Meet the people who make Personal Space the place to be.
Mark has been in the health and fitness industry for nearly 30 years. He has been fitness expert for sky television, numerous television appearances and speed, strength and conditioning coach for professional Rugby teams and Athletes. His sporting background is as a nationally ranked Decathlete. His love of the outdoors and motivating himself through challenges is infectious. His beliefs are that if you are confident with your physical ability, then there is no such thing as an unobtainable challenge.
Having a balance to his health is key, from surfing to still competing (Masters GB Decathlon champion 2012-2018 & 5th in World Masters decathlon 2015, 3rd European Masters Decathlon 2017), as he gets older he feels this balance gives physical proof of what can be achieved well beyond our “physical prime”. His belief is that training is only part of the equation and by managing and allowing clients to become more accountable to themselves not only gives quick and obtainable results but more importantly long term changes.
Joseph Oyebanji – Clinical Nutritionist/ Personal Trainer
Joseph is our on site Nutritional specialist. Joseph completed a degree in Computer science but has always felt his strength was working with people, which lead him to qualify as a personal trainer. His interests in the effect of nutrition on people’s well being then lead him to complete a Nutritional Therapy degree. He now combines this knowledge with his personal training skills. He trains and competes in kick boxing which he can incorporate into his workouts.
Kate Taylor – Personal trainer / Sports injury and rehab
After teaching and competing in a number of water and athletic based sports, Kate decided to move into personal conditioning and training. For this, Kate did a three year degree in BSc Sports Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention and graduated in 2009 becoming a member of the British Association of Sports Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT). Since then Kate has worked with a number of Rugby and American Football teams creating individual rehab programmes, pre-season injury prevention programmes as well as covering assessment and treatment of injuries. Kate also works for a private clinic in London offering corrective postural training and conditioning work to those recovering from injury. She also provides soft tissue sports massage work.
Chris Ryan- Personal Trainer / Tennis professional
Since graduating with a degree in Sport and Business Management from Southampton University, Chris competed as a full time tennis professional across Europe throughout 2007-08 and then spent 18 months in London working in the sports agency industry. He earned his REPS level 3 personal trainer qualification at the European Institute of Fitness, in Javea, Spain. Chris specialises in: – Weight loss, toning and improving general fitness levels – Increasing muscle mass – Sport specific programmes – Postural analysis and correctional exercises
Craig Carroll Personal Trainer/Rehab specialist/Sports Masseur
Craig has been working in the fitness industry for nearing 10 years, and is well versed in training both high profiled sporting athletes (incl. International Rugby, Football and Athletics) as well as fitness enthusiasts in and around London.
Having competed in sport from a young age, unfortunately, picking up a few knocks and injuries along the way – Craig also has a passion for Injury Rehabilitation. After university, where he studied Sports Science, he took these skills along with his personal experiences to help his clients achieve the best possible results.
He is an extremely goal orientated trainer, often may be misconstrued as ‘mean’ but he has an ability to know where to push his clients to, getting them to their goals, and surpassing them.
Sam Burch – Osteopath
Sam Burch qualified from the British School of Osteopathy in 2001 gaining awards for academic and practical excellence. On graduating he was lucky enough to be approached by one of the U.K.’s leading osteopaths to work in his large training practice in Suffolk.
He continues to work as part of the team gaining further experience in dealing with a wide cross-section of the community from babies through to the most senior of citizens. Through the specialist children’s clinic Sam has gained valuable post graduate experience in paediatric osteopathy and the use of cranial techniques. This added to his sound base in structural osteopathy allows him to practice with a wide variety of osteopathic technique tailored to individual patients of all ages. In the past, Sam has competed at regional and national levels in many sports and his involvement continues through osteopathy. He has experience since 2000 in dealing with professional and semi-professional sports men and women in the London, Essex and Suffolk area.
Aya Hokimoto – Pilates instructor
Aya graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Music in 2001. She was introduced to Pilates after severe repetitive strain injury of the shoulder from violin performances, and was inspired to become a qualified instructor after successful treatment. Following her apprenticeship with Alan Herdman, a pioneer of Pilates in the UK, Aya currently teaches machine-based Pilates to over 100 clients a week. She takes regular referrals from GPs, physiotherapists and osteopaths for back and shoulder problems, as well as post-surgical rehabilitation.Her approach focuses on restoration and fine-tuning of muscle balance and postural awareness. Clients are physically assessed to identify individual needs, and tailored programmes are constructed to help regain functional movement and achieve long-term pain control.
Laura Merchant -Sports massage therapist and Pilates instructor
Laura is a keen sportswoman, she discovered Pilates whilst seeking a remedy for a re-occurring sports injury. Already a qualified Sports & Remedial Massage therapist, Laura decided to study Pilates and completed a one year intensive Pilates Diploma. Laura currently teaches equipment based and mat based Pilates and has recently attained the Advanced Clinical Massage Certificate. She is currently studying Anatomy and motion, another tool to enhance sports performance/rehabilitation and is also qualified in hot stones therapy.As a recent UK masters swimming champion over 1500m, Laura has experienced the benefits herself and Pilates is now a crucial part of her own training programme.
Alexis Antonopoulos (aka Lecky) – Personal Trainer
Lecky graduated with a Sports Science Degree in 2001 from Brunel University and has been in the fitness industry for 17 years as a personal trainer and latterly, as a strength and conditioning coach since completing his CSCS qualification in 2007. He managed a private gym in W1 for several years before going on to design, set up, and subsequently run, his own boutique gym in the west end for over 6 years.
As a teenager he was a promising rugby player but unfortunately injury played its part in preventing him from following this as a dream. Therefore, he turned his attention to becoming a fitness specialist. He strongly believes that health, mobility and functionality are the key to an injury free and healthy lifestyle but as a family man he understands the challenges of incorporating this into a busy life!
Alexis relishes each individual challenge that every client presents and believes his overall 24/7 coaching methods ensure that his clients become more accountable for
themselves and more knowledgeable about how to become a better version of themselves. The training doesn’t just stop when they walk out of the gym door at the end of the session!
Alexis loves all forms of sport but his current passions are paddle boarding, surfing and golf.
Megan Aitchison – Massage Therapist
Megan is a level 4 Sport Massage Therapist pursing the passion for all things sport. Since qualifying, Megan had worked with the England Rugby Union, All Blacks, NFL teams and British Cycling, along with a number of cycling events.
Outside work, Megan has competed in athletics to a National standard. She now has an active interest in participating in cycling and is a member of Islington Cycle Club.
Aaron A. Parsley MSc.
Exercise Physiologist / Strength and Conditioning Coach / Pilates Teacher
Aaron is a qualified exercise physiologist, strength and conditioning coach, and Pilates instructor, with an extensive coaching background in sports, and the health and fitness industry. As a research-based practitioner, he uses a scientific approach to testing, monitoring and coaching to provide clients with the optimal chance of achieving their performance goals.
He has worked with a diverse clientele, including national and international athletes, actors on film sets, schools for the NHS, pre / post natal mothers, and individuals recovering from injury. He is currently working in a high-performance environment with track and field athletes. He is also applying this specific set of refined skills to a wider population, to enhance the performance of endurance athletes.
Successful performance starts with solid foundations! When it comes to exercise, this begins with movement. His “move well, perform better” mantra can be observed throughout all of his private sessions and Pilates classes.