We’re delighted to introduce our new Precor Master Coaches, who will be delivering AMT TeamFit and supporting Queenax Foundational Courses. We’ve put together a small blog series to learn a little bit more about them. First up, please allow us to introduce Toby Giles.
Tell us a little bit about yourself
My name is Toby Giles, I am a personal health and fitness coach from Salisbury (near Stonehenge), Wiltshire in Southern England where I have my own Health and Beauty suite called The Body Lounge.
Over the past 15 years I have been working in the UK and worldwide in all areas of fitness and health, offering one-to-one fitness coaching and personal training, instructing group X classes and presenting international fitness shows across the US and Europe. I also work regularly supplying fitness editors for publications such as Men’s Fitness, Women’s Fitness, Best and Glamour magazines with expert tips and the latest fitness developments.
What got you into fitness?
I have always been into sports from a very young age. I followed my passion of football into my late teens, managing to play at a decent level before really focusing on a career doing what I love. This is helping and coaching others to be the best they can possibly be and improving their overall health.
How many years have you been involved in the fitness industry?
I was certified and was offered my first gym instructor job when I was 20…. that’s 15 years ago now!
What fitness certifications do you hold?
- Level 2 – Gym Instructor
- Level 3 – Advanced Diploma – Personal Trainer
- Level 3 – Advanced Instructor
- NVQ 2 – Exercise To Music
- Group X – Body Combat Instructor
- Certified Core Training (Anatomy & Kinesiology) Coach Accreditation
- Advanced Resistance Training Accreditation
- Nutrition And Weight Management Diploma – Level 3
- Circuit Training – Level 2
- Weight Loss Management Diploma – Level 3
- BSAC Sports Diver
- Certified indoor cycle instructor
- Not many people no this but I’m also a qualified NVQ level 2 chef which really does help on the nutrition side of things.
Why did you want to be a Precor Master Coach?
I have been working on fitness projects with Precor for 7 years now and wanted to become a master coach because I believe Precor are at the forefront of the fitness industry. They are setting new trends and designing new ways in which the people of the world can maximise their health and fitness. I want to be able to use my knowledge and experience in conjunction with that.
What is your favourite piece of Precor equipment and why?
The AMT is the most versatile and functional piece of kit on the cardio scene, I have been using this awesome machine with my clients since 2008 and it’s very popular. Its success lies in the fact that a majority of users adapt to the natural movement of the machine within seconds of stepping onto it, it provides everything for everyone and I like that a lot.
Tell us about your favourite fitness memory, when you were able to help a client reach and/or exceed their fitness goals.
I have quite a few favourite fitness memories but my all time favourite is the journey I went on with a client who had always dreamt of running a marathon and even doing the New York marathon.
He came to me to help coach him in February 2011 having not run since school (he is in his 40’s now) and wanted to run the marathon in November of the same year, he wanted it badly and knew it was going to be hard work as he was over weight, smoked and owned 2 businesses that took up all of his time. However, he managed to make some good lifestyle changes and we both ran it together and finished in 5 hours.
He is now my business partner in The Body Lounge and is also a very close friend of mine.
What’s your favourite fitness mantra?
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone!”
What’s your favourite movie (fitness related or not)?
The Shawshank Redemption is my all time favourite but I do like the Marvel films, especially Spidey… who doesn’t like a super hero?!
Give us a random fun fact about yourself!
I was in a 2012 Olympic TV advert for The Sun newspaper , running along the beach to the Chariots of Fire theme music, dressed as a fireman.