Spike Fitness HQ
Welcome to Spike Fitness HQ!
We are a small personal training studio based in Poundbury, we love to train people at all levels of fitness.
Our studio is designed to be fun, friendly and welcoming we offer a variety of training solutions including Personal training and 1-2-1 classes.
Not sure if its right for you? – pop down and see us, take a look around for yourself.
Let me explain a little about me and how I got into fitness!
I’ve always loved sport, I am an avid football fan and support Tottenham Hotspur (for my sins) and love nothing more than going to matches (before the pandemic anyway!)
At school I loved netball, hockey, basketball and surprise surprise football always playing in the playground with my older brother and his mates!!
When I was 15, I was playing hockey at school and my foot rolled on a hockey ball causing a severe sprain, I’ve never seen anything like it, it was like the hockey ball had been inserted into my ankle it was that swollen, anyway, fast forward numerous years and ever since that accident I was rolling over on that ankle every week, I could no longer do any sports or enjoy the gym or anything active in fear of rolling it again, every time I went for a run, my ankle and knees would give out on me and I thought it’s not worth it!
Back in 2013 I tripped and dislocated my ankle (again!!), that resulted in me having it operated on to try and fix it once and for all, for the next 18 months things were great until one day I was on holiday in Tenerife and the wave pool caught me by surprise, pushed me forward and ‘bang’ ankle went again!
For the few years that followed I was extra cautious about doing anything on my ankle! However, one day, I thought it was a good idea to try a pair of skinny jeans on in a shop, any ladies reading this will know what I mean when I say I had to jump to get them over my butt, as I did that my right foot slipped from under me and I went down breaking the bone off the bottom of my leg!! I won’t go into the gruesome details but I had my leg in a cast and boot for 8 weeks! During those 8 weeks something snapped in my head and I decided after all these years I needed to shift the weight that I had piled on and build up my joints, I was fed up of constantly going over on my ankle, so I decided to join my local sports centre, nervous was an understatement!
I went once or twice and thought to myself if I don’t learn how to do this properly, I won’t stick it out so decided to have a chat to a personal trainer, we had a 45 min consultation where he went through all the information about me, my habits including my eating habits, fitness goals, personal goals, everything, he pretty much knew my life story by the end of it and he totally understood my reasons for wanting to train and build strength!
And so my journey began! Fast forward through a lot of blood sweat and tears and on the other hand a lot of laughs and jokes and achievements and I’ve lost almost 5 stone, am stronger than I have ever been and getting stronger each day and my ankle finally after all these years feel strong and stable enabling me to do what I enjoy, sport and fitness I now live nothing more than barbell squats, deadlifts, hips thrusts and the leg press and decided I wanted to be able to do this for other people so decided to train as a personal trainer to help other people achieve what I have!
Anything is possible, you don’t have to be great to get started but you have to get started to be great!!!!
Back in school I was fairly sporty, took part in most things, not amazing at any of them, but it was better than being stuck in the classroom!
During my teens I started martial arts, and continued this until my early 20’s, it kept me fit and interested and I will always have a fondness for them.
Fast forward and I realised that as an adult I would have to work, that starts the 9-5. I was working in IT, typical desk jockey and sedentary worker. I slowly gained weight, became deconditioned and generally more lethargic.
At the start of my 30th Year on the planet I realised I needed to do something, I could put all manner of motivational bits in here, but if you ever had that feeling of knowing you need to do more, you’ll understand.
So, I entered a Sprint triathlon, in my head it was one event for each decade. I started training and realised that I should probably learn to swim properly, I mean I could swim, but it was neither stylish of dignified! Still remember my swim teacher Sharon shouting (encouragingly she tell you) to put my face in the water breath to the sides.
Once I had completed the triathlon I carried on the training and eventually worked up to an Ironman, that was one of the best experiences of my life (also long and painful) but that is an entirely different story!
About a year after the Ironman, I was starting to hate being stuck at a desk, I became restless and needed a change. I woke up one morning, wrote my notice out and resigned. About 18 months later I was a qualified Personal trainer helping people reach their goals and it felt awesome, whether it was getting them back into the gym after an injury or improving an athlete it was enjoyable and very fulfilling.
I wanted to be able to do more, make it more personal and have the space to do that. About 8 months ago I started to work on how that would look and how that should look and feel.
3 months ago that turned into reality and we opened the doors to Spike Fitness a fitness facility that’s focused on personalised training, a welcoming environment and a small community of different people working on bettering themselves.