ESRC Funded Doctoral Researcher, School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Birmingham
Alex graduated from the BSc Sports Coaching & Performance programme in SHES with a first class honors degree in 2010. He subsequently took up the offer of a place on the MSc Sport & Exercise Psychology programme at Loughborough University, where he was awarded the highly competitive Graduate School Full Fee Scholarship. During this time, Alex conducted one of the very few empirical studies specifically focusing on the development of accredited fitness trainers’ professional knowledge. He has since continued to build upon – and develop – these initial findings at PhD level.
Alex’s doctoral research is concerned with the professional training, development and practice of fitness professionals and its impact on the lives of fitness/exercise participants. This research is founded on over five years of experience working in the fitness and leisure industries in a wide variety of roles, including a fitness/gym instructor, personal trainer, group exercise instructor, sports coach and sports massage therapist.
Alex has presented findings of his research on both a national (UK) level, and worldwide at countries including Poland, Spain and Australia. He has contributed to professional development research projects for the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and English Football Association (FA). Alongside this, Alex was employed as a Teaching Associate on the BSc Sport, Physical Education and Coaching Science (SPECS) undergraduate degree programme at Birmingham.
It is envisaged that findings from Alex’s research will serve to inform the development of new forms of professional training, education and practice for fitness professionals that may, ultimately, allow this group to better meet the needs of the millions of people who rely upon their services and improve the health of the population.