Heanor ‘hitman’ tackles community health

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With a nickname like the ‘hitman’ – you’d be right to think that Phil Cauldwell means business.

The fitness fanatic from Heanor has dedicated his career to helping tackle the health and fitness of the local community.

The 29-year-old made the brave move to go-it alone last year and set up his own business – Justice Personal Training, which offers a range of tailor made bootcamps, nutritional advice and personal training sessions.

He also joined forces with Amber Valley Village Games to launch an outdoor Hitman Bootcamp at Shipley Cricket Club, which has gone from strength to strength.

But it hasn’t all been smooth sailing for Phil, fitness became a focus for the previously troubled chap.

He said: “I didn’t have the best start, I had a lot of problems and was in and out of trouble with the police – I was on the wrong path. But I always enjoyed fitness and thought it might be the key to my future.

“My journey into the fitness industry started in 2010 when I decided to start training to be a marine to find myself. I used to use the leisure centres around Amber Valley and found that my fellow gym-goers often asked me for advice. I was always happy to help and luckily this didn’t go unnoticed. I was approached by the manager who asked me if I would be interested in a career within the fitness sector.

“I did give it some thought but stuck to my original plan to become a marine until some devastating news made me rethink my future.

“My cousin, also a marine, lost his legs in an explosion and it was an awful time.

“After some careful consideration, I decided to take my level two gym instructors qualification rather than become a marine, and started covering shifts at the leisure centre in Heanor.

“Within the first few months I was supporting people to reach their goal and helping to turn frowns into smiles which gave me the confidence that this was my purpose in life. Since then I have gathered serious momentum and have helped more than 500 people with fat loss, training plans, nutritional guidance and complete lifestyle make overs.”

The Hitman Bootcamps Phil launched are specifically designed to burn fat and tone muscle whilst increasing fitness levels. This particular programme is a 12-session bootcamp every Monday and Wednesday at Shipley Cricket Club.

The fitness instructor also delivers Kettlfit classes, Hatton Boxing and personal training sessions, and is passionate about supporting local people.

“This is what I was meant to do with my life and whilst it took me a while to get on the right path – I now appreciate what I have and what I do.

“I have worked hard to build up a strong client base and contacts within the industry. It’s taken blood, sweat and tears, but it’s all worth it. The bootcamps started off with seven or eight people and now we’ve built them up to 40 or 50 in a session, with ten different classes per week.

“They are each designed to suit everyone – no matter what age or background and set them realistic and sustainable goals. This job has given me a purpose which is extremely important. It gets me out of bed in the morning and wanting to do something positive with my life.

“For me, the most rewarding part of the job is helping others and watching them develop and become more confident, fitter and happier people.”

Phil is set to launch a new bootcamp ‘Bodify’ in the coming months to help support busy mums.

For more visit: http://justicepersonaltraining.co.uk.