Meet some of the Team

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Meet the Team

We are a team of dedicated professionals, ready to do whatever it takes to help you achieve your goals.

Claire Pennington

Claire Pennington

Owner, Personal Trainer and Studio Instructor

“The hub is a friendly, independent approachable gym with lots of character.”

After having completed a degree in Marketing and Drama Claire went on to build a career in Sales. Claire opened The Portishead Hub in 2011, moving into the new premises in 2013. During that period Claire had a little girl, Ava in 2012 and a boy, Presley in 2013. Naturally motivated and motivational, Claire returned back to fitness and training and hasn’t looked back. In 2016 she expanded the brand and hub Chepstow was born. Now she manages both gyms and plans to extend the business again in the future. Claire is constantly looking at ways to expand her knowledge and alongside the business is passionate about The Hub Body Transformation courses designed for women.

It almost goes without saying (if you’ve read the above!) that Claire is hard-working and ambitious and dotes on her ‘two little babies’. Having done it herself she also loves helping people get back into fitness, tries to help local charities as much as she can and quite simply “loves the environment of the gym.” Running your own business is challenging, it can be hard to fit everything in and you can’t always please everyone but at the hub we definitely try. Claire credits the talented team that works for her to ensure that the hub is a friendly, independent and approachable gym with lots of character.

Qualifications

BA (hons) Marketing & Drama
Personal Trainer
Level 1 CrossFit Coach
Total Barre Instructor
CrossFit Kids Instructor
PiYo Instructor

Charlie James

Charlie James

Personal Trainer and Class Instructor

Charlie has a passion for Personal Training and Instructing and enjoys motivating his clients to the fullest. As a fitness professional, Charlie executes a positive attitude combined with challenging exercises suiting his client’s specific goals

Charlie devises specific exercise programs using functional movements on the gym floor and his knowledge as a bodyweight expert to bring a lot of creativity to his style of training and to help track your progression for success.

He understands balance in living a healthy lifestyle through correct nutrition and fitness. Posture, balance and strength are key elements for lifelong fitness.

“I specialise in the development of full body movement, core control, confidence, body shape and strength building. I find it essential my clients are informed, as well as fully understand the physiological benefits that can be gained from the right attitude towards a healthy lifestyle”

Qualifications

Level 2 Fitness Instructor
Certified Level 3 Personal Trainer
Class Instructor – Super Sculpt, Express Core, Bodyblitz
Calisthenics Coach
Core Specialist
Crossfit Level 1

Linda Probert

Linda Probert

Portishead General Manager

I first joined the hub to take part in the Body Transformation Bootcamp in April 2014 and found a new love for fitness and training. Following the course I continued going to many studio sessions a week loving the variety of classes on offer. Since October 2016 I also joined CrossFit Portishead and have loved learning more new training ideas and joining the community.

Later in 2014 the opportunity came up to work at the hub with the administration department, I jumped at the chance and have since taken on more and more responsibilities over time to become Portishead General Manager.

It is great to work and train with such a friendly highly motivated team in a job that I also get to meet and assist such a large and wide variety of clients.

Aimee Schools

Aimee Schools

Chepstow Manager

I joined the hub as a Gym Assistant in August 2015 after previously being a member since June 2014. As the gym became my favourite hobby outside of studying my A levels at Gordano School, I decided I wanted to join the hub team as everyone was always so welcoming and I appreciated the community environment.

I wasn’t always interested in fitness from a gym aspect until I joined the hub and started building relationships with other members and everyone who worked at the gym; they all motivated me, made me realise what my goals were and started helping me to achieve them.

I am now Manager of the Chepstow premises, but I also teach various classes across both gyms and I am studying towards my Level 3 Personal Training qualification.

Qualifications

Level 2 Fitness Instructor

Sarah Matyjasik

Sarah Matyjasik

Personal Trainer - Portishead & Chepstow

Sarah has been weight training for many years and has always loved being fit and strong. After a ‘decide to decide’ moment in January 2015 Sarah realised it was time to shift and take her fitness to a new level. Following the FIT programme with Forever due to loving the products and working with them for over 10 years Sarah achieved great results and was inspired to set some new ‘big fitness goals’ one of which was to get on stage and compete. In September 2015 Sarah stepped on stage for the very first time, finding it scary but also a lot of fun she qualified for a place in the British PCA finals the following year, she has since competed again in 2016 in two more shows and received invites to the British PCA and NABBA Novice finals.

Sarah has now completed her formal training in fitness to Level 3 in Personal Training to underpin all the experience she has gained over the years to put to good use helping clients achieve their health & fitness goals. Having a real passion for nutrition Sarah believes this is a huge part of success in long term body fat loss and muscle or lean tissue gains.

Currently studying for an Advanced Diploma in Nutrition & Weight management, Sports Nutrition, Children’s Nutrition & Obesity, Pre & Post Natal Nutrition and Behavioural Change Management Sarah believes this will allow her to provide even more specific programmes for her clients to enable them to make even greater lifestyle changes.

For more information about the services Sarah provides please call on 07879 630612 or message through social media.

Jeff Nutt

Jeff Nutt

Personal Trainer

Jeff has a passion for Personal Training, Body Building and helping clients reach their goals. Jeff has previously competed on the Bodybuilding circuit winning the European Championships in 2005 and placing 7th at Mr Universe the same year. On placing in the British Bodybuilding Championships in 2009 Jeff once again qualified for Mr Universe.

Whether your goals are to lose weight and gain general fitness or to obtain a look similar to that of a bodybuilder or fitness competitor Jeff has the expertise to help you reach those objectives.

‘ I am passionate at delivering results to those who are committed to achieving them, I can provide the bespoke training program specific to your needs’

Specialities

Body Transformation
Bodybuilding competition prep

James Allen

James Allen

Personal Trainer & Gym Assistant - Chepstow & Portishead

James originally discovered his interest for fitness from competing as an amateur boxer from a young age, then at the age of 16 realised his passion was weight lifting. This h progressed onto focusing on body building and training for aesthetics. He continues to use functional training in his workouts to increase strength and performance.

‘I am highly motivated to help others to achieve their personal goals, as this gives me just as much satisfaction as achieving my own.’

In June 2016 James competed in his first body building show and came 3rd place at UKDFBA USN classic in the teen category. From doing this he learnt a lot about diet and nutrition, as well as various ways of training to achieve the high standard of conditioning. ‘This has inspired me to use my knowledge to help clients accomplish their goals; whether they are looking to lose body fat, gain muscle or improve general fitness. I believe it is important to tailor fitness regimes to suit individuals as everybody wants different results.’

Qualifications

Level 2 Fitness Instructor
Level 3 Personal Trainer
Spin Instructor
Class Instructor

Rakan Sabbah

Rakan Sabbah

Personal Trainer and Studio Instructor

“The hub is the best place to get fit, to keep fit and to get fitter!”

Rakan was born in England but left at a very young age with family to live in Jordan, returning to England in 2013 to follow his dream of becoming the best that he could be in delivering his expertise in the sports and fitness industries to his clients. As befits a hub instructor, Rakan has always enjoyed most types of sports and loves to be challenged in everything. He will never say no to trying something new and also possesses that never give up mentality, a trait he likes to see in the people he trains with.
On his return to England Rakan asked locally where the best gym was and the answer was the hub-the rest, as they say, is history. Now Rakan does a bit of sales when the need arises but his main role is as an instructor/pt. Rakan gets immense job satisfaction, especially “seeing people working hard trying to make a change in their lives in and out of the gym.”

With this in mind, Rakan gets frustrated when people that can do it just give up too easily; especially those that really have the potential but end up taking the wrong path. Knowing this, Rakan cannot be more enthusiastic about the hub’s benefits, stating that the hub is “the best place to be to keep fit, to get fit and to get fitter. The hub offers a lot from classes to PT, to bootcamps, whilst also always looking to do something new and exciting for their members and always trying to motivate. The hub offers help to anyone because we like seeing people doing better than they expected because that’s what the hub offers.

Daisy Jones

Daisy Jones

Personal Trainer - Chepstow

Hi! I’m Daisy, your new PT. My passion in life is helping others find empowerment, strength and confidence, the same way I did.

I specialise in weight lifting, cardio strength training and HITT and love nothing more than the feeling I get after a hard session, when I’ve burned off some steam and my muscles are fully exhausted. I’ve helped people achieve their health and fitness goals through at home workouts for the past 6 months, and now I’m ready to take it a step further.

Whether you want to build that J-Lo bum, tone up, lose fat or just generally get your health and fitness up, I’ll be your biggest fan and will be cheering you on and holding your hand, every step of the way.

You can become healthy, strong and toned in an achievable and maintainable way, and have a laugh whilst you do it. Come train with me and TOGETHER, we’ll start the first day of the new and happier YOU

Qualifications

Level 2 Fitness Instructor
Level 3 Personal Trainer

Darren O’Sullivan

Darren O’Sullivan

Studio Instructor - Chepstow

From a young age I have always been interested in sport whether it be Rugby, Athletics or Martial Arts. At the age of 17 I was selected for the Welsh Athletics team and was moving forward to trials for team GB until an injury unfortunately ended this avenue.

Following a rethink about my career I found a new passion for weight training and fitness in general and decided to go to college and train to be a Fitness Instructor. I am now hoping to progress on to become a Level 3 Personal Trainer at the Hub

I have always wanted to be involved in the Fitness Industry and find that helping people reach their goals and achieving things they didn’t see possible is very rewarding. I am looking forward to becoming a part of such a friendly and welcoming team pushing myself and others towards achieving our goals.

Qualifications

Level 2 Fitness Instructor
Circuits Instructor
Spin Instructor
Studio Resistance Instructor

Becky Smart

Becky Smart

Personal Trainer - Chepstow

I am extremely passionate about training individuals towards their personal fitness goals,
from weight loss to confidence building.

I cater for all my clients needs, creating fun and innovative programs. I love to help people
who hate gyms to fall in love with fitness.

As a mum of two beautiful children, who are also passionate about fitness, I understand how
hard it is to get time to work out, but it is so important for you to get back to exercise with an
expert who understands exactly what postnatal bodies need.

I specialise in high intensity workouts that maximum calorie burn in minimum time, also
working on strength, conditioning and technique.

Qualifications

Level Three Personal Trainer
Dance Instructor
Pound Fit Instructor
Group Studio Cycling Instructor
Pre/Post Natal Exercise

Ben Hicken

Ben Hicken

Gym Assistant - Portishead

I hadn’t always been very active when I was young, I had tried many different sports and physical activities growing up but nothing that I was enthusiastic enough to stick with. That was until a friend of mine introduced me to the gym while at university. After seeing some great positive results in myself both physically and mentally as well as the many close friendships I had made at the gym I knew it had me hooked for life and it quickly became my favourite thing to do outside of my artwork.

After university I went travelling in America and I discovered Calisthenics which has become my main focus in the gym as I love the variety of challenging things I can do with my own body and its focus on movement and flexibility.

I had been coming to the hub for years before I began working here and it as always been my favourite gym to go to as it brings together many different aspects of physical activity under one roof to form a great community of people passionate about fitness.

Brandon Murphy

Brandon Murphy

Apprentice - Chepstow

I have always had an interest in Sport and Athletics whether it be Football to MMA ever since I was very young.I have recently focused my training on Weight Lifting and Body Building, it is a very big passion of mine and I hope to one day become a personal trainer and compete in a Physique Modelling competition.

If I set my mind to something I will not stop until I achieve it and I believe everyone should try to have this sort of mindset and not give up so easy, it’s all about determination and resilience.

I would one day like to help other people achieve their goals just like I love achieving my own.

Sophie Scrivens

Sophie Scrivens

Administrator - Chepstow

I started attending The Hub in Chepstow when it first opened and thought it had such a good atmosphere and vibe throughout the gym. Every member of staff made me feel so much more confident and was always there if I needed some help in any way. This is when I decided I wanted to be a part of the lovely Hub team.

I was employed as the administrator assistant which is so me because I want to continue this career throughout life. I started studying a Business Diploma at Filton College in September 2016 and I have nearly completed the course. Fitness never used to be my strong point but working here has made me realise training is so important and the encouragement from all the other members of staff is amazing and they are the ones that stop me from eating a piece of cake every day.