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Greg

ADHD COACH
ADHD PERSONAL FITNESS COACH
GYM INSTRUCTOR 
NUTRITION & DIET COACH

Diagnosed Combined ADHD, Dyspraxia & Sensory Processing Disorder

 

Greg was only diagnosed with Severe Combined ADHD when he was 39 and hadn’t even heard of the condition until his late 20’s.  It was only after reading a newspaper article about Ozzy Osbourne and his struggles with ADHD that Greg identified with so many of the traits Ozzy had.

Throughout his education Greg always felt something “wasn’t quite right”.  He always felt different and didn’t understand why he couldn’t mix with people the way his friends did. This feeling of isolation carried on into his very chequered university years.

Greg first attended Loughborough University, albeit reluctantly as he was hoping he hadn’t achieved the grades!  He lasted one term as the isolation and inability to socialise proved too much to handle. After taking the rest of the year out Greg decided he was ready to try again and went to Warwick University to study Philosophy.

It was here that he really struggled and noticed more markedly that he wasn’t capable of studying the same way as other students.  He couldn’t concentrate in lectures and found it impossible to listen and take notes, or to speak up in seminar groups for fear of saying something wrong and embarrassing himself. That year in Warwick ended as a result of ‘academic differences’ between him and one of his tutors!

His third and final attempt was in Birmingham, where he encountered the same problems but he studied independently in his own way and eventually graduated with a degree in English Literature. Again he had issues with senior tutors and was regularly pulled up and threatened with expulsion over his lack of attendance.

It was in Birmingham that Greg inadvertently discovered the outlet for his anger and pent up emotions – in bodybuilding. Greg very much considers these as his formative years. He had found himself in a place where he belonged and progressed very quickly and made some good lifetime friends.

Greg’s passion for bodybuilding and fitness continued and after moving to Lincolnshire and establishing himself at the local gym, he was approached by a member of staff who worked at a Secure Unit for Young Offenders and she urged Greg to apply to work there.

Despite no previous experience working with young adults whatsoever, Greg was taken on straight away and found himself working with some of the most challenging teens in the justice system.

He quickly earned a reputation amongst the kids. A lot of the staff treated them like prisoners but Greg’s approach was based more on complete honesty and mutual respect, and he was described by one of the kids as the most ‘real’ member of staff there

Many of the kids were ADHD, either diagnosed or undiagnosed, and Greg felt he had more in common with them than with the staff. His openness about his own life and his struggles with ADHD showed the young people they weren’t on their own, and he formed close bonds with many of them who had been badly lacking positive role models in their own lives.

Many of them had offended and reoffended intentionally to get locked up, as they felt safer on the inside. Greg became a father figure to many of them – one young lad asked Greg if he could adopt him, and another one of the lads called him his ‘ADHD Brother’.

There were many occasions when there were kids who were deemed to be too dangerous to be left alone with a single member of staff but due to staffing numbers this was often impossible to facilitate and it was Greg who was always chosen as the one they would kick off least against!

Greg also fought for a couple of youngsters who he believed had ADHD, overturning disbelieving staff members and playing a key role in getting them successfully assessed and diagnosed.

It was while in Lincolnshire that Greg discovered a passion and talent for cooking, and he often used to cook with the kids in the unit. Upon leaving Lincolnshire he wanted to pursue this and to break into cheffing, despite having no experience in the industry. After one coaching session with Sarah, he’d implemented the strategies she had taught him, and within 5 or 6 weeks he was on a plane to the Isle of Sark to work with one the best chefs in the Channel Islands. After a very successful first season cheffing Greg decided to move on to Cornwall.

After a stint baking Cornish pasties, Greg landed a job with Michelin starred celebrity chef Paul Ainsworth, enabling him to further develop his cheffing skills and even cooking for Gordon Ramsay.

The Covid lockdown in the hospitality industry forced Greg to re-look at his life and decide what he was passionate about. After his own positive encounter with ADHD coaching and first hand experience of how it can literally transform lives, Greg embarked upon coaching training so that he could combine this with his passions for fitness, nutrition and cooking.

Greg has now joined Headstuff where he is in a unique position to offer people personal fitness training, ADHD coaching, nutrition advice and helping teach people to shop for and prepare healthy food.

At last Greg feels he has found his niche in helping ADHD clients work towards their dream life whilst dealing with any health, fitness and nutrition issues at the same time.

 

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) English Literature  2000
  • Certificate in Gym Instructing Level 2  2020
  • Diploma in Personal Training and Business Planning Level 3  2021
  • Diploma in Life Coaching Level 3  2021
  • Certified Nutrition Coach Level 4  2021
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 2

 

Current Training & CPD

  • Mental Health Awareness Level 2
  • Youth Exercise
  • Behaviour Change
  • Weight Loss
  • Senior Fitness
  • Virtual Coaching

Greg

ADHD COACH
ADHD PERSONAL FITNESS COACH
GYM INSTRUCTOR 
NUTRITION & DIET COACH

DIAGNOSED COMBINED ADHD, DYDPRAXIA & SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER

Greg was only diagnosed with Severe Combined ADHD when he was 39 and hadn’t even heard of the condition until his late 20’s.  It was only after reading a newspaper article about Ozzy Osbourne and his struggles with ADHD that Greg identified with so many of the traits Ozzy had.

Throughout his education Greg always felt something “wasn’t quite right”.  He always felt different and didn’t understand why he couldn’t mix with people the way his friends did. This feeling of isolation carried on into his very chequered university years.

Greg first attended Loughborough University, albeit reluctantly as he was hoping he hadn’t achieved the grades!  He lasted one term as the isolation and inability to socialise proved too much to handle. After taking the rest of the year out Greg decided he was ready to try again and went to Warwick University to study Philosophy.

It was here that he really struggled and noticed more markedly that he wasn’t capable of studying the same way as other students.  He couldn’t concentrate in lectures and found it impossible to listen and take notes, or to speak up in seminar groups for fear of saying something wrong and embarrassing himself. That year in Warwick ended as a result of ‘academic differences’ between him and one of his tutors!

His third and final attempt was in Birmingham, where he encountered the same problems but he studied independently in his own way and eventually graduated with a degree in English Literature. Again he had issues with senior tutors and was regularly pulled up and threatened with expulsion over his lack of attendance.

It was in Birmingham that Greg inadvertently discovered the outlet for his anger and pent up emotions – in bodybuilding. Greg very much considers these as his formative years. He had found himself in a place where he belonged and progressed very quickly and made some good lifetime friends.

Greg’s passion for bodybuilding and fitness continued and after moving to Lincolnshire and establishing himself at the local gym, he was approached by a member of staff who worked at a Secure Unit for Young Offenders and she urged Greg to apply to work there.

Despite no previous experience working with young adults whatsoever, Greg was taken on straight away and found himself working with some of the most challenging teens in the justice system.

He quickly earned a reputation amongst the kids. A lot of the staff treated them like prisoners but Greg’s approach was based more on complete honesty and mutual respect, and he was described by one of the kids as the most ‘real’ member of staff there

Many of the kids were ADHD, either diagnosed or undiagnosed, and Greg felt he had more in common with them than with the staff. His openness about his own life and his struggles with ADHD showed the young people they weren’t on their own, and he formed close bonds with many of them who had been badly lacking positive role models in their own lives.

Many of them had offended and reoffended intentionally to get locked up, as they felt safer on the inside. Greg became a father figure to many of them – one young lad asked Greg if he could adopt him, and another one of the lads called him his ‘ADHD Brother’.

There were many occasions when there were kids who were deemed to be too dangerous to be left alone with a single member of staff but due to staffing numbers this was often impossible to facilitate and it was Greg who was always chosen as the one they would kick off least against!

Greg also fought for a couple of youngsters who he believed had ADHD, overturning disbelieving staff members and playing a key role in getting them successfully assessed and diagnosed.

It was while in Lincolnshire that Greg discovered a passion and talent for cooking, and he often used to cook with the kids in the unit. Upon leaving Lincolnshire he wanted to pursue this and to break into cheffing, despite having no experience in the industry. After one coaching session with Sarah, he’d implemented the strategies she had taught him, and within 5 or 6 weeks he was on a plane to the Isle of Sark to work with one the best chefs in the Channel Islands. After a very successful first season cheffing Greg decided to move on to Cornwall.

After a stint baking Cornish pasties, Greg landed a job with Michelin starred celebrity chef Paul Ainsworth, enabling him to further develop his cheffing skills and even cooking for Gordon Ramsay.

The Covid lockdown in the hospitality industry forced Greg to re-look at his life and decide what he was passionate about. After his own positive encounter with ADHD coaching and first hand experience of how it can literally transform lives, Greg embarked upon coaching training so that he could combine this with his passions for fitness, nutrition and cooking.

Greg has now joined Headstuff where he is in a unique position to offer people personal fitness training, ADHD coaching, nutrition advice and helping teach people to shop for and prepare healthy food.

At last Greg feels he has found his niche in helping ADHD clients work towards their dream life whilst dealing with any health, fitness and nutrition issues at the same time.

 

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) English Literature 2000
  • Certificate in Gym Instructing Level 2 2020
  • Diploma in Personal Training and Business Planning Level 3 2021
  • Diploma in Life Coaching Level 3 2021
  • Certified Nutrition Coach Level 4  2021
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 2

 

Current Training & CPD

  • Mental Health Awareness Level 2
  • Youth Exercise
  • Behaviour Change
  • Weight Loss
  • Senior Fitness
  • Virtual Coaching