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Mark Wood, LFA Master Trainer

Mark has been working in fitness education for over 5 years, which is backed up by over 10 years of experience within the industry.

With a degree in Sports and Exercise Science, Mark provides exceptional practical knowledge and is skilled at working with exercisers of all levels, from first time trainers to athletes.

Mark is currently a Level 4 Personal Trainer, UKSCA accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach and is currently completing a MSc in Strength and Conditioning. Mark’s experience in the industry ranges from clients suffering with terminal illness to world class athletes, including professional rugby clubs, football clubs and marathon runners.

Alongside his role as an LFA Master Trainer, Mark is currently Head of Training at British Military Fitness and manages his own S&C business.

With a passion for delivering challenging training, Mark designs and develops the highest standards of fitness education to inspire and educate those he trains. Mark uses his knowledge and experience with his continuous professional development to ensure that people he trains receive high quality, professional training to achieve results.

Fitness Qualifications

  • Level 2 Gym Instructor
  • Level 2 Adapting Gym Instruction for Adolescents
  • Level 3 Personal Trainer.
  • Level 3 Sports Conditioning
  • Level 3 Exercise Referral
  • Level 3 Sports Massage
  • Level 4 Lower Back Pain
  • Functional Performance Diploma (Trainer)
  • Functional Performance Diploma (Therapy)
  • Rule the kettlebell
  • Stop, turn, accelerate
  • IKSA Kettlebells
  • Pre and post natal
  • Spinning Instructor.
  • TRX Instructor
  • Circuit Training Instructor
  • Level 1 and 2 F.A. coach.
  • Level 1 Netball coach.
  • Various IT qualifications.
  • PTTLS Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement
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Best Advice?

The key to success is consistency. Find an activity that you enjoy and take part in that. Forget what anyone says because if you don't enjoy something you are not going to stick to it. Whether it's the gym, classes, running or anything else, just do what you love.

Favourite Exercise?

Squat

Favourite piece of equipment?

Barbell and lifting platform

What is your personal motto?

Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional

No matter what you do, to a degree you will exposed to a level of pain and discomfort, that ok. Get comfortable being uncomfortable, accept that it's going to be, just don't suffer; suffering only makes it worse. Stay composed and compete the task at hand

What qualities do you believe an exercise professional requires to be successful in today’s industry?

I believe the biggest quality a successful fitness professional needs, is the ability to understand people and their minds. Exercise and nutrition is relatively simple, but people still don't succeed. We need to understand why they don't succeed when physiologically science explains well how to get results. Getting people to stick to the plan is the hardest part, therefore understand their thought processes will make you more effective.

How do you see the industry changing over the next few years?  

There has been a clear shift in the fitness industry with more and more strength and conditioning programmes becoming more popular. I think this is only the beginning and we are likely to see more and more of this in the future.

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