Andy is an award-winning Personal Trainer and elite endurance athlete with a passion for helping people get the most out of their lives. He is highly regarded as a lecturer, presenter, coach and trainer by both clients and peers alike. He started out as a very successful Personal Trainer but his passion for endurance sports particularly running has lead to him specialise in running and particularly ultra running.
He is constantly challenging himself to make the most out of the potential he has and that drive is obvious when he trains his clients as he encourages, supports, educates and motivates them to help them achieve more than they believe possible.
Andy started personal training in 1995 and with a thirst for knowledge completed numerous courses and workshops. He managed a team of ten personal trainers in a boutique PT Studio, ran his own PT business and also lectured in personal training at the Regency TAFE College in Adelaide. He has presented seminars to both trainers and clients on a regular basis and in 2004 won the South Australian Personal Trainer of the Year Award. In 2005 he a moved to London where in his first year he was runner up in the UK wide LA Fitness Personal Trainer of the year award.
Further studies, lecturing and several articles in magazines such as Women’s Fitness and Running Free followed. During this time Andy started working more and more with runners particularly ultrarunners. After 6 years in London he returned to Australia and established Mile 27 with the aim of providing the most complete training service for runners available anywhere in the world.
Diploma of Functional Therapy, FASTER UK
Diploma of Functional Performance, FASTER UK
Certificate of Advanced Functional Training, FASTER, UK
Certificate of Advanced Rehabilitation, Regency TAFE
Certificate IV Personal Training, Australian Institute of Fitness
Certificate III Gym Instructor, Australian Institute of Fitness
Scientific Back Training, C.H.E.K Institute
Scientific Abdominal Training, C.H.E.K Institute
Medicine Ball Training C.H.E.K Institute
Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach, A.S.C.A
Level 1 Triathlon Coach, A.S.C.A
Andy has a passion for extreme endurance events. In recent years he won the 2010 114-mile Hardmoors Ultramarathon, represented Australia in the 2009 World Trail Running Championships in the French Alps, won the 2008 Pennine 100 mile Challenge, breaking the course record by 4.5 hours, in 2007 finished in the top 3 per cent in arguably Europe’s toughest Ultramarathon the 100-mile Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc: a race that goes through three different countries and has more than 9000 metres of ascent and descent and in 2005 finished his first Ultramarathon the 95 mile West Highland Way Race.
Before he moved to London he completed the Australian Ironman Triathlon – a race involving 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and a 42.2km run seven times with a personal best of 9 hours 19 minutes. Twice he qualified for and finished the gruelling Hawaiian Ironman World Championships.
Andy has now moved back to Australia and continues to compete at an elite level, constantly looking for new challenges to inspire him. The drive and motivation that allows him to compete in these types of races is evident in the drive and passion he has for helping his clients. No stone is left unturned in his quest to help people reach beyond what they think is possible.
Being fit and healthy and helping other people to improve their health and fitness is not a job for Andy it is his life.