Our Personal Trainers

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Meet our Personal Trainers

David Kenyon

Managing Director, Personal Trainer & Head Martial Arts Instructor

Starting in 2008 David has a wealth of experience working with clients from many backgrounds.

Qualifications:

Level 6 BSc (Hons) Sports, Health, Exercise & Nutrition

4th Dan Black Belt Freestyle Karate & Kickboxing

Basic First Aid for Appointment Person

Modules:

Psychology of Sport, Active Children, Introduction to Food & Nutrition, Health & Wellbeing, Sociology of Sport, Physiology of Training, Community Nutrition, Food Culture & Behaviour, Research Methods, Nutritional Biochemistry, Interrelationships between Nutrition & Exercise, Community Health & Fitness, Biopsychology of Stress & Health, Sports Injury, Eating Disorders, Physical Activity & Health Trainer, Nutrition & Health Policies, Sports Therapy, Gender, Age & Nutrition.

Other Experience

Business Concept Finalist Regional Enterprise Awards 2009

Business Concept Winner Local Enterprise Awards 2008

Sports & Outdoors Activity Coach, New York, 2007-2009 (special needs)

WKC Competition Medallist National English Kickboxing Championships 2004 - 2011

WKC Competition Medallist European Kickboxing Championships 2004 - 2011

Interclub Competition Medallist 1998 - 2006 (local)

Karate 1994-1996


David says,

'I am passionate about Health and Wellbeing, in particular nutrition and human physiology. I have a keen interest in human biology, biopsychology of stress and health, human psychology and physics. My main interest would be freestyle karate and kickboxing which I have practiced since 1998 and incorporate into my full time profession as a personal trainer.

I have personal trained since November 2008 but my teaching experience expands to September 2003. I graduated in Sports, Health, Exercise and Nutrition BSc (hons) at the University of Leeds and practiced freestyle karate and kickboxing since 1998 and instructed since 2004. My most recent grading was Forth Dan black belt under Brian Becks (8th Dan) in January 2014.

I have experience in Karate, Boxing, Kickboxing and Jujitsu and competed in a number of British National Championships since 2003 in the minus 80KG weight categories.

My current objectives are to continue building Elemental Fitness Ltd in Leeds, through improving facilities and training standards of the Elemental Kickboxing Leeds and at Elemental Fitness Ltd.

Outside of work I spend a lot of time with my family and friends. I enjoy meeting up with friends, trips out, movies, theme parks and the occasional night out. I have an keen interest in cars and like to keep up to date with world events and science. I have travelled in the past and hope to do this again in the future.'


James Clark

Head Personal Trainer, Martial Arts Instructor & Online Fitness Coach

Joining in 2014 James is our head personal trainer, martial arts instructor and online fitness coach

Qualifications:

Level 2 Gym Instructor

Level 3 Personal Trainer

Level 3 Exercise Referral

Level 4 Lower Back Specialist

2nd Dan Black Belt Freestyle Karate & Kickboxing

Modules:

Exercise for Fat Loss, Circuit Training, Behaviour Change Coaching, Nutrition & Weight Management Coach, Advanced Resistance Training, Functional Training, Core Training.


James says,

'I joined Elemental Fitness Ltd, Leeds in April 2014 and have practiced Freestyle kickboxing for the best part of 5 years. I have a keen eye on technique which has taught me unique ways of implementing my style of kickboxing into my personal training sessions through enjoyable and intense sessions.

My main goal with Elemental Fitness Ltd is to help people meet their personal targets through the use of fun martial art work outs, which are aerobically challenging. My work outs are designed to keep you motivated and eager to learn more, whilst improving fitness in the process. By getting people to enjoy exercise, will help them to stay active for longer with my tailored kickboxing one to one sessions.

Kickboxing is my passion in life and getting more people interested in the sport, whilst working up a sweat, is something I pride myself on.

Outside of Elemental Fitness Ltd I love outdoor pursuits including fell walking, camping and cycling. When I’m not on the move I’m usually socialising with friends and playing online gaming.

I am the senior personal trainer at Elemental Fitness and a lead instructor at Elemental Kickboxing Leeds. I have personal trained with Elemental Fitness since April 2014 yet my instructing experience expands back to June 2012.

I am a level 3 qualified personal trainer and second dan black belt in freestyle karate and kickboxing. My most recent grading was under David Kenyon (4th Dan)'

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Stuart Wright

Personal Trainer, Martial Arts Instructor & Events Coordinator

Joining in 2021 Stu is our Personal Trainer, Martial Arts Instructor & Events Planner

Qualifications:

Level 2 Gym Instructor

Level 3 Personal Trainer

Kettlebell Instructor

Circuit Trainer

1st Dan Black Belt Taekwondo

Modules:

Anatomy & Physiology

Exercise Welfare & Health

Gym Instructor

Functional Training

Circuit Training Instructor

PT Programming & Coaching

Exercise for Fat Loss

Kettlebell Instructor

Nutrition & Weight Management


Stu says,

'I am a 1st Dan Black Belt in Taekwondo, an active Kickboxing instructor, Level 3 qualified personal trainer, certified kettlebell instructor and circuit trainer, currently studying towards a Level 4 personal training qualification.

I struggled with my own weight and fitness throughout my 20’s and early 30’s and made the decision to turn this around once my first son was born. I took up Taekwondo, reached black belt, moved into Kickboxing and focused more on my fitness, over this time, I lost over 20kg and immensely improved my fitness, flexibility and mobility, eventually becoming a kickboxing instructor and undertaking my personal training qualification. The changes I made to my own lifestyle improved my health and wellbeing to such an extent I felt compelled to help other people do the same.

Away from the gym I am a keen musician, climber and mountain biker.'

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Ryan Butler

Fitness Instructor, Martial Arts Coach & Junior Personal Trainer (Apprenticeship)

Joining in 2019 Ryan is our Fitness Coach, Martial Arts Instructor and Junior Personal Trainer (Apprenticeship)

Qualifications:

Level 2 Gym Instructor

Level 3 Personal Trainer (Apprenticeship)

2nd Dan Black Belt Freestyle Karate & Kickboxing

Modules:

TBC

Ryan says,

'I am currently a 2nd Dan Black Belt in freestyle karate and kickboxing. I am a fully qualified NVQ level 2 fitness instructor and training towards my level 3 in personal training.

At school I studied BTEC sport, so I have a general understanding of what I need to do for this course. At the end of the BTEC, I came out of school with a Level 2 Distinction - it’s safe to say I surprised myself!

I think the main reason why I want to become a PT is because I want to be a part of the success that David and James have created in this business. When I first started kickboxing, the club was nothing compared to what it is now. David has transformed his business into something special, and me seeing what you can do with a limited amount of staff and a floor space is inspiring - I would like to help improve the business even further.

I am currently the lead instructor of the children’s classes here at Elemental Kickboxing and I am currently doing my level 2 fitness and instructing apprenticeship which will help towards my studies in becoming a PT.

When I am away from the gym, I like to stuff my face with food, binge watch Netflix and go on the PlayStation. My favourite movie has got to be The Fast and Furious franchise! I love listening to music in my spare time and did I mention eating? Because I love food! My favourite food is either pasta or a massive roast dinner and you’ve made me hungry talking about this'

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