MEET TOM BLISS: GOLD STANDARD PERSONAL TRAINER WINNER
Gold Standard Fitness Awards 2019
Tom Bliss is a former Professional Rugby player for London Wasps & USA Eagles whose passion for health, fitness & performance led him to embark on a journey into personal training.
His fierce work ethic and stand out qualities quickly earned the respect of others in the industry, enabling him to build up a substantially large client base and led to him to work with brands such as Nike, Under Armour, Bjorn Bog, WIT Training & Mens Health.
Tom prides himself on becoming one of the most knowledgeable PT’s in the industry as well as the fittest. Since finishing playing rugby and picking up Crossfit, he relishes the opportunity to push his body to the limit week on week.
Training and working hard comes at a price though & Tom does all that he can to manage the stresses and strains. He swims at least once a week, makes time for his own headspace and ensures he takes on adequate nutrition.
Tom’s favourite Optimum Nutrition products to supplement his recovery are Gold Standard Whey Protein mixed in with various other nutrient dense foods in a smoothie as well as Protein Whipped Bites – the perfect little snack on the go!
MEET FAYE EDWARDS: GOLD STANDARD FITNESS INSTRUCTOR
Gold Standard Fitness Awards 2018
Group exercise manager of Third Space, celebrity trainer and founder of F.I.T Jam Dance Movement Faye Edwards is renowned for her high energy and positive influence through fitness. Faye prides herself in delivering effective concepts and programmes that are accessible to all.
Faye started her career in the fitness industry over seven years ago and through her passion and experience prides herself in motivating individuals to improve their health and wellbeing both physically and mentally always giving a very empathetic approach to each individual journey understanding that every ‘body’ is different.
Faye has worked in many different avenues through fitness and has a wide array of expertise from body building competitions, concept creating, events, fitness conventions and retreats both UK and internationally.
Expect to feel empowered and motivated to achieve your goals and encouraged to enjoy the process of self-improvement along with having plenty of fun!
My favourite Optimum Nutrition product is definitely the cookies and cream and also vanilla flavour of Gold Standard 100% Casein, it was my saviour during my time competing and makes amazing protein pancakes! I’m also a big fan of the cherry AMIN.O. ENERGY which I enjoy before a workout.
When asked how she gets in the Gold Standard Zone… “Mind set is everything so whether the motivation is high or low I always focus on why a fit and healthy life style is important to me. It’s because I endeavour to live stronger for longer. A strong mindset and of course a AMIN.O. ENERGY gets me in the zone!”
MEET LAURA ‘BICEPS’ HOGGINS: GOLD STANDARD FITNESS INSTRUCTOR
Gold Standard Fitness Awards 2018
Born and raised in Surrey, Laura Hoggins developed her passion for lifting after discovering a CrossFit box in Hammersmith over three years ago. Inspired by the community of individuals whose priority was athletics and not their aesthetic, Laura quit her office job and moved into fitness full time.
Now a fully trained Fitness Coach and Personal Trainer, Laura runs her own concept class, LIFTED, at the Ministry of Sound Fitness. Her career started under the tutelage of Ben Gotting at The Foundry, London and she now teaches a mix of modified strongman, strength and conditioning circuits across the city at London’s top fitness venues.
Laura has worked with British Women’s Lifting, Women in Sport and This Girl Can to spread a campaign that she supports that ’strong is not a size’. Runner Up in Men’s Health Gym Awards ’18 for ‘Smartest Coach’ and a regular contributor to Woman’s Health, Metro and Health & Fitness Magazine, Laura speaks on Podcasts, at festivals and events across the country and is the female face celebrating lifting in the UK.
Laura is obsessed with the new Protein Whipped Bites bars - high fibre, no added sugars and a mega 20g of protein. It is her go-to snack to have in her bag when she is racing around London studios! The Salted Caramel is her favourite.
When asked how she gets into the Gold Standard Zone… “It is so important for me to feel like I am ‘in the zone’ when I am training, it needs a kick of pre-workout, a sick playlist, and a shed load of chalk! Head down, put in the work, do my best, get uncomfortable, leave the gym a champion, again!”
Meet Kim Ingleby: Gold Standard Personal Trainer Winner
2017 Gold Standard Fitness Awards Winner - Kim Ingleby - Mind & Body Coach
Kim Ingleby, also known as The Mind Body Coach is passionate about helping individuals reach their potential. As Optimum Nutrition’s latest Gold Standard Personal Trainer, her ability to achieve client results has been described as literally life-changing.
She founded Energised Performance, a complete mind and body company. She works with a wide range of clients, from 14-90 years old who have fitness, sports, work and life goals. She helps them to realise their full potential, overcome fears, grow their confidence, improve fitness and wellbeing and live their life fully. Her clients range from complex GP referral cases and body confidence, endurance and outdoor sports, to Team GB athletes, celebrities, entrepreneurs and charity challenges. Kim runs her business through a variety of channels, coaching people all over the world using Skype, workshops, keynotes and bespoke 1-to-1 coaching.
Her approach is unique, combining personal training with sports therapy, NLP, DNA testing & nutritional therapy to give people a proven mind and body approach. This has proven to enhance not only fitness, but life and overall confidence for her clients.
Having successfully helped many clients, and raising over £80,000 for charity along the way, we asked Kim her best advice to get in the Gold Standard Zone. Here are her top tips:
- Understand what your motivation is as to why you want to achieve your goals. By writing this down and understanding why your goal really matters to you, is key to committing and making it happen.
- Spend a little time highlighting any fears, limiting habits or doubts to achieving your goals. Once you have identified these, come up with strategies to overcome each one.
- Surround yourself with 2-5 people who really believe in you, and will hold you accountable to making your goals happen. Often, it’s about changing daily lifestyle habits and internal thoughts, so sharing with a few people will help keep you on track.
- Finally, believe in yourself, celebrate the tiny steps of progress. Don’t worry if you need rest or ‘miss’ a day, it’s a lifestyle change, and you can do this!
As a successful fitness professional, we asked Kim, what advice she would give to those wanting to succeed in the industry:
- Like any business, working in the industry is hard work. My advice would be to make sure you are clear that fitness is your personal and professional passion, so you are clear on what your purpose is.
- Define the areas and types of people you want to work and specialise with.
- Get yourself a great mentor or coach to help support your journey.
- Keep learning, support and value your clients, yet keep a clear boundary on your own self-care and wellbeing as you need to be your best for you and your business (tough I know, but I mentor many trainers who end up suffering from burnout & low confidence).
- Allow yourself to switch off and have some relaxation time.
Kim Ingleby is the 2017 Gold Standard Personal Trainer of the Year. Her favourite Optimum Nutrition product is the Plant Based Protein, with added BCAAs and Vitamin C. “It’s the purest, highest protein Vegan blend I have used and the results have been noticeable. I would highly recommend this, along with their ZMA for optimal sleep recovery. I really rate the Pro BCAA with Glutamine & Bioflavonoids, it has no added caffeine (which I like) and is a perfect blend for optimising key training sessions.”