My name is Stuart and my own journey began with hating exercise and especially the dreaded “cardio.” When I was at school I regularly skipped P.E. and Games, sometimes forging my own notes. I didn’t enjoy it and I did whatever it took to get out of exercising.
When I think back on this it still amuses me. I love exercising now. My full time career is now enabling others to enjoy exercising, indulging in good food, while getting fitter, stronger, leaner and healthier.
What changed? I found exercises which I enjoyed and I made myself some specific goals. My “gateway exercise drug” was Weight Training, particularly Bodybuilding training. I enjoyed building muscle, getting stronger and seeing myself progress.
After a while, I began to get bored of Bodybuilding training. I took a break, quit the gym and took up Calisthenic training, which consisted of basic gymnastic and bodyweight exercises. This offered me a new challenge and I was terrible at to begin with. But I stuck at it and learnt the progressions that enabled me to get better at it.
After about a year, I stumbled upon Crossfit through YouTube videos. I loved the fact that it combined such a wide variety of skills, strengths and disciplines. I started to implement this in my own training and quickly became addicted. Exercising has helped me to overcome some tough times such as breakups, redundancy and bereavement. It not only helped me physically but also mentally to become stronger, more resilient and tougher.
Over the last 20 years I’ve studied, dabbled in, and also practised many different sports and disciplines including; Football, Basketball, Rugby, Bodybuilding, Calisthenics, Gymnastics, Olympic Weight Lifting, Powerlifting, Crossfit, Rowing, Sprinting, Running, Swimming, Mountain Climbing, Horse Riding and Cycling. All it took was for me to find one type of exercise that I enjoyed and before long, I began to enjoy other exercises I’d never thought of before and to actually become much better at them.
Along the way I have researched and tried various diets for myself including; Ketogenic, Atkins, Paleo, Intermittent Fasting, the Zone Diet, Carb cycling and many, many others. I know the struggles and frustrations of dieting all too well. During this time I have built up a number of qualifications including fitness instructing, personal training, kettlebell instructing, exercise for older people and ante and post natal fitness instructor
All of these experiences came together and brings me where I am today and why I love sharing with others – I no longer follow strict, fad diets because they don’t last. I want to change the way people think about exercise. It doesn’t have to be boring, painful or vomit inducing. In fact these are things it should never be.
Through all my dieting and training mistakes as well as my studying, research and qualifications, I’ve developed my own training and nutrition philosophy. My methods are based on scientific research but are designed to be as fun as they are effective and I’m keen to share them with as many people as possible.
I believe that exercise should be enjoyed and built into our lifestyle rather than endured and dreaded. I’m driven to help others have as much fun exercising as I do, while getting effective results that last.