Meet John

Bakewell Personal Trainer

John Gilroy

Bakewell Personal Trainer
Specialist Area: 
FITISM Fitness
Q & A: 

1. What is your greatest life achievement?
Packing a parachute for the very first time by myself and it worked

2. What is your great fitness achievement?
Completing my very first Lanyard Trophy event (40 miles with 40kg backpack) in the Black Mountains as a scrawny 18-year-old. On my first training session with a full backpack I lasted all of 1.5 miles before I started to drop back, 4 weeks later I was leading the junior team home to a top 5 finish.

3. Why do you work for FITISM?
I like to surround myself with amazingly awesome people.

4. What are your fitness goals right now?
I’ve just started to follow the crossfire games, watching some of the events has made me aware that I need to work on my upper body strength. So my goal is to get stringer whilst still keeping my CV fitness.

5. What part of your body do you hate the most
My chin.

6. What part of your body do you love the most?
My beard because it hides my chin

7. What did you eat for breakfast this morning?
Scrambled egg, chopped cherry tomatoes, 1 slice of wholemeal bread and 2 cups of Yorkshire tea.

8. What's your idea of the ultimate cheat meal?
Giant Yorkshire pudding filled with sausage casserole.

9. What have you done or achieved that we might not know about?
I have completed a half marathon in Bagdad and Afghanistan. The routes were protected by US Marines whilst we were running (crazy times)

10. What’s your most embarrassing moment?
I once left my baggage unattended before going on a flight. My bag was searched whilst going through security, the guards were quite surprised to find some very risqué objects that my mates had decided to pack me off with.

11. Why and how did you get into health and fitness?
I joined the Army at the age of 16, before joining I was given some advice from an old Royal Marine who used to drink with my Grandad. His advice was simple “be fitter, faster and stronger than the person next to you and you will have an easy life.” I soon understood the meaning of this after being constantly told in basic training”if you’re not fast, you’re last” and trust me nobody wanted to be last. Life was easier if you were fast.

12. What's your favourite exercise?
Burpees. Simple, effective and nowhere to hide.

13. Who is your fitness role model?
Alex Drage, it’s a privilege to follow in the big mans footsteps.

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