My name is James, and I started my life in fitness in my late teens. With nothing but the mildest of occasional running experience in my past, I decided to take up parkour (also known as freerunning) while looking for something new and exciting that would get me in shape. Finding little to no ingrained natural talent for parkour in myself, I was nontheless amazed to discover that with hard work, dedication and discipline, I was able to achieve things that I would have never thought myself capable of.

Alongside parkour, my interest in the wider field of strength, fitness and health also opened up. My focus over the next few years slowly began to shift and change until I realised that exercise and health had become the driving force in my life. My training instead instilled in me a new found confidence in myself and a love of teaching and encouraging others that I had not realised I possessed.

I quit my job and became a full time coach and personal trainer, eventually being part of a small team running a gym in London. As my desire to learn more about my chosen career grew, I decided to take another leap into the unknown and go to university at age 31, studying a Sports Therapy BSc.

My writings in this blog will share my experiences and thoughts on exercise, fitness, health, parkour, climbing, and whatever else comes up. Given my recent discovery of a love of statistics and research methods at university, some maths might also crop up (sorry).

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