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About Me


"1. About Page": """# About Coach Pete Ryan ## My Journey:



From Struggle to Strength I wasn't always the fit, confident coach you see today. As a kid, I was overweight and bullied almost daily. P.E. class was my nightmare - I'd always have an excuse or a note from mum to skip it. But life has a funny way of pushing you towards your destiny. At 18, a chance encounter with a kickboxing gym flyer changed everything. Showing up on the wrong day, I found myself watching a high-level sparring class. For five hours, I sat transfixed, watching these athletes move, react, and flow. I was hooked. My first actual class? I was sick within the first 5 minutes of warm-up. This continued for four months straight. But I kept coming back. Even a broken foot couldn't stop me - I took on my coach's challenge to catch up and pass two belt gradings in three weeks. Not only did I succeed, but I achieved the second-highest score the gym had ever seen. Within two years, I was a two-time W.A.K.O British Kickboxing Full Contact champion. My passion became my profession as I started coaching others. ## Forging My Craft My journey led me to London Shootfighters, a tough, no-nonsense gym that humbled and reshaped me. It became my home, my family (I even have their logo tattooed on my ribs!). Here, my coaching skills were dissected, reshaped, and focused into the craft I practice today. I've worked with everyone from complete beginners to UFC and Bellator professionals. I've trained people with cerebral palsy and coached individuals undergoing chemotherapy. One of my proudest moments was seeing a client battling breast cancer become the fittest she'd ever been during her treatment. My own athletic journey continued too. I've completed three ultra-marathons - 160 miles in 5 days through the deserts of Namibia, the Kenyan safari plains, and the Amazon jungle. These weren't just physical challenges; they were lessons in perseverance and mental toughness that I bring to my coaching. ## My Coaching Philosophy My passion isn't about sculpting six-packs or building biceps that can crack walnuts. It's about seeing growth in individuals who've counted themselves out. It's about changing someone's opinion of themselves and their abilities. I believe in training for life - focusing on movement, fluidity, and suppleness first. Once we have that foundation, we can add layers of strength and muscle. What I ask from my clients is simple yet profound: give 100% of what you can on that day, at that moment. I'm not expecting personal bests every session or even every month. Some people don't hit a PB for 6-12 months or more, and that's perfectly okay. Progress isn't purely about physical abilities or increases in strength. It's not always quantifiable. Most of the time, it's about how you feel about and within yourself. That's the real measure of growth. My approach is direct (sometimes even a bit rude!), but always fun. I bring a sense of calmness and security to my clients. Many have been with me for over 15 years, some moving to online training just to continue working with me. ## What Sets Me Apart 1. Mind-Body Connection: I emphasize the powerful link between mental and physical well-being, integrating both for transformative results. 2. Diverse Experience: As a former kickboxing champion myself, I've trained a wide range of clients - from complete beginners to professional fighters and world champions in various sports. I've also worked with individuals facing unique challenges, including those with physical impairments and health conditions. 3. Personal Investment: My clients become part of the Coach Pete family. I'm with them every step of the way in anything they tackle in life, not just in the gym. I genuinely care about their progress and well-being, both in fitness and beyond. 4. Humor and Fun: Training should be enjoyable, and I bring plenty of laughs to our sessions. Most of the time, I'm taking the piss out of myself or others (all in good fun, of course). My self-deprecating humor and playful banter create a relaxed, entertaining atmosphere that keeps my clients coming back for more. 5. Adaptability: Whether it's online, in-person, or whatever situation we find ourselves in, we always make it work and get the best from it. I tailor my approach to what works best for you and the circumstances we're dealing with. ## Ready to Start Your Transformation? Whether you're looking to lose weight, build strength, enhance your athletic performance, or simply lead a healthier lifestyle, I'm here to guide you every step of the way. Together, we'll unlock your potential and create lasting change. [Book a Session] [View Training Plans]""",



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