We want to communicate that passion to as many people as possible. We believe that exercise and enjoyment of life are inextricably linked and that there is an enjoyable and rewarding exercise format for everyone. For most of us, exercise should not require iron-willed determination or huge sacrifice. Nor should it be something we feel obliged to do. Life is too short and there is too much fun to be had! We see it as our responsibility to help everyone we work with to enjoy what they do by offering them choice and helping them to find sustainable, inspiring and energising activities.
Training Partner has grown into a company with an array of skills, staffed by people who share a passion and enthusiasm for exercise. We began by providing personal training to high worth and often high profile individuals. We continue to work with these clients but as the company has evolved over the years we have revisited our mission statement and shifted our focus. We aim to help as many people as possible to enjoy the benefits and experiences sport and exercise have to offer without compromising the quality or consistency of service we provide.
We have worked with a wide range of organisations over the years including FTSE 100 companies, royalty, government organisations, charities, sports clubs and, of course, private clients. Our client list includes News International, Sky, the BBC, the Saudi royal family, the Royal Parks, the Corporation of London, Macmillan Cancer Care, Hampstead Rugby Football Club, the Consumer Association (publishers of Which? Magazines) and Newsprinters.
Currently studying for a PhD at Imperial College in the field of stem cell biology, Sahana has great interest in the science of the human body, its ability to change, repair itself and get stronger, so much so that it has fuelled another passion - in fitness.
Growing up in Bangalore, India, she competed in a variety of athletic events and picked up playing badminton at 8 years old, eventually going on to play at the Indian National level, and now represents Imperial College. After years of participating in Kags', Joe's, Gabriel's and Alan's classes and an unfortunate knee surgery later, Sahana was inspired to take her fitness education to the next level, by becoming an instructor herself. Her experiences have made her extremely aware of the importance of correct exercise technique, injury prevention, muscle balance and core strength.
Her classes are always creative but also challenging and effective and you are guaranteed to make friends with new muscles on the next day!
Joe has now been working in the fitness industry for 13 years. He teaches several class formats and works as a personal trainer in several locations around London. Joe's strengths lie in his ability to deliver a highly effective group fitness session whilst focusing on the individual needs of his participants. His sessions are always effective, challenging and, most of all, great fun. Joe is currently at Roehampton university completing a sports-related degree. In 2012 Joe was nominated as a torch-bearer for the Olympic Games here in London. He carried the flame through Islington on July 26th, the day before the opening ceremony.
Alan comes from a competitive sports background in running, swimming and waterpolo and has represented his club and county in waterpolo at an international level.
Alan is an infectiously energetic and enthusiastic person and is always up for a challenge. His classes are always fun, high octane and unpredictable (to say the least!).
After participating in both Joe's and Kags' classes, Alan decided to qualify as an instructor himself. He has been working in the fitness industry for six years now and specialises in endurance training, running, cycling, swimming, circuits, toning and weight reduction. He has also pioneered several unique new class formats, including his hugely popular - and always oversubscribed - Fat Blitzer class.
He regular competes in races over various distances up to and including marathons and has achieved some very respectable finish times.
Gabriel started his fitness career in unusual fashion, playing both competitive rugby to a high standard and dancing professionally. Both have been a major part of his life from early childhood and remain so to this day. However, forced to choose between the two he decided to become a professional dancer, training in many forms including Hip Hop, Salsa, Latin, Street Dance and Contemporary African. He has subsequently worked all over the world and, as a result, has developed dance styles influenced by many countries and cultures. He has spent extended periods in North and South America, earning the opportunity to dance at some of the world's most amazing venues and festivals. He has thoroughly enjoyed the opportunities dance has given him, including the opportunity to meet great people, visit some amazing countries and gain plenty of life experiences.
As the rigours and demands of training for countless hours, and constant touring and performing began to take their toll, Gabriel felt that it made perfect and complete sense to make the switch from dancer to personal trainer and teacher. His obvious passion for music and movement and his teaching expertise have made him an extremely popular class instructor and trainer. He has become the go-to trainer for North London and Hertfordshire for weight loss, weight gain, definition and body transformations.
Kags founded Training Partner while still at university. He holds many fitness and health qualifications, including the prestigious American College of Sports Medicine HFI Award and specialised certifications in Weight Control & Nutrition, Strength Training for Sports, Sports Injury Rehabilitation, Athletic Performance Coaching and Dynamic & PNF stretching. He is a qualified ski instructor and scuba divemaster and teaches several class formats, his favourites being Spinning and Circuit Training.
In addition to extensive gym-based personal training experience, Kags has worked as a fitness consultant on several TV productions, as a fitness coach for several sports teams, and as a personal trainer for the BBC and for several high-profile clients. He writes a regular column for a womens magazine and has occasionally written for other publications including The Times and Mens Health.
Formerly a keen oarsman and rugby player, he now enjoys swimming, cycling and, most of all, running and has competed in several triathlons, marathons and adventure races. He is obsessed beyond belief with skiing, snowboarding and mountains in general! He hopes to complete his first Ultra next year.
His aim is to help clients to target and achieve realistic goals through enjoyable, sustainable and challenging programmes - and to have fun along the way!