Andy Cowling

"The best piece of advice I have received is to never stop learning! Never close your mind to new ideas or approaches. Lead – don’t be led. Remember that there will always be an equally valid argument against something as there is for something – science shows us this every day, so you need to be able to make your own choices and ensure that it can be validated or proven in actual results."
"My greatest achievement in fitness is whilst working in an exercise referral scheme when I was approached to take on a patient outside the scheme remit. My client had suffered a massive stroke and had hardly any speech or movement control in the left side of their body. The client worked with a speech therapist, physiotherapist/ occupational therapist as well as myself. Within just 6 months I had him moving independently without the use of a stick, walking up and down stairs, swimming in the pool without floats, using gym equipment without assistance and generally enjoying a massively improved quality of life."

Andy has always been interested in sports and has played rugby most of his life.  He’s also represented Great Britain at American football. Andy taught in various gyms from the age of 20 and retired from sports aged 32 due to a spinal injury. He then turned his attention to tutoring although he continues to train daily as well as teach regular circuit and spinning classes. His passion is to gain continued knowledge and experience relating to both training and nutrition. 

Experience and expertise

  • Over 20 years’ experience in the fitness industry
  • Qualified in many disciplines including personal trainer, sports performance conditioning, body pump and body combat instructor, weight management and nutrition, exercise referral, core stability
  • Experienced in training people with varying levels of ability from elite athletes and sports people to exercise referral patients, stroke and cardiac rehabilitation
  • Various roles from gym instructor to national fitness manager, plus freelance personal trainer work and exercise referral consultant and scheme co-ordinator
  • Andy teaches and assesses the Personal Trainer and Exercise Referral for Health Management courses. In addition he offers technical support to students and is a Product Specialist, having worked for Future Fit Training since 2005

What are your specialist areas?

  • Level 3 Exercise Programming and Coaching
  • Exercise Referral
  • Marketing for Fitness Professionals
  • Exercise for Fat Loss
  • Advanced Resistance Training

What I love most about my work is to see people achieve things that they previously thought impossible.  By introducing exercise and healthy lifestyle changes they have a new lease of life.

What is your ethos?

Adapt, improvise and overcome. I like instructors/trainers to be original and strive to deliver programmes based around the needs and abilities of their clients.  They should set intensities and levels for their clients from evidence collated by screening and fitness assessments rather than from books or general guidelines. I get infuriated by trainers who make their clients perform ‘circus tricks’ in an attempt at impressing other potential clients, especially when the exercises are clearly not right for the client. I try to learn something new every day and I believe that no one person, programme or diet offers all the answers. You need to be holistic in your approach to training and lifestyle as well as the solutions required to achieve your goals.

Tell us something personal about yourself

I am a massive movies fan and I also really enjoy reading – especially sports biographies and anything that educates me on fitness and nutrition. However, my favourite thing ever is coaching my son’s mini rugby team based on pure joy of the game rather than results and performance. There is nothing better than seeing the smiles on kids’ faces when they enjoy sports in a nurturing environment.