Coming in January
Level 4 Active IQ Certificate in Specialist Exercise (Management of Lower Back Pain)
Active IQ Level 3 Certificate in Advanced Personal Training
Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral
Certified Chi Running Instructor
Certified Chi Walking Instructor
Premier Certificate in Tri-Planar Kettlebell Training
Active IQ Level 2 Certificate in Gym Instruction
I discovered a passion exercise and training in 2004 and was immediately fascinated by how the body works and how it can adapt and improve given certain stimuli. I became a regular runner and after a couple of years struggling with technique, I eventually dsicovered the Chi Running method after reading the book by Danny Dreyer. I found that my running efficiency greatly improved and that the niggles that were constantly holding me back where becoming less of an issue. In May 2010 I attended a workshop with Danny Dreyer, founder of Chi Running. This encouraged me to train to become one of only a handful of Certified ChiRunning Instructors in the UK.
In February 2012 I qualified as a Personal Trainer and in the August as a Chi Running and Chi Walking Instructor. During the Chi Running certification process I assisted Master instructors Marion Meesters in Amsterdam and Catherina McKiernan (winner of Berlin, London and Amsterdam marathons and Irish marathon record holder) in Dublin. I certified as a Chi Running Instructor in August 2012.
At the beginning of this year, having realised the importance of exercise not only for fitness but for health and general well-being, I decided to study for a Level 3 Diploma in Exercise Referral and, the highest REPs qualification, a Level 4 Certificate in Specialist Exericse (Exercise for the Management of Lower Back Pain). In October I returned to Berlin to assist Marion Meesters in training and assessing Chi Running Instructor Candidates from all over Europe. I'm currently working to become a Senior Chi Running Instructor early 2014.
I currently train a number of clients on a 1-2-1 basis for running and also general health and fitness programmes. I also hold regular Chi Running woskhops in London, across the UK and Europe.
For my continued professional development I see a Personal Trainer weekly and keep updated on current health, fitness and training developments. My training programme includes a marathon maintenance schedule including regular resistance strength and power, core stability, posture and flexibility. I focus on kettlebell and ViPR training as both are great whole body workouts and compliment my approach to running training. I also train barefoot and in minimalist shoes for both my running and resistance work. I believe this promotes better posture, proprioception and balance, helping develop stronger core muscles and natural movement.
I have run several half marathons, numerous 10ks, the 2010 Virgin London Marathon and this year's Abingdon Marathon. Work schedule and study permitting, I feel an ultra looming in 2014.