Meet the Team


Founder and Head Coach – James Parker

James has been a keen sports and fitness fanatic since a child and was always an “outdoors” kind of person. This passion led him to a career in the British Army Infantry where he eventually trained as an Army Physical Training Instructor (PTI). When James’ service in the Army came to a natural end, he became a personal trainer and set up Progressive Fitness Training in 2006.

Since then his Fitness Boot Camps have become renowned in the Reading area and it is the community spirit shown by our fantastic Boot Campers which has in part inspired James to set up the Progressive Fitness Unit.

James has completed many training courses, diversifying his experience and has worked with a variety of clients from children to adults, sports players to complete beginners and clients with specific physical needs.

When James has any down-time from work he spends it with his wife and three children. He is a keen runner (comes in handy running after the children), enjoys lifting weights and loves to box (undefeated and retired after winning his one and only white collar fight!).

Phil Mace – Personal Trainer and Class Instructor

Phil is an ex army commando who has competed in almost everything ranging from a biathlon 400 miles north of the Arctic Circle to a half marathon in the desert.
He is currently working on barefoot running so if you see him with no shoes, don’t worry he hasn’t lost them!

He is also an ultra runner and a vegan.





Josh Belle – Personal Trainer

Josh joined the Progressive Fitness team in 2015 after qualifying as a Level 3 Personal Trainer with Premiere Training. Josh looks after some of our personal training clients and will be running some of our strength classes. He has a real interest in strength and conditioning training .

He enjoys playing football or watching it, as well as watching MMA. Training is pretty much a hobby for him so in his spare time you are most likely to find him in the gym! He is working towards building athletic endurance while still retaining optimal strength and definition aesthetically.





Yulia Wind- Pilates & Yoga Coach and Rehabilitation Therapist

Yulia is originally from the Far East of Russia. Growing up she practiced karate and dsudo, however in 1998 she was introduced to Yoga and was hooked. Her main practice was in Ashtanga Style of Yoga, which led to teacher training with David Swenson in 2008. She has since taught in Tunisia, Egypt, Norway, India and now the UK.

Yulia now teaches Pilates as well as working as a manual and rehabilitation therapist at a physiotherapy practice. Yulia believes that better understanding of alignment and body awareness often compliments other sporting activities. Yulia takes a holistic approach to teaching, and prioritises rehabilitation and prevention of injuries by focusing on accurate, precise performance.

Yulia believes that wellbeing requires continued physical and academic learning and advancing her skills. She takes regular training expanding her knowledge in biomechanics and its application to exercise.  She is currently taking her passion to the next level with degree course to become an Osteopath. She is training in Advanced Yoga Asana Practice, bare foot running and body weight training; and she is a big fan of suspension training.


Lee Carnaby

Lee has been involved in the fitness industry since 1994, first as a coach/instructor, personal trainer then later as a director/gym owner – he currently co-operates his own facility in Eton. He holds an HND In the science and management of health and fitness, several qualifications in nutrition, personal training and is also a Crossfit L1 and L2 coach. In addition he is a fully qualified sports therapist with the IIHT.

For eight years Lee operated all corporate fitness training for the Microsoft HQ in Reading, and still has several large Corporate clients. His personal training clients have ranged from senior political figures, special forces, ironman athletes to those just wanting to feel and look better. All are given 100% individual attention and as much help as they need to hit their goals, no matter how simple or complex.

He is keen on strength training, trail and obstacle course running and is a qualified sports diver



Rachael Parker – Operations 

Rachael will be working in the back office and is self-appointed Social Secretary. A boot camp regular, she is looking forward to trying out some new claRachael Parkersses particularly the strength ones. Rachael has taken part in many events including Judgement Day, Nuts Challenge, Reading Half Marathon, Endure 24 and Blenheim Triathlon. In 2016 she will be doing Ride London 100.



John Cunningham – Commercial Director

john cunninghamThought we’d best give John a mention given that he has supported this amazing venture! Many of you will know him from Boot Camp; John has spent his life exercising, competing at a high level on his road bike and since then in many running events. In his spare time he will be found in the garden, with his many children and grandchildren, or (hopefully) cleaning the Unit.