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.
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.
ISports 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.