About SciFit Personal Training, Redcar, Cleveland

After over twenty years working for ICI as a Research Scientist I’m now applying my scientific skills and knowledge as a Physical Specialist. I have been educated via the NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) in Personal Training and Corrective Exercise which are considered to be the gold standard in the field, and I’m currently a REPS (Register of Exercise Professionals) Level 4 Advanced Instructor and Level 4 Sports Massage Therapist.

Physical Specialists offer more detailed and prescriptive exercise coaching and are for those who are dedicated to achieving the very best results or those with injuries / special considerations.

Using the most advanced postural and movement based screens and assessments, a Physical Specialist will identify their clients’ dysfunction or injury and will coach them through every step on the road to top-level performance or simply back to full fitness.

I apply the NASM OPT™ model to exercise programming delivered in four weekly phases of systematic progressive training over twelve week time frames. The progressive, systematic approach ensures a safe journey for any client to their fitness goal encompassing flexibility, cardiorespiratory, core, balance, reactive, resistance, and speed agility and quickness training.

Training has to be periodised as the body will adapt to specific movement and routines so that they become easier to perform and further continuation of the same training stimulus will not cause further improvements. The training stimulus must be varied as detailed below to ensure continued progression.


NASM OPT™ Model demonstrating the phases of periodised training.


Phase 1 – Stabilisation Endurance Training

Focus: Muscular Endurance & Stability while developing optimal communication between ones nervous & muscular system (Neuromuscular efficiency).
Research shows that insufficient stabilisation can negatively affect the way force is produced by the muscles, increases the stress at the joints, overload the soft tissue, and, eventually cause injury.

Phase 2, 3 & 4 – Strength Training

P2 – Strength Endurance

Focus: Enhance stabilisation endurance while increasing prime mover strength through performing a super-set sequence with similar joint mechanics.

P3 – Hypertrophy

Focus: Maximal muscle growth.

P4 – Maximal Strength

Focus: Maximal prime mover strength by lifting heavy loads.

Phase 5 – Power Training

Focus: The development of speed and power through performing a super-set sequence with similar joint mechanics.