“HUMAN ANATOMY IS THE STUDY OF THE STRUCTURE AND RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN BODY PARTS. PHYSIOLOGY IS THE STUDY OF THE FUNCTION OF BODY PARTS AND THE BODY AS A WHOLE.”
I believe that every fitness professional should strive to acquire at least an advanced level of anatomy and physiology knowledge. Our clients entrust us with their bodies and their minds; after all we are given the privilege to manipulate factors that influence their lifestyle hugely, such as training and nutrition. Although, most often the picture is not complete without discussing and manipulating even more private areas such as sleep, digestion, injury rehabilitation, stress and mental health. On what, if not on a sound foundation in anatomy and physiology, are we to build our professional integrity? How can we claim to be able to support our clients in changing their bodies, minds and lifestyles, if we are not experts in the study of the human body and mind?
I dedicated five years to the study of two degrees in human anatomy; these included full-body human cadaveric dissection, functional anatomy and biomechanics, individual variation in anatomy, neuroanatomy, and elements of forensic human identification. I graduated with a first class BSc Honours degree in Human Anatomy, and an MSc with Merit in Forensic Anthropology and Human Identification, both from the Centre for Anatomy and Human Identification at the University of Dundee. I continued my career as an anatomist by working with asthma, allergy and COPD patients in respiratory research at the University of Dundee School of Medicine. I currently teach Anatomy & Physiology summer courses at the University of St. Andrews Medical School, and demonstrate human anatomy to undergraduate and postgraduate anatomy and medical students in the dissecting room at the University of Dundee.
Why, suddenly, Personal Training? I truly enjoy teaching students, and I absolutely loved working with patients. However, during the past years I realised that in the medical field, we spend most of our time on treatment of ill health, or focussing our research efforts on improving disease management. This is often frustrating, and sometimes made me feel like I was able to help too little and too late. I have met patients and wished I could have reached out to them half a century ago, which is when I would have been able to influence their lifestyle with my knowledge about health and fitness; maybe I could have prevented their current suffering. I have seen patients and wished I could spend more time making them understand why a healthy lifestyle is fundamental to the improvement of their condition. Long story short, these experiences were my motivation to become a certified Personal Trainer, Coach and Fitness Instructor.
I would like to dedicate my time, effort and knowledge towards the prevention of ill health by making you see what I see, by making you understand what I understand. I firmly believe that my knowledge base of human anatomy and physiology is one of the most important tools to help you achieve your fitness and exercise goals. My approaches are based on peer-reviewed scientific research, focus on mindful methods that are sustainable long-term, and I aim to educate my clients and spark their passion for a life-long commitment to a healthier, fitter and balanced lifestyle.
“THERE WILL COME A POINT IN FUTURE WHEN WE WILL AIM TO GIVE NO MEDICINE, BUT INSTEAD INTEREST OUR PATIENTS IN THE CARE OF THE HUMAN FRAME, IN DIET AND IN THE CAUSE AND PREVENTION OF DISEASE.”