With 17 years service under his belt, tutor and personal trainer Graham Barber is a stalwart of the Focus Training family. And now, he’s helping to expand the family further by introducing the next generation of Barbers, his personal trainer son Tom, into the fold.
Tom is a chip off the old block and it’s clear that father and son enjoy a close relationship. Graham says that Tom, along with his two siblings, was brought up on a healthy, sporty lifestyle. Walking, pot holing and climbing in the summer, team sports in the winter. From the age of eight Tom played rugby and Graham coached him at county level up to the age of 21 years.
As a freelance Personal Trainer, Graham is passionate about spin, step, body pump classes and runs boot camp courses for local gyms. However, he has also worked all of his life in the prison service, delivering programmes for staff and prisoners, ensuring that they have high quality professional training, and that’s when he first found Focus Training. He explains:
“When I first came across Focus Training I already held a national PE training qualification from the Home Office, however, I felt that it was based too much on military standards. When I looked at the NVQ style qualifications I could see that both my staff and me would benefit greatly and improve our ability to deliver effective training by enrolling with Focus…and that’s how it all began.”
“I have delivered many Personal Trainer courses for Focus Training and feel very much part of the family. Tom has followed in my footsteps with his keen interest in sport. He graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in Sports Science. After that he worked at DW Sport in the gym until Focus Training supported him in gaining his Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification. Now, he is pursuing all sorts of exciting ventures. We have worked together a number of times at Focus and I can honestly say he has done a first class job.”
Tom, now 33 years old, has also set up his own gym business in Gainsborough. EatMoveLift is located in an old mill, where Tom is offering some unique training experiences alongside traditional techniques. He’s particularly talented in the use of Indian clubs and the mace as exercise tools. Graham has played his part here too, having hand made over 30 pairs of Indian clubs for Tom and his clients.
Graham has no plans to slow down yet and says he still gets a buzz out of seeing people achieve their goals and helping people to express themselves through fitness. Looks like the Barbers will be keeping us in trim for some time to come!
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