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Tom Berry personal trainer

TOM BERRY

I am Tom, and from 2011 to 2020 I became one of the leading fitness trainers in New Zealand.

 

In 2020 I moved back to the UK with my family. After an unexpected stint as a stay-at-home dad during the COVID-19 pandemic, I rebooted To Be Personal Training first in Cambridge and then in Exeter and East Devon.

I take a holistic, common-sense and no-nonsense attitude to health, fitness and performance. Training sessions are always fun, functional and focused on the needs of the client.

BACKGROUND

Before setting up To Be Personal Training, I attained a First Class Honours Degree in Ancient and Medieval History at Birmingham University and then completed a Graduate Management Scheme with Waitrose.

LIFESTYLE

I believe in practising what I preach. I eat well, exercise regularly and manage my stress levels. I am fit and healthy but not a fitness fanatic. I enjoy recreational track and field athletics as part of a balanced lifestyle that involves spending time with my family, reading, making jam and writing children's books.

ACTIVITIES

In the past, I have been an avid road cyclist, a footballer, a rugby player, a cricketer and a national-standard track and field athlete (age group level; let’s not get too carried away). I have also had lots of fun in the past running obstacle/mud races with clients, many of whom were far faster than me!

QUALIFICATIONS

​Fitness Industry:

Track & Field Athletics:

Other:

  • Enhanced DBS certificate

  • First Aid trained

  • REPs registered whilst in New Zealand

  • Now registered and insured with UK Coaching

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COURSES & CONFERENCES

  • 2024 - ALTIS Course: Re-Engineering Su

  • 2023 - Sportsmith Speed Conference​

  • 2021 - Safeguarding in Athletics course

  • 2018 - Rehab Trainer Essentials course with leading Australian physiotherapists

  • 2018 - Exercise Prescription course with ex-All Black physiotherapist

  • 2016 - FILEX (Australian fitness industry conference)

  • 2015 - FITEX (New Zealand fitness industry conference)

    • Judged to be one of the best group fitness instructors in New Zealand.​

  • 2013 - FITEX (New Zealand fitness industry conference)

    • Judged to be one of the best up-and-coming personal trainers in New Zealand.​

WHAT TO EXPECT

  1. I speak to my clients respectfully.

  2. I prescribe appropriate exercises for clients' levels of fitness and goals.

  3. I provide honest, realistic and constructive advice and guidance.

  4. I understand that there is more to people's health and fitness (and also happiness) than exercise and diet.

  5. I don't overemphasis the importance of before and after photos in measuring success.

  6. I understand that there are many reasons to exercise regularly. Weight loss is only one of them.

  7. I turn up on time (well, 99.9% of the time – see photo) with a plan and a good attitude.

  8. I understand the limits of my knowledge and I do not step beyond my professional scope of practice.

  9. I do not look at my phone during training sessions (PT pet peeve number 1).

  10. I encourage you to take responsibility for your health and fitness. I am a very useful and knowledgeable tool for you to use, but ultimately your health and fitness is your responsibility.

  11. I practice what I preach and did not become a trainer to motivate myself to stay fit.

  12. I occasionally dig into my repertoire of dad jokes. What's orange and sounds like a parrot? A carrot.

Tom Berry Personal Trainer

The time I turned up to the wrong location for a Saturday morning boot camp. My round of hot chocolates.

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