Welcome to Podfit

About ​Podfit Personal Training

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​Personal Training sessions

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Here's what our client's think about our services

​Matt Parker


Matt lost over 30 Kg and ran a marathon within 6 months of joining

Life changing experience! I've gone from couch potato to running a marathon in less than 6 months, dropping 5 stone in the process! Every session is different and fun, and tailored individually to your needs, I saw an add on Facebook and was a bit sceptical but after meeting the guys and doing a taster session it was a no brainer!! There is a wealth of expertise between the trainers and some great equipment. Podfit has helped me make lifestyle changes that are here to stay! Thank you Jack, Neil and the podfit family you really have changed my life!

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​Business owner

Fixed chronic back pain and lost 10 Kg

Podfit gives focus, support, flexibility and challenge to keep you motivated in regaining mobility, health and energy - highly recommended

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​​Neil ​Owens

​Neil is the co-owner of Podfit and he specialises in lower back rehabilitation, semi private personal training, the master class Kick Start Programmes and the online courses. He has a secondary teaching qualification and taught Advanced level PE for 13 years. He is an Advanced Personal Trainer with qualifications in lower back pain, exercise referral, ante and post natal exercise, adaptive exercise for older adults, strength and conditioning, nutrition, sports nutrition, kettlebell strength, spinning, and core stability.

​"​I want to make exercise fun and accessible for everyone"

Nicky Owens

​Nicky is the co-owner of Podfit and she is the Podfit nutritional specialist. With five years in the fitness industry, Nicky is responsible for the dietary aspects of weight loss and healthy eating.  Nicky has 15 years teaching experience and utilises this to provide engaging course content.

“​I want to ensure healthy eating doesn't mean boring menus and missing out on treats.”

our team members

​Our team is dedicated and passionate about helping you to achieve your health and fitness goals

​Alex Wales - ​Personal Trainer

​Alex is a level 3 qualified personal trainer working at Podfit. He is determined to inspire and enable you to meet your fitness goals. For the last five years Alex has been building his experience in fitness. His personal fitness interests lie in postural rehabilitation, calisthenics, rock climbing and elements of yoga and Pilates. Alex is fully committed to promoting a healthy lifestyle. He will deliver high quality personal training sessions that will maximise your time here at Podfit, and help motivate you to maintain a healthy lifestyle too.

​Jack Emmett - ​Personal Training Manager

​Jack is one of our personal trainers here at Podfit. He has  gained 8 years of experience in the fitness industry. Jack is a level 3 qualified personal trainer with a degree in Sports Science of Strength and Conditioning. Other qualifications include spinning, nutrition and Boxfit. Jack has a passion for strength training and believes that correct technique and good form is the key to any exercise.

​Neil Edwards - ​Semi Private Specialist Trainer

​Neil is a highly experienced fitness professional, who has worked in the industry for over 15 years. An expert in holistic health as well as corrective and high performance exercise, ​he ​has previously managed the fitness ​department at one of the UK's most prestigious leisure clubs, in Chelsea, London. ​Neil now works for us here at Podfit, focusing much of his time on our semi-private training programme.

Here’s what people are saying about the Podfit Team

​We want to make sure that we get you results and we are very confident that we will.  We also know that ​taking this first step to get started can be daunting, so take a look at some more feedback from our current clients.

Rob Hughes


Clear direction and accountability

I’ve been training with Jack at Podfit for almost a year now. It has taken me on leaps and bounds towards my personal goals with the clear direction and accountability that the guys provide.  Plus, it’s great fun and always a laugh in the sessions.

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Alan Millard

Climbed Everest

Neil is the most complete fitness trainer

Neil is quite simply the most complete fitness trainer I know. He covers your whole lifestyle which is the only true way to health. He also brings his experience as a teacher to his approach. He listens carefully and adjusts his approach to maximise benefit and protect us at the same time.

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Christine Wardell

New to Personal Training

Alex encourages me and pushes me (in a nice way)

I have been a member at other gyms before but I soon got bored and never pushed myself and soon gave up.  This is the first time I have had a personal trainer and would highly recommend it. Alex encourages me and pushes me ( in a nice way ) that bit further and because of this and discussing food and meal plans I am seeing results in my body shape as well as losing weight which is fantastic.
I cannot thank Podfit and Alex enough for encouraging and helping me with my weight loss and fitness journey.

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The Podfit philosophy and the four pillars of health

Whereas some of the immediate results of starting our programme will be improved energy, increased fitness and rapid weight loss, we deliver a much longer-term solution.  It is a programme of study, where you will learn to master the 4 pillars of health (movement, nutrition, mindset and relaxation), so that the results you get are long lasting and that you continue to look and feel healthier than ever.

Our programmes are not a quick fix.  We are tired of the fitness industry offering you dramatic quick fix solutions: You know deep down that they do not work in the long term and sooner or later they will bring you back to this point, looking for something that works for you permanently.  ​​​Our programme will give you:

  • A smaller waist
  • Firmer arms, legs and thighs
  • Faster metabolism to burn more fat at rest
  • Increased muscle tone and flexibility
  • ​Better sleep
  • Greater confidence
  • Decreased stress
  • Look and feel better in your favourite clothes
  • Greatly improved posture
  • Better relaxation

The studio philosophy is to build pillar strength: hip, shoulder and core stability. We will teach you how to lift weights in a way that targets your core and your fitness. We will keep your body guessing to maximise results by giving you different phases of training, including a strength phase, an endurance phase and a speed and power phase. Each session has six elements and this type of  methodology is used to train global athletes. We have adapted it to work really well with ​busy professional people.

Our studio programmes are all underpinned with an online support programme, that consists of lifestyle courses and 28 day challenges.  These focus on the four pillars of health: movement, nutrition, mindset and relaxation. Our courses cover exercise, sleep, alcohol, sugar, food tracking, food planning, how to build lasting habits, and food knowledge and education.  We have several 28 day challenges, like the one on this page, all geared to help you implement courses in a practical way, so that you are really successful with lifestyle change.

​​You don't have to be great to start, ​but you do have to start to be great.

​Mandy Brodrick


This is so much more than a gym

David is a great personal trainer. He tailors the sessions to be able to challenge me but also to increase my confidence in my own ability. I would highly recommend Podfit and feel very comfortable there, everyone is so friendly. This is so much more than a gym, David advises on diet and lifestyle choices and helps me set challenging goals that I would never have even thought about doing on my own.

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​Nick Neill

​Estate Agent

​I've finally found and place full of friendly and motivating people

Having put off getting into shape for many years I’ve finally found a place full of friendly and motivating people to guide and encourage me through, what turns out to be, a fun process. I’d heartily recommend anyone who wants to improve their fitness, diet or general strength to get themselves along to PodFit. You won’t regret it!!

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​Janette smith


​I see muslce tone in places I didn't know I had!

Since starting at Podfit 5 months ago I have seen a big difference in myself. I see muscle tone in places I didn't know I had muscles lol, I definitely feel fitter and stronger, my inner confidence has grown too. Never liked the thought of going to the gym before as I felt intimidated, Podfit is perfect, the trainers are all great and they set fitness session for each individual. I would highly recommend Podfit to everyone whatever your goal is.

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