Meet the Team
The SWEAT Southsea team includes the leading personal trainers and health and fitness professionals in Portsmouth and Southsea.
Our gym is dedicated to personal training. Our training team and our clients enjoy using a gym free from crowds. The team are able to plan and deliver their sessions without concern about equipment or space being available. And, there are no membership or joining fees.
Managing Director of SWEAT Southsea and Co-Founder of the Fitness Festival, Luke Newton has firmly established himself within the fitness industry building a reputation as one of the leading personal trainers in the region.
Luke is passionate about helping people reach their potential and achieve their goals and this passion led him to create what has proven to be the perfect workout environment at SWEAT. Luke prides himself on his ability to connect with his clients, understand their motivations and become a positive influence in their lives. He says his relationship with clients is based on teamwork, honesty, continued assessment and goal setting. After leaving behind a successful career in London, Luke qualified as a personal trainer and trained mostly outdoors, preferring that to the only real alternative at the time of a commercial gym environment. After building a client base, Luke and partner Christina, took on the warehouse space which SWEAT now occupies with a vision of creating a space he and his clients would be comfortable in.
Training with Luke you'll find yourself building confidence as well as your fitness levels. Luke prides himself on helping people enjoy the process of getting fitter and leading a healthy life.
Double Olympian and world champion swimmer Katy Sexton MBE is available for personal training whatever your goals or fitness levels. Katy is an inspiring and infectious person to be around and training with such a successful sporting icon is an opportunity not to be missed.
Katy is an experienced and highly skilled personal trainer and will inspire you to your own goals. Katy is a fantastic motivator and her friendly and warm nature helps her build rapport quickly with clients. Katy's wide and varied client base include teenagers competing in sport as well as those new to fitness, seasoned and aspiring triathletes and people looking to make lifestyle changes.
Katy represented GB at four World Championships, the first at the age of 15 and was the first British swimmer to win a World Championship back in 2003. Katy is also a double Olympian and three-time Commonwealth athlete. Training in our private environment dedicated to personal training with an athlete as successful as Katy is an incredible opportunity not to be missed!
Yasmin Antonia BSc (Hons) has always had a passion for fitness and exercise, playing a variety of sports over the years but now focuses more on gym-based exercise. Yasmin is a fully qualified Level 3 Personal Trainer Fitness Instructor and Boxercise Instructor and is also qualified in Exercise Referral and Sports Massage Therapy. Always keen to further develop her knowledge, Yasmin is now working towards her Strength and Conditioning qualifications.
Yasmin enjoys making every session different believing that exercise shouldn't be boring or considered a chore. Yasmin is a highly skilled instructor and her sessions are fun and unpredictable and her extensive knowledge helps her adapt exercises to suit each individual. Yasmin enjoys motivating and encouraging people to adhere to exercise to make it part of their lifestyle, rather than a one off event.
Yasmin is focused on gaining knowledge and understanding in all aspects of sport and exercise and keeps up with new developments in research so that she can provide the best information and advice to her clients.
Lily joined the team in September 2016 taking on Barre classes and quickly made a big impression with our class goers and the rest of the team with her fun and infectious personality.
As well as being a qualified personal trainer, Lily is a dance lecturer at Chichester University.
Learning new methods and skills is one of Lily's top priorities. Lily is a fully qualified non-contact boxing tutor, and is currently studying for her pre and post natal and Strength and Conditioning qualifications.
Lily's sessions are always well-planned, fun and challenging. Having employed a personal trainer herself eighteen months ago, Lily knows exactly how it feels to pick up the phone and get started.
Abbie has always been interested in keeping fit and active and has been teaching dance for many years alongside her fitness instructing. Abbie has continually developed since becoming a Personal Trainer and loves sharing her knowledge, skill and enthusiasm to help people build their confidence and reach their individual goals.
As well as being a full time personal trainer Abbie also takes HIIT+Core and Barre classes at SWEAT.
Abbie qualified as a Level 2 gym instructor back in 2011 and she quickly realised her love for encouraging people towards their fitness goals. This resulted in Abbie building up qualifications including Exercise to Music, Kettlebell Instructor, Postural Analysis and then Level 3 Personal Training.
Abbie was one of SWEAT's first trainers joining the team back in mid 2015 and has since built a great client base and reputation within the industry. Abbie is passionate and knowledgable and her ability to motivate her clients not only during sessions, but in their lifestyle choices too leads to amazing results.
Max is an experienced, knowledgable, extremely driven and passionate trainer with a great hunger for helping people achieve their goals. Max takes enormous pride in his ability to get the best out of people, being a positive impact on peoples lives and enjoys the opportunity personal training gives him to change lifestyles and not just physical appearances.
A keen sportsmen, Max has previously suffered two serious injuries. These helped create the mindset and attitude that Max possesses today towards exercise; defeating the odds, pushing through the barriers and most importantly having the mental strength and willpower to succeed. Max promises sessions that will challenge and push you to your limits. But they will also be fun, satisfying and most importantly, extremely rewarding.
Max previously held a position as an operations manager within a commercial gym but realised personal training was where his passion lay. Max has established a reputation as one of the go-to trainers in the area, building a strong client base which has included professional footballers and round-the-world sailors alongside people brand new to exercise.
Lissie is a fun, knowledgeable, driven and an understanding personal trainer. She takes time to get to know every aspect of a clients life to help achieve their goals and make the most out of every session. Lissie qualified as a Level 3 Personal Trainer in 2016 and has taken extra courses in Kettlebells, Circuits, Boot Camp Training and Pre & Post Natal Exercise.
Lissie spends a lot of her time researching and exploring different methods of exercise to help expand her knowledge and to benefit her clients. A main focus when planning sessions and exercise programmes is to guarantee every session will be different but challenging, therefore, ensuring her clients keep on guessing and keep enjoying their sessions.
Having previously worked in an office based environment Lissie understands that it is super important to get exercising, keep motivated and stay on track to keep yourself fit, active and healthy!
Alexandra Cunningham is a highly qualified and recommend Sports Therapist and Rehabilitator. She has recently finished her MSc degree in Sports Rehabilitation from St. Mary’s University Twickenham alongside working full time in a busy clinic. Alex is also a Graduate Sports Therapist BSc (Hons) from the University of Chichester and has full membership with the Society of Sports Therapists. Since graduating from Chichester, Alex has worked with a number of sports persons and in an array of environments including footballers, high level athletes and triathletes, swimmers and gym goers but to name a few.
As well as being a Sports Therapist, Alex is also currently training with the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute (APPI) and will soon be fully accredited with the APPI to teach Clinical Pilates and will be available for 1-1 Pilates at SWEAT Southsea. The APPI have created a unique program of rehabilitation based Pilates programs which are highly regarded around the world. Through her training and experience, Alex believes the best treatment is movement, which is why she recommends Pilates so much and why she became a qualified instructor. Away from Pilates, easy and simple movements Alex has picked up through her ongoing education can be done in the clinic and at home to get stiff joints and muscles moving to help with hand-on treatment to decrease pain quickly. Alex enjoys being able to see a client's progress from start to finish and maintain their own treatment. Alex believes it is important to treat the body as a whole, and not just the symptom of pain; looking at the cause and compensations is the best and should be the only way to treat musculoskeletal injuries.
George Rentoul graduated in 2016 from the University of Chichester with a 2:1 BSc (Hons) Degree in Sports Therapy. During and since University George has gained experience in both the clinical and pitch side environments and has worked with several elite athletes from Team GB. George provides pitch side Sports Therapy for Portsmouth Grammar School, St Johns College, Portsmouth University and Hampshire RFU.
George is a keen sportsman who is interested in Rugby, Football, Athletics and Weight Lifting. He has played rugby since a young age and played at an elite level representing Hampshire and London Irish. George has been subjected to numerous injuries and understands the physical and psychological implications an injury can have on an individual whether that being in a sporting or occupational environment. George believes that everyone deserves the same standard of treatment and rehabilitation no matter their background or ability.
Samantha is a specialist physiotherapist with eight years’ experience. Sam qualified with an MSc in Physiotherapy from the University of East Anglia and got straight to work in the NHS for six years, eventually becoming a Lead Physiotherapist across musculoskeletal, surgical and respiratory specialisms. During this time, Sam also worked in private practice looking after patients suffering from persistent pain and whiplash injuries. Sam's extensive experience in Wellbeing has led her to take care of those with persistent pain, post-operative conditions, and dysfunctional breathing to endurance athletes, Ironman and Olympic distance triathletes.
Sam moved full time into private practice two years ago and has loved every minute! Now, having moved back to the South Coast, Sam is delighted to offer her services at SWEAT Southsea. During her career, Sam has added Pilates Instructor, Yoga Teacher and Special Interest in Spinal Health with cognitive functional therapy to her training. Sam's broad, holistic experience means that she is able to look after people, not just their conditions and she prides herself on quality treatments that are also enjoyable.
Sam is a member of the Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine and the Australian Physiotherapy And Pilates Institute.
Pilates instructor Amanda Miller trained at the international STOTT HQ in Toronto, Canada and joined the SWEAT team full-time this October. Amanda is available for 1-1 and semi private bookings. Amanda is friendly, knowledgable and dedicated and we're delighted to be working alongside her after her relocation from London. Amanda also takes our timetabled Pilates classes.
Amanda says that she chose STOTT Pilates "as this method combines the best of classical Pilates and the new medical and anatomical discoveries that have been made since Joseph Pilates created it." Amanda has been an avid sports enthusiast since childhood and found Pilates through Physiotherapy following injuries. After seeing the power that Pilates can have on the body and mind first-hand Amanda decided to ditch the rat race of London to become a Pilates instructor.
Amanda is keen to work with people to help with their athletic conditioning, injury rehabilitation and improve their mind body connection to create a more holistic view of physical training and enjoying life. Since Amanda joined the team she has successfully teamed up with SWEAT's own Physio Lucas and other leading sports injury clinics.
We are delighted to be welcoming Tom Waldron to the SWEAT Southsea team. Tom is a Movement Biomechanics coach, Pilates instructor and Sports Therapist.
Personal Training / Sport Specific Training / Sports Therapy / Physiotherapy / Functional Rehabilitation / Movement Biomechanics / Exercise Referral / Pilates / Yoga / Pre and Post Natal / Sports Massage Therapy
You can contact any of our fantastic team directly, or if you’re not sure who is best for your goals, please feel free to contact us. We are always happy to help.