Matt is our Youth Strength and Conditioning teacher, running classes on a Monday nights at 4:45pm.

Tell us about your fitness journey: Where did you train? What are the significant moments in your career so far?

I started out as a good sportsman playing football, cricket and basketball at County level, and had a keen interest in all sport from an early age. My career in sport started when I left the Army, and went to the University of Portsmouth to study my BSc (Hons) in Water Sports Science and my MSc in Applied Sports Performance. During my MSc and beyond I have worked with GB athletes from the sports of surfing, triathlon, cycling and surf lifesaving. I have been fortunate to work with some exceptionally talented athletes, but my most significant success had=s been working in the community with older populations, and seeing one client who has suffered with Parkinson’s become more mobile and complete the 5km Race for Life.

Who were/are your mentors or influencers?

I have had many mentors who have all helped to contribute in some way to my knowledge and understanding of sport and fitness, and couldn’t possibly single anyone or thing out as a defining influence.

What inspires you when you put a class programme together? Is it the music, the participants, the ethos of your class or something else?

My inspiration comes from two things: overall aim of the class, but most importantly the participants.

What would it surprise your class to learn about you?

I have a European and National silver medal in speed boat racing (Inshore Rescue Boats), and was picked to go to the world championships in Australia in 2012.

Do you have a class/teaching catchphrase or motto?

Only a favourite quote from Winston Churchill: “Success is the ability to go from failure to failure without a lack of enthusiasm.”

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