“Richard is a great Personal Trainer - I was full of apprehension & fear when I turned up for that first session with Richard but it was the best thing I ever did.
Richard is great fun to work with & I can honestly say I enjoyed every session. He makes you work hard but you really feel as if you have achieved your best.
Richard was able to plan an individual fitness programme designed to improve my core strength and endurance. This was backed up with a nutrition programme to meet the demands I was placing on my body whilst training for 10k races. All of this has really helped improve my running and I feel so much fitter & healthier now.
If you follow Richard's advice, I can guarantee you will see results. He also has the knowledge & expertise to make sure that you never overdo things or injure yourself.
He is great fun & full of enthusiasm which stays with you throughout the week.”
Jane Quinn (Personal Training client)
“Richard joined us at the end of May 2008, and took up the role of ‘1st XV Strength and Conditioning Coach’.
In the past, the players had relied upon the opinions of others or their own "self taught" methods with regards to strength and conditioning training. From the minute Richard started work he revolutionised the whole "performance" side of the club. His in depth knowledge and attention to detail when planning and implementing the team and individual programmes are the main attributes that inspires and motivates the players.
After only a 4 weeks, we have already seen an impressive improvement in all areas; strength, power, core stability and cardiovascular conditioning. All of this is down to not only his undoubted technical ability but his huge enthusiasm and passion to see the guys achieve the goals that have been set. “
Matt Nevitt (1st XV Head Coach Sutton Coldfield Rugby Football Club)
“After discussing the type of training needed for my specific position within a Netball team, it was decided that there were two key areas to focus our training together on: muscular strength specifically around the knee to complete my rehabilitation from injury and lots of core strength and stability work, with an upper body focus to help to improve my overall level of performance.
Every session was varied and well thought out. Most importantly the training was always related to Netball and how I could improve as a player.
Richard always explained the aims and objectives of each exercise so that I was comfortable with everything I had to do.
Our training sessions were always tough but that meant I could see great results within a short space of time.”
Emily Yates (England Netball)
“Having worked with Richard for 8 months now, I can honestly say that I feel like a different player.
We have worked through a number of different phases of training, including SAQ, and Balance Training, which have all been aimed at improving my actual performance on the pitch.
I now feel so much quicker and stronger, whilst my overall endurance and fitness levels have increased significantly.
We have spent a lot of time developing my core strength and through Richard’s specifically designed ‘Pre-Hab’ programme I am now much more resistant to injury. In fact I have not had a pulled or strained muscle in the entire training period, which is unusual when you are pushing yourself hard.
The training I have done with Richard has been of a very high standard, every session is different and each has surpassed the type of training I have received at a number of different football clubs in the past.
His knowledge is excellent whilst his passion and enthusiasm pushes you forward even when the going gets tough.
Put simply, the training has been awesome.”
James Cosgrave (Shrewsbury Town Football Club)
Having lost a significant amount of weight it was really important for me to maintain the new me and ensure I maintained a reasonable level of fitness.
As I am not a natural sportsperson,It was important for me to find a trainer that would continue to challenge, motivate and constantly push the boundaries whilst ensuring that there was an element of fun in the hour long sessions.
I have now been training with Richard for about 16 months, and during that time he has helped me change my body shape, significantly increase my fitness levels and kept me motivated to continue going to the gym regularly.
I never quite know what our weekly sessions will hold! It can range from using the tortuous kettlebells (the only ringing I hear is in my ears!), the heavy ropes, (don’t ask!) core balance work, a session of boxing...the list goes on and on!
Whilst the sessions with Rich are extremely challenging, I end each session on a high knowing that I have worked really hard and once again pushed myself a little further than I would if I had worked out on my own.
I would highly recommend Rich and the Reach Health & Performance team to anyone who has the desire to get fit, lose weight or simply challenge themselves a little more than they currently do in their current fitness regime.
Michelle Clarke (Personal Training Client)
The first thing I noticed when I met Richard was his genuine interest in my goals and how I was going to set about achieving them.
I would recommend training with Richard to everyone; no matter what your goals are. I had spent 14 months ‘drifting’ putting in maximum effort for minimum results. Then after meeting Richard the results were visible within 12 weeks!
Having the confidence to believe in your programme combined with the nutritional advice I have been given I am now fitter than I have ever been, and for the first time, I know I can keep on consistently improving – all this without my training becoming repetitive.
Personally, Richard has shown great patience with me and listens to any questions I have, he has inspired me to achieve more than I thought was personally possible.
So, if you are like me and wondering why ‘it’s not working’ take my advice and see Richard, you won’t look back!
Rob Piper (Personal Training Client)
I started training with Reach towards the end of the summer 2009. I have never really been a fan of the gym so we decided to go for a mix of sessions both in and outdoors, all of which proved thoroughly beneficial.
Having used a personal trainer before, I thought I had some idea of what I was getting myself into, but the Reach trainers have put me through sessions that have been truly inspired and original! Each session is extremely challenging and fresh, but also you get the reasons why you are doing each exercise. I was really pushed during the sessions and also helped to gain an appreciation of how I can better balance my lifestyle and exercise regime.
I cannot recommend Reach enough.
Drew (Personal Training Client)
I initially booked 3 personal training sessions, which I thoroughly enjoyed, I found it to be challenging but do-able, I received so much praise and encouragement that it pushed me to give even more, amazing myself at my own fitness after just few sessions! At the end of each of the session I felt energised and really happy with my progress and eager for the following week to come round for yet another training session. I can't wait to book more sessions for a perfect start to the new year. Overall, I found it rewarding, energising and seriously fun. Thank you so much Reach!
Charlotte (Personal Training Client)
I have been training with Reach for 6 months now. Being a naturally lazy person from a non-sporty background, personal training has been a bit of a shock. The ones in the park feel like I have been transported back to PE at school without the slacking off at the back of the class.
But I’ve noticed a huge change in how I am coping with life. I can keep going through the week, go out in the evening and don’t feel so exhausted at the weekend. I’m also pretty sure that the weights are getting bigger and the rests shorter. So that can only be a good thing!
The sessions are tailored to my particular goals like getting ski fit and helping me to understand the way my body works, sorting all the fact from fiction. Personal Training with Reach is much more enjoyable, challenging and rewarding than exercising by yourself.
Alexandra Barbour (Personal Training Client )