During my Higher National Diploma in Leisure Studies at West Herts College, I favoured health, fitness and outdoor subjects. Working as a gym instructor and a conservation volunteer during spare time. I saved up for my first formal fitness qualification, Exercise to Music (1998).
I completed an Environmental Planning degree at Bangor Uni (2000). This wasn't where I learnt self discipline though. 'Twas the result of tough training with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers Territorial Army. The fun part, running a lot. It amplified my fondness for the great outdoors. So, when offered a Countryside Management Masters Degree, it was a no brainer. Term time meant working in the fitness scene. Outside Uni I continued volunteering for various environmental organisations. I even worked at Sunseed in Spain where I manned the office via solar power!
After graduation I was employed as a researcher. During summer I ran relaxation sessions, Body Pump classes, early bird circuits at 7am and health screening consultations at LA Fitness in Bromley. I volunteered again. This time in the settings of hospital and pirate radio in London. I dabbled as a presenter and host for high end brands through modelling agency work where I gained useful hospitality and event management skills.