Check out what some of our Progressive Fitness Community have to say about us:
Caroline and Louise
Anna said: –“I’ve been training with Progressive Fitness for quite a few years now, first at Boot Camp and more recently at the Unit, together with personal training sessions over the past couple of years. When I first started Boot Camp I couldn’t run half a mile and could manage only one or two press-ups and a couple of sit-ups.
You have given me the tools in terms of physical training, nutritional support and knowledge I needed to achieve my goals, but it goes so much further than that. The encouragement and support I have had from you and the Progressive Fitness community has been phenomenal.
Over the years I have been inspired to push myself to set goals that previously seemed unachievable. Challenging and varied training in a supportive, encouraging and fun environment has meant that I have gone far beyond what I had hoped to achieve when I took that step outside of my comfort zone and came to that first Boot Camp session at Prospect Park.
As I said at the beginning when I started Boot Camp I couldn’t run half a mile. Yesterday I did something I’ve always wanted to do – I ran the London Marathon.
Thank you for everything James!”
“I first started training with James last summer when I heard about his morning boxing boot camps in Prospect Park. I really enjoyed those, so much actually that I was disappointed that there were only two a week!
So when I heard he was opening the Unit I was massively up for joining so that I could fit in more sessions during the early morning slot which is the only time that fits in with my work routine.
James is a great bloke and really knows his stuff and always makes sure the sessions are challenging yet still open to all levels, You certainly get the opportunity to push yourself. He also had a great knack for giving just the right amount of 1-2-1 time in group sessions so you always feel it’s about you. He also helps you think about and set simple goals and track your progress which has really helped.
Debbie said:“Really enjoying the challenge of a variety of classes and the way they can stretch me in different ways – cardio, strength and flexibility! Loving the early sessions and the great feeling to starting the day! Great support to get techniques right and constant encouragement too. James always gets that extra bit from me that I would not find motivation for in a general gym just plodding on my own. He is genuinely passionate about each individual meeting their personal targets with lots of advice not only about exercise but also about good healthy eating, keeping regular measurements recorded to show progress made. I am far stronger and fitter now than I have been in years and at 55 that’s an amazing feeling – nothing beats it! And I WILL do that box jump – soon!”
Ian said:“Having been told by my doctor my blood sugar level was over 18 and a normal reading should have been below 6 and weighing over 23 stone and approaching 43 years of age. I was concerned about my health both now and in the future and I was worried I may not make it to age 60.
With this in mind, I decided to join the local gym, however after about 4 weeks of exercise and diet my weight was not going down and I was starting to feel low and wanted to give up.
On some of my visits to the gym, I notice some members were receiving one to one help and I decided to approach James and he initially gave me his business card.
I contacted James and we arranged an initial meeting and he asked me why I needed to see a Personal Trainer. James explained how he could help me to achieve my goals in losing weight and improve my fitness.
I decided to give it a go and booked a course of fitness sessions.
James designed a fitness program and gave me good advice on what to eat and what not to eat and set me achievable goals to fulfil.
The sessions were always varied and James always showed me encouragement and support to help me achieve my goals. Over the coming weeks my weight was falling off and my overall fitness was improving.
In short over the last two years, I have lost 6 stone and my blood sugar level, blood pressure and cholesterol are all normal and I am not on any form of medication. I now feel a lot better in myself and I no longer have a complex of people staring at me due to my weight. I am even happy now to take my top off at the beach.
I owe James a lot of thanks and I still continue to see James once every two weeks to make sure I keep on track and do not fall back into my old ways.
If anybody wants to speak to me please ask James for my number.”
Rob said:“I started personal training with James in May 2008 as a way to gain weight and improve my strength and fitness levels, which to be honest were pretty poor! Straight away James said he would be able to help me achieve what I wanted and I started training with him in the gym lifting weights twice a week. He’s kept the training varied so I would never know what to expect from a session and most importantly he’s kept encouraging me and made training with him fun. As someone who had never lifted weights before we started out on light weights to build up some initial strength before progressing onto heavier weights and having lots of fun with kettlebells – which really shakes weight training up!
When, in December, I decided to enter the Reading Half Marathon, which was only three months away, he drew up a training program for me to build me up from someone who could barely run at all to someone who has run 13.1 miles! All through my training for the half marathon James has been instrumental at keeping me motivated and encouraging me when my legs have wanted to pack up! He also mixed up my runs with interval training to improve my recovery times, which really helped a lot on the day, as I ran much quicker than I was expecting and finished the run in just over 2 hours!
Since meeting James a year ago I’ve gone from being an inactive couch potato to someone who is not only fitter, stronger and overall healthier, but also someone who has been able to run a half marathon – and this has all been down to the expert instruction and constant encouragement of James.”
Dave said:“Started my regime this morning, great facilities, good trainer. Was exactly what I wanted and I look forward to my future classes that have been designed to meet my needs! Thanks James!!!”
“A gem of a place! have tried all the classes and they are brilliant already feel the benefit with James he really makes you work hard and motivates you.”