I was 13 when I was christened ‘Bison’ for the first time...
I was 13 when I was christened ‘Bison’ for the first time. I was playing rugby against my older brother and his friends when one exclaimed ‘look at him, he’s rampaging like a bison!’ the name stuck and years later friends and relatives still call it me. When it came to naming my business, it was a no-brainer!
I was very sporty during my school years but on going to University I fell into a typical student lifestyle of booze, junk food and a complete lack of exercise. I eventually came away from University with a degree in Leisure Management but a body that tipped the scales at over 22 ½ stone. After experiencing health problems linked to my weight I decided enough was enough. I took up running and jujitsu and started playing football again. Daily exercise and managing my diet became the norm and I eventually reduced my weight to 14 stone.
During this period of weight loss I was working as a Civil Servant in the Department for Education. Although I eventually became a Project Manager in a relatively senior position I always felt like a round peg in a square hole with a number of unhappy years working there sending me into a spiral of anxiety and depression.
REPS L4: Obesity and Diabetes Specialist
ITEC: Diploma in Sports Massage
ITEC: Taping and Strapping
REPS L4: Behaviour change
REPS L3: Exercise Referral
REPS L3: Personal Trainer
REPS L3: Nutrition and Weight Management
REPS L3: Client psychology
REPS L3: Advanced Anatomy
REPS L3: Functional Equipment Training
REPS L2: Gym Instructor
REPS L2: Exercise for Fat Loss
REPS L2: Advanced Resistance Training
2:1 BA Hons – Leisure and Tourism Management
Accredited PRINCE2 Practitioner Project Manager
Mental Health First Aid
I eventually decided on a career change, where I could be my own boss, be passionate about my work and help people based on my own experiences. From this process of change Bison Personal Fitness was born.