Founder & Coach
British Powerlifting medalist and Elite CrossFit competitor
Fitness for mental health advocate
Men's Health Coach of the Year 2020 & regular contributor
Having trained and competed in Muay Thai and MMA for 12 years, I then moved into Powerlifting and competed at an elite level winning titles across the world in multiple federations. I then started my functional fitness journey and have competed in elite CrossFit events across the UK and Ireland, to Norway, Miami and beyond.
Studying advanced personal training and coaching with the National Academy of Sport Medicine, I have also learnt from leading elite athletic coaches across the world of strongman, CrossFit, powerlifting and athletic strength and conditioning.
I have an incredible passion for fitness and the power fitness has on mental and physical recovery and cannot wait to welcome you to our sessions.
HYWEL THOMAS (TOMMO)
Head Coach & Programmer
Royal Marine Commando
Rugby League and boxing coach
Level 2 British Weightlifting coach
I've been a Royal Marines Commando for 13 years. In that time I've experienced some life-changing moments - a Tour of Afghanistan, Arctic survival training, abseiling into Wembley stadium and jumping out of helicopters.
In that time I've also progressed my love for fitness and for coaching, most recently taking on further courses with British Weightlifting and CAWS Rebuild - a qualification specifically designed to help people post-COVID.
Here in Devon, I love nothing more than open water swimming and leading military-style treks across Dartmoor. Can't wait to meet you all and get coaching at Move Forward Gym!
Co-Owner & Coach
NASM Personal Trainer (National Association of Sports Medicine)
Focused on mobility and movement patterns
Multi sport competitor
Sport has always been a huge part of my life and since starting CrossFit 6 years ago, I have seen the positive effects functional fitness training can have on physical and mental health in myself and others around me.
With a background in football, rugby, sailing and watersports, I'm passionate about using the mobility and movement patterns in functional fitness to improve your sport.
As well as continuing to compete in CrossFit and Olympic lifting myself, the chance to help others experience the same effect it has had on me is something that I'm really excited about.
Trainee Battle Cancer Coach
Former Royal Marine
Powerlifter and CrossFit competitor
Battle Cancer Program Coach
As a Royal Marine, I started dabbling in Powerlifting. After leaving the Royal Marines a couple of years ago, I carried on weightlifting but thought I’d give this “CrossFit” everyone kept mentioning and fell in love with it straight away.
Then in 2018, I started to have seizures - little episodes of extreme lack of concentration. An MRI confirmed a large tumour on the left side of my skull for which I've had an operation, radiotherapy and chemo.
I'm now facing a second operation and further treatment, but for years I've thought about becoming a fitness coach. Now I'm going to do it!
Royal Marines Commando Physical Training Instructor
British Weightlifting Level 2 coach
Rugby Union coach, boxing coach and swimming instructor
I've been in the Royal Marines for almost nine years, half of which I've been a PTI. Over that time I've taken countless recruit troops from day 1 and developed their physical capacity and mental robustness to complete training.
I've played Rugby Union and Rugby League for the marines, competed in CrossFit, field gun, and was on the Functional Fitness team that in 2019 went across to America and beat them at their own sport. I've tried my hand at skydiving, I'm qualified to fall out of a plane... which helps when you're heavy!
I love sea swimming in my budgies, a long engine workout and climbing ropes. Let's see what you've got Move Forward Gym!