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The Gym Academy St Albans
The Gym Academy St Albans



Kate Birch

The Gym Academy



Chris Birch




Ian Crump


Chris Birch

Personal Trainer + CEO

07977 242 538

Whatever level of fitness you are currently at and whatever you desire to achieve, Chris' mission is helping and educating people to always achieve more than they thought possible.

Achieving the ultimate result through strength and conditioning training is Chris' passion at The Gym Academy. Since childhood Chris has been into sport,which encouraged him to apply his knowledge through studying and obtaining a Sport and Exercise Science degree.  This put him in a good position to make his career in fitness, health and personal training, areas in which he continues to study to expand and deepen his knowledge, taking the opportunity to apply the latest understanding and techniques with his clients at The Gym Academy.

Chris is supremely confident in his ability to build and deliver a programme that will allow you to achieve your desired goal.


  • Poliqiuin PICP strength coach Level 2

  • Biosignature level 2 practitioner

  • Peak Pilates

  • Bsc Sports Science degree

  • Myo-Fascia Release technique

  • PIMST – Muscle Strengthening Technique

  • Greg Roskopf – MAT / Muscle activation technique

  • Kinesiology


Kate Birch

Online Bikini Coach

Kate has been surrounded by fitness all her life, growing up with a mother who is a personal trainer
and Pilates expert. A county level lacrosse player, she started weight training ten years ago.
Noticing the dramatic impact it had on her own body shape she realised it was the best way to

increase fitness, fat loss, rehabilitation, and muscle tone. This motivated her to continuously educate
herself about strength conditioning training and nutrition, knowledge which she brings to her clients
at The Gym Academy on a daily basis.

Thriving on the progress of people who have struggled to make exercise and healthy eating a part of their lives, Kate educates her clients to make better choices with food, which enables them to keep their body the strongest, fittest and healthiest it can be both inside and out, mind and body.

Kate will provide you with the tools and support to make realistic changes. She believes that exercise should be enjoyable especially with someone there to spur you on and encourage you to push yourself towards your own personal goals.

"It’s not just about reaching your goal it’s about the strategies you took to achieve it!!"


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Ian Crump

Personal Trainer

07500 982 015

A highly accomplished Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Ian has over ten years' experience working across Olympic and Professional sport. Previously Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach at the English Institute of Sport, Ian spent six years working with the ECB (England Cricket) and the RFU (England Rugby), and has coached many international athletes, including Olympic, World and Commonwealth Games medallists across 2 Olympic cycles. As an international athlete with the Great Britain Bobsleigh Team, Ian competed at European and World Championship level, and brings this experience to his clients’ training. Whatever your training goals, through meticulous programme design, expert training and support, Ian will ensure you are best placed to achieve them.


  • BSc (hons) Sport & Exercise Science

  • MSc Exercise Physiology

  • UKSCA Accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach (ASCC)

  • NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)


  • Sport Specific Strength & Conditioning Training across a broad range of sports

  • Strength/Power development

  • Body composition

  • Sports rehabilitation

  • Speed/agility development

  • Programming


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Joel Llande


Joel Llande

Personal Trainer

07887 976972

Joel is a a career trainer having been a Personal Trainer for over 20 years.  He has a wide array of knowledge, ranging from being a Pilates Instructor and Sports Therapist, through to being qualified Poliquin trained coach and an Olympic weightlifting instructor.  Specialising in body composition, weight loss and rehab, he has trained hundreds of clients to achieve their goals.


  • BA Hons (Nottingham) 1994

  • Personal Training Qualification – Premier Training & Fitness 1995

  • Aerobics instructor certified

  • Pilates instructor certified

  • Spinning instructor certified

  • Charles Poliquin Level 2 Coach

  • Biosignature practitioner

  • Sports Massage Therapist

  • Olympic Lifting Coach

  • Pre and Postnatal Exercise prescription


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Laura Clint


Laura Clint

Personal Trainer & Massage Therapist


Laura has been a passionate sportswoman since an early age, which led into a successful career in
sport. She achieved a degree in Sports Therapy and is a member of the Society of Sports Therapists.
She has a particular passion for sports therapy, personal training, and is currently supporting a
range of teams and individuals in their training, pre-match preparation and post-match

Specialising in getting the very best out of every individual she trains, treats, and regularly surprises
clients at the levels she helps them achieve!

She has experienced working with elite level, high performance teams in the UK, Australia and Canada (football, rugby, rugby league, American football, netball) as well as helping individuals who want to improve their health and fitness.


  • First class degree in Sports Therapy (MSST)

  • LUBAS Trauma

  • Level 3 Personal training

  • Soft tissue treatment

  • Sports Taping


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Laura Rayner


Laura Rayner

Personal Trainer & Massage Therapist

07900 207126.

With qualifications in advanced deep tissue massage, remedial massage, and stretching techniques, and many years as a therapist, Laura has knowledge and understanding of the many limiting muscle problems and injuries that clients experience. She is passionate about helping her clients understand the reasons for their symptoms and how to rectify them.

Reasons for treatments vary but include:

  • Prevention or reduction in muscle stiffness and soreness to help support regular exercise

  • Injury prevention

  • Post injury rehabilitation

  • Reduction in muscle stiffness and soreness as a result of postural and muscle imbalance

  • Increase of flexibility and mobility

  • Decrease stress

  • Pre and post surgery muscle health rehabilitation

Laura is also a qualified Level 3 personal trainer and uses her in-depth knowledge of clients’ issues to
create highly tailored and specific training programmes for them.

“I work with my clients to understand the issues and discomforts that affect their everyday
health and fitness goals. My reward comes from seeing clients get more out of life by
improving their overall muscle strength and fitness through massage and training.”


  • Diploma in Therapeutic Massage

  • Diploma in Advanced Massage Techniques

  • Diploma in Remedial Massage

  • Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training






Gurjot Singh Nandhra

Doctor of Chiropractic MSc Mchiro

Megan Prowse

Cogntivie Behavioral Psychotherapist



Specialties - Lower back pain, Neck pain,  Sciatica, Headaches /Migraine, Slipped Disc (herniation), Osteoarthritis, Injury Prevention/Rehab, Whiplash, Scoliosis.


Chiropractic therapy is a true passion of Gurjot's which personally helped him in my teens to correct imbalances he had and to relieve pain and discomfort when playing tennis competitively.


Chiropractic therapy showed Gurjot another side to healthcare to which he hadn’t been exposed. Being encouraged to carry on playing tennis, while receiving treatment was an innovative and welcome from the ‘rest, reduce the amount you play and take painkillers’ that was the standard medical approach to injury at the time.

Since then he has developed a keen interest in weight training and spinal rehabilitation.

Seeing patients get back on their feet, get back to doing what they enjoy and ultimately enjoy their life again is what motivates him every day.

As a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapis,t Megan has worked with a range of clients and  difficulties from low mood to severe and chronic physical health problems.  Megan feels particularly passionate about working with individuals who have health and fitness goals as she has seen throughout her career how physical and mental health interact and that by supporting emotional wellbeing, physical health can be massively improved.




  • Psychology BSc (Honors)

  • PG Diploma in Low intensity cognitive behavioural interventions

  • PG Diploma in Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapy

  • Full Accreditation (BABCP) as a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist

  • Clinical Psychologist in training (DClin) – qualified in Sept 2020.

  • Foundation in Systemic theory and Practice


Reasons for sessions may include:


  • Motivation enhancement or support

  • Stress management

  • Sleep

  • Anxiety, worry or overwhelm

  • Depression or low mood

  • Hormone imbalances

  • Pain management

  • Long term health condition management

  • Couples or family support


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