Founder and Chief Instructor
Dave Marshall joined the British Army in 2002, joining the Royal Corps of Signals and specialising as a Communication Systems Operator. He later deployed to Iraq where he provided high level strategic communications.
In 2005 Dave was selected to attend the arduous Physical Training Instructors (PTI) course at the Army School of Physical Training in Aldershot, passing this course and becoming a PTI whilst serving as a display rider in the famous Royal Signals White Helmets Motorcycle display team. He later attended a course where the top 5% were offered a place to teach at an Army Training Regiment (ATR).
Dave was posted to ATR Winchester in Hampshire where he instructed and led 50 recruits aged 16 – 32 through their basic military training. A later posting was as a PTI at Bath where he immediately stepped in as senior PTI running all aspects of the gym and staff. He managed a team of 12 to plan and develop physical training to the Regiment of 750 soldiers. He has been delivering authentic military boot camp experiences to civilians across Cheshire and Northwich since 2017.
Dave loves outdoor activities and is qualified to instructor level in Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Mountaineering and Scuba diving. He has also planned and led expeditions worldwide to places such as Bavaria, Gibraltar, Egypt, South Africa, Belize and Ascension.
Richard joined the Royal Signals as a Radio Telegraphist when he was 18 years old. He served for six years in Germany and Belize. After qualifying as a Physical Training Instructor, he spent the last three years working in the Regimental gymnasium. Here he regularly took squadrons, of more than 100 soldiers, for PT sessions, sports lessons and fitness tests as well as organising sporting events. Additionally, he was responsible for the fitness, rehabilitation and operational fitness of troops deploying overseas.
Later seconded to a training establishment where he took Junior NCO’s on a promotional course, Richard lead PT sessions which enabled them to pass the enhanced fitness tests required by the course. Inevitably, he is no mean athlete himself and has represented his regiment at boxing, football, tug of war, swimming and half marathons.
After leaving the army, Richard joined Cheshire fire service spending 18 of his 20 years at Knutsford fire station. As well as the day to day duties of a fire-fighter, he was the station PTI, regularly taking the watches for PT sessions and their 6 monthly fitness assessments. He qualified as a rope rescue supervisor, animal rescue supervisor and swift water rescue technician. This role also saw him gain an IOSH certificate. Always a committed professional, Richard has kept his army PTI skills up to date by completing several civilian courses, one of which was a fitness instructor level three course.