Dave Thomas


Director and Founder

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Dave Thomas


Director and Founder

Dave Thomas Personal Trainer

Dave is the original founder and personal trainer at The Foundry. Uninspired by both the ‘impersonal’ business model of personal training within many chain gyms and the exclusivity and branding of the ‘celebrity trainer’ in London, Dave decided to set up a performance and personal training company to enable everyday people to achieve their health and fitness goals. 

Over the last decade he has accumulated over 10,000 personal training hours with a diverse range of clients, from young offenders to professional athletes. 

B.F. (Before Foundry), Dave previously enjoyed a successful rugby career representing school, county, region and various clubs around the world and university. His passion for rugby and sport in general has continued to influence his career and Dave is very proud to be a founding trustee for The School of Hard Knocks the social inclusion charity documented annually since 2007 by Sky Sports which helps unemployed people improve their confidence and find work. Dave is also a regular writer and presenter and the lead coach for Rugbydump.com

Contact Dave at:

Website: www.davethomaspersonaltrainer.com

Twitter: @itsdtpt

Instagram: @itsdtpt

 

Ben Gotting


Director and Co-Owner

Ben Gotting


Director and Co-Owner

Ben Gotting is The Foundry's Head of Training ensuring all our programmes and trainers operate at the very top of their game.

Ben is a Former professional sportsman, having spent 10 years at the top flight of British rugby, winning both European and domestic trophies with London Wasps.

As one of the City's most experienced body composition and strength and conditioning experts, anyone who trains with him can be assured of fast but long lasting results.

Follow Ben at:

Twitter: @the_gottfather

Instagram: @the_gottfather

 

Liz Barker


Director and Co-Owner

Liz Barker


Director and Co-Owner

Liz has a broad range of experience, having worked for over 15 years in the industry. As well as a Personal Trainer,  Liz is also a Pilates Instructor and Certified CrossFit coach having worked in several London CrossFit boxes.

Liz gets a real kick out of her clients making real lifestyle changes when they work with her.

She’s a bit of an adrenaline junkie: she boxes competitively, snowboards and kite surfs in her spare time!

Follow Liz at: 

Instagram: lizbarker82/

Ali McKenzie


Community Coach and Personal Trainer

Ali McKenzie


Community Coach and Personal Trainer

Ali McKenzie
 

Ali McKenzie played top flight Professional Rugby for 15 years before entering the fitness industry. Some of his career highlights included winning 3 Premiership titles, 2 European Heineken Cups and a host of other silverware for Wasps (alongside Foundry director Ben Gotting) and winning a Super 10 Italian Championship title for Calvisano before injury forced him into retirement.  Prior to Professional Rugby, Ali was an accomplished national athlete in Track & Field winning consecutive Gold medals for the Shot Putt & Discus at the England Athletics & National Championship Games in Birmingham.

Ali is a very popular member of The Foundry coaching staff who leads the coaching for our community commitments. If you're looking for a great coach for personal training who knows what it takes to reach the top of his game book in for one of his popular daily Ali-Barbell coaching sessions

Follow Ali at:

Twitter: @AliMcKenzie1 

Instagram: @alimck1

Mark Ireland


Personal Trainer

Mark Ireland


Personal Trainer

 

Mark made the transition to personal training after 13 years of professional rugby in the english premiership and championship leagues as well as 4 years plying his trade in French rugby. 

Mark has combined this knowledge with his love for structured weight training and high intensity conditioning to enable his clients to attain their goals.

Hard work, determination and a willingness to learn are attributes that Mark has stuck to throughout his sporting and professional training career and something he demands from those who chose to work with him

Follow Ali at:

Twitter: @markirelandpt

Instagram: @m_i_strength_and_fitness/

Richie Norton


Personal Trainer

Richie Norton


Personal Trainer

Richie Norton Personal Trainer

Richie is a certified trainer, and self proclaimed super chef, with an international professional background in rugby and athletics. His love of competitive sport and performance nutrition took him on a journey working with some of the biggest names in the business, specialising in strength and conditioning with a focus on movement and bodyweight calisthenics. Richie has developed his own method combining full body workouts to transform your body from the inside out, with his beloved 'broyoga' yoga.

Over the past 5 years Richie has travelled all over the world as a private health coach to the superstars in film and elite professional sport, preparing clients physically and mentally to be in the best possible shape, all within a strict custolmised training program.

His energy and smile is infectious so we're delighted to have this cheeky Yorkshireman as part of Team Foundry ensuring you working and have fun, every session.

Contact Richie at:

Website: www.thestrengthtemple.com

Email: richie@foundryfit.com

Instagram: @thestengthtemple

 

Lucinda Walker Smith


Sports & Massage Therapist & Personal Trainer 

Lucinda Walker Smith


Sports & Massage Therapist & Personal Trainer 

Lucinda Walker-Smith Sports Massage Therapist and Personal Trainer

 

Lucinda Walker-Smith is a very experienced therapist and personal trainer who holds a Masters in Sports Rehab and has vast experience working with a wide variety of clients including the England Rugby 7s team and the 2012 GB Paralympians.

Lu is also a keen skier In 2008 and has even completed the odd marathon in her spare time.

 

Contact Lucinda at

Email: lucinda@foundryfit.com