Will Downing, Personal Training and Strength and Conditioning
I've been working as a strength and conditioning coach and as a personal trainer for the last 7 years in the United Kingdom, China and Canada.
I studied in London and Leeds in the UK, and worked in London, Beijing and now in Vancouver, Canada.
I’ve worked in many high performance environments and while at British Fencing I was published along with other coaches in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
A strength and conditioning (S&C) coach differs from a personal trainer in that they focus on the performance of athletes for a specific sport. A personal trainer works with the general population primarily for general health and fitness improvements.
These are some of the organisations I've worked for as an S&C coach:
Beijing National Wrestling Team
British Fencing World Class Program
Charlton Athletic Football Club
Saracens Rugby Academy
Wasps Rugby Academy
Henley Hawks Rugby
My work as a personal trainer took me to Third Space in London which is arguably one of the best gyms in Europe. Here, I focused on training clients to either lose weight, be healthier, musculoskeletal rehabilitation or train for an event such as a marathon or obstacle race.
Each individual has different needs, whether that be a professional athlete or general public, each person should have a tailored approach to their training and not a cookie cutter approach.
In my own time, I enjoy learning and get inspiration from books. I also enjoy developing a new skill set and have recently completed an Adobe Illustrator Course.
I've completed obstacle races, 10km's and the odd triathlon. The most challenging race I’ve done was a 24-mile "run" called Man Vs Mountain (pictured left). Such a great event and one I would recommend!
BA Leisure and Sport Studies
MSc Strength and Conditioning (Distinction)
MSc Sports Rehabilitation (Merit)
Rocktape Level 1+2
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM)
Sports Massage Level 4
Trigger Point Therapy