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Work experience

Dec 2011Jul 2012

Gym Manager & Personal Trainer

Avonside Gym & Fitness Centre (Now Real Steel Fitness)
  • Day to day running of centre as well as long term goals

  • Advising gym owner on best practices and gym improvements

  • Take control of all staff scheduling and training from owner

  • Introduce a rehabilitation service onsite for gym members

Successful in:

  • Changing gym image to one more for a wider range of fitness goals
  • Designing successful more fluid gym layout allowing for a larger studio so various classes could be arranged increasing revenue
  • Advising in purchase of new gym equipment

  • Introduction of first ever fitness league for the local area

  • Streamlining membership processes and updating methods for improved record keeping

  • Introduced the gyms first social media marketing strategies
  • Becoming fitness expert and writer for local publication for social enterprise
Apr 2009Dec 2011

Personal Trainer Manager

Fitness Agents (Club Training)

Was approached by the Divisional Manager for a promotion to occupy the role of Personal Trainer Manager. The role included:

  • Manage 8 trainers at LA Fitness, Southampton

  • Increase the Personal Training culture within the gym

  • Source leads, interview and recruit trainers to meet head office targets

  • Induction of new trainers at their new club

  • Education and mentoring of new trainers

  • Aid in business development for all trainers to build and retain a client base.

  • Be the liaison between  the gyms, trainers and Fitness Agents

  • Take into account the branding and individuality of the gym to reach my goals

Successful in:

  • Grew my role to include 30 trainers at five different gyms across the South Coast of UK.

  • Able to learn and adapt to the different business models that LA Fitness, DW Sports and FitSpace gyms employ to succeed

  • Increasing the total of successful trainers at each gym. reaching or exceeding set targets.

  • Creating new links with local training providers and educational institutions to help with recruitment

  • Developing and mentoring  many successful trainers

  • Building happy relationships with clubs and regional gym managers

  • Increasing revenues for trainers, gyms and Fitness Agents
May 2007Dec 2011

Personal Trainer


Position as a Personal Trainer at FitSpace Gyms, DW Sports and LA Fitness UK

  • To assist all gym members with workings of the gym

  • New member inductions

  • Build a personal training client base using direct sales and consultations

  • Perform one-to-one sessions based on a clients needs

  • Provide exercise programs and update them regularly

  • Aiding with membership sales and retention.

Successful in:

  • Building a client base twice over at two gyms with vastly different business models

  • Proving myself, being promoted to Personal Trainer Manager

  • Continuing my own development, skills and knowledge

  • Building relationships with members, staff and management

Head Tennis Coach

Marc Devaney Tennis

Held this position at four tennis clubs across Gloucestershire as well as coaching the County U10's Boys team at the LTA Headquarters. Was successful in:

  • Coaching all age groups within the clubs either one-to-one or group settings

  • Creating Junior League Teams to compete with other local clubs

  • Organising and running many junior tournaments

  • Participating in monthly committee meetings

  • Introducing new LTA initiatives to each club

  • Coaching of Senior League team members

  • Presentations at Annual General Meetings

  • Coaching at Professional Tournaments/promotion days and International Davis Cup Ties

  • Was the first coach in Gloucestershire to introduce Club Training initiative within the tennis club.


Oct 2006May 2008

Fitness And Personal Training

Southampton Solent University

Studied Fitness And Personal Training for 2 years and is where many awards we gained.  To become industry accredited by the Register Of Exercise Professionals, course modules had to be passed by a minimum of 70% which was achieved.

Sep 1992Jul 1999

Secondary School

Tewkesbury Comprehensive School

Completed GCSE's gaining all 10 that were studied including Mathematics, English and Science.  Also completed 'A' Levels, passing all three studied which were Sports Studies, Biology and Business Studies.


Jemma Shaw


Fitness Instructor

Southampton Solent University (REP's approved)

Spin Instructor

Discovery Learning

Exercise to Music

Southampton Solent University (REPs approved

Boxing for Fitness

Boxing Bournemouth

Group Exercise Instructor for Circuit Training

Southampton Solent University (REPs approved

Advanced Functional Trainer

Faster Health and Fitness (REPs approved

Functional Therapy Diploma (Specialist in Functional Therapy)

Faster Health and Fitness (REPs approved

Advanced Instructor Award

Southampton Solent University (REPs approved

Personal Trainer Award

Southampton Solent University (REPs approved

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  • Most sports including tennis, football, Formula One and UFC
  • Reading books around the subjects of self-development, biographies and other forms of non-fiction
  • Technology, especially mobile phones and the Android Operating software.  The 'rooting', modifying and installation of custom software.
  • Have begun to learn how to speak in Hindi


"I was working at Avonside Gym before Marc joined as Manager.  The gym was ticking a long but had seen no real growth for a while.  After a couple of weeks of Marc joining the was a new energy in the gym.  He realised the gyms weakness and strengths and had a clear vision of where it should go making the necessary changes with confidence.  He valued the staff and his enthusiasm rubbed off on them to create a great team spirit.  The new processes and initiatives he introduced made the gym buzz with a now growing membership base."

-Sam Smith (Staff Member)

"Marc has a depth of knowledge and personal trainer skill sets that leave most other trainers for dust.  He is genuinely out to help his clients achieve their goals and is successful doing it.  His skills need to be shouted about, so get out and experience them for yourself and you'll see what I mean."

-Nico Valla (collegue)

"Marc was my personal trainer for about 2 years.  He is very passionate and focused about his work and very eager to help you reach your goals.  Marc is very approachable and friendly.  The training was very hard work mixed with fun which made it very enjoyable.  Marc is  great guy and if you are looking for a personal trainer then Marc is very highly recommended by me."

-Alison Adams (client)

"During the time I had Marc as a personal trainer I found him very motivational and supportive in helping me reach my goals.  He would go over and beyond his call of duty in order to help me achieve this.  Marc was very good at listening the the feedback given and tailoring the next session inline with this feedback.  Marc helped me in pushing myself much further than I thought it was possible for me to achieve."

-Claire Sutton (client)