Ex-Banker Brennan opens New Fitness Studio in Alderley Edge


By Robert Brennan




Ex-banker runs Fitness Universal

August 13, 2012

Former banker Robert Brennan couldn’t see himself working in the financial industry for the rest of his life.

The 5.30am starts and midnight finishes in the cut-throat world of banking didn’t suit Brennan’s lifestyle.

Instead, after five years in the sector, he quit his job with Barclays Capital in London two years ago to retrain as a personal trainer and now runs Fitness Universal in Alderley Edge, Cheshire.

“Banking was stressful, the atmosphere was sometimes miserable, people were always on edge, and it wasn’t as enjoyable as I thought, so I decided I wanted to do something else,” said Robert.

“I’ve always been interested in fitness, and often when I went to the gym colleagues or friends would ask for my advice about workouts, about targeting certain areas of their bodies, and I enjoyed it.

“I was also told that I should consider doing it professionally.

“So whilst still working for Barclays I started a personal trainer course and the day I got promoted to manager I quit my job and took three months gardening leave to get my business off the ground.”

Robert started working with clients in Hemel Hempstead where he lived, but as more people signed up for his services, he started looking for his own studio space.

Instead of buying or renting an expensive property in London, the 28-year-old decided to move north to find a property in Cheshire where he could run his business full-time.

He said: “I knew Alderley Edge was a lovely village with the right clientčle for my services. It was an area where I could afford to buy, something that I couldn’t do in London.”

Brennan found a premises at the end of last year and moved to Cheshire in January. Brennan’s clients mainly include professionals, local businessmen and women who want to work out before or after work.

He also runs corporate fitness classes once a week for staff at property company Bruntwood in Manchester where he holds either boxing or kettlebell classes.

“Coming up north has been the best thing that I did,” said Brennan. “I’ve mainly been getting clients from word of mouth which has been great, and there’s a lot of demand from people for my services.

“I’ve really enjoyed it so far as I like to help people, whether that is to help them get fit or to help with back pain or knee pain. I know that I’m making a difference to people and that’s really important.

“I’m still doing early starts and often see clients at 6.30am but it’s fun.”

Robert also holds qualifications in sports nutrition, obesity prevention, circuit training, and posture correction.

He added: “A lot of new mums are not sure where to start when they want to get back into shape, so I’ve been working with a local mums’ group so I can help them on their journey.”