In this month’s Trainer Spotlight Neil Dimmock, Ten’s Head of Fitness and the driving force behind our professional training arm – TenEducation – talks fitness demands, effective workouts and what makes a good teacher.

“Becoming a Fitness Educator was simply a means of teaching other people methods that I loved and had personally benefited from.”

What do you do at Ten?

My title at Ten is Head of Fitness and my role is to maintain the high standard of training and development within our Trainer team so we can keep our reputation for expertise in the industry. You’ll also find me teaching fitness professionals in our education arm ‘TenEd‘. I also help develop our fitness product – like helping integrate new classes such as Dynamic Bodyweight Pilates for instance.

What inspired you to want to work in health and fitness?

Entering the industry seemed the logical choice – I’m an extremely active person and have always enjoyed competitive sport. Becoming a Fitness Educator was simply a means of teaching other people, methods that I loved and had personally benefited from.

What can clients expect from your classes?

Expect to be challenged through a range of varied ranges of movements, as I avoid providing exercises that are in the same position, consecutively. Expect very little rest between each exercise and a varied, high intensity class.

 

Neil Dimmock Ten Head of Fitness teaching Reformer Pilates for TenEducation

Can you tell us a bit about your role in Ten Education?

TenEducation or ‘TenEd’ provides courses and workshops for those with Personal Training or Pilates qualifications. Our courses range from the more extensive 8 day Full Dynamic Reformer Training course, to the more specialist Advanced Reformer Workshop.

TenEd courses and workshops are all taught by Ten staff who still teaching regular classes at Ten themselves. By having practising teachers teaching within TenEducation, we believe we can provide training that is closer to what the industry currently demands. We understand that today’s fitness requires so much more than yesterday’s.

TenEd launched to the public 18 months ago, but we’ve been training trainers since Ten started – all new Ten Trainers go through our internal academy so we can keep our standards high and provide clients with a consistent – and more effective – in class experience.

What do you enjoy most about teaching other trainers?

I simply enjoy being a part of a trainer’s educational journey.

But if I was to be more specific, I enjoy helping a trainer overcome barriers that had previously held them back. This could be something as simple lifting their vocals, to providing new training methods that create ‘light bulb’ moments for the trainer!

“People don’t care about how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

What have you learned from training others how to teach?

I have learnt that whether I’m teaching trainers or clients, they all learn slightly differently. Therefore, we need to provide a blend of varied teaching methods (vocal, tactile, kinaesthetic) to get our objectives across to the class.

What would you be doing if you weren’t in this career?

I would still be driving an emergency ambulance, as I did before rejoining Ten!

When you’re not here what can you be found getting up to?

When I’m not in the studio, I will be trying to keep up with my two kids! Ellie-Rose is nearly 7 and Jack is 4. Both extremely active kids!

What’s your favourite place or thing to do in London?

I am season ticket holder at Crystal Palace Football Club. I love watching football at their home ground – Selhurst Park.

Neil Dimmock Ten Head of Fitness teaching Reformer Pilates

What’s the best piece of health & fitness advice you’ve been given that you’d like to pass on?

“People don’t care about how much you know, until they know how much you care.”

Simple pieces of advice are the most powerful. This particular piece of advice is something that I not only use while teaching, but life in general.


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