Meet the trainers

Ross Adkin

Ross Adkin

How long have you been a personal trainer?
I started over two years ago working for LA Fitness. I’ve been a part of Absolute PT for the last 10 months.

What made you decide to become a personal trainer?
I’ve always been involved in sport and training all my life so it was a natural progression for me.

 How is it different from working at the big chain gyms?
Basically, it’s a much better atmosphere. People actually care about results here, not just money. All the trainers really know their stuff. At some chain gyms, the trainers are kids who have just passed a weekend course. In my opinion, that’s not good enough.

 What type of training do you specialise in?
Weight loss and strength building. I don’t believe in making anyone super skinny. I believe in well-toned, slim, healthy physiques… no Paula Radcliffes here!  

How do you keep yourself fit?

I train with weights at least four times a week and eat a clean, healthy diet.  

What has been your biggest success story as a trainer?
I had one guy who had a double herniated disc in his back and sciatica so bad that he had muscle wastage in one calf muscle. In the end he lost a stone in weight, got rid of his sciatica and reduced his back pain by about 95%.

 What’s the most common gym mistake you see?
It’s got to be poor technique and people performing routines that are not in line with their goals.

 What would you say to anyone who thinks they can’t get in shape?
That they can achieve whatever they want and the only thing that holds them back is an attitude like that.  

And finally… what’s your favourite comfort food?

I don’t have a big sweet tooth, so it’s got to be my Nan’s meat pie with mash potatoes, peas and gravy.