Andy’s approach to conditioning, fitness and training comes from the 16 years he spent in the military where he served as a Paratrooper. When serious injury threatened to curtail his active service, Andy fought back to operational fitness despite being advised that he would be unable to do so.
For the three years after his injury, he was Lead Instructor for pre-parachute selection, as one of the toughest courses in the British Army. He then transferred to the Royal Army Physical Training Corps where he was able to focus his skills by heading up the rehabilitation centre at ATC Pirbright; the Army’s largest recruit and training development centre.
Having left the Forces in 2008, he became the Academy’s Head of Strength and Conditioning at rugby league’s Celtic Crusaders during their inaugural Super League season. Andy later decided to widen the reach of his S&C coaching, gaining his UKSCA accreditation to work with a wide array of athletes.
Andy is the owner of The Training Lab, which is a performance-based centre in the UK and home to CrossCore Europe (rotational body-weight training), As well as being a brand ambassador for Kinetica, he regularly contributes to national fitness publications such as Ultra Fit, Muscle and Fitness and was part of the Top 25 trainers in the world ‘to listen to for advice’ in Men’s Fitness magazine.
Andy spends the majority of his time coaching athletes across the UK and Europe; clients include a Paralympic skier, a South Pole expedition endurance team, professional MMA fighters, CrossFit athletes and rugby players. As a coach that likes to walk the walk and continually push his own boundaries, Andy has achieved first place in strongman events, competed in duathlons as well as training and leading a team to 3rd place in the Yukon River Challenge, rowing 750km in 55 hours and raising £83,000 for the Help 4 Heroes charity.
Check out Andy's website www.ironmacfitness.com