Paul Breheny BSc (Hons) – Founder & Owner

I received my degree in Sport and Exercise Science from the University of Teesside with emphasis in applied biomechanics, environmental exercise physiology, and orthopaedics and traumatology.

Whilst studying I applied for the Sporting Giants 2012 Olympic’s UK Talent identification campaign and was invited by UK Sport and the English Institute of Sport to attend a performance testing day. I was selected for the GB Flat Water Canoeing Teams fast track programme and trained as an athlete with the then British Canoe Sprint coaches through the various stages of the Olympic selection process.

Unfortunately a choice between abandoning my degree or continuing training towards the 2012 Olympic’s had to be made. For me, the choice was to complete my degree and pursue a career helping others achieve their physical potential.

The experience did however gave me a unique and fascinating insight into the world of elite sport, and became the primary driving force motivating me to learn more and further develop my coaching skills.

Since leaving the fast track program and completing my degree I have amassed over ten years of experience coaching clients of all populations and varying goals in many different settings and roles.

I began as a fitness and exercise class instructor at DW Sport Derby (2008 – 2013). Feeling I had more to offer my clients than was possible within the confines of that role, I become a self employed personal trainer at a number of small boutique gyms (see below for details) where I was able to gain further experience and insight into the workings of the health and fitness industry.

  1. Funktion Fitness in Derby (2013 – until it closed in 2016).
  2. Derby Colleges Johnson Buildings Fitness Centre (2016 – until it closed in 2018)
  3. B-Physical in Ashbourne (2016 – present).
  4. Spartan Fitness Studios in Derby (2018 – present).

Most recently I have used my knowledge and experience to found “PB Strength & Fitness Mentoring”, an individualised and group training service dedicated to making you the strongest version of yourself in the quickest, safest, and most effective way possible… barbell strength training!

Currently operating group training out of Spartan Studios in Derby and individualised training sessions from both Spartan Studios and B-Physical Ashbourne, my service is fast becoming popular with those requiring a logical and rationally delivered strength training system.

For anybody wanting help getting stronger you can contact me here.

Relevant Qualifications:

  • BSc (Hons) Applied Sport and Exercise Science.
  • BETEC National Diploma in Sport Development and Exercise.
  • YMCA Level 2 Gym Fitness Instructor.
  • Boxercise Level 3 Instructor.
  • Indoor Cycling Level 2 Instructor.
  • First Aid Trained.