YOUR PERSONAL TRAINERS
BSc Biomedical Science (2009) from Durham University. Level 3 Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) Qualified.
My journey towards living a healthy lifestyle and improving my fitness began at the age of 16. My Dad bought me a Mens Health magazine which was full of dumbell exercises. I didn’t know much about gyms or weight lifting so I would read the magazine and copy the exercises with a pair of plastic dumbells in my bedroom.
Since then I have gone on to enjoy sports well into my adulthood. I play rugby (which I decided to take up when I was 24 having never played before!), enjoy swimming, and I love barbell training. I have enjoyed boxercise, CrossFit, and I even tried mixed martial arts for a few months. Why am I telling you this? Because I want all my clients to be able to experience the feeling of taking up new sports or joining exercises classes. I want to help people make a start towards a new, active, and healthy lifestyle. We all have to start somewhere, and for me it was with a Mens Health magazine. For you it may be the same or it may be with me helping you as your personal trainer.
Today I utilise my background in Biomedical Science and my experience as a personal trainer to teach my clients about the biomechanics of the body. I combine mobility, strength, and cardiovascular exercises with breathing techniques and the science behind nutrition and diet in order to help them achieve their goals.
LIAM MICKLEBURGH (CSCS)
BSc Sport Science Honours from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
I started my journey as a 16-year-old schoolboy researching exercises to improve my own sport performance (golf particularly, however I also played cricket and rugby). From then on, I have always wanted to be involved in sports performance specifically and training in general. I was hooked.
After finishing school, I studied a Bachelor of Sport Science degree. After completing my 3-year degree I was fortunate enough to be accepted into the honours Sports Science (Exercise Physiology/Science) degree. I also completed my professional qualification, the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). A great privilege during my honour’s year was being chosen to intern at The Sharks rugby team for the Currie Cup and Super Rugby season of 2015. Here, I was given the opportunity to intern with Mark Steele (Head of Conditioning). I gained an invaluable amount of experience in working with extremely high performing athletes and had the opportunity to pick the brain of one of the top Strength and Conditioning coaches in the world. This has since fuelled my career in the industry, in addition to working as an academic (lecturing) for two and half years at a sport science college, a CrossFit coach and personal trainer for one year, a strength and conditioning coach at an independent boarding school for two and half years, and currently now as the strength and conditioning coach for the Wales Woman’s Hockey Team since April 2021.
As a professional in the field, I use validated/scientific methods that have been shown to work and enhance programmed training sessions that address any weaknesses found during assessment and testing. This results in my athletes achieving a high level of cardiovascular fitness, postural and spinal integrity, greater range of motion and strength, and injury prevention.