My business offers personal training to people who want to be in the UK Armed forces (Army, RAF, Royal Navy and Royal Marines). The main focus is on getting individuals fit and ready so that they can pass their initial fitness test with ease and to help them overcome specific challenges related to their fitness. No matter which branch of the armed forces a person wants to join, every candidate must complete a 1.5 mile run, and perform a sit-up and push-up endurance test. Certain roles also require candidates to complete a multi-stage fitness test (bleep/beep test).
My name is Robin Blackborow, I am a health and fitness professional who specialises in helping people get fit for the Armed Forces. I have been in the health and fitness industry for over 5 years and I have a strong background in strength and endurance training.
My passion for fitness really kicked off when I was living in Ireland and I became really interested in body building. When I began, I never had a personal trainer or a nutrition coach. All of the information and knowledge I acquired about fitness back then was through trial and error and by learning from others.
My interest grew over the years, which eventually lead me to spending a year in Thailand at a Mixed Martial Arts camp on the island of Phuket. It was here that my own personal levels of fitness reached a record high, not only because I was subjected to unconventional training methods, but because I had access to some of the world’s best physical training instructors and mind coach specialists. I also had an amazing personal Muay Thai coach who inspired me to push the boundaries of my fitness and endurance and it was thanks to him that I had the courage to fight competitively.
During my time in Thailand, I developed a passion for personal training and knew it was something I wanted to do as a career and I made plans to set up my own personal training business in Phuket. Unfortunately, a short while later I sustained an injury as a result of one of my fights and I had to cut the whole thing short. I returned to England a few weeks later, and although I was disappointed and in pain, I decided that I still wanted to help others achieve their true health and fitness potential.
After several months of rest and recovery, I became qualified as personal trainer in the UK. I know work part time as a personal trainer at a gym and also do personal training at my own home fitness studio.
My passion for fitness comes from the satisfaction of overcoming challenges, both physical and mental and seeing those changes benefit you in everyday life. For me, optimal health means an optimal lifestyle which is why I focus on the nutrition and mindset aspects of health too. I am a huge advocate of the Primal and Paleo lifestyle principles and it’s something I incorporate into my own lifestyle and my training programmes.
I also believe that no matter what profession or lifestyle you lead, you should always define yourself a goal if you are to be truly happy. One of my favourite quotes comes from a man called Maxwell Maltz , and I think it’s words we should live by – “We are built to conquer environment, solve problems, achieve goals, and we find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve“.