Meet The Crew
Toby – Manager
Welcome to Alive Gym. Here we have a friendly team, happy to answer whatever questions you may have. We have a range of knowledge in all aspects of fitness. Our reception staff will be there to greet you and up in the gym there is always a personal trainer on-shift should you want a spot, advice on a particular exercise, or just a chat.
So get in touch or pop in to meet us – Toby
Ed – Receptionist
I am a friendly approachable chap who likes the quiet life as much as spending time with friends. I enjoy kicking back and playing video games and during the spring and summer you’ll find me out pottering around in the garden.
Having started work at alive in 2013 I was relatively new to exercise and over the years I have found my fitness has improved greatly.
Favourite exercises: Boxing pad work, Burpees
Favourite food: Cheese and biscuits
Favourite place: Home
Hobbies: Gardening, video games
Joseph – Receptionist/Personal Trainer
I started work at Alive Gym in 2012, and in these years I have seen many changes in myself and the club, which are all for the better.
I take pride in delivering the best customer service possible, getting to know all members and making sure that they leave Alive with the best experience possible. In my time at Alive I have completed Counselling course, Fitness Instructor course and then Personal Training.
In 2015 I completed The Brighton Maratho, which was a massive achievement, after having a cardiac arrest in 2008 I was told I would never run a marathon again.
In my spare time, I am a representative for C-R-Y (Cardiac Risk in the Young) supporting others with cardiac conditions.
Favourite Exercise: Press Ups I guess, I did challenge myself in 2016 to see how many I can do in an hour which resulted in 1033. I also love running hence the marathon and I love teaching Body Pump style classes.
Favourite Food: In the winter months I prefer comfort food like a roast or cottage pie, in the warmer months I prefer lighter meals. My fav pasta meal is Nigella Lawson anchovy and tomato pasta.
Favourite Place: Berlin
Hobbies: Running, Writing, Wrestling (WWE), Movies (especially horror), Tattoos and trash Tv.
Damon is a strong advocate of a holistic approach to health and fitness, based not just on exercise, but also on rest and proper nutrition. His passion is mat based bodyweight exercises, including yoga style postures.
He is currently studying to become a qualified yoga instructor.
Favourite exercises: Crumbs, there are so many… how about Warrior 2 and Plank
Favourite food: Peanut butter and marmite sandwich
Favourite place: The Great Outdoors
Hobbies: Yoga, reading, music, walking in the countryside
Matt – Personal Trainer
Matt began working in the fitness industry in 2002, turning his hobby and passion for health and fitness into his career. He discovered the gym at age 16 and transformed his body shape and confidence in the process.
Using his experience of 20+ years and expert knowledge he can help you improve your energy levels, lose fat and build muscle for a healthier, leaner physique.
Matt will take the time to understand your goals and design programmes tailored specifically towards these, which are not only effective but also fun and sustainable!
Favourite exercises: Kettlebell Turkish Get Up.
Favourite food: All spicy food!
Favourite place: Brighton and Hove
Hobbies: Mountain biking, camper van trips, video gaming, reading.
Jenny – Personal Trainer
A lifelong lover of exercise, Jenny started her personal training career in 2004. With over 20 years practising Yoga, weight training, running, playing sports and recovering from sports injuries and surgery, she brings elements of these to her personal training sessions.
Jenny has honed her years of personal experiences, working with clients of all ages and ongoing professional training to create bespoke programmes that are tailored specifically to each client’s needs and goals.
Specialises in: Recovery from injury and surgery, helping with back pain, core stability and postural work
Favourite exercises: Mountain biking and Yoga
Favourite food: North African, Turkish meze
Favourite place: West coast of Scotland
Hobbies: Mountain biking, gardening, bird watching, walking in the countryside, arts and crafts (particularly making fancy dress for festivals!) and volunteering for marine conservation and animal charities
Joe – Personal Trainer
Joe started young in the fitness world, taking up gymnastics at the age of 7, winning several competitions by the age of 11, when he was forced to retire through injury. He has since dabbled in basketball, football and martial arts until he developed a love/hate relationship with long distance running, completing several marathons and shorter distances.
He regularly creates crazy challenges for himself to raise money for his favourite charity, Macmillan Cancer Support. These include performing over 1700 burpees and separate24 hour spin bike and running challenges, raising thousands of pounds.
Joe completed his personal training qualification in 2012, with certificates in indoor cycling, gym based boxing and nutrition. He is currently studying sports massage.
Favourite exercises: Burpees and deadlifts
Favourite food: Anything spicy
Favourite place: Prague
Hobbies: Running, video games, reading and relaxing
Ben – Personal Trainer
Ben has always been sporty; he was brought up playing basketball and eventually represented his university team. He has practised kickboxing, jiu jitsu and karate each for a couple of years. He has also intermittently taking up bouldering and outdoor rock climbing over a number of years.
More recently, he has taken up powerlifting and currently competes in British Powerlifting, having competed in two competitions so far as well as becoming a Powerlifting Coach.
After completing his personal training qualification in 2005, he furthered his qualification at Chichester University with a degree in Sport and Exercise Science. He has had experience training everyone from beginner to advanced and from young to old.
Specialises in: Strength training, Pilates, fat loss and muscle gain
Favourite exercises: Squat, bench press and deadlift (powerlifting!)
Favourite place: Whitehaven beach, Australia
Hobbies: Powerlifting (in case you hadn’t guessed), bouldering, attending hip hop gigs and going on country walks
When you join up, you are entitled to book an induction to the gym to help you familiarise yourself with the equipment and tailor an exercise routine for you. Every 12 weeks you can book in for a programme review.
If you would like to book in with a personal trainer for regular sessions, please contact any of our team. This comes at an additional cost. Sessions are subject to availability and prices vary between each trainer.