This is me looking very happy after a 100-mile cycle through   the Peak District, probably because I was delighted it was over!

This is me looking very happy after a 100-mile cycle through the Peak District, probably because I was delighted it was over!

Hi, I'm Paul Waters. I created balance, because I’ve seen how difficult it is for people to see through the fads and gimmicks and find lasting solutions to look and feel better. I wanted to develop a simple method based on the things I've found have worked best for my clients and so balance, with its four elements; think, eat, live and move was born.

I've spent all my 16 years of work in the industry, starting out instructing in a gym before running my own PT business, then carrying out medicals and wellbeing coaching in private hospitals, through to teaching others to become personal trainers. I was Curriculum Manager for Fitness for the largest training company in the UK and a member of the Technical Expert Group for fitness, advising the Register of Exercise Professionals on their qualifications and courses. I have a BA Hons in Sports Studies and an MSC in Exercise and Nutrition Science and am author of The Complete Guide to Weight Loss by Bloomsbury Publishing.

I eat, sleep and breathe health and fitness, regularly doing fitness challenges for charity. I will never preach at you as I love pizza, cake and most of all, biscuits, but I'll make sure I burn it off the next day and eat my greens. Burned it, earned it as I like to say!

The challenges I've taken on so far are:

  • Running  - every distance up to marathon, in which I'm slowly chipping away at my PB with the ultimate goal of getting under 3 hours one day. I've also done one ultramarathon and intend to go back to them when I know I've no longer got the speed in my legs
  • Cycling - it all started with John O'Groats to Land's End back in 2007. I had no cycling experience and my friend Simon and I borrowed bikes from Halfords to raise money for two friends who passed away very young. From there, we've gone on to do lots of single and multi-day rides, including London to Paris in 24 hours, The Three Peaks, walking each mountain and cycling the 450-miles in between over 4 days and various Alps including three ascents of the infamous Mont Ventoux all in one day

What next?

My next big goal is to cycle the entire Tour de France route in the same number of days as the pro's; just probably not quite as fast!

 Vicky still smiling and looking fresh as ever after the Rotterdam Marathon

Vicky still smiling and looking fresh as ever after the Rotterdam Marathon

Hi I'm Vicky. I've been involved in sport and fitness my whole life. I found a passion for running from an early age and for many years raced on the track in the 800 and 1500 metres. More recently I've done a couple of marathons, cycled the E'tape du Tour, a stage of the Tour de France finishing on the infamous Mont Ventoux and competed in triathlons, a half ironman, aqua-bikes (swim-bike) and aquathlons (swim run). I represented Great Britain for my age group in the latter at the World Championships in Edmonton, Canada in 2014 and was delighted to come home with a silver medal. This year, I'm taking on an Ironman for the first time.

I've spent 15 years working in health and fitness in all sorts of jobs, and I'm currently in charge of fitness and leisure courses for the UK's largest training provider. I absolutely love sporting events, whether it's going to watch them, doing them myself or supporting others on their own quests. 

I'm always up and off to the gym or swimming pool in the morning before Paul has even got out of bed!

 

    The challenges I've taken on so far are:

    • Running has always been part of my life and I spent my childhood and beyond competing in track races, mostly the 1,500 and 800 metres. I've since increased my distance right up to and including a couple of marathons
    • Cycling - I took on the famous Etape du Tour finishing on Mont Ventoux and have cycled various Alps at other times, the hardest of which was probably cycling past 1 million people to get to the top of Alpe D'Huez to watch the end of a stage of the Tour de France, or the Col de l'Iseran, where we cycled uphill continuously for 30 miles!
    • Multi-sport - I've competed in aquathlons (swim/run), duathlons (bike/run), triathlons, and a half-ironman, and was delighted to get a World Aquathlon silver medal for my age group in Canada a few years ago.

    What next?

    This year I'm taking on the full ironman distance for the first time.

     As you can see, Baz is a big fella.

    As you can see, Baz is a big fella.

    Basil is the official company mascot. He likes to help out by carrying out vital research on sleeping and eating, both of which he does a lot! To be fair to him though, he does enjoy the odd HIIT workout, usually in the evenings before bedtime. He's patented it HIITCAT and intends to sell it to his feline friends when he can fit the time in between important afternoon naps.