Who am I?
Im Dan, a 24 year old trainer from Hartlepool.
How did I get into fitness?
When I was 11 and staring my first year in secondary school I was introduced to rugby. After only a few weeks of training and my first game I was hooked, I loved the physicality of the sport, I loved training and improving my fitness levels and developing my techniques for the role I had on the field. Rugby then became my passion all the way through to college playing weekly for my school and one of my local clubs, along with reaching Newcastle falcons school of rugby and county level. Amongst this during school I was also competing in various sports in athletics events and also cross country for the district.
At 15 and in my last year of secondary school I was introduced to the gym by an older bodybuilding friend of mine at the time. He would set me up with full body workouts 3 days a week and for days after I would be written off (looking back now I was definitely doing way more than I should of being completely new to training). That being said I was addicted and it became as passionate about the gym as I was was rugby. Lifting weights significantly helped with my rugby performance whilst at college as the opponents were getting bigger and more physical.
After a solid first year at college playing and training I took a step back from rugby. My club rugby had folded after a extremely successful season and due to regular injuries my passion for rugby died down. At this point my weight training was twice daily and by understanding of the nutritional side of things was improving and as a result I was building a solid physique. So in my second year of college at 17, I committed myself 100% to training and competed in a local bodybuilding show in which I placed 1st. Some would say because I was the only one in my age category. Nether the less the thrill of being on stage and all the positive feedback was unbelievable and drove me to the do a show the following year in a new category called men’s physique. As a completely natural competitor in a show which did not forbid PEDs (performance enhancing drugs) my size and condition was unable to match up to those who may have been using said PEDs.
Shortly after this show it was time to start university and my degree in sport and exercise science. During my time at university my body weight, ability, and goals zig zagged through the three years.
In first year I gained 20lbs (mostly fat from binge drinking and eating). Then between 1st and 2nd year I lost that weight and got shredded again to then gain more than I originally did in my first year. Then between 2nd and 3rd year I got lean for trip to America but then being in America helped me put back on a good amount of weight. Finally in third year I gained the most weight I have ever gained due to an ungodly amount of dominos and nights out. Throughout all three years I was weight training regularly and playing rugby occasionally however, as the d saying goes. You can’t out train a bad diet.
Upon graduating I knew exactly what I wanted to do and that was to help people get their health back through health and fitness. Help people get back to a healthy body fat and achieve their goals. And since summer 2017 I have been doing just that, providing a sustainable approach which I have studied and researched since starting this journey making sure that it’s easy for anyone to follow and implement in their lives.
Since then my goals change all the time once I’ve achieved the ones before them. I have completed a duathlon, a triathlon, a half marathon, still regularly weight train and still play rugby for my local club. I have also attempted to break the world record of most weight squatted in 24 hours to raise money for A smile for a child charity. However, I only managed to complete 11 hours and 1/4 of the weight (150,000kg) but I managed to raise just shy of £1200.
Now, I am back playing rugby and currently focus my training on building my performance on the field.