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BLOG-Fitness Journey#Part 2

After a short stint at Daves gym I finally left my hometown of 20+ years and moved to yorkshire to save for travelling with my partner at the time.

If im being honest I always had a love for Cardiff and hated the thought of leaving but new adventures awaited me.


After a year of working 4 jobs and training 3-5 times a week in between learning handstand in the kitchen of David Lloyd and voluntarily lifting any heavy object in sight my body was changing.

being obsessed with getting massive I had gone from a skinny 9st weakling to a slightly bigger 13.5 st Although I never felt big enough so I continued smashing down tins of tuna as snacks drinking weird and wonderful protein shakes, taking every supplement under the sun, obsessing about every stupid variable like eating garlic to raise testosterone and if I mix coffee and creatine will it counter the effects, reading every article that agreed with what I wanted to do.

In summary I was a boring T**T who lived to eat and get massive the kinda guy I avoid talking to in the gym now.

So when the “big” guys in the gym seem to think im not massive enough to give them advice I think screw you I know the struggle I just choose to get a PB on my Deadlift or Do a full ROM pull up instead of Breaking the world record for most Grunts during a Set of Bicep swings or pulling my top up after every set of Skull Krushers to see if my abs have grown.

That wasnt meant to come out so much like a rant :/ #sorrynotsorry

I was finally ready to travel but one thing dawned on me…how am I going to train without fancy machines and heavy weights. It was always niggling at me and I couldn’t exactly bring a kettlebell on as hand luggage.

I bought the complete guide to Core stability which I still have and think are great little Reference books for beginners and PTs go

not having much access to tablets or instant access to apps I had  to take a few books on fitness and bodyweight training and my trusty skipping rope this was the first step in my discovery of the joys of Bodyweight training.



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Blog: Fitness Journey Part #1

My Fitness Journey Part #1

My first attempts at fitness were purely vanity driven. I was a 17 year old watching Kung Fu movies and Dragonball which just made me want to train. Being skinny and feeling unnoticed, I wanted to “get big” which I was sure would solve my plethora of confidence issues. I joined the Hilton gym in Cardiff with my best friend and set about lifting weights  – poorly – reading articles from Men’s Health and training chest and biceps every day, all on my diet consisting of of Jack Daniels and cheese. A few years of failed attempts and constant reading on exercise and nutrition yielded some small gains.

After moving to Roath, I happened upon a small neighbourhood gym there called Dave’s Gym run by a friendly but terrifying man. I could never quite work out whether he liked me, or anyone else in fact, but one look at this gym and I joined.

I started out doing the kickboxing classes and although I came home with bruises and feeling sore – and the feeling that I had ruined someones padwork workout by being totally useless – I loved it. The staff were friendly and motivating and the gym was amazing.

I still remember the warm-up runs up Penylan Hill followed by a punishing workout and the inventive ways of torturing people – such as saying the weights are getting claustrophobic, they need to get out and consequently making the class run up Penylan Hill with them.

I knew this is what I wanted to do for a living but I had no direction, no confidence and little knowledge. All I knew was I had caught the fitness bug.

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