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