Often working with the 40 to 65 year age group, I am a proven, experienced 50 something personal trainer in who can help you succeed with your health and fitness goals. Whether you want to improve your fitness and wellbeing, gain muscular strength, drop fat and gain muscle, improve your core stability or reduce anxiety and stress levels through exercise, I can help!
7 years ago I made significant changes to my life and lifestyle. I was a London publican & restaurateur weighing in at 14 stone, which, for someone my size and height, was not ideal. To me every night was a Saturday night!
Through modest nutritional changes, being self-disciplined and exercising three times a week, I shifted 2 stone, gained muscle and dropped fat. I loved this change of lifestyle and then decided to qualify as a personal trainer. I’m in my 50s, energised and fit! And I now have the experience & knowledge to help you increase your fitness levels, shift weight and feel great! Please check my testimonials to see what I’ve done for other people.
At our first meeting we will discuss your goals, agree a strategy and put a plan in place. We will make a note of your weight, body fat, skeletal muscle and blood pressure so any future changes can be noted. We will then have a half hour training session which will give you a flavour of future training sessions.
How TrainWithJames can help you
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING Combining resistance work & functional training I will help to make you stronger and fitter
BODYWEIGHT & CORE EXERCISESSuper efficient, fat burning training increasing flexibility and improving posture
KETTLEBELLS Dynamic body movements leading to great strength, I can show you how to do the exercises safely and properly
BOXING Great stress buster, strength building with cardio vascular benefits
NUTRITION Being an ex-restauranteur, I love my food! I can help you drop weight, boost your energy and immune system. Diet is the wrong word!
PRAISE FOR TRAINWITHJAMES
“James has the right techniques. As a doctor and the Medical Director of the Brighton Marathon – I can see that his motivation to get you exercising and advice are spot on. High intensity training designed for maximal impact in minimum time, combining aerobic exercise and core strength.”
Dr Rob Galloway
A & E Consultant Brighton and Sussex Hospital, Medical Director of the Brighton Marathon
WHAT CLIENT'S SAY
Lou  American Express
I’ve been training with James for 4 months and can honestly say I couldn’t be happier! I originally searched for a PT in the Brighton & Hove area that specialised in weight loss for the over 40’s. Having worked with James for twice a week, my journey has become about so much more than just dropping the pounds. He has brought me back to life in a way I didn’t know I needed. I am stronger, more confident, I sleep better and can now get up from my sofa without making a strange grunting sound 😊 James tailors every individual session based on my goals which means each one is different. But it’s even more than that with him – he GENUINELY cares about my health and my progress. I have already lost over 5kg and although I have a way to go, I know I’ll get there with his expertise and his support. I can’t recommend him highly enough.
I have been training with James for 7 weeks. It has been fantastic and I am now starting to see the results, losing nearly 5Kg already. I never get bored as every lesson is different from the one before. James helps with food advice too and provides workouts that I can do at home. I always leave laughing and he is the best trainer that I have used.
James is by far the best personal trainer I have ever had. His greatest strength is his ability to mix things up – no session is ever the same and he has been successful in overcoming my aversion to kettle bells and press-ups. I even do those on my own in the gym now and that was unthinkable five months ago. He is there to push you, but always does so safely, taking into account your age, your various aches and pains and your general mood on arrival. He’s a good conversationalist without talking your ear off, has a sense of humour (occasionally at my expense but he knows I can take it!) while remaining professional at all times, with your fitness goals a priority. I would highly recommend him.
Emma  Author & screenwriter
I started training with James in May to get my body back after having a baby last year, and reduce hip and back pain by strengthening my core. Not only has my pain reduced but I am sleeping better and feel stronger (I can now do 20 press-ups for the first time!!). In just 8 weeks I dropped a dress size and lost 6kg. James is great company and a motivating trainer. Can’t recommend him highly enough!
I went to James about 10 months ago to try & lose weight but I also have knee & ankle problems. James was fantastic he took a full history & we discussed my goals & how I could achieve them. He put me in touch with a sports physio & they worked together. I have since lost 2 stone & my knee & ankles are 100 times better. I can honestly say that no 2 sessions are the same. It is the one thing I look forward to in the week as not only am I achieving my goals but we laugh & that to me is important. The weight loss I know will be permanent as it was slow and managable with diet change.
Karen & Fiona [50s]
We have trained with James for a couple of years now as a couple. When we started we were both unfit and got out of breath running for a train! Thankfully this soon changed after working out with James. He is good company and varies the exercise plan every week to keep it interesting and varied so we get a good overall level of fitness Neither of us liked the idea of a gym so working out with James is perfect for us and we can’t recommend him highly enough
Dr Doreen Baxter 
James is great because he designs things specifically around your situation, physical needs and sports interests. Exercises can be at your house, in his gym, in a park or the lawns, whatever suits. He will liaise with your chiropractor or doctor to ensure that exercises are appropriate and is always keen to learn new things about health, diet and exercise, which he will pass on to you. James ticks all the boxes in what you would want from a personal trainer.
Kirsty (Social Worker)
I have never had a personal trainer before and never done weights, so this has all been new to me but 8 weeks in and I have lost 1.5 stone. I am so much stronger and fitter – it’s been amazing. James has offered dietary advice and kept me motivated, I haven’t had any injuries – he always checks I’m doing exercises the right way and he always pushes me that little bit further but not too much to put me off. So happy with everything, I’m a complete fan and will be carrying on!
Nigel  Physio
I have noticed great improvements in my strength, endurance and body shape and James is very adept and aware of working all parts of your body equally…