Simon McNeilly

9 Years ago I left my professional corporate position as a National Account Manager for Britvic Soft Drinks. My position was responsible for driving national sales distribution for the Pepsi UK vending division of the company. My remit was primarily the education and leisure sector to which I was very good at my job and opened and grew many accounts.  It was at this time I had a morality issue and became disillusioned with selling full sugar drinks, especially to the kids market. So after much thought and at the age of 35 with a house and mortgage I gave back the wage, company car and security of a pension plan to go back into education to study to become a PT. I decided I wanted to directly to increase the longevity of peoples life.

Once qualified I started off as an outdoor mobile personal trainer. I trained my clients in Tamworth Castle grounds teaching people how to train themselves in the great outdoors in fresh air using everyday objects such as kerbs, benches, steps, bridges, railings to name a few to keep themselves fit. I also used to train clients in alternative locations such as Woods, Quarries and private land. Due to my age and experience of a stressful corporate life the majority of my clients where similar aged corporate professionals. I quickly discovered reasons behind many females not wanting to go to gyms for fear of intimidation. It wasn’t just the training my clients came for it was also the motivation and education. To this day I still train my first ever PT client.

I maintained my outdoor training company for many years and then branched into weekly group training on top of my one to one business. I kept the same theme of outdoor training and would train my group outdoor. In bad weather or in the winter I hired out a multi story car park in Tamworth which held secure parking and allowed me to continue to offer an ‘open air’ feel of training to the group with secure lighting for health and safety. This environment allowed me to set up circuits with equipment where most of my outdoor training relied entirely on everyday objects. We still operate these classes today under The Fitness Junction banner.

A year or so down the line I met up with another PT, Andy who is now one of The Fitness Junctions Directors, we decided to keep a group training feel and purchased shipping containers to use as a base and rented a plot of land offering PT and limited weekly group training sessions. Within a year we took a risk and decided to put an offer in on a run down old mill and grade II listed building in Tamworth which was in fact the UKs first ever powered steam mill. Through Andy I was introduced to Keith another PT from within the local area who is now the 3rd Director. Over the past two years our business has grown and we now offer a fully furnished state of the art Private Members Fitness Lounge with multiple PT professionals, Fitness Advisors, Boxercise Instructors, Group Training Instructors, Customer service staff, Massagers and Holistic Therapists, Relax Kids Coaches along with Mental Health Well Being Counsellors to name a few.

Today The Fitness Junction Group Limited offers over 120 group classes each month, Personal Training and a fully equipped members gym. 90% of our members are females as they feel comfortable coming and if they comfortable they will continue to come back, if they come back they will encourage consistency and within the fitness environment consistency is the key to achieving results and maintaining them. Come and say hi, it will be nice to meet you…

Qualifications

  • Diploma in Personal Training with Referred Populations Level 3
  • Functions of the Human Body Knowledge
  • Concepts of Fitness
  • The Skeleton
  • Bones & Joints
  • Ante/Post Natal
  • The Muscular System
  • Muscle & Muscle Action
  • Kinesiology
  • Cardio-Respiratory Systems Endocrine System
  • Food & Calorie Knowledge Nutrition
  • Cardio Vascular, Resistance & Free Weight Knowledge
  • Individual Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaires & Health & Safety Screening
  • Warm Up & Preparatory Stretching Posture
  • Cardio Vascular Practical Applications & Equipment
  • Teaching & Instructional Skills
  • Resistance Training & Practical Applications
  • Free Weights & Health & Safety Use
  • Safe Lifting & Spotting Techniques
  • Cool-Down Practical Applications
  • Advanced Resistance Training Knowledge
  • Basic Resistance Training techniques
  • Resistance Training Variables
  • Resistance Training For Health Benefits
  • Lower Body & Trunk Exercises
  • Upper Body Exercises

Styles of Training

  • Pulse Raising Techniques
  • Dynamic Flexibility Routines
  • Older Adult Training
  • Fat Reduction
  • Functional Training
  • Core Strengthening
  • Specific Heart Rate Intensity Training
  • Advanced Indoor & Outdoor Cardio Training
  • Advanced Indoor & Outdoor Resistance Training
  • Lactic Acid Threshold Training
  • Creatine Phosphate Training
  • Fast Twitch & Slow Twitch Muscle Fibre Training
  • Pre- exhaust Training
  • Post -exhaust Training
  • Negative Training
  • Forced Repetition Training
  • Drop Set Training
  • Super Set Training
  • Isolation Training
  • Tri-set Training
  • Muscular Endurance Training
  • Muscular Hypertrophy Training
  • Muscular Strength Training
  • Muscular Power Training
  • Plyometric Training
  • Speed Agility Blasts
  • Energy System Resistance & Strengthening Training
  • VO2 Max & Training Performance
  • Recovery Training
  • Full Marathon Fatigue Programmes
  • Half Marathon Fatigue Programmes
  • 10k Preparation Programmes
  • 5k Preparation Programmes
  • Explosive Power Development
  • De-Acceleration Development
  • Reverse Muscle Strengthening Techniques in a Cardiovascular Session
  • Postural Exercises
  • Rehabilitation Exercises
  • PNF Stretching

Andy Dolan

  • BSc Sports & Exercise Science
  • Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Psychology of Sport
  • Studied Diploma in Personal Training with Lifetime Fitness
  • Traditional Boxing technique
  • Boxing Pad Work
  • Boxing Combinations
  • Heavy Punch Bag Routines
  • Boxing Pair Work
  • Catering for boxing for beginners to professional sports people

Keith Clarke

  • Level 3 Personal Trainer
  • Focuses training clients for strength and muscle gains.
  • Kettle bell Qualified
  • A complete nutrition geek. I love reading and learning about nutrition and latest research.
  • 6 plus years as a Royal Marine Commando. Serving in all corners of the World including operational tours.
  • The Marines have a reputation for being an elite fighting force where by only 0.01% of those who apply actually finish training. You don’t get given a Green Beret, you earn it!
  • Specialising in male transformations. Busy guys who want to be strong and lean.

Laura Reeves

Level 3 Advanced Personal Training.

Indoor cycling

Specialisms

  • Muscle building
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Fat loss
  • Flexibility
  • PNF stretching
  • Reverse dieting
  • Metabolic damage
  • Eating disorder coaching and recovery
  • Injury prevention
  • Injury rehabilitation
  • Lower back pain treatment

Ive been both training and working as a PT for over 8 years. I have an infectious enthusiasm for training, especially strength and conditioning, and know that with the correct structured training regime, a balanced nutrition programme and personalised supplementation, with time, effort, support and consistency, anyone can get the results they deserve.

Jeff Maye

 

Studied martial arts, to a high level. An experienced enthusiastic and focused guy, who is committed to safeguarding and promoting the education and wellbeing of clients at all times, With over 25 working years within the fitness industry, I’m able to establish a supportive relationship not only with clients, but with fellow instructors, all with the aim of promoting and reinforcing independence and self-esteem.

Personal summary

Gym instructor ; Free weights /cardio

Martial arts ; Tae kwon do 2 dan /aikido 2 dan

Personal trainer

Fitness classes include ; body tone, boxercise, circuits ,boxing techniques ,pad work , sparring

Advice on healthy eating/ lifestyle

Matthew Stanton

Level 3 personal trainer with multitude of group class qualifications such as spinning, circuits, exercise etc…

8 years experience in the fitness industry training both private and group sessions indoors and outdoors.

Football background : 6 years in total at both Aston villa and Birmingham city academies.

I like to keep my sessions as varied as possible so clients never repeat a session. I hope to help people increase fitness, improve both strength and technique throughout the entire body and tone up in the process.

Scott Chapman

level 2

  • Gym instructor
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Principals of exercise and fitness

Biography

I’ve never always had a passion for exercise until I got introduced to it 5 years ago due to being overweight and some health problems but I turned my life around for the better. I now have the passion to help people do the same and achieve their own goals through fitness and exercise in the best way I can. I always try to create a fun and healthy training environment that doesn’t only motivate and educate the clients but to challenge themselves in a fun but rewarding way!

Sarah de Hamel

 

Exercise has been a part of my life for a number of years and I have long been a keen runner. The stress this put on my legs after intensive training for a number of years however, started to become too much and so I began to focus on other ways to train, in particular functional ways to develop strength and conditioning.

I have since gone on to qualify as a Fitness Instructor and a Personal Trainer. I currently enjoy putting together group sessions to challenge the individual. I like to keep learning and blend new knowledge with time tested techniques to ensure each session I plan is different. I think it’s important to ensure that everyone feels a sense of achievement when they engage in fitness activities and so I aim to motivate with positive praise in a personable manner.

Gareth Hudson

 

From a young age I have competed in many different types of sport including Football, Tennis, Golf and Surfing. Following an injury I gained over 4 stone in weight. Losing this and regaining my fitness proved harder than expected and there were times I was ready to give up. This was down to the fact that I was trying to do it with very little knowledge of diet and exercise and the fact that I was trying to do it alone! That’s when I decided to become a Personal Trainer to help others to reach their ultimate goal and realise their full potential.

Losing weight and improving fitness isn’t just running on a treadmill for hours. It’s important to have a healthy balanced diet, a structured exercise plan and FUN.

Qualifications

 Personal Training Level 3 including:

Level 3 Advanced Gym Instructing

Nutrition and Weight Management

Personal Training in Alternative Environments

Core Stability

Ante/Post Natal Training

 Special Qualities

 I am friendly and like to think I could get on with almost anyone. I am a very good listener and understand the difficulties involved in improving health and fitness. I am 100% committed to each individual that I help and treat them to a level of service that I would expect to receive.

 

Dan Edwards

 

I’ve always had a passion for physical activity and sport from a young age. Playing rugby and boxing were my main hobbies during my teen years. However after an injury to my lower back (spondylosis) I had to give them up. It was then that I decided to join a gym to keep my general fitness levels and gain some strength.

After a few years I decided to take my personal training qualification, and then went on to study strength and conditioning at university. This has gave me a great insight into many different styles of training, from the average gym goer to athlete development.

Qualifications

Level 3 personal trainer

Bootcamp instructor

Bsc. (Hons) Strength and conditioning

Qualities

Training with me will always be fun and enjoyable (even for the gymophobics) as I’m enthusiastic and want my clients to reach their goals!

My style of training is functional, intense and strength based… as strength is a fundamental behind every movement in life (also prevents injury).

My sessions will be challenging but rewarding for those that stick with it.

My specialities include:

increasing overall fitness, size, strength and glute training methods

Helen Martin

I found dance and I never loved back, I lllooooovvvveeeeee it. I have always been into fitness running marathons, triathlon etc and one day I happened upon a street dance class….. it changed everything for me. I travelled all over and did every class I could. I learnt my history and embraced my passion, and now I get to share that with you.

We all know that interval training is considered the best kind of exercise to get results and that’s exactly what dance is. However it has so many other benefits thrown in, we get to enjoy music,  embrace creativity, laugh, smile and general have a blooming good time, you will work out without realising your working out.

No experience is required as long you have a heart beat you have rhythm. There’s no need to feel self conscious or worry that I will have had spinning on your head, we all work together and everyone’s welcome, just have to embrace ya inner kid, back to when we didn’t worry about dancing in public or what we looked at.

Forever Young.

Dancing is tremendously beneficial in keeping us young. It retards the aging process immensely. It benefits our heart, cardiovascular system and increases our lung capacity.

Strong Bones

Lubricated Joints. Dance aids in the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis for men and women. Dancing can also help keep joints lubricated in order to prevent arthritis.

Calorie Blaster

Dance exercises our bodies to allow for increased circulation. It helps us burn those calories away, while improving our stamina.

Better Blood

New research has discovered that it is necessary to measure both good and bad cholesterol levels when determining our health. Dancing aids in lipid control, which raises our HDL (good cholesterol), and lowers our LDL (bad cholesterol). Dancing is also great for diabetics because it aids in blood sugar control.

Mental Mastery

Dance improves our memory by making us recall steps, routines and dance patterns making it a great mental exercise for our brains. The big benefit is that increasing mental exercise keeps your mind young, quick, alert and open. Dancer strengthens our stabilizer muscles, while protecting our core and keeping us less prone to injury in our daily lives. Dancing also aids in co-ordination and helps strengthen our reflexes. It is a great way to keep our Central Nervous System and Peripheral Nervous System in tip-top shape by improving the connection of our bodies to our mind.

Socially Satisfying

Dancing is recreational and entertaining. It creates a social life for us, while affording us the opportunity to make new friends. Friends helps us grow, make us laugh and support us as we learn.Culturally Diverse. Dancing has no cultural barriers. People from all parts of the world, with different ideologies, meet on the dance floor. Cultural interaction improves our health by expanding our mind and sharing our experiences. It helps us establish our self-confidence and self-discipline. It improves the harmony between our mind and body, giving us a sense of well-being.

I trained with Richard calander (the biggest loser) and obtain the urban funk qualification. I have danced with professions from all over the world. I’ve performed at the Hippodrome and danced in competitions but my passion is creating a routine and teaching. There is no feeling like teaching someone something they thought wasn’t possible…. i have taught at the international fitness convention and at various international events. We laugh we smile and there are no limits no restrictions and no excuses xx

Gina Humphries

Hi everyone I’m Gina, just a little bit about myself for you !!  I first met Simon McNeilly just over 3 years ago when I decided to try out My Fitness Family, I really needed to lose some weight  , exercise had never been something that I enjoyed, in fact I hated it! My first session, well, I think I cried through most of it, i realised how unfit I was and thought it wasn’t for me , Simon gave me a good talking to and said something that stayed with me, “If it doesn’t challenge you it won’t change you”, consistency is key!! I stuck to it with his guidance and support and the support of the members to and soon started to loose weight, 3 stone in fact!

When I first went to the fitness junction I really thought that they had made a huge mistake, the place was very unloved, it needed a lot of work. I met Andy and Keith, they were all so lovely and so enthusiastic about the place  it was quite infectious, I was soon there paint brush in hand willing to help out where I could, I wanted them to succeed, there dream was becoming reality!

After all their hard work they have made this place such a special place to train, they are committed to their members and get to know them all and what makes them tick, the hardest thing to a new member is walking through those doors, but once you do, you will never look back. The Fitness Junction isn’t just a gym it’s got a great feel about the place, the personal trainers are all lovely people, fantastic at their jobs, and approachable  and the members are wonderful to, everyone encourages each other! I love it so much they asked me to work with them Xx ❤

Adam Barton

In may 2015 my marriage broke up and I really didn’t know which way to turn so I contacted Simon McNeilly and asked if he could help me.

We met for a consultation and from that moment he has been there for me every step of the way. Not only has he helped me to enjoy training and exercise but with his help and guidance I’m such a better and stronger person physically and mentally.
From my own personal experience I know how it feels to not feel good about yourself whether that’s how you look or mentally.
I was 3 stone heavier and and very insecure about myself but that has all changed since I have been training with these great guys.
Andy and Keith have been a massive part of where I am now as well as they  have been a big influence.
When I was asked to work at the fitness junction I jumped at the chance as it’s a one off place. When I say one off I mean it’s a place that’s very homely, very friendly and fun from start to finish. You won’t find any egos here.
For you to fully understand you really need to come and see the place for yourself.
Pop in and come and see us.
We’re a friendly bunch..
Adz x

Lorna Capal

 

My name is Lorna and I am a soft tissue and sports massage therapist.  I have run my own clinic  for the last five years helping clients from all walks of life.  I have a level 5 Remedial and Sports Massage diploma and am registered member of the ‘Sports Massage Association (SMA)’.

 

I have worked with sporting people from rugby players to weight lifters and many cyclists, aiding them to reach their goals and to ensure their bodies are performing at an optimal level as well as being aware of what their bodies are doing.  I also help clients to maintain good muscular function to avoid injury, recover from injury or surgery.  I have worked at many events including UCI World Masters Track cycling, Crossfit, half marathon and triathlon.

 

My soft tissue therapy skills provide a relaxing massage for any persons well being and can help with stress relief.  For those people suffering from back and shoulder discomfort from poor posture and muscle tightness from sitting at a desk, then massage is truly beneficial as an ongoing treatment.

Feel Free to contact me on 07717 495374

Nigel Walton

 

Hi my name is Nigel I’m an holistic therapist and a reiki master.

I have been involved in reiki for over 10 years. Reiki is a hands on healing with the client fully clothed, it works on emotional, physical and spiritual level with each individual having their own experience. I also offer hopi ear treatments along with all aspects of massage therapy. Over the last few years I have added cupping therapy to my list of treatments, cupping helps release tight muscles very similar to deep tissue massage, as a therapist  I offer very competitive prices. With the stressful world we live sometimes it’s just nice to take time for ourselves, any more information plz feel free to contact me many thanks. 07811134761.

 

Natalie Bracher

 

Hi there. My name is Natalie and I am a Relax Kids Coach in Tamworth for children and adults.  Growing up is meant to be fun and the best time of your life but it can also be extremely tough. The day to day pressures our children, teenagers and parents face have a huge impact on their learning, future aspirations and home life. The battles with their emotional well-being can mean disruptive behavior and misdiagnosis.I offer one to one sessions, group work and family work both in schools and privately.

Role and Responsibility ; Therapeutic guidance for children and adults.

Types of sessions include ;

Empowering parents / carers

Anxiety management

Stress management

Anger management

Transition

Bullying

Self esteem and confidence building

Social skills

Relationships

Body image

Affirmation

Resilience

 

I look forward to speaking to you in confidence very soon.

Natalie Bracher (07538 476291)