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We are only human…

It’s happened again. It seems to be a perennial problem with me. I get so engrossed in the back room stuff here at Kirby’s Personal Training and Fitness as well as still figuring out everything that is not right with my ongoing knee issue, and before I know it I’m heavier than I have been in […]


What is Functional Exercise?

Here at Kirby’s Personal Training and Fitness Port Talbot, we often use the phrase functional movement or exercise, when describing movements within a programme for clients. Functional exercise/movement/training are big buzzwords in the fitness industry at the moment and I’m often asked what Functional Exercise is.  Most trainers, when asked, can’t actually give a specific definition. […]


Meet Sue

Sue started training here at Kirby’s Personal Training and Fitness at the end of September 2015. Sue had already lost a lot of weight through Slimming World but felt she needed the extra addition of an exercise programme to help push her towards her weight loss goals. Not only that, but Sue also understood the […]


A Decade On

Ten years ago at 6:45 this morning, I was sat on the floor of the bathroom punching myself full force in my over sized stomach, thumping lumps out of my huge thighs and screaming about how worthless and ugly I was, much to the worry of my poor husband. I had gotten up, full of […]


The cost of Personal Training in 2016

Firstly, Happy New Year. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed the festivities. Usually this is the time of year people crowd the gyms in a bit of a gun ho attempt to get fit, lose some weight and start habit change. Generally people will go for it in a too much too […]


Sometimes, you dig deep

And other times you dig really bloody deep. This last weekend I took on one race I’d been wanting to complete since I first tasted Obstacle Course racing.  I had my first OCR experience in 2012 at the Midlands Spartan Sprint. I fell instantly in love with the mud, walls, balances, ice crawls and all […]


Member of the Month May 2015

true to form May came and went and I completely forgot to update the blog. So, better late than really, really late…. Kirby’s Personal Training and Fitness Port Talbot would like to present: Please meet our Members of the Month for May 2015, Daryl and Natalie Richards. Daryl and I have known each other for a number of […]


Kettlebell on rocks by sea

Why Kettlebells?

It is a question I get asked a lot, because I make no apology for my love of those beautiful cast iron arse kickers. On a personal level, I have found them to be a great tool in helping address weaknesses in my own training and improve my knowledge on coaching as well as movement, and […]


Lead By Example Part 4

So week 3 came and went, and I totally didn’t update this page. This is mainly due to me having a much needed week off for the first time since I opened the doors of Kirby’s Personal Training and Fitness. Week 3 also saw me get the first cold I have had in about 18 […]


Member of the Month April 2015

Congratulations to Kirby’s Personal Training and Fitness  Member of the Month for April 2015: Ann Marie Keogh Ann Marie contacted me late December of last year,  with the goal to improve her posture. As a very well respected chiropractor, she’s is exceptionally aware of her own body’s movement and noticed that, due to her profession, her working day was […]