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The Coaching Team

Simon Drew • Head Coach

Coach Simon of Saffron Bootcamp

I head up our coaching team and own and manage the business.

I’ve been a keen sportsman and athlete most of my life. As a child I was a keen footballer and progressed to boxing and weight training in my teens. I trained for two years in the gym of one of Great Britain’s finest weightlifters, Louis Martin. On moving to London, I continued training in various gyms, qualified as a PT and focused my training on conditioning for football. I have more recently undertaken multiple CrossFit certifications including the Level 1 trainer course, Mobility, Endurance and Defense. I’ve also had experience coaching in football and karate.

My aim is to ensure you train the best way you can each time you work with me. Whether in a personal training setting or in a bootcamp I’ll be trying to get the best out of you, meaning I will work to understand both your physical and mental status before during and after our sessions. I’ve spent the last 6 years designing and developing my own style. The mix of experience and my sense of fun mean most of my classes despite being hard work leave customers feeling drained and elated in equal measure.I have a fun and lively approach to life and I’m totally passionate about functional, lifelong fitness for everyone – I see EVERYONE as an athlete on a path to greatness!

Being in the ‘Above 40’ age group (now 52!) and having encountered some age related issues, I’ve become intrigued in how to maintain and develop physical prowess and optimise well being later in life. There are numerous negative influences we as humans are at risk from and its useful to be aware of, and try to avoid these so they don’t restrict your own on-going lifestyle or ability to function effectively.

An awareness and understanding of injuries, in terms of both prevention and cure, helps me to quickly help diagnose a suitable course of action. I believe in continuing to work on fitness even if injured. There is nearly always something a person can do to keep active no matter what the injury, you just work around it! One of my ‘mantras’ is: Don’t let your age be an excuse to stop you living a full and active life! We are all able to grow stronger and develop our skills at any age.

Emily Stokes • Coach

Coach Emily of Saffron Bootvcamp

I primarilly coach sessions in Great Bardfieeld and Newport.

My journey began with Saffron Bootcamp in October 2013 when I joined with a friend, looking to get fit and lose a bit of weight. I loved it from the word go and haven’t looked back since! Simon hinted a few times that I’d make a good coach and in March 2016 I completed my Crossfit Level One Certificate Course. I love running sessions helping Saffron Bootcamp grow.

I have always enjoyed Sports from a young age and was a member of Braintree and Bocking Swimming Club from the age of 7 until 13. I trained 4 times a week and competed in Galas in and around Essex. My partner of 10 years is an avid surfer and soon had me in a wetsuit in the ocean! Most of our holiday destinations are only considered if there is a wave there, from Morocco to Scotland, Wales to Cornwall. We have been to many a beach and sampled many a wave. I don’t claim to be a good surfer, but I can stand up on a board!

In March 2016 I completed the Bath Half Marathon. Something I just wouldn’t have been able to consider without bootcamp. Simon helped me with my running technique and the bootcamps are fantastic for all round fitness. One of the reasons I love bootcamp so much is it suits every individual, no experience needed, no age restriction, it’s inclusive to all. The community it creates is wonderful, you really should give it a go.