Single-minded lead instructor Gavin Daniels joined the Royal Navy in 1998, with one aim – to become a Royal Navy PT.
Out of thousands of people in the Senior Service, Gavin won his place on a course of 20 people by completing an intense two-day assessment.
His training demanded he complete one of the hardest courses in the Armed Forces. He spent seven months doing 18 to 22 hour days of non-stop circuits and fitness assessments, not to mention passing more than 20 qualifications in sports and fitness. And with hard work, no sleep and the constant threat of removal from the course should he fail any three modules or the same exam twice, Gavin finished with zero exams failed and picked up an award along the way.
Post qualification, Gavin’s accolades and experiences included:
* Working with HMS Collingwood training Phase 2 trainees, experienced members of the armed forces.
* HMS Northampton running the daily fitness and morale activities for more than 350 people reporting to the captain on all issues, and responsible for driving the ship and co-ordinating manpower in times of war. During this time Gavin won the award for being the best PT in the Armed Forces.
* HMS Collingwood organising and promoting all outward bound activities for more than 5,000 people, while training and overlooking all aspects of fitness for the Royal Navy School of Command and Leadership.
* Horsea Island working with Royal Navy and Army clearance divers to raise their standards through devised training plan and working with aspects of the special forces. Here Gavin received yet another award for outstanding service and results.
On leaving the Royal Navy, Gavin worked as a very sought after PT at LA Fitness, Peak Performance and No Limits gyms. He has also worked with international rugby players from England, New Zealand, Japan, Tonga, Canada and USA as well as a host of current Premiership rugby players.
Gavin and partner Carrie set up Military Fitness Circuits in 2011. Since then the classes have grown from strength-to-strength, with Gavin and Carrie gaining another award in 2013 when MFC was named Small Business of the Year in the Rugby Business Awards.
Welshman Gavin’s training interests include strength and sports condition improvement. He loves seeing people’s faces when they realise the correct technique for dead lifts etc and the clear indication of pain. He promises that clients will never do anything gimmicky and he only encourages them to carry out exercises they can do – but they must be able to squat, deadlift and lunge correctly!
Mum of four, midwife, business entrepreneur and Gavin’s long-suffering partner– what more can we say about Carrie?
Carrie set up Military Fitness Circuits with Gavin just three years ago and since then has seen the business go from strength to strength.
With a degree in midwifery and years of experience working in a busy hospital maternity unit, Carrie is perfectly placed to help advise on the special exercise needs that mums-to-be and new mums have. And with four children of her own, Carrie also understands the importance of exercise and fitness for growing kids, helping to establish the mini-military circuits earlier this year.
Carrie is also responsible for much of the backroom organisation behind the success of MFC, turning her hand to everything from ordering the t-shirts to putting together the monster-sized entries into trail runs and the week-long MFC break, liaising with new events organisers and promoting the MFC brand.
Looking to the future, Carrie has high hopes for MFC, which was awarded the title Small Business of the Year at this year’s Rugby Business Awards. She said: “Military Fitness Circuits isn’t just about the fitness, we have a real community here and we have so many people who are now doing things that they would never have believed possible before, whether that is running races or losing weight or having the self-belief to achieve their dreams.
“I want to replicate that sense of community in other towns and areas and build the same business relationships wherever MFC is.”
Hi I’m Becki and I’ve been working with Military Fitness Circuits since Summer 2012. In my younger days I completed a sports science degree at the University of Liverpool, specialising in Exercise Physiology and Sports Coaching, and I work at Ashlawn School as the Head of PE. In my spare time I love to train at MFC and can often be found in one of Gav’s classes! I also enjoy playing netball and rounders, as well as show jumping and dressage. I take the beginners classes at MFC, and I’m very proud of the ladies and gents who have been part of my classes – their weight loss, change of body shape and massive increase in fitness levels have been astounding and their motivation never ceases to amaze me.
Rob has worked with military fitness since may 2012 and has bought a wealth of experience and training with him. He has achieved BTEC national diploma in sports development and fitness, YMCA level 2 & 3 personal training and NVQ advanced level 3 fitness instructor. Rob’s passion is football achieving high standards personally in addition also has under his belt he has FA level 1& 2 coaching football and CLSA (community, sports, leadership, award) level 1. Also qualified in first aid at work and as a pool & emergency responder.
Tony is married with 3 kids and two beautiful grandchildren. He started as a client of MFC in April 2012 when he saw the classes Gavin started running while rehearsing at Impact dance with a team of dad dancers Dadversity. Dadversity decided that they really needed to get fit for the following years show. He attended one, then two and eventually within 6 month four classes a week. He was well and truly bitten by the MFC Fitness Bug. With hard work an dedication 1 year later, three stone lighter and 9″ off his belly Tony fell in love with Trail Running and Obstacle Course Running. Completing the Rat Race Dirty Weekend worlds largest assault course 20 mile and 200 obstacles as well as many other events such as The Iron Run and Wolf runs. As a qualified Scout leader with over 20 year experience in hill walking and outward bound activities Tony added MFC instructor to his CV. In partnership with Parallel Coaching Tony is now a qualified Kettlebell Instructor, Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer. He can also be seen heading for his own personal goals while attending circuits during the week practising what he preaches!!!
Sally is a qualified fitness instructor who is a fully qualified personal trainer and kettlebell instructor. She is a fabulous combination of brains and brawn with a degree and an MSc in forensic psychology, having previously had a career as a psychologist working with offenders and adolescents. She is a fitness and gym fanatic who thrives on the energy of circuit classes and the group exercise experience. She is a warm and engaging individual who understands the emotional barriers that we can so easily construct between ourselves and our fitness dreams. She began her own journey towards fitness in her late thirties after starting her family. Ten years later she is still enjoying the benefits of a whole new positive outlook on life and the personal fulfilment that comes with the achievement of fitness goals. Sally is delighted to join the Military Fitness team and very much looking forward to sharing your fitness journey with you.
Fiona has been away in Northampton for a couple of years, but now she’s back! A level 2 circuit instructor, advanced boxing instructor, advanced kettlebell instructor and a level 2 suspension instructor, Fiona loves finding new and interesting ways to get people fit and active. Fiona’s true passion lies in running, though. A former triathlon coach, she has experience of working with multi sport athletes on technique and progression. However, her own running history is far from conventional! After having run her second only half marathon a couple of years ago, she found herself in a 24 hour race team… which allowed her to see her true talent- endurance. After the experience of running while tired, she was convinced to enter an ultra, which saw the start of a year of clocking up enough miles to get from London to Budapest! The experience gained from dealing with extreme conditions, physical and mental tiredness and nutrition has led her to giving back some of her knowledge and hard earned wisdom to those that want to build up a better endurance base. Fiona was also an avid OCR eventer before she discovered long distance, having raced with MFC at Rat Race and Wolf Run. She was among the first to try The Suffering 10 miler in its inaugral year, Pandemonium and Sole Destroyer. After returning to Rugby she has rediscovered her love for rolling around in muck and will be joining Team MFC for some muddy madness again.
I qualified recently as a Master Trainer through the European Institute of Fitness and also have my REPs level 3 in Personal Training. I specialise in motivational and lifestyle coaching, nutrition and weight management including accelerated fat lose.
I have experience of working with clients with Diabetes, High BP, Arthritis, Pre and Post Natal care or back care issues.
My passion for fitness started at an early age when I used to compete nationally in swimming and has continued to grow from cycling to surfing to bodybuilding and lots more in between.
I know first hand how regular exercise and proper nutrition can benefit your everyday life and state of mind. My goal is to help others live a happier and healthier life.