From day 1 (back in early 2001) my goal for Sports Fitness Advisor has been to offer scientifically-backed exercise tips and training plans.
When it comes to fitness, the Web is littered with subjective opinion, sweeping generalisations and lots (lots!) of hype.
I'm a strong believer in evidence-based content - content that is backed up by 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 simply my personal opinion - it's what I have interpreted as the conclusions of sports scientists around the world. These scientists don't have ulterior motives, they aren't trying to sell you a magic pill and they aren't in the back pocket of a large supplement company. Well, mostly.
I have a 1st Class Honours Degree from Edge Hill University in Sports Science, specilaising in Exercise Physiology and Training Methods.
I was a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), which is like a personal trainer but for athletes, for a number of years. However, it's important to know that I have let that qualification lapse. It requires an ongoing cost and commitment to maintain a certain number of professional credits - something I haven't done in recent years. So I can no longer call myself a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist.
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, in particular Cystic Fibrosis.
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.
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