I’ve been a Personal Trainer for more than 10 years and am now based at Manor House Lindley where I have a private, fully equipped studio, although I also offer home visits. I provide personal training for individuals and small groups of friends who wish to train together. Mainly specialising in circuit training, kettlebells and other forms of strength training, I design and plan programs tailored to the specific needs and goals of my clients, there is no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to designing effective training plans. Please read the reviews on this site to get an idea of what training with me is like and I look forward to hearing from you.
My name is Liam and I am a Personal Trainer based at the Manor House Lindley, Huddersfield where I have a private, fully equipped, heated and air conditioned gym and personal training studio. Having been a coach for more than 10 years and specialising in circuit training, kettlebells, boxing and other forms of strength training, I have trained literally hundreds of people, male and female and of all ages and fitness abilities. I specialise in personalised training plans and programs that take into account your current fitness level and goals, your health and fitness history and your lifestyle to make sure that you get the most out of each training session and that you see and feel improvements and progress as quickly as possible.
From March 2019, due to demand I am increasing the days and hours I am available for bookings so am now finally taking on selected new clients! This extra availability will as always fill up quickly and to ensure that I am able to continue to give the focussed, specific and personalised training that I pride myself on, I will only take on new clients who are serious about making a difference to their health, fitness and lifestyle.
Personal training is though a two way street. I will always give your training session 100%, will plan each session taking account of your ability and goals and any injuries or weakness, as well as your current progress and performance in previous training sessions. We’ll identify the areas or training styles that you find particularly difficult and challenging and we’ll constantly monitor your progress, again tailoring each PT session so that you get the absolute maximum benefit from the time available. In return I ask that you also always give 100% to your training, that you try your best at each session even when the going gets tough and it seems like you’ll never get through it! You need to trust me and the personalised training sessions and long term fitness plans I create for you. You need dedication and consistency if you’re to see results. We need to work together.
Should you require it, we will also look through your current diet and food plans and look at where we can begin to make changes. I do not believe in short term crash or fad diets, fasting and unrealistic plans, we will instead look at making small changes to your usual weekly diet routine that you can implement long term. Most clients that come to me keep a strict food diary for the first couple of weeks at least so that we can assess areas and habits that need immediate attention. Some however keep a continuous food diary, they find that the act of having to fill out the journal every time they eat or drink gives them the accountability they need and the motivation to stick to the program.
As this is one of the rare times that I have spaces available for new clients, I am for the next couple of weeks offering a first training session free of charge so that you can meet me, have a look around the gym, see what training is like and ask any questions you may have! Of course references from current clients are always available and there are I believe several reviews from my clients on this site already.
Although I have very limited availability, I also offer home visits for those that for whatever reason cannot make it to the gym or studio. I noticed last year that a lot of the enquires I was getting for personal training were from those that work from home, are looking after children or other family members and simply could not find the time or opportunity to get to the gym. For those that find themselves in this situation I will instead come to your house bringing all of the training equipment / kettlebells we will need. All I require from you is a safe space large enough to train in. This may be a garage with decent head height or garden on one of our rare warm, dry days. I even have some clients that like to train in their living rooms, the location is completely up to you, as long as there is enough space and we’re unlikely to damage anything then I’ll come up with a training session to fully utilise whatever space and equipment we have available! (Home visit requests must be within easy/realistic travelling distance of Holmfirth or Lindley please)
As regards my own fitness and lifestyle history, I have been training in one form or another for most of my life. At a young age I started with judo, cross country running and rugby union until I discovered the gym in my early twenties. I then focussed more on training for strength and size although admittedly my opportunity and dedication was lacking as I was at the time working very long and unsociable hours as a manager in the hospitality industry. By my mid thirties though I was still in the gym and although I was mostly training with a size and strength bias, I had started to dedicate more of my time and energy on expanding my skills and knowledge and ultimately pursuing a career in fitness.
First up I decided to increase my overall fitness and took up running alongside my regular training, short distances at first but I soon built that up to 10k and eventually half marathon. After a brief foray into triathlon (I simply wasn’t very good at swimming or riding a bike so soon realised that it wasn’t for me), I instead concentrated on increasing my distance running eventually completing several UK half and full marathons as well as the Cyprus Marathon (Limassol) twice, the Majorca Marathon and my greatest fitness achievement so far The Sahara Desert Marathon (Run The Sahara). For the Sahara Marathon we lived for a week in the Sahawari refugee camp in the middle of the Algerian Sahara, sharing a tent with a host family before the day of the event towards the end of the week. Although I was never particularly fast, I held my own completing the Sahara Marathon in 5:09 and a marathon PB of 3:48. Around this time I also climbed Mount Toubkal in Morocco, a fantastic and challenging hike up and down staying in camps along the way.
Next came kettlebell training and I dedicated most if not all of my training time to my goal of competing on the international stage in Girevoy Sport or sport kettlebell lifting. I was coached by Eddie Sheehan of Kilkenny Ireland, Gregor Sobocan of Ljubljana Slovenia and Absolute World Champion, European Champion, World Record Holder and Russian Champion Ivan Denisov. I went on to compete many times, here and abroad, up to European level and won multiple medals gold, silver and bronze. At this time I also qualified as a kettlebell instructor with several different organisations including travelling to Athens to train and qualify with the IKFF and Steve Cotter.
I then created the team Yorkshire Kettlebell Club and we went on to compete successfully in almost every girevoy sport tournament throughout the UK and Ireland, indeed several of the members who started with YKC are now competing on the world stage and are consistently taking medals against some of the best kettlebell lifters in the world. As an extra to the kettlebell lifting we even formed a powerlifting team training the traditional squat, bench press and deadlift and again competing several times in the UK. The interesting thing however about our powerlifting team was that our members were mostly female, of very mixed ages and had never done any kind of strength training or weightlifting before training with me!
Additionally I trained with the famous US strength coach Mike Mahler in London learning his Aggressive Strength system, and became a qualified Olympic Lifting Coach with British Weightlifting.
More recently I again returned to strength training and took up Strongman, going onto compete in several competitions around the UK including Yorkshire’s and Lincolnshire’s strongest and the Bodypower expo. Nowadays however my training is more varied as my focus is on progressing and competing in the martial art BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu). To be successful in BJJ, aside from the highly complex and technical aspects of the sport, my fitness needs to be at a different level. It demands incredible strength, endurance and flexibility as well as the cardio fitness of a long distance runner! It is of course a work in progress but as with everything, dedication and consistency is key and although I’m a long way from where I’m aiming for, I can feel progress week on week.
If you’d be interested in finding out more about training with me or booking a first free trial session, please email me or call 07873 603615.
I look forward to hearing from you!