I contacted James as after 3 months of the gym I had hit a bit of a plateau - I wanted to challenge myself by starting lifting but was too scared of the unknown, judgement and injury to try alone.
And I'm so glad I contacted James because looking back there is no way I could have got to where I have by myself. Initially I had sought his help as a temporary measure just to get me on my feet but several months down the line I keep going back for more.
James ascertained what I wanted to achieve and why, suggested changes to my diet and, upon my probing, gave me an education on nutrition that has utterly changed the way I think about food and how I eat. Despite the fact that when I started out I hadn't been keen to seek any advice on my diet at all!
Combining this with lifting, I found myself feeling alert, energised and with an immensely better mindset, all whilst being injury free which James helped with- any time something felt wrong he would see how I did the exercise, explain what might be happening and suggest changes. The aesthetic benefits of lifting just happened to be a great by-product; I am more toned, firm and without dieting have decreased body fat despite having gained weight (turns out muscle is a lot heavier than fat).
He has a really great outlook on life and it's when you're looking to challenge yourself and reach your goals that you realise just how important mentality is. Whatever your mental barriers are, James will help you overcome them. His sense of humour is also pretty valuable in sessions, making even the most gruelling of exercises seem like a breeze.
Aside from sessions, James is always on hand to give extra help via email or a quick chat at the gym. Anything you need guidance on or want to pick his brains about he will take the time to address with a (sometimes lengthy!) email. He is always willing to help and I have found him to do so with genuine interest.
One of the things I think makes it most worthwhile is that with James you are not just paying someone to tell you stuff they've been taught by someone else or from a textbook. Everyone's anatomy is different and so different things work for different people, and James' profound knowledge surrounding this means you get very personalised guidance in terms of what exercises suit you and how to perform them. Whilst being fantastic at using anatomical terms and citing research articles, he is also excellent at explaining these things so that it makes sense to you also.
He is truly invested in understanding deeply how things work and if you encounter a problem that intrigues him he will go away and get you a cracking answer that will project you towards your goals unhindered.
Training can be expensive but James' enthusiasm, unwavering support, and vast, vast wealth of knowledge are worth every penny.
- Isabel Sloan
Personal Training/Strength & Pad Work
"James is a fantastic PT - he really took the time to listen and understand what I wanted to achieve. He has provided guidance throughout, advising on nutrition as well as the right kind of exercise to achieve my goals. Perhaps most importantly, James has provided continual support and has always been there for me during my weak moments. James is positive and encouraging and never, ever judgemental - even the time I turned up to a session with a terrible hangover. I have really enjoyed the variety of our sessions, he's always switching it up so that I am always challenged and never bored! I have seen such positive results - I am more toned all over, my stomach fat has decreased and I am fitter than ever. James really helped me to see that what it says on the scales doesn't matter, it's all about how you feel on the inside - and that this has the biggest impact on how you look! I am fit, focused and in control - thank you James for showing me the way!"
- Alexandra Salisbury
After having talked to James a number of times I was greatly impressed with his vast knowledge of subjects raging from plant-based nutrition through martial arts to functional strength training. I decided to search his advise on a workout plan that would facilitate my goal of building up all over body strength. AND BOY DID HE DELIVER.
There are people out there who go to the gym five times a week with little to show for it. I used to be just like that until I started working on the plan that James prepared for me. He took the time to understand what I'm after, to asses my capabilities and limitations and have a discussion around what could benefit me.
After a few days he came back with a plan that was not only challenging but also focused on combating my weaknesses and enhancing what I was already good at. He didn't just hand me the plan to do with as I please - along the way James provided me with plenty of support and suggested a number of alterations I could introduce to the plan to mix things up a bit in order to avoid repetition. He also throughly explained the point of each exercise to me - the why's, the how's, the dos and don'ts.
As a result, in just four weeks I managed to improve my clean and press weight by 30%, my butt power went through the roof, and I noticed plenty of positive changes in my body (ladies, don't believe the myth that lifting weights will turn you into a Hulk!!).
I am now halfway through my second plan and I look forward to seeing what James comes up with for the next one (and the next one after that). The workouts are difficult but the satisfaction I feel after having completed them is immense!
I can't recommend James enough - he radiates enthusiasm and passion for what he does, is very inquisitive and knowledgable and doesn't stop learning. Additionally it is difficult not to have a smile on your face around him, since he also aims at making the workouts a lot of fun (on top of the pain)!
I look forward to carrying on working with James, reaching new levels of fitness and learning more about myself in the process!
- Aleksandra Pszyk
"Did a 6 week self defence course with James. He gives real life scenarios to illustrate how to react in everyday situations. They were great hands on lessons on striking your attacker and learning how to successfully escape holds and grabs. Was very useful and great fun! It's a great programme and would recommend it to everyone!"
- Hemani Sohal
Personal Training/Strength & Pad Work
"I find James to be an incredibly knowledgable, dedicated and professional Personal Trainer. I highly recommend to anyone and everyone."
- Cadence Linthwaite
"James is an excellent trainer. He takes the time to listen to what it is you want to achieve and what your goals are. He does push you but in a manner that is motivating and fun. The sessions are always changing and challenging but the variety help keeps it interesting. I would highly recommend James to anybody who is wanting to make a postive change"
- Elisha Hall
Personal Training/Strength & Pad Work
"I find James to be an incredibly motivational and inspirational personal trainer, with a friendly and dedicated approach to all of your aspirations. Initially, I asked James about personal training in order to help enhance aspects of my martial arts training in order to achieve my number one goal of winning an international gold medal. Little did I know, my whole perspective of health and fitness was going to change.
Having practiced karate for six years, I have competed nationally and internationally, walking away with numerous national titles and international silvers and bronzes. It is my ultimate goal to win an international gold medal.
James has an outstanding level of knowledge about all things health and fitness; a key factor which I feel enabled me to achieve my goal, was changing to a plant based diet after James had reviewed my food diary and suggested some alterations. I decided to make the most of James' advice and changed to a plant based diet. Within a few days I felt a positive difference; I felt physically and mentally cleaner, my energy levels allowed me to train at a higher intensity for longer and my recovery time improved immensly. It has also helped me work towards an optimum weight, gaining strength, speed and power. Now I've experienced a plant based diet, I have no intentions of turning back.
Having returned from the international championships in Italy with two gold medals, I have fullfilled my number one goal. I am more than determined to set and reach new goals, fully trusting James' ability to help me get there.
Sessions stretch you mentally and physically and are more than rewarding. I have no hesitation in recommending James to anyone and everyone, because he will put maximum effort into making your dreams come true!"
- Abigail Lewis
Personal Training/Strength & Pad Work/Self-defence
"Having had a personal trainer in the past and have seen very little
results, I feel very lucky having James as my personal trainer as not
only me, but friends and family can see a difference in me. Not
only I am losing weight and centimetres around the waist, but I am also feeling more
confident and he makes me want to be a better version of myself. He is
very positive and encouraging, and always available for any support
when I need it.
I also did the self-defence course which gave me more confidence -
apart from what I already gained on his 1 on 1 sessions - by teaching
me to escape from any possible attack.
If anybody would be considering on getting a personal trainer, I'd
definitely recommend him."
- Idoia Bilbao Irazabal
Personal Training/Strength & Pad Work
"I have been doing classes and one to one training with James since Feb 16. I’ve seen some great results quickly (although still have a way to go). I chose James as my PT as I liked the style of his classes and that he always explains EVERYTHING – with a sense of humour too! Helping you understand what you're doing and why you're doing it, is half the battle in my eyes. We do lots of weights/strength and pad work (my favourite workout for a stressful day). What’s great is while he will push you to achieve, it’s realistic to you and what you want. (even if it doesn’t seem like it in session) I’ve found James super knowledgeable and helpful in terms of nutritional advice and guidance, which has led to some surprisingly easy, but significant changes in my lifestyle and food choices. Furthermore James is always on hand for support, advice, motivation and encouragement. I thought that when I started PT sessions it would be a temporary kick start towards my goals. Now it’s something that I want to keep doing – I like the results, I want better results and I enjoy the challenge."
- Kelly Young
Personal training/Strength & Pad Work
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced gym goer, James has an in depth knowledge which will help develop you as an athlete or help you to achieve the goals you have set; well worth paying for his expertise. I had decided to take part in a charity boxing match and wanted that extra edge, James coached me with pad work drills and even a little sparring! He was always committed to my training ensuring he was flexible with sessions. James was happy to give advice at any time looking at various aspects of my training regime. Over my 8 week camp, James pushed me to my limits and was constantly looking to approach each session with a new workout. Finally, James has a great passion and drive to boost your self-confidence, he is concerned with a holistic approach that will improve your lifestyle.
- Duncan Sparks