MEET THE ADVANCED COACHING ACADEMY TEAM

Phil Learney

Director of the Advanced Coaching Academy

Phil has been a prominent figure in the health and fitness industry for over 20 years.

In this time he’s established and built a reputation based around his intelligent, observational and results based coaching and conducted in excess of 30,000 one-onone client sessions. Phil’s clients have ranged from general population all the way through to elite athletes.

Alongside his practical coaching, his open minded, pertinent writing and educational speaking has earned him a great deal of respect from his peers and the community that continues to follow his work.

In 2015 Phil launched the Advanced Coaching Academy with the primary intention of improving the global standard in the health and fitness industry.

Dr Gary Mendoza

Head of Nutrition Research and Tutoring

Gary holds both British and American qualifications in personal training. During his time working as a personal trainer he pursued his specialism in nutrition, graduating with a first in Applied Human Nutrition from the University of Wales.

In 2006 he was awarded a PhD in nutrition, specialising in a multi-dimensional treatment for overweight and obese males. This weight management research helped him develop a successful nutrition and weight management course, that is now taught within the ACAs content. This course formed the basis of Garys doctoral research.

He was programme leader for sports nutrition and advanced sports nutrition at Massey University in New Zealand and trained with Sports Dietitians Australia (SDA). Gary continues to lectures in nutrition for sport and exercise at Bath Spa and Cardiff Metropolitan Universities and is an Academic Associate member of the SENr.

Gary is currently the nutritionist for weightlifting Wales and works with the elite and junior squads. He is the head of Nutrition Research and Tutoring for the ACA and delivers the AfN Certified applied nutrition and supplementation course.

Richard Sennewald

Senior Nutritional Tutor

Rich began his coaching career in the early 2000s starting much like many others in the industry, producing programs for the general populous. During this time he trained as a teacher and began work as a foreign languages teacher before heading to Plymouth University to study Human Biosciences.

Rich chose to follow his passion during his degree and specialised in Nutrition, development, physiology and pathology whilst funding his own education working in the University gym.

Fast forward past his work in DNA analytics he began working as an online coach in 2013, at the same time remaining true to his background of science by supporting some of the largest educational efforts in the health and fitness industry. Rich’s ability to understand, disseminate and more importantly apply research and data has become very much the staple of his tutoring and he continues this in his role with the ACA.

ACADEMY CONTRIBUTORS

Phil Graham

B.Sc, MSc, PGDip, CSSN

Darryn Willoughby

Ph.D., FACSM, FISSN, FACN, FASEP

Darren Candow

Ph.D.,CSEP-CEP

Jose Antonio

PhD, FNSCA, FACSM, FISSN

Corey A Peacock

​​PHD CSCS CISSN FRCms

Angharad Banner

BSc(Hons) Nutrition, PG Dip Dietetics, MBDA, RD

Jane Ogden

BSc, PhD, CPsychol,

Laurent Bannock

DProf(c), MSc, FISSN, CSCS, R.SEN

Andrew Chappell

​​PhD, MSc, BSc Honours

Clive Brewer

​​Assistant Director of High Performance at the Toronto Blue Jays

Sukh Sidhu

Founder of the Online Fitness Business

Emma Storey-Gordon

BSc Hons

Danny Lennon

MSc. Nutritional Science Founder of Sigma Nutrition

Mark Coles

Owner and Founder of M10 Fitness

Phil Graham

B.Sc, MSc, PGDip, CSSN

Renowned competitive body builder and Sports Nutritionist Phil Graham (BSc, CSSN) has established himself as one of UK’s leading fitness educators and coaches. He has helped coach and inspire a diverse range of clientele ranging from personal trainers, everyday members of the public right through to professional athletes across a wide variety of sports.

Phil educates 1000’s of personal trainers each year through his seminars, workshops and attendance at some of the world’s largest health and fitness exhibitions. He actively writes for almost every major fitness publication, hosts the ever-popular Podcast Elite Muscle Radio Podcast (available on iTunes) and works as Genetic Supplements resident nutrition expert for product development.

Phil suffers from Type 1 Diabetes and spends a considerable amount of time helping other people living with diabetes overcome obstacles and get the most out of life, especially when it comes to fitness, muscle building and fat loss.

He has recently published a muscle building and fat loss fitness book for people living with diabetes (The Diabetic Muscle and Fitness Guide). And, is in the process of building the first ever online community that educates people with diabetes on the science of strength training, and body building.

WWW.PHIL-GRAHAM.COM

Darryn Willoughby

Ph.D., FACSM, FISSN, FACN, FASEP

Dr. Willoughby holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Physical Education from Tarleton State University and a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology with sub-emphases in Nutritional Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Texas A&M University. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), International Society of Sport Nutrition (ISSN), American College of Nutrition (ACN), and American Society of Exercise Physiologists (ASEP). He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and a Certified Sports Nutritionist through the ISSN. He is also a Past-President of the ISSN.

Dr. Willoughby is a Professor of Exercise and Nutritional Biochemistry and Molecular Physiology at Baylor University in Waco, TX where he teaches graduate level, nutritional biochemistry, exercise physiology, exercise biochemistry, muscle physiology, and exercise endocrinology classes. He is also an active researcher and director of the Exercise and Biochemical Nutrition Laboratory where his primary research focus is on the skeletal muscle molecular and signaling mechanisms regulating the effectiveness and efficacy of nutritional supplements and nutritional intervention [aka. nutrigenomics (nutrient-gene interactions). He also holds secondary faculty appointments as a Professor in the Department of Biomedical Science and Department of Biology at Baylor University, and Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Central Florida.

Dr. Willoughby has over 100 publications in scientific peer-reviewed research journals such as Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Nutrition Research, and the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. He has also authored and co-authored several book chapters on issues related to exercise and sports nutrition. He also has over 100 research-related presentations. He serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Nutrition and Food Engineering and the International Journal of Kinesiology and Sport Science. He is also an Associate Editor for the Journal of Sports Science and Medicine and the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.

Dr. Willoughby is internationally renowned for being an active scientific contributor to the field of resistance training and exercise/sports nutrition. In addition to being highly-sought for national and international speaking engagements relative to resistance training and sports nutrition, Dr. Willoughby has previously contributed to Muscle and Fitness, Flex, The Sports Nutrition Insider, Men’s Health, and has been featured on podcasts and radio programs such as the Performance Nutrition Show. He has served as a nutrition and supplementation consultant for a number of major nutrition/sport supplement companies. He has previously worked as a collegiate strength and condition coach and presently serves as a resistance training and conditioning consultant for high school, collegiate, and professional athletes. In addition, he also consults with amateur and professional bodybuilders relative to their training and nutritional program.

Personally, Dr. Willoughby played college football, semi-pro football, semi-pro baseball. He is currently a professional bodybuilder in the Global Bodybuilding Organization (GBO) and Director of Judging for the GBO.

Darren Candow

Ph.D.,CSEP-CEP

Dr. Darren Candow, PhD, CSEP-CEP, is Professor and Associate Dean-Graduate Studies and Research in the Faculty of Kinesiology & Health Studies. Dr. Candow supervises the Aging Muscle and Bone Health Laboratory, and serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, and Biogerontology. Dr. Candow’s research program involves the development of effective resistance training and nutritional intervention strategies for improving properties of muscle and bone health. Dr. Candow’s research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Saskatchewan Health Research Foundation (SHRF), and the Nutricia Research Foundation.

Jose Antonio

PhD, FNSCA, FACSM, FISSN

Jose Antonio, Ph.D. FISSN FNSCA CSCS is the CEO and co-founder of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (www.theissn.org). He gives an occasional talk, writes a bit, and can read your mind (but only after consuming copious quantities of coffee). Dr. Antonio is an Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sports Science at Nova Southeastern University in beautiful South Florida and an avid paddler.

Corey A Peacock

PHD CSCS CISSN FRCms

Dr. Corey Peacock is currently serving as the Head Performance Coach and Sports Scientist at Peacock Performance Inc. In this role, he is responsible for providing strength & conditioning, physiological analysis, and injury prevention methodologies for some of the UFC’s ‘Elite’ Mixed Martial Arts Fighters. He did so previously with MMA’s The Blackzilians fight team. Dr. Peacock has worked with top combat fighters including Anthony Johnson, Chris Algieri, Rashad Evans, Michael Johnson, Kamaru Usman, and Vitor Belfort to name a few. Prior to MMA, Dr. Peacock spent his time as a member of the strength and conditioning staff at The University of Miami, where he focused his application in Football. As a former collegiate football player, Corey graduated from Ashland University with a M.Ed. in Applied Exercise Science and from Kent State University with a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology. He works closely with many Strength & Conditioning professionals from the NFL, NHL, MMA and NCAAF and is regarded as one of the top Performance Coaches and Sports Scientists in South Florida. Along with coaching, Dr. Peacock also works as a professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Nova Southeastern University. As a researcher, he has contributed multiple peer-reviewed publications integrating the fields of exercise physiology, athletic performance, and supplementation.

Angharad Banner

BSc(Hons) Nutrition, PG Dip Dietetics, MBDA, RD

An award winning Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Consultant with over 16 years experience.

Angharad studied Nutrition at the University of Surrey graduating with a BSc. (Hons) in 2000. She then went on to do a Postgraduate Diploma in Dietetics at King’s College London and qualified with distinction in 2001.

Angharad started her career at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital before moving to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. In 2008 moving to Cardiff to take up a position as Head of Paediatric Dietetics for Cardiff and the Vale.

In 2013 Angharad became a freelance dietitian running private clinics in the Vale of Glamorgan and online. A guest speaker for health visitor and GP events and consultant for major global nutrition companies, Cardiff Metropolitan University and the Vegan Society. Angharad is a committee member for the British Dietetic Association (BDA) Paediatric Specialist Group, BDA media representative and a recognised private practitioner for Beat (beating eating disorders) and also a Food Revolution Ambassador for Jamie Oliver, running workshops in local schools.

Jane Ogden

BSc, PhD, CPsychol

Jane Ogden is a Professor in Health Psychology at the University of Surrey where she teaches psychology, vet, nutrition, dietician and medical students to think more psychologically about health. Her main research areas are eating behaviour, obesity management and parenting around food. She has published 7 books including ‘The Psychology of Eating’; The Good Parenting Food Guide’ and ‘The Psychology of Dieting’ (due out Jan 2018) and over 180 research papers. She is a regular contributor to the media in terms of radio, TV, social media, magazines and newspapers and is passionate about making research accessible for a lay audience.

Laurent Bannock

DProf(c), MSc, FISSN, CSCS, R.SEN

Founder & Director, Exercise Physiologist and Performance Nutritionist

Laurent is the founder and director of Guru Performance with over 25 years of practitioner experience in the fields of nutrition, fitness and performance. He currently acts as a consultant to a variety of professional teams, recreational & elite level athletes, and the military. Previous high performance clients have included being performance nutrition consultant to Bath Rugby, and team performance nutritionist to London Irish, London Scottish, and London Broncos professional rugby teams. Laurent also worked with former Heavy Weight Boxing champion Danny Williams through his last 2 successful title fights, as well as working for the British Fencing World Class Program – supporting the Team GB Fencing Squad towards the Rio 2016 Olympics. Laurent is a Registered Sports and Exercise Nutritionist (UK SENr High Performance), a Certified Sports Nutritionist (ISSN), a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA), and is a Certified Anthropometrist (ISAK). His academic qualifications include a Master of Science degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion from California University of Pennsylvania (USA), and a Post Graduate Certificate in Strength & Conditioning from Middlesex University (UK), where he is also a Professional Doctorate candidate (DProf) in Exercise Physiology and Performance Nutrition (expected early 2017).

In the past decade or so Laurent has managed to rapidly up-skill and evolve to his current level of expertise from his original career as a PT and S&C coach of many years (which started in the early 1990’s) to now being a well-known practitioner-researcher and educator in the field of Applied Sports & Exercise Nutrition, with a number of publications in peer reviewed journals, and is the host of the highly acclaimed ‘We Do Science’ Podcast. Laurent plays an active role in supporting his profession and fellow professionals in any way he can and is currently serving as a member of the registration panel of the UK Sport and Exercise Nutrition Register (SENr). He is also a Fellow of the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN), sits on the advisory board of the ISSN, and is also an Associate Editor for the Journal of the International Society for Sports Nutrition. Laurent also serves as an expert reviewer for the European Journal of Sports Sciences, and the International Journal for Sports Nutrition & Exercise Metabolism. Laurent is a highly experienced educator & lecturer and is the program director (and founder) for the international ISSN Diploma post graduate program, as well being a senior lecturer and program leader for the MSc Sport & Exercise Nutrition program at Middlesex University, London.

Learn more about Laurent via his personal websites: www.LaurentBannock.co.uk and www.GuruPerformance.com

Andrew Chappell

PhD, MSc, BSc Honours

Andrew is a professional natural bodybuilder and has been involved in the health and fitness industry for over 10 years as an instructor, coach, nutritionist, researcher and lecturer. Andrew has an undergraduate degree in sport and exercise science from Herriot Watt University, a post-graduate degree in human nutrition and metabolism from Aberdeen University and PhD in human nutrition from the Rowett Research Institute. During his PhD Andrew studied the effects of dietary fibre on human health, specialising in; the environmental and genetic factors influencing the nutrient composition of cereals, and the effect of dietary fibre on the colonic gut microbiota. Andrew lectures in sports nutrition at Sheffield Hallam University with a current research focus on, the dietary strategies of natural bodybuilding populations and ergogenic aids in resistance training. As a course tutor with ACA he’ll be delivering content with a specific focus on gut health and disease.

Clive Brewer

Assistant Director of High Performance at the Toronto Blue Jays

Clive is going to be contributing to the Advanced Coaching module and I just finished an hours video with him talking about all things S&C and coaching.

Clive joined the Toronto Blue Jays in Feb 2016 as the Asst Director of High Performance, arriving as a world recognized expert in high performance sports conditioning and applied sports science. A fellow of the UK Strength & conditioning Association, Clive is also a chartered sports scientist with the UK Science council and accredited by UKSCA, NSCA & BASES. He has consulted with Manchester United FC, Liverpool Ladies FC (double Premier league champions), Scotland National rugby league (World cup ¼ finalists and current European champions), is the Human Performance consultant for USA Football, S&C editor for the IAAF, & runs the training facility program at the Wimbledon tennis championships.

As Head of strength and conditioning coach with Widnes Vikings Rugby League Club the club achieved their highest superleague finish, whilst injuries were reduced by over 18% each year. He has formerly held national lead roles as the Head of Human Performance (S&C, science and medicine) with the Rugby Football League and SportScotland’s National programme manager for Athlete Development. He was Scotland’s first national strength & conditioning coach for track and field.

Clive has authored a number of papers and book chapters on applied sports science, training methods and athletic development coaching, and has written books on training methods for coaches as well as presenting at a number of International conferences.

Sukh Sidhu

Founder of the Online Fitness Business

Sukh has been in the fitness industry for 11 years. Firstly as a personal trainer before going on to open gyms across the north west of England and then moving on to working with clients online after deciding he wanted to operate a business that worked for his goals away from work

Sukh’s business Project Lean has now helped over 4000 clients from all over the world to lose weight, move better and improve their health

In 2016 Sukh founded OnlineFitnessBusiness.com after becoming disillusioned with the mentoring options available to trainers looking to move online and began helping other trainers work with clients online.

Helping them to plug skills gaps in marketing, selling and operating and delivering services as an online trainer

Fast forward 18 months Sukh continues to operate Project Lean and OnlineFitnessBusiness.com and has helped over 200 personal trainers build their own online fitness businesses helping their clients to lose weight, enjoy yoga online, get faster, punch harder, get stronger and everything in between.

Emma Storey-Gordon

BSc Hons

Emma Storey-Gordon (BSc Hons) is an online personal trainer with a research science background in cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Her key interests revolve around the benefits of diet and exercise to health and disease prevention. As well as how a change in lifestyle can help reverse the ill effects of obesity.

Danny Lennon

MSc. Nutritional Science Founder of Sigma Nutrition

Danny is the founder of Sigma Nutrition, a company providing educational media content on evidence-based nutrition & performance. Sigma Nutrition also provides an online coaching service to a wide array of clients. Danny works as a performance nutritionist to a number of professional MMA fighters and boxers.

Danny hosts the top-ranked weekly podcast, Sigma Nutrition Radio. Each week a world-renowned expert from one of the fields of nutrition, health, medicine, or sports performance, comes on the show to dive deep into a specific topic with Danny. The show is regularly at the top of the iTunes health and fitness charts, having amassed over 2.8 million downloads as of January 2018.

Danny has an academic background in science and nutrition, including earning a master’s degree (MSc.) in Nutritional Sciences at University College Cork. During this time Danny was involved in research on vitamin D, directly under the world-renowned researcher Professor Kevin Cashman. Previous to this Danny also completed a BSc. Degree in biology and physics education and spent a year teaching these subjects.

Outside of the nutrition world, Danny is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blue belt, competes as a drug-free powerlifter and is a life-long Arsenal fan.

Website: http://sigmanutrition.com

Facebook: fb.com/sigmanutritionandperformance

Twitter: @NutritionDanny

Instagram: dannylennon_sigmanutrition

Podcast: Sigma Nutrition Radio (subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher or any other podcast app)

Mark Coles

Owner and Founder of M10 Fitness

Mark is a world renowned physique coach, educator, writer and mentor. He is the owner and founder of M10 Fitness, the UK’s Premier Personal Training Gym. He has over 15 years of experience in the fitness industry, and he teaches his coaching, business and marketing systems to personal trainers all across the world.