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I've suffered with knee pain/injury on and off for 25 years. After a couple of operations on my left knee 20 years ago following a ballet accident, I had a few (almost) pain-free years, but then started to have problems with both knees. In 2006, I had an operation on my right knee to repair torn cartilage and assess a partial tear to my anterior cruciate ligament, following a kick-boxing accident. In 2009, I had exploratory double knee surgery. According to the latest evaluation, apart from the anterior cruciate ligament tear, I have a degree of osteoarthritis in both knees.
I've been training with Darren for just under a year now and have made really good progress, with not a single relapse. I've gained muscle mass and strength, and I'm mobile again and painfree. I wholeheartedly recommend Darren – he is a highly effective trainer, whose comprehensive and painless approach to rehabilitation has proven extremely successful and has opened up a whole host of options for me again.
Darren is a highly skilled, psychologically minded fitness trainer. Since I started training he has helped me increase my fitness level significantly. He has great expertise and uses his skills to motivate substantial progress whilst at the same time making targets achievable. He is reliable, conscientious and straight forward. I can recommend him without any reservation.
Moving to Devizes in 2008, I decided that gym membership in itself would not be enough to maintain and improve fitness. Darren has motivated and pushed me beyond my self-imposed limitations, and all with balanced consideration and good humor!
Having long struggled with a stiff upper back, I now have a monthly sports massage; my back health is undoubtedly much better as a result. This is all part of Darren's exceptionally professional, holistic and bespoke approach to fitness and well-being. I cannot speak too highly of Darren, and recommend him wholeheartedly.
I have been running for over 10 years and have always maintained a good level of fitness, however I was starting to lose motivation as my running times were not as they were pre-baby. Darren has therefore been working with me to build strength, increase stamina and improve my speed. He has also changed my attitude towards diet and the important role food plays on performance. As a result, I not only achieved a PB in my running club's time trial but I also came first, proof that all of the hard work was worth it!
Darren is very personable, our training sessions are fun no matter how tough they are, but he is always very professional and sensitive to any concerns I may have. If you are serious about your training or your personal goal, Darren will without doubt help you achieve it, he comes highly recommended!
I trained with Darren from september 2010 after returning from my potential royal marines course, although having a good level of fitness it was clear i needed more structured and challenging sessions. Using non conventional methods and regular methods of training ,suitable to the type of training the royal marines. Darren increased my fitness to a level at which i was physically stronger and more mentally focused.
I first started seeing Darren aged 17 in 2007 after key hole surgery on my knees, at the time I was also seeing a physiotherapist and Darren helped me both with my physio exercises and also with my general fitness. I have continued to see Darren over the last two years in which time I have had two more surgeries on my knees. Darren has helped me build up strength in my knee and has also helped increase my general fitness to the point that I am once again able to go running.
I recently passed my potential royal marine course to grant me entry
into the Royal Marines basic training. Darren was my personal trainer during
my preparation for this. When I started I couldn't even run for 10
minutes but after a year of training I was able run 3 miles in under
20 mins and complete the Marine 2 hour endurance run in full military
gear. Darren's training was tough and varied but improved my fitness
to a level I could not have achieved on my own, but also gave me the
mental toughness I needed to pass the marine test as he did all the
training what he thought i may come across with me. If you want to
achieve your fitness goals, and your not afraid of some hard work,
no matter what they are Darren is your man.
I trained with Darren for 12 months until relocating to the South Coast last year.
50 years old, overweight and with hypertension Darren constructed a training programme that suited both my condition and aspirations. Relying mainly on the resistance of my own bodyweight he built up my core muscles and increased my stamina to the point where I could train at an intense level.
This was the first time I had enlisted the help of a PT after many years of failed gym membership. Darren's knowledge and methods of training keep each session fresh and interesting. Training along side you to push that extra metre or repetition from you the sessions can and will be changed to suit rather than following a set routine.
I was sorry I had to give up as I am sure that with Darren I would have reached all my goals.
After gaining a lot of weight, the prospect of joining a gym was very intimidating and I opted to go for a personal trainer. Darren discussed my reasons for wanting to work with him and took all my plans onboard and tailor made a workout to reach my required goals.
Workouts are hard but enjoyable. No two sessions are the same, they are always varied. Darren knows exactly how far to push you to ensure you get the most out of each training session. Darren's determination to help you succeed in your goals is key to achieving
To be honest I was a little apprehensive and self-conscious when I first began training with Darren, but this very quickly turned into enthusiasm and determination simply because Darren is just so good at what he does. He instantly picks up on your training abilities and his encouragement and positive attitude makes you want to achieve everything in the training sessions. Darren is extremely personable and professional, the amount of knowledge he holds on different types of training, specialist information and diet programmes is very impressive indeed. Having said all that each training session is varied which makes it appealing and more fun than you would ever imagine. If you get the chance to have training with Darren – go for it!
"I have been training with Darren now for the past 2 years and in that time he has made me realise and achieve my potential. I'm telling you now it wont be easy, but Darren's motivational skills are excellent, his knowledge of the industry vast, and I for one consider myself very fortunate to have met up with him".
Darren has the ability and capability of teaching both young and old alike. His process of establishing their needs is one, which puts him a cut above the rest. To be fair, this is his hallmark. A high level trainer, who understands how to get the best out of his students. Ultimately they become so engrossed in his technical ability and teaching style they almost lose themselves, allowing him to push them to limits they never thought possible.
I was reassured straight away by Darren’s knowledge and experience. He has provided a wealth of useful information on healthy eating and how to exercise more effectively and gain much better results.
Darren’s motivational techniques are positively frightening. Darren has a very positive outgoing nature. He is highly motivational and keeps the work outs varied and fun.
I have never had such visible results as quickly, with any other method of fitness training, or weight loss programme. My strength and stamina have dramatically improved and I enjoy the feeling of well being that I have gained from the training sessions.