Why I became a Personal Trainer

I became a Personal Trainer as I wanted to help people achieve something really special and feel good about themselves as I did when I completed my first marathon.

I believe exercise should be fun, something you enjoy doing and look forward to, an opportunity to discover what you can do today that you couldn’t do yesterday. It should never be something you feel you have to do.

My mission is to inspire more people to become active, to do it for themselves and enjoy the benefits it brings both mentally and physically. I want to help people make being active part of who they are and the driving force behind everything they do rather than feel like it’s a means to an end.

My Story

I suffered a back problem when I was 26 and that inspired me to take action about my fitness as I didn’t want to go through life affected by back pain like my Mum did. So I signed up for the London Marathon and got in first time! I wasn’t fit but knew I needed to do something. 

Crossing the finish line gave me an amazing sense of achievement and the desire to help others achieve things they might not think are possible for them. I thought that if I can do it, anyone can. I quit my job as a Pizza Chef and trained to become a Personal Trainer. 

You don’t have to be good, just have a desire to become better and a willingness to practice. I believe it’s not a case of whether you can or can’t but a vision of how you want to be able to do something and the courage to try. Anything IS possible!

Steve Bonthrone Personal Trainer | Steve Bonthrone Fitness

Plant A Tree

I believe that as we continue to live with covid-19, we should also look at how we can do more to help the planet. One of the best ways we can do this is by planting trees. By planting trees, we can help stabilise the climate, support wildlife and communities and protect endangered species.

That’s why for every new Personal Training or Running Coaching client who signs up, I will plant a tree in their name. I have created a grove within the Caledonian Forest, near Loch Ness, as part of the rewilding project by the charity Trees for Life.

I want to inspire my clients to plant additional trees for their family and friends so that we can all benefit others as well as ourselves.

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What My Clients Say

I had extensive surgery around my knee which included my ACL being replaced. After physio, I now needed to strengthen my leg. As well as helping me physically, Steve was very good at working through my mental blocks when I wasn’t sure my knee could take some of the exercises. This allowed me to see that my knee was capable of far more than my mind thought. I am now back training at Karate and preparing for a 100km walk. My knee feels great and my leg is continuing to get stronger. I would not hesitate to recommend Steve

Jacques Cockin

I started working with Steve primarily to lose weight but also to be able to continue playing fives when I turned 50. I had a back problem and so was going to be a challenge. I’m now 59, I’ve lost some weight, have very few issues with my back and most importantly, I’m still playing fives. I’m scoring more goals than I did when I started and feel fitter than many of the guys half my age! Even the good players are paying compliments! Good job!

Steve McLaren

I was struggling with a knee injury that stopped me from running and Steve looked at how I moved then gave me some exercises to practice. What hugely helped was having Steve listen to my feedback and squash my worries. I overthink a lot and having him coach me through and reassure me was perfect. Now I can run without any issues. Thank you!!

Anna Smith-James

Before coming to see Steve, I was feeling at one of my lowest points. I was low in confidence and unhappy with how I looked. I gained a whole new perspective and enjoyed seeing how I could do things I never thought I could. I now believe in myself more and my confidence has grown. I’m now wearing outfits I never thought I’d get into and feel really happy

Layna Heller

Thank you for all your running advice! I did not think it could happen when you said I would suddenly take off and start passing people effortlessly and it happened all the time today! Also my back pain was virtually non-existent thanks to the exercises you gave to me

Anne Fedele