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Simon McNeilly

Personal Trainer

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
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