It;’s been a long time since I posted on my site and there has been much going on. Mainly I have decided to take voluntary redundancy from UCLan. It’s a little sad but I’m looking forward to the new challenges and to complete my Ph.D. It’s not something I had planned to do but when the opportunity arose I thought this would be a good time to do it and move on. I’m looking forward to working more in the outdoors and to develop further my skills of leadership and coaching. As an accredited strength and conditioning coach with the UKSCA and level 3 personal trainer, I’m looking forward to getting back into training and developing athletes and non-athletes in improving their physical and mental abilities as well as their health and fitness for longevity.
I shall still be lecturing up until the end of 2021 and I still have some commitments with TASS, the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme. I also have 1 Yorkshire three peaks to do as well and 1 National before the winter sets in, so I’m still busy. But I am looking at new projects for next year such as, what I am going to term ‘natural health and wellbeing for longevity.’ This is achieved by using exercise to help with mobility and strength for all levels of ability. Those who are still very active can learn about managing their health for a fuller and longer life, while others can rediscover their vitality and rejuvenate their wellbeing.
Coldwater immersion and natural swimming.
As some of you may have seen I have been outdoor swimming and dipping for the last couple of years. I have to thank my very good friend Mark Gray for introducing me to this most exhilarating way of keeping healthy and developing thermal regulation and cold exposure homeostasis. I have really enjoyed sea swimming and the natural environments (as well as some man-made) I have discovered and would like to help others with this as well. I have introduced some friends to this as well as Ellaine, my wife, to the joys of it too. If you are interested please drop me a line. I shall be posting regular updates as to where I have been or going to go as well.
Mobility exercise classes in Barnoldswick
I am also looking into delivering face-to-face strength, mobility, and flexibility classes in the local area. These will be, again, for all levels of ability, and hoping to also have as many of these outdoors as possible; so please watch this space and social media for more info.
Keep well and strong. Keith
12/09/2019 Introducing myself
Welcome, all to my blog. First off, this is something that I have only tampered with in the past, but I’m sure I shall get used to it. I would like to start by introducing myself. I was born in Bedford got very little in the way of qualifications at school as I was from a working-class background my parents encouraged me to get a career like my siblings who became motor mechanics and nurses. Apart from playing football, I enjoyed woodwork and Technical drawing at school so sort to get an apprenticeship in something to do with wood. I completed a 3-year apprenticeship and carried on for a further year to then switch to Antique furniture restoration and cabinet making. In 1988 we moved the workshop and business up to North Yorkshire, I was 25 years old then and keen on potholing and climbing.
I had been living over the border in Lancashire to Barnoldswick (although many would argue it’s in Yorkshire) and developed the workshop to include a lot more machinery and equipment. I also had Met Ellaine around this time and eventually married 10 years later in 2006. However I had lost the love of running my own business and in 2007 decided to go to university, have a mid-life crisis, getting educated, and change my career.
I gained a 1st class honors degree and a Masters’s in Sports coaching. I then decided I wanted to lecture in sport, so I gained a PGCE and after a spell in HE moved into HE at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston. I now lecture in Outdoor adventure leadership and sport and PE.
I also became very interested in Strength and conditioning and my coaching lead me to become an accredited Strength and Conditioning coach. Alongside my studies, I worked in S&C and still do with many different athletes from all sorts of sports. As A lecture though I was reading and talking with experts in different fields of health and fitness and started to understand the importance of longevity and long-term injuries to athletes and people in general (there will be more on this in future blogs).
I became a serious rock climber and mountaineer when I moved up in 88 and as my then main climbing partner said “you’re probably the best climber to come out of Bedford”, may have been true then. I did get to climbing to E5/6 quite regularly in my Mid-thirties and reaching 7C+ as well a few times (couldn’t break into the 8’s). I still climb for pleasure and now I am looking at spreading my coaching skills into developing climbing in others as well as enjoying the great outdoors; again more on this in future blogs.
As well as delivering practicals in health, fitness and outdoor leadership to the students I am working with guiding and leading in the mountains of Britain as well as delivering S&C to athletes. On top of that, I am doing a part-time PhD in Fear and why some expose themselves to fear and danger for pleasure (more on this later)
It;'s been a long time since I posted on my site and there has been much going on. Mainly I have decided to take voluntary redundancy from UCLan. It's a little sad but I'm looking forward to the new challenges and to complete my Ph.D. It's not something I had planned...