“Thank you all for your kind words, the laughter, all the effort, the support and for the well earned results…”
Sometimes it is hard to put into words the impact someone has on your journey through life. When asked, this is what some people had to say…
“Richard is fantastic to work with as he knows how to push you to the limits and still keep it enjoyable and fun. He is a great motivator and really easy to get on with. I have really improved my fitness and shape with him and his advice is always sound. He is realistic which I really appreciate; unlike a lot of people in the fitness industry, he doesn’t promise the earth – it is down to the individual to make it happen so he makes sure your head is in the right place. But then what he brings is bags of enthusiasm, belief in you and a fun and infectious ‘can do’ attitude which makes you want to do the best to please him, never mind yourself” – Laura W, Company Lawyer, Surrey
“I started training with Richard after he trained my wife for a year. Having thought I was quite fit I soon realised I wasn’t. The combination of weights and high impact training has seen me lose over 20lbs and improved my overall health. The training is always enjoyable although tough. No pain, no gain as they say. I would highly recommend Richard to anyone that is serious about getting fit” –Mel A, Company Director, Richmond
“In a very short period of time Richard has established himself as one of the most popular fitness and dance instructors in the UK. His great versatility brings the fans flocking whether he is teaching hardcore circuits, relaxing stretches or his most fabulous Urban Funk classes” –Andy Lucas, Director, Fitness Fiesta
“Inspiring gent full of inspiration who gave me an opportunity when I needed it the most when I started out class teaching. Gave me an excellent grounding and taught me that form is everything , ego is detrimental and fun is essential. Something I’ve kept clear now Ive my own place” –Alison F, Fitness Professional, Dorset
“You made me fall in love with high energy exercise; inspired me to do more; gave freely of your time to help my WW members become fitter and did the impossible – made me like (well almost) burpees. You are one of a kind Coach Callender and I love you to bits” –Debbie O, WW Leader, Norfolk
I have had the honour of training over 11,000 coaches in my time as Director of Coaching at Boxercise. We select less than 1 in 1000 to work with us delivering the Worlds No1 Boxing Fitness Program. Our reputation is purely dependent on the quality of our teaching staff. Richard Callender was selected to join us as one of our course tutors. He has phenomenal energy, personality and flair . Most importantly this is backed by a level of competence and understanding that comes from a solid educational background. It is a pleasure to work with Richard he truly is at the top of his game! There are less than 20 coaches in the world that I would allow to coach my athletes – Richard is one of those coaches –Andy Wake, Director, Boxercise
“…you showed me that fitness could be fun! I don’t just need to stare at a wall and run on a treadmill! You taught me to challenge myself and that I was thought than I thought I was! I continue to try new things, but have resigned myself to the fact I will never excel in Urban Funk! (I will always look like a frog in a blender!!)” –Ally M, Facebook
“In the two years that I worked with (under) you at Exclusive Training Richmond you were always 100% in everything you did. Inspirational, Funny, Caring, Astute Business Mind and Committed. I always found it refreshing to find someone of your status willing to share knowledge and experience with those of us who did not have the celebrity status” – Brian J, Gym Manager/Personal Trainer, London
“Having been trained by you for Armageddon & attended many many classes run by you I can honestly say you are extremely professional, motivational, knowledgeable, genuine & down to earth. It’s been an honour being able to be trained by you & to attend classes with you. I look forward to many many more Mr C” –Sarah F, Fitness Professional
“Richard trained me 4 years ago and dropped 5 stones off me in 5 months, but we stopped training together when I moved away. The legacy from the training is that he educated me on how to train and what to eat, now today I am fitter and slimmer than before and a Premier League football manager asked me how I lost weight and I replied “Ricky C personal training”. Thank you Richard for not just giving me a fish for a day, but teaching me how to fish.” –Marco W, Football Agent, Surrey
Prior to 2015, I was a regular goer of group fitness classes, had dabbled with a PT, tried every diet going but never managed to lose the weight I wanted to lose. I was at a cross roads unsure which direction to take, so I contacted Richard and started working with him.
Richard’s approach was instantly different and refreshing – my only goal was to be the strongest, slimmest version of myself possible, and it was clear he needed a blank sheet of paper with me to help me achieve this goal.
Richard completely turned the table on my routine and fitness regime, which was intimidating at first. He taught me how to exercise effectively, manage my food intake to feed my body appropriately, and helped me understand the impact that stress was having on my body and its ability to change.
Richard was incredibly supportive, and understood that my busy life could often impact my routine. We set achievable goals, and Richard used his knowledge and experience to help tailor a very “Anne specific” plan.
Losing three stone was not easy. It took dedication, will power, and a lot of hard work! Achieving a goal like this requires change and sacrifice, plus the guidance of a true professional with the right approach.
I cannot recommend Richard highly enough – the effort you put in will be matched by his enthusiasm to rise to a challenge and help you achieve your goals!
The hardest thing in the world to do is shift a little extra Christmas weight, it’s even harder when its hidden behind the Easter weight and the Family Holiday weight!
As many people will realise, what you could do when you were younger isn’t necessarily something that you can do when you start hitting the dreaded middle age. So, starting to try and change the bad habits that got me into the shape I was in when I started working with Richard, was going to take a different type of effort and motivation and that’s exactly what Richard is there to help with.
The workouts are tailored to your individual needs, and ensure that any weak spots are protected (I have had weak knees since childhood) so the fact that everything was low impact to ensure that I didn’t get injured was a godsend. That’s not to say you don’t hurt when you first start! I ached in muscles that I never knew I had, but the best part of that was that I was now using muscles that I hadn’t for years!
After the first couple of weeks you begin to cope with the new activities you have started to embrace, and begin to look forward to increasing limits and pushing yourself in ways you didnt think were possible. And this is possible with the motivation that Richard provides. He’s constantly there to push you to be the best you can, and encourage you when the times get tough. He also helped explained what I should and shouldn’t eat, but more importantly explained why as well, as opposed to just telling me what was now of the menu. And once you understand, it’s easier to adapt your diet to ensure that you are eating the right foods at the right times.
Losing weight is never as easy as a magical pill, or a 30 second work out, but with Richards guidance and motivation, it’s not as hard as it could be. I would certainly recommend Richard to friends and family (I already have!) but also to anyone who is looking for that extra lift in the battle.