MEET THE TEAM

REECE PARSONS

PERSONAL TRAINER

OLLIE PORTCH

PERSONAL TRAINER

DAISY FOYLE

PERSONAL TRAINER

VAL SIMPSON

PERSONAL TRAINER

JAMIE SAUNDERS

BOXING COACH

JAMES ALLEN

PERSONAL TRAINER

SAM WILLIAMSON

PERSONAL TRAINER

PAUL PARKER

PERSONAL TRAINER + S&C COACH

RICHARD TURNER

PERSONAL TRAINER

AIDAN STREAT

PERSONAL TRAINER + SPORTS REHAB SPECIALIST

RICHARD PAYNE

PERSONAL TRAINER

HANNAH ARMAH

PERSONAL TRAINER

LIVI CHAPPEL

PERSONAL TRAINER

JAMES BLANCHARD

CO-OWNER + PERSONAL TRAINER

JOE BIRCH

CO-OWNER + PERSONAL TRAINER

JIMMY SYKES

PERSONAL TRAINER

REECE PARSONS

PERSONAL TRAINER
Education: BSc in Sport & Exercise Science, currently studying for RSPH Level 4 Advanced Nutrition and Weight Management
Favourite film: Gladiator
Death Row meal: Starter: calamari. Main course: bacon cheeseburger with chips and a pint. Dessert: warm cookie dough and ice cream.
Hi everyone, Reece here. Over the past three years and 5000 hours of personal training sessions I've built up my speciality of body transformations. I really pride myself on not only changing people in terms of how they look, but also in their mindset in terms of how they feel towards their nutrition and training.

During my university course, I studied abroad in Oklahoma for a year. It was here where I visited some of the best and biggest gyms in the US, and in doing so discovered my passion for gaining muscle and strength and fat loss.

At university I captained the university's 1st XV rugby team to a promotion and a varsity win. However, with reoccuring injuries I had to undergo shoulder surgery which led to me retiring and hanging up my boots. This led for me to seek out my next challenge where I fell in love with competitive bodybuilding. This passion, continue hunger to develop my knowledge and practice along with my enthusiasm for helping my clients achieve their goals makes me an ideal choice for those of you looking to transform your body, whether that be for fat loss or muscle gain.

I look forward to meeting you all in the gym - keep an eye out for the guy with bright red hair and terrible banter - that's me!

If you'd like to work with Reece, click here.

OLLIE PORTCH

PERSONAL TRAINER
Education: BSc in Sports Science & Football
Practical Experience: 7000 hours of 1-2-1 & group personal training. Diet and training prep for a fitness modelling competition and photoshoot.
Favourite TV show/film: The Sopranos.
Favourite drink: Margarita. Tequila. Stella!
Hey guys, my name is Ollie and I'm a personal trainer here at FORM. I've had the pleasure of working with clients for 6 years now, starting my personal training journey shortly after graduating from the Liverpool John Moores University back in 2015.

My passion for health and fitness stems from a childhood filled with various sporting activities; biking, skateboarding and football to name but a few. I was always relatively small in comparison to the boys in my year, however this did little to stunt my growing interest in sport. Football was (and still is) my favourite sport to play, and from the age of 9 I was playing almost every weekend throughout my childhood and teenage years. I first joined a gym at 16, and although it was a slow burner at first, I soon became addicted to the feeling of getting stronger physically and mentally as I began to put some muscle on my small frame.

After a year of strength training and my ever growing love for Football, it was an easy decision to pursue a career that involved those interests. So at the age of 18 I made the decision to enrol as a student at LJMU to study Science & Football, with the view to gaining a degree to work as a Strength & Conditioning coach at a football club. Spending 3 years in the wonderful city of Liverpool was certainly a lot of fun for many reasons, but after a great experience working as a Strength & Conditioning coach at the Tranmere Rovers academy, I realised that I loved working with people - but not the idea of working in professional sport. It was at this point that I realised that working with the general population was the natural progression from these findings, and shortly after graduating, I was lucky enough to land a job at a local gym which offered in house training to become a Personal Trainer.

6 years later I’ve not looked back, I love doing what I do day in day out and I can’t see myself doing anything else. It’s great to be able to use what I’ve learnt over the years to help others improve themselves and work towards goals of their own. So whether it’s dropping some body fat for a holiday, to get stronger to keep up with your kids, or to generally just feel better about yourself, I’m happy to help!

If you'd like to work with Ollie, click here.

DAISY FOYLE

PERSONAL TRAINER
Education: Level 3 Personal Trainer
Favourite childhood TV show/film:
Favourite drink:
Hello everyone, Daisy here! Since the age of 16, I've enjoyed going to and training in the gym. I started sharing training sessions with my mum, and ever since I've loved the feeling of achievement and the serotonin boost you get after a good session!

Having completed my level 3 personal training qualification at the largest gym in London, it confirmed to me that I don't want to spend my life in an office all day, but instead have the satisfaction of helping people improve themselves and achieving their goals. I love working here at FORM in a relaxed and fun environment that makes people feel motivated and positive.

Training isn't all about changing the visible - things like looking more muscular and leaner. It's just as important there's a focus on feeling stronger, happier, more confident and enjoying each session!

As the youngest member of the team, I may not have as much experience as the rest of my colleagues, but I have just as much passion and enthusiasm for the job. Talk to me about your goals and we'll work together to achieve them.

If you'd like to work with Daisy, click here.

VAL SIMPSON

PERSONAL TRAINER
Education: Level 3 Qualified Personal Training Diploma, Nutrition Advisor
Favourite childhood TV show/film: The Rocky movies on the big screen! And Twin Peaks on TV.
Favourite drink: a glass or two of red wine (French Pinot Noir or Argentinian Malbec)
Hi, I'm Val, Personal Trainer here at FORM and one half of The Health Boost.

After a career in banking in Paris and London, I took a break to spend time with my kids, and realised that there was more to life than sitting behind a desk!

In 2017, I started The Health Boost with my friend Kat, a nutritional therapist, hoping to inspire and help families by sharing our love for good, nutritious food and simple healthy lifestyle tips. That year, I also plucked up the courage to go back to studying and focus on my passion for sport and exercise. Fast forward to summer 2018, I qualified as a level 3 personal trainer. Best thing ever! This year, I will be studying for another qualification in Mental Health & Wellbeing - I love learning!

I am passionate about women's health through lifestyle, sensible personalised nutrition and balanced exercise. My training style is fun and energetic. No one session is the same and it absolutely has to be enjoyable and challenging. I am a big fan of training those of you who bring a gym buddy too!

My aim is to make you stronger and more confident in your body and what it can, and will achieve.

As a final statement from me, remember that exercise is for life, not just for January!

If you'd like to work with Val, click here.

SAM WILLIAMSON

PERSONAL TRAINER + SPORTS THERAPIST
Education: BSc in Sports Therapy - University of Hertfordshire, Member of the Society of Sports Therapists
Practical Experience: I have over four years personal training and rehabilitation experience. I've been privileged to work with a wide range of teams including Championship Rugby teams including London Welsh and London Scottish, as well as Old Reigatians RFC and Tir Chonaill Gaels Gaelic Football Club.
Favourite film: The Shawshank Redemption
Favourite drink: Morning pick me up coffee
Hey everyone, Sam here. My biggest asset is not my biceps or my calves, but instead is having a passion for motivating my clients and helping them reach their goals, whether than is being able to walk up the stairs pain free, or learning to Olympic weightlift. Alongside personal training sessions, I offer specialised rehabilitation for anything from sports specific injuries, to solving everyday aches and pains. During these sessions, a range of treatments are used, including massage therapy and mobilisations. I think living pain free should be a goal to us all.

I'm passionate about educating others and passing on my knowledge to help you understand your own body and how you can reduce the chance of injury in the future. I believe encouraging everyone to become well rounded individuals in the gym aids day to day life by using injury avoidance techniques to improve performance and general wellbeing. Together we would start by increasing range of motion, then improving weaknesses and capitalising on strengths. During my time working in several different areas, I have gained extensive knowledge on understanding and diagnosing musculoskeletal injuries. This has allowed me to help many individuals get back to the sport they love, or simply just be able to get out of bed in the morning without making funny noises!

In my own time, I use the gym to better myself - from my perspective, training is not only good for the body, but good for the mind. Alongside this, I thrive in competitive environments and jump at the chance to try new sports and activities that may challenge me. I am a down to earth, approachable guy who revels in the gym with a great sense of humour, bundles of enthuasism and terrible banter.

If you'd like to work with Sam, click here.

PAUL PARKER

PERSONAL TRAINER + STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH
Education: BSc Applied Sport & Exercise Science, MSc Strength & Conditioning, PGDip Performance Nutrition
Favourite childhood TV show/film: Old school Ready, Steady, Cook fanatic.
Favourite drink: Extra Cold Guinness or Whiskey Tonic
Hi, I'm Paul Parker. Often referred to as "Tall Paul", "TP" or "PP". I'm a performance coach and business owner (PRPerformance), dedicated and passionate about helping people reach their "better", whatever that looks like for them. I believe in providing holistic support and trying to create an environment to allow the person to thrive first and foremost, and reap the rewards as an athlete as a consequence.

As a kid, I played pretty much every sport under the sun, continuing that trend in to my early twenties where my focus rested primarily on combat sports & football. Prior to that I spent two and a half years on the GB Rowing Talent Pathway program too. This broad experience gave me an insight from an early age of both individual and team sports and what is required to be successful. My passion for sport took me to University where I fell in to strength training and then Strength & Conditioning toward the end of my BSc.

At 6ft7 I’ve always been particularly body conscious myself, and always wanted to avoid the “Crouchy” stereotype and put a bit more meat on the bones! Spending more time in the gym at uni opened my eyes to the industry as a more genuine career choice and I feel lucky to have spent my years here since! As a person, I’m curious, compassionate, and like having a positive impact on others – qualities that lend themselves to many aspects of my life. My role as a performance coach allows me to blend those characteristics with my passion for sport. But, it also leads me down the rabbit hole on random topics I’ve lost myself in at various stages in recent years, from astrophysics, to stoicism, Wabi-Sabi, and countless other weird and wonderful subjects.

Ultimately, I love what I do, and feel grateful to be able to impact other peoples lives in a positive way. Although in recent years I spent the majority of my time supporting “elite” athletes, I am certainly enjoying spending more time with members of the general pop with their own personal performance goals, whether that be general strength targets, or smashing park-run PB’s.

I want to work with people that share my curiosity for performance, I want to educate and empower those that I work with, and pass on an understanding of the “why” as opposed to just passing on the “what”.

If you'd like to work with Paul, click here.

RICHARD "DICKIE" TURNER

PERSONAL TRAINER + SPORTS MASSAGE THERAPIST
Education: BSc Sport Science and Coaching, British Weightlifting Level 2, KBT S&C Coach, Hockey Coach, Mental Health First Aider, Sport Massage Therapist Level 3
Favourite film: Batman The Dark Knight.
Favourite drink: Peanut Butter Thick Shake
Hi, I'm Rich, otherwise known to a lot of people as "Dickie". I am a PT here at FORM alongside running my corporate workplace wellbeing business, Employees Health.

My journey to where I am today started at a young age - I wasn’t the greatest or smartest of kids but the one thing I did love was sport. At the age of 15 after nearly not making through to my GCSEs, I knew I had to change my attitude. So I decided to follow the one thing which had been a consistent part of my life and that was sport, exercise and then eventually health and wellbeing.

I got into gym training at 17 to improve my performance at hockey and cricket, to build some muscle and feel more confident. Now at 31, nearly 32 I am still trying to do the same, whilst trying to counteract getting older and the beers on the weekend!

I am probably known to my colleagues at FORM as the tall loud mouth from Maidstone with a terrible laugh and even worse jokes (but now Paul has joined I might need to join the short people crew). Aside from that i am also probably know for my S&C training, using the basic foundational movements but adding in the accessories where needed to improve peoples strength, physique, weakness, mobility.

I count myself fortunate that I've had the opportunity to work within the corporate wellbeing world too. Being involved directly with my clients in the workplace away from the gym has given me a greater understanding of the challenges related to health and fitness faced by those in a corporate environment. This has led for me to take a keen interest in not only the physical improvements we can make as a result of training and nutrition, but also the beneficial effects on mindset, mood and motivation.

If you'd like to work with Dickie, click here.

AIDAN STREAT

PERSONAL TRAINER + SPORTS REHABILITATION SPECIALIST
Education: MSc in Sports Rehabilitation - St Mary's Twickenham University, BSc Sports Coaching and Education - Gloucestershire University. Over 5 years experience assessing, rehabbing, treating (through massage and other modalities) and personal training/coaching individuals.
Favourite childhood TV show/film: Tough decision between the Batman and Lord of The Rings trilogies. TV show = easy, FRIENDS!.
Favourite drink: Another easy choice, spiced rumbo and coke with lime (particularly Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum... mmm...)
Hey people, Aidan here. I'm 28 and yeah, okay, I may not look it, but I have acquired over 5 years of rehab and training experience. I'm a sports/MSK rehabilitator and a movement coach (movement coach may seem like a broad term, however, it is just a good combination of mobility/flexibility, personal training, massage as well as strength and conditioning).

I'm privileged to be a trainer here at FORM in this great team. I am also the owner of REFORM Performance Clinic, which is situated downstairs at FORM.

REFORM specialises in rehab and injury clinical assessments, among massage, personal training and arrangements of other further services. Check out my website for more: REFORM Performance Clinic

I've been working/playing in sport most of my life and I love it, particularly football, rugby, lacrosse, tennis, cycling and weight lifting. My background consists of growing up playing sport and always being involved in fitness/exercise. I decided to return to education a few years ago and after a LOT of hard work and painful days, I managed to achieve an MSc in Sports Rehabilitation.

Not everything is easy and simple, and this is why I'm saying this to you now, not to bore you with my life story but to relate. Some things take so much work and perseverance to achieve the goals you want. Sometimes it's easier to quite before you've got ahead, but know that if you're reading this you're halfway there. I won't be the person to tell you whatever goals or ambitions you have will be an easy ride, however I can tell you that if you are willing to be part of this great experience, I'd love nothing more than to help you through this journey.

In my five years of rehab experience and 8 years of training experience, I have had the privilege of treating and working with professional national elite athletes in GB Athletics, Premier League Football and International Lacrosse. My experience has allowed me to work with all different athletes and individuals of ages from 6 to 80+ years old, with various different demands, goals and injuries arising from the rigours of professional sport to every day occurences.

My main focus isn't just on treating the pain or the problem, but fixing the cause, so that you can be self sufficient with your own training/rehab program.

If you want to know how to get started on your rehab or fitness journey, I'd love to see you and speak to you. Please don't hesitate to contact me via the link below.

If you'd like to work with Aidan, click here.

HANNAH ARMAH

PERSONAL TRAINER + NUTRITIONAL THERAPIST
Education: Level 3 Personal Trainer & Nutritional Therapist. I've amassed 3000 hours of Personal Training along the way.
Favourite childhood TV show/film: a tough one... I'd say a tie for Lion King or Oliver & Company.
Favourite drink: Gin & Tonic
Growing up, I was always into physical activity, with a passion for dancing, netball and training at a local athletics club. I like to think I managed to start with a decent strong base and natural athletic ability, but I'd put half of this down to growing up with an older brother who would practice rugby tackles on me onto our sofa... daily.

I went on to work various office-based jobs and taught at a local Dance School. I then realised it was time to work towards my childhood dream of becoming a dancer, so I went on to full time professional training at The Centre Performing Arts College for two years. With the intense level of training for 8 long hours a day, extra rehearsals for exams and shows, I learned how much my body needed to be ready for the world of Performing Arts. I soon realised that I needed to keep up with the standards regardless, pushing through several injuries and not fuelling my body properly. After graduating in an unhealthy state both physically and mentally, I had lost a lot of confidence in myself and made a poor attempt to 'make it' as a dancer.

Once realising it was vital for me to learn how to keep my body strong and healthy, I decided to study as a Nutritional Therapist and Personal Trainer. I had always been confident with training myself in a gym environment and attended many of the popular 'Les Mills' classes, but I felt it was important to understand the 'why's and how's' of training. This soon turned into a real passion for me, and I found myself sharing knowledge with family and friends, which led for me to turning this into my full time career.

I want to help others create life-long lifestyle changes through smart, simple habits that can be applied to all walks of life. I am a true believer in creating sustainable results over quick fixes, helping improve client relationships with food, and getting them excited about their fitness. Over the last 4 years of teaching some pretty gruelling (but fun!) classes, I seemed to have adopted an alias that goes by 'The Smiling Assasin', take that as you will...

I have a strong passion for helping awesome females feel and look their best, whatever stage of their fitness journey. I am the kind of trainer who will always pass on some tasty recipes, support you if you're struggling or need encouragement, but will also make you train smart to get you the results you're after.

If you'd like to work with Hannah, click here.

LIVI CHAPPEL

PERSONAL TRAINER
Education: BSc Biomedical Science, King's College London with a specialism in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition
Practical experience: 4 years working in a range of teams within the NHS, including pulmonary rehab, elderly care and maternity.
Favourite childhood TV show/film: Impossible to choose between all the Harry Potter films!
Favourite drink: Whiskey sour
Hello, I'm Livi! I'm a personal trainer here at FORM as well as, along with Jimmy, half of Lift Eat Move.

I studied my BSc at King's College London in Biomedical Science and throughout my studies took a keen interest in health and fitness. This led for me to take a slant towards Exercise Physiology and Nutrition as my main focus and specialism in my degree.

I've worked in a wide range of teams in the NHS including pulmonary rehabilitation, elderly care, maternity as well as patients with diabetes, Parkinsons disease and those with cardiac conditions. This experience made me strongly believe that exercise should be accessible to everyone, not just those who slot into the traditional, narrow box of being what we'd typically associate with being fit and healthy. Exercise should be an enjoyable addition to a health lifestyle, never a punishment or a chore!

I will make sure that each session with me is a positive, empowering experience, and one that challenges your pre-conceptions of what your body is capable of, leaving you feeling better than you did at the start.

I'm more gentle in nature and more softly spoken than your typical personal trainer. However, I will nevertheless help push you to achieve your goals and realise your full potential.

If you'd like to work with Livi, click here.

JAMES BLANCHARD

CO-OWNER + PERSONAL TRAINER
Education: BSc Sport Science (first class hons.) - University of Brighton.
Practical experience: over 10,000 hours personal training and nutrition coaching with many a happy client along the way.
Favourite childhood TV/show film: it's a tie for Indiana Jones - Raiders of the Lost Ark and Star Wars - Empire Strikes Back.
Favourite drink: whisky sour
Hi, I'm James Blanchard, aka JB, co-owner here at FORM Personal Training. I'm a personal trainer, nutrition coach, prestige level ice-cream taste tester, average photographer and barbell enthusiast. I have a BSc (first class hons.) in Sport Science, I am proud to be a Mental Health First Aider and hold the FMS, CSCS and Pn1 qualifications.

Growing up, I found my teen years difficult - I grew up dealing with anxiety, depression and low self esteem. Little did I know that my therapy would come as a present at the age of 14 in the form of a set of weights. I morphed into a "bro" overnight and would follow terrible routines in magazines, doing endless sets of bicep curls in the hope of becoming a babe magnet. My biceps did get bigger, but I'm still waiting on the babe magnet part.

Even if getting bigger biceps isn't your cup of tea, here's the important part. The body that the magazine promised me ("Get Six Pack Abs in Six Weeks!") didn't quite materialise, but that didn't matter. The focus and direction that training gave me meant my confidence and wellbeing absolutely skyrocketed.

My experience without a doubt underpins my love for doing what I do. I recognise the positive effect training had on me and I take no greater pleasure in helping others do the same. This is exactly why a year after receiving that weights set, my first work experience gig was working in a gym, and it's what I've continued to do in some capacity ever since!

If you'd like to work with JB, click here.

JOE BIRCH

CO-OWNER + PERSONAL TRAINER
Education: BSc Sport & Exercise Science, MSc Exercise Physiology - Loughborough University.
Practical experience: S&C coach for two elite level rugby league teams plus 12000 hours of personal training. I've got more success stories than I can count and I'm hungry for more!
Favourite childhood TV/show film: Easy. Jurassic Park.
Favourite drink: Espresso martini followed by Hendricks & Tonic (not in rank order, drank in that order).
Hi, I’m Joe – I’m not an Adonis of a man (and I’m definitely batting out of my league with the missus) and I’m sure there are a million Instagram Personal Trainers with a better body than me. But crucially, I’ve been happily maintaining my body at a level that I’m extremely happy with for the last 15 years.

I’m not trying to be a d!ck here, but aren’t you sick of taking advice from a ripped celebrity or PT whose lifestyle you can’t relate to and isn’t actually remotely qualified to tell you how to go about your daily life? PT is way more than just weight loss, but helping people lose weight and feel more confident in their bodies is what I enjoy most about my job.

I’m just a normal person that likes the good things in life – food, alcohol and lazy days. Granted, I am extremely passionate about sports science and the fitness industry but I don’t exercise like a mad person (it’s really not necessary…) or eat like a sparrow. I truly enjoy helping people lose weight and generally feel better about themselves, so as jobs go, what I do is fairly decent! In short, you should be getting advice on how to manage your weight from someone who can relate to you.

Put simply, I’m just a 30 something bloke with a lot of experience helping other people with normal lives and regular families move more, eat better, look better and feel happier. We all have busy hectic lives and the fitness industry can be very confusing – it’s my goal to simplify that process.

If you'd like to work with Joe, click here.

JIMMY SYKES

PERSONAL TRAINER
Education: Military boarding school, MSc & BSc in Sport & Exercise Science, FRC Mobility Specialist
Practical experience: Over 5000 hours of work as a coach and massage therapist
Favourite childhood TV show/film: A tough choice between The Matrix & Power Rangers
Favourite drink: Mars milkshake
Hi, I'm Jimmy, Personal Trainer here at FORM and one half of Lift Eat Move.

Upon finishing university, I started my career in the fitness industry working with people as a massage therapist. I joined a local football club and rugby club as their “Match-Day Physio” and was responsible for rehabilitating the injured players. I quickly became obsessed with the importance of exercise and movement to maintain robust joints and not get stuck in a cycle of injury and rehab.

My career as a Personal Trainer started soon after with a focus on special populations, and those with injuries and mobility issues. I have trained clients from all walks of life with a variety of goals; from podiatrists looking to run marathons, CEOs rehabilitating ACL surgeries, busy Mums wanting to lose post pregnancy weight, to Grandmas simply being able to pick up the kettle pain-free.

My training philosophy centres on ‘Quality of Movement’, where there is no excuse for a poor rep. Create solid foundations, groove movement patterns and build progressively at your pace. Move the way nature intended and be ready for whatever life throws at you.

I put your health first and will ensure your session is the highlight of your week. Always at the end of the phone should you need me. Be stronger, live healthier, feel better.

If you'd like to work with Jimmy, click here.