About Simon Ridley

It started when Simon was at secondary school, he applied to work at his local leisure centre in Jersey and took a particular interest in the Gym. Learning ropes of the industry Simon was keen to add his training in tennis, which he played county level. He then went on to study his Level 2 qualification at 17 and started working part time in the gym and pool facilities as a lifeguard. Studying Leisure and Tourism for 2 years, put him in a position of learning all about the industry as well as working in it.

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1 year working full time,he then went travelling around Australia which built some well needed life skills, at this time it gave him the opportunity to think about his future career. He came back to the mainland and having family contacts in Bath began working casually, in mind that he wanted to work full time in the fitness industry.

 

2001 Bath Sports Centre revamp, got him a full time Job working in the gym as an instructor, 2005 he past his Level 3 and his diploma in Personal training gradually working his way up to become the lead personal trainer 2006 with a long list of clients.

 

2008-11 was all about putting plans in place to starting his own business starting up BSLC Boot Camp, working for BMI Health care and becoming a co/ founder of Fitedia an online Ebook Health and Fitness resource site, he soon realised that he thrived on working under his own terms. At this point in 2012 he made the jump to starting his own personal training business and his own brand Looking to change was born at this point meeting Paul. A few months had past and many discussions later Simon and Paul decided to pool their businesses together as a team and created Vibe Fitness Bath.

2012- 2017 5 years on and big step into learning how to work a business, and still mantaining a high level of service to his clients. In this time frame he went on to competeing in Triathlon with Paul and Joey. He completed London and Bournmouth Marathon an Ironman Distance Triathlon and breaking the 1hour 30 Bath half barrier. With his strong swimming as a lifeguard, spinning exercise experience and enjoying discovering new training programmes his fitness went from strength to strength, he then went on to qualify for Age group GB at 70.3 but unfortunately fell ill suddenly. With a set back to his own health it’s given him a big shift in realisation that health is vital to the lifestyle he desires and he instils this on his clients.

‘It’s a lifestyle choice to see me, you want to feel great and move well under your own steam, I can teach you that’

Training Knowledge

  • L2-L3 Exercise prescription
  • Personal Training Diploma
  • Postural Analysis
  • Foam Roller Practionner
  • TRX Specialist
  • Kettlebell Instructor
  • Certified VIPR trainer
  • Power Plate certified

Training Experiences

Simon has worked with clients in rehabilitation, working alongside physiotherapists at BMI healthcare specialising in Lower back and Hip rehab programming. Closely linking with various chiropractors and a facination for neurology and biomecahnics he lives and breathes what he loves. He has worked with clients that have achieved many fitness challenges from Triple Ironman, Sailing around the world to 5km Runs and dropping dress sizes. Now he finds himself  working with a lot of  people on maintainence programmes for health. His belief that technology has made an alarming shift into mindset and movement. Further to this working with all clients he encourages people to step out of that comfort zone and test the water so to speak. ‘It’s all in the planning and realistic goal setting and knowledge to boot says Simon.

Simonʼs experiences work, life and knowledge mould him into the trainer that will aid you in sustaining lasting change.

 

Away From Personal Training

Simon likes to stay pretty active, he plays tennis locally and partakes in regular Yoga sessions to relax. The complete switch off well he finds that part hard, but the only thing that seems to work is watching Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet.

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