From day 1 (back in early 2001) my goal for Sports Fitness Advisor has been to offer scientifically-backed exercise and fitness advice.
When it comes to fitness, the Web is littered (make that saturated) with subjective opinion, sweeping generalizations and lots (lots!) of hype.
I'm a strong believer in evidence-based content... content that is backed up by real and credible scientific research. That's why you'll see a list of references at the bottom of most of my articles.
In simple terms - what you read on this site is NOT just my personal opinion. It's the conclusion of sports scientists around the world... scientists who don't have ulterior motives, that aren't trying to sell you a magic pill and that aren't in the back pocket of a large supplement company.
I believe I'm qualified and experienced enough to talk with authority about getting fit, for sport or for life. Here are my credentials:
I have a 1st Class Honours Degree in Sports Science and I'm a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) - like a personal trainer but for athletes.
I also hold qualifications from the British Olympic Weightlifting Association, the English Football Association and I'm a Certified Personal Trainer.
I've been fortunate enough to work with a wide range of people from very different ends of the fitness spectrum. As an Exercise Physiologist in the NHS I helped patients recovering from major heart surgery and with severe respiratory disease.
I spend most of my time these days writing fitness-related content of some form or another. I still like to work with people on a one-to-one basis - I just don't get up at 5am to see clients anymore!
I can't promise to answer every question personally but I do read everything. The most common and popular questions are addressed in my newsletter.
To contact me please use this form.
Recommended Workouts & Training Programs
If you're going to spend time and energy getting your body into great shape (either for a sport or self-esteem) you deserve to get the very best results for your efforts...
Instead of spending hours upon hours sifting through the junk online, you might want to look at these 12 recommended programs. This is my short-list of outstanding fitness resources that cover everything from fat loss to speed training.
It takes a lot to get on that list. I'm hard to please. I IGNORE hype and use proven sports science to make my judgements.