at Blue Chip, I got to experience Obstacle course racing (OCR) towards the end of 2015 and have got a bit hooked on it. My next challenge is to run either an OCR or a running event every month. These will include a 24-hour team endurance challenge and all three distances in the Spartan Race OCR programme, so I am training hard for those at the moment.

I love being a personal trainer and relish the opportunities my job brings to meet and work closely with so many great people – helping them get fitter, stronger, more confident and ultimately improve their health – it’s a real privilege, which makes a life of early mornings and late evenings all the more worthwhile.

Simon also runs his own PT Company in Milton Keynes.

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ANNA O

PERSONAL TRAINER

Although she is a qualified Personal Trainer, Anna draws on her Pilates and dance background and so has the advantage of being able to combine different forms of exercise to create motivating exercise programmes.

Pilates in particular, helps improves core strength and flexibility, which can often get forgotten and neglected but which are vital for keeping our bodies healthy and happy. Pilates is also great to use as cross training for sports like golf, running, road biking and many more which is why you increasingly find it being used by sports professionals.

ANNA’S STORY…

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I am a Personal Trainer and Pilates Teacher from Milton Keynes. I love working with lots of different people with different goals and interests no matter what their level of fitness.

I come from a professional dance background, training at the Northern School of Contemporary dance in Leeds (part of the Conservatoire for Dance and Drama) where I studied for a dance degree. After my degree I taught dance and realized that I also enjoyed working out in the Gym. So I decided to combine the fitness and teaching and trained as a personal trainer, although I am still involved in the dance world.

Combining my love of contemporary dance with Pilates seemed like a natural thing to do as Joseph Pilates, the founder, worked with many of the early contemporary dancers and today many dancers use his techniques. So I trained, at Pilates Advanced Training School. I find teaching Pilates very rewarding. It develops all round fitness and helps people maintain their wellbeing in a world where we spend too much time sitting and staring at screens. Pilates has allowed me to help people improve their posture back issues and stiffness. It particularly improves core strength and flexibility, which can often get forgotten and neglected but which are vital for keeping our bodies healthy and happy. Pilates is also great to use as cross training for sports like golf, running, road biking and many more. Today you increasingly find it being used by sports professionals. I am currently doing a course in lower back pain to continue my learning and help people maintain healthy spines.

Although I draw on my Pilates and dance background, as a qualified Personal Trainer I have the advantage of being able to combine different forms of exercise to create motivating exercise programmes. I also work with a lot of people who want to improve health, fitness and strength using a variety of other techniques – from bodyweight exercises to weights and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training). Helping to build people’s confidence in fitness and making it an enjoyable activity rather than a chore.

I feel it is important to recognize that everyone is unique, with different body structures and minds requiring an individual approach to exercise. I think personal training is all about motivating you to reach your goals and I believe that it should be fun!

Anna has her own PT business in Milton Keynes.

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ANDREA BRESLIN

PERSONAL TRAINER

Andrea knows from her own experience, just what it is like to be unfit and overweight. With 2 children and struggling with lack of confidence and low self esteem, life did not appear to hold out much hope but she did something difficult; she changed. And with hard work and dedication Andrea decided to become a Personal Trainer herself so she could pass on what she has learned about fitness and her own struggle to be better.

Andrea too is an inspiration and is living proof that an ordinary person can become extra-ordinary.

ANDREA’S STORY…

 

 

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I started off in life as a very active person – I was a figure skater and trampolinist – and I held all the school records in body weight exercises (i.e. pull ups, push ups, sit ups, dips and tiger lifts) from the age of 12 to 18 – but when I left school, I never realised there was an option to do anything involving exercise as a career, so I ended up studying music technology for four years. To cut a long story short, I got married and had two beautiful children, but I became reclusive with very little self-confidence and low self-esteem. I smoked and drank too much and I’d stopped doing all of the things that I enjoyed. Things had to change.

I managed to quit smoking and started exercising a little, but when I stopped smoking I gained two stone in weight. So I found myself in the position of being unfit and overweight and heading towards 40 fast – but at least I was not a smoker anymore!

I decided to get myself a Personal Trainer to help me on my journey. I worked hard, I lost the two stone I’d put on and I finally started to get fit and strong. Along the way I became more self-confident with bags more self-esteem, and I felt younger and full of energy everyday. It didn’t just change my life, it changed my family’s lives too – I was so amazed at the outcome I decided I wanted everyone to feel like this, so I studied to become a Personal Trainer so that I could help people find themselves again, or for some, for the very first time.

My passion is Bodyweight and I am one of very few trainers that hold the PCC (Progressive Calisthenics Certification) certificate in this country. PCC is based on the teaching of Convict Conditioning founded by Paul Wade. My other passions are for Kettlebells, Animal Flow, and anything that will help keep the body and mind young. I have also studied postural assessment to complement my Personal Training.

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ROLAND PATTERSON

PERSONAL TRAINER

Roland has been involved in sport and fitness for as long as he can remember playing football at a high level representing Bucks County and Luton FC.  He is also a keen martial arts enthusiast of Wing Chun, Brazilian Ju Jitsu and Filipino Stick Fighting.

ROLAND’S STORY…

An important part of feeling good about yourself is to feel in control of your life. Regardless of your age, lifestyle and fitness levels you can make positive changes to improve yourself. The key to training is to HAVE FUN, KEEP IT FRESH and NEW – and that is what I bring to my training sessions.

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After leaving school I worked in sales/office environments where there was not much opportunity to exercise and so do know how easy it is to end up doing very little and becoming unfit. I continued though to play sport and train outside of work and then I took the decision to follow my heart and work in the fitness industry.

I qualified as a Personal Trainer in 2010 and I have continued to expand my knowledge and expertise in this ever-growing industry to embrace all aspects of fitness and nutrition. Have travelled around SE Asia, living in Cambodia for a while, I’ve learnt so much from my travels which has helped me grow as a person and so provide a better service to my clients.

I am a fully qualified Personal Trainer with further qualifications in Advanced Kettlebell Training, Circuit Training, Nutritional Advice and adapting exercise for pre/post natal fitness so that women can continue to exercise safely during/after pregnancy. I also run high intensity interval training (HIIT) classes and finally, if it all gets too much, then don’t worry as I am also a qualified first aider.

I get immense satisfaction from helping people achieve their goals and everyone is different. I will discuss with you fat loss, nutrition and design a personalised training programme to ensure you maximise your results so you will quickly see the difference and feel great. I know the time commitment and drive it takes to achieve goals – I also know the pitfalls and how to avoid them. Together we can work on a plan – it will be the start of a new you.

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JUNE SRIVALSAN

HEALTH TECHNICIAN

June is our Health Technician, with many years experience in providing clients with medical health assessments – taking them through a whole range of tests. The test results are instant, therefore if there are any immediate or potential health issues evident, June can advise you there-and-then on the best route forward and/or refer you to your doctor with the results. Clients receive on-going support, including stress management and follow-ups.

June is naturally very personable and helps everyone feel at ease, ensuring all of her clients are treated with empathy and the utmost respect.

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SAM DOWNTON

NUTRITIONAL THERAPIST

Sam Downton is the person we turn to for Nutrition advice when it is beyond our own level of expertise.

We believe that Nutrition is the cornerstone to good health and not only will a body stay healthy given the base materials needed through healthy eating but that many of the symptoms of disease can be treated using food effectively as medicine. Sam was instrumental in putting together our Leaner Eating Programme.

The way your body responds to food is unique and as such you will be advised according to your individual needs. This could help you achieve optimal health levels, improved wellbeing and abundant vitality. Sam is the person we turn to for advice when our clients need specific advice and for ourselves too… because we eat our own cooking.

As a business owner, I have no spare time. How can I make time for Exercise?

The number of hours in the day is the same for everyone, there each day for us to work, rest and play. Of course what is really meant when someone says I don’t have time is “This is not important enough for me to make time”

Is that an excuse?

Sometimes, quite frankly, yes it is but other times, we need to take time out before we realise just how badly we need a break, some “me time” and to feel so much better for it. Taking time out for exercise not only gives you a break from the routine but also gives you the benefits of exercise:

You feel energised, alive and focussed, more productive and pro-active and by taking an exercise break you discover time spent on exercise makes for a better use of your time.

 

There is enough to do and too many distractions already, why should we add a wellness programme to the list?

This to me is the real crux of the matter “why should we” because in many ways it is easier to just ignore it and accept that the health and fitness of people at work is “not our problem”.

Consider however the effect on your business if one or more key employee, or even you, is not there either through sickness or injury? How much time and energy is lost in finding a temporary replacement, in training that person, paying agency fees perhaps let alone the loss of income, the worry and the effect on other staff members.

What of the people who struggle to come into work when they are ill and actually cause more disruption because although they are “present” they may be doing nothing more than spreading germs and sitting at a desk and complaining?

This is all to do with the overriding theme of our workplace wellness programmes, to develop resilience to the risks to health, mental and physical, associated with running a business or working in a busy company, with practical and focussed physical activity and relevant dietary advice.

 

What exactly is the “Active Business” plan?

It’s about being active in the true sense of the word as opposed to being sedentary and it depends on the size and needs of a company and employees on exactly what that plan is. Regardless of your needs, we aim to give you a full service from consultation to delivery of any or all of our Fitness Training, Massage Therapy, Nutritional Therapy and Health Checks

For some business it will be doing one-to-one personal training once or more a week at home or place of work.

For others it is boot-camp type, small group training before or after work either outdoors or in.

Others may have an charity event or team challenge they want to train for such as the 3 Peaks or London to Brighton bike ride.

And for some it is a full package from Employee Attitude Surveys, Health Risk Assessment, regular Health Checks, design and kit-out of Company Gym and the provision of top quality Personal Trainers and Therapists from 1 hour to 50 hours per week.

 

I cannot afford a wellness programme, how much is this going to cost?

A fair question although difficult to answer without more information but I can tell you our current monthly invoices run from just over £250 to over £10,000 per month.

The majority of our clients start at the most basic level of one or more fitness sessions at home or at the place of work per week and regular health checks to see progress every 4 weeks. Whereas if our whole team is involved training or treating 5 days a week, costs will be higher.

 

My company already offers discounts at the local gym and life insurance, why should we do more?

Unlike a gym, we book our clients into time slots with their trainer so that there is a schedule and very importantly, some accountability. So rather than offering a service, we are providing it free at the point of use. This works best if accompanied with a system that penalises absence such as a £10 fine for charity if a session is missed for other than work related reasons.

As for life insurance, that is all well and good but only pays out when it is too late! Surely taking action to avoid the need for life insurance payouts is better and more responsible?

 

What do you have to do in the Health Checks and do we have to do them?

We use Health Checks primarily as a test of progress and a measure of success so initially we could conduct a check of a number of employees to identify issues such as being overweight, having excess visceral fat, high blood pressure or potential respiratory problems. The point being that if we identify an issue we can present a plan to put it right or in some cases, to seek medical advice.

The checks most often are a simple case of standing on some special scales that will give body composition measures such as fat, muscle and bone mass as well as metabolic age and calorie requirements. We can then go on to measure blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels and lung capacity if requested or required.

 

How can we measure a return on our investment?

For something tangible, it requires a check of sickness and attendance, which is indeed a motivator for initiating a wellness programme anyway. Then of course it comes down to the bottom line and profit. Morale however plays a big part in the collection of those statistics. Do your staff feel appreciated? Are they grateful that there employer cares about their state of health and do they have more energy and focus because they are now energised, active and “alive”?

 

We don’t have a gym, how do you expect us to exercise?

Sure, it helps if there is a gym as does having changing and shower facilities and our programme may not suit every business if (for example) you are located in the middle of a busy city with now green spaces.

Many companies work where there are accessible and adequate outdoor spaces, they have a meeting room if the weather is bad or small business owners work from home. There is always a way round the problem of space and it takes a conversation to see what is appropriate. We can even help with gym design and equipment if you want to create a gym.

 

I can get a trainer for less, so why should I choose to work with you (Celebrate Health & Fitness)?

I thought hard about putting this FAQ in because if it not always verbalised, it is a factor in choosing us to work with your company.

I see many companies, some are very good at what they do, that offer services. There are those that offer Health Risk Assessments, producing copious well presented documents pointing out where your company is going wrong. There are surveys and reports that attempt to discover why absenteeism and sickness is a problem. Companies that will equip a gym with state-of-the-art kit; Those that will provide a random gym instructor.

So what is different about us? I believe it is because our focus is on the individual so that one person at a time feels better, performs better, becomes more confident, proactive and appreciative of who and what they are. Everyone wins, the employee, the business and yes, us too.

No amount of surveys, spreadsheets and reports. No underused gym or poorly trained and de-motivated agency fitness instructor can make the difference that we do with our proactive and collaborative approach. Our desire is to become your partner in health and fitness to make your business an active business with happy and healthy employees.

 

What happens if it does not work – we don’t want to be stuck in any lengthy contract?

We always suggest a pilot scheme. After all no-one wants to waste time and money on something that does not work and we also have a reputation to uphold.

Let’s have the conversation and consultation process and provide you with a plan that we can test and measure for six month to see what difference it can make and take it from there.

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Giles Phillips

Peter has worked closely with Aaron Wallis for a number of years now on both a group and individual basis and have found him to be a very knowledgeable and personable trainer which has proved invaluable to the fitness levels of the office.” “Whatever time we want to start our sessions to fit around office hours Peter is very accommodating and always arrives with a smile on his face. I would definitely recommend him to both small business and corporates alike for running fitness sessions.

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Emerson Patton

I recommend Peter if you want to lose weight quickly and safely – I only wish I’d done this a year ago! Being overweight is something I’ve had to live with for a long time and I have to admit I was sceptical. I’ve now lost 2 stone and feel so much better. It’s been hard but worth it and Peter has been there to check on me every week and keep me on track. I put my business partner in touch with him and he has since lost 1 stone too.

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Rob Cottingham

Peter is a personable, punctual and professional service provider, who takes a holistic approach to his clients – not just looking at the physical or fitness aspects, but also nutritional aspects, mental well-being and overall lifestyle choices. Thoroughly recommended.

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Angela Sherman

Peter is enthusiastic and inspiring – and his outdoor exercise sessions are great fun! They’re a great way to refresh and re-energise after a day’s work.

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Mark Richardson

Since starting the Resolutions programme back in January it provided me some serious focus into my fitness regime. With the help of the Personal Trainers I started to complete some weight training as well. Since January 2015 I have now lost 7 stone or 45kg in weight.  I have gone from a 3XL shirt to XL now.

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Fiona Gray

Peter is excellent at what he does. A unique combination of personal fitness training, psychology, and awareness that if you are investing your time and money in something, it better bring results! It certainly has for me, on both a personal and business level. Competent, life changing, fun, and with high levels of energy and integrity, along with a spooky ability to read your mind – and tailor your programme and his approach accordingly. Highly recommended.

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Steve Light

I would have no hesitation in recommending Peter as a personal trainer. In particular, Peter offers a great ‘running for beginners’ course, which caters for people looking to start up jogging and running, or people looking who have not been running for quite some time. Peter has the ability to make each session enjoyable and fun, as well as providing essential information in keeping fit and healthy. He treats every individual on their own merits to ensure that each person performs to their personal limits.

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Simon Haddy

A large group of us at Rok signed up to do the 3 Peaks Challenge this year. When speaking to Peter about this he kindly invited us along to a taster event on a Thursday evening. Peter’s personable approach and understanding of individual goals and abilities, encouraged the group to attend a number of sessions. As a result, the team were geared up for what was to prove to be an extremely difficult but enjoyable event. I would highly recommend Peter.

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Heather Townsend

I’ve worked with Peter for over 18 months and the difference he has made to my fitness, figure and day-to-day aches and pains is huge. My sciatica and lower back pain has pretty much disappeared.

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Natalie Bailey

Peter’s enthusiasm for fitness and wellbeing is extremely contagious. He is a caring and highly personable trainer, who recognises your level of fitness and pushes you gently towards your goals. I have been cycling and jogging with Peter and both sessions were effective, and delivered with an emphasis on having fun. I wholeheartedly recommend Peter’s services as a fitness trainer.

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Linda Rogerson-Heath

Peter is one of the people who you feel comfortable with to really help you get the job done. He will push you to the limit that you ask for, but will do it in such a way that you are glad he does. His knowledge spans a lifetime of excellence in fitness and dedication to his work and colleagues. If you have a goal to achieve Peter will be with you all the way if you need him.

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Liam Oakes

Peter increased my fitness levels within only a few training sessions and helped me push on to train by myself on a regular basis – having taken his knowledge and fitness recommendations on board. I still use Peter’s running techniques each time I run and it has really helped reduce the injuries I was getting in sport

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David Beach

Peter’s dedication and commitment to his work to get you results is outstanding. He works above and beyond what anyone would expect and he is such a kind and welcoming person.

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Caroline Watts

I hate going to the gym as I find it really boring. Running has never been my strong point but something I have always wanted to do. I have so much fun at Peter’s class I forget that I am actually running. He makes the whole workout interesting and social. I would recommend his groups to everyone.

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Jon Baker

I’ve known Peter for over a year; he’s very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. His enthusiasm is motivation, which, when added to his deep knowledge of fitness, means that I’ve got great results for both fitness and weight loss. Thank you Peter.

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Julia Cox

I engaged Peter at a time when I was struggling to maintain a fitness plan. He made sure I stayed on target when it would have been so easy to give up! Encouraging and knowledgeable, he also created excellent work out plans for me that suited my needs. In addition he maintains a friendly and very professional manner – I would definitely recommend him.

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Lisa Bremner

I have been lucky enough to work with Peter for about 15 months. Thanks to Peter I have gone from not being able to run, to regularly running 5km and working towards 10km. We always have great fun during our sessions (which have included abs work, lifting 5kg weights, skipping and boxing training). Thanks to working with Peter I have lost weight, lost inches and gained a huge amount confidence and now I am fitter and stronger than I have ever been.

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Mark Allen

Well it’s official now – I am formally registered and entry verified for OCR (Obstacle Course Racing) World Champs! Exciting but scary times. Fundamentally I couldn’t have gotten to this point without all the help and support that you and your team have given me over the past few years, so thank you. If ever there was training motivation this is it! Happy days.

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Stephen Franks

I ran a half marathon last Saturday, it was a very warm day, and I can’t thank you enough for the running advice. Changing my style hurt like hell for a few days, a week even, but it looks like it paid off. I ran the distance and suffered no aches or pains after, plus I then went on to cycle 15 miles just for fun. So on the whole I’d say it’s going brilliantly!

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Stephen Minney

After spending several years with Army PTI’s who believe your body is indestructible, training with Peter was a breath fresh air. Providing realistic objectives and excellent structured knowledge, he arms you with everything needed to make healthy progress. Peter is a great character and genuinely eager to see you improve, he makes Celebrate Health & Fitness what it is.