When he isn’t helping people reach their wellness goals, Harry is penning monthly articles for Esquire Magazine as their go-to health and fitness guru. Undoubtedly one of London’s top (if not the best) go-to health specialists in the health and fitness industry, he was also just recently crowned ‘Best Hotel PT’ by Tatler Magazine.
We are extremely honoured to call him our guest editor for this edition of the Culture Cloud. We sat down with him for a quick chat about his journey to becoming the trailblazer of the wellness world…
HOW DID YOU BECOME A PT? I started off studying sport science and psychology at Liverpool University, where I graduated with honours. I always loved sport and played football to a good level. I soon discovered there’s more to life than football! Twelve years ago personal training wasn't as big as a career as it was before. It was really reserved for the rich and famous, and was less accessible. I pushed myself into a gym in Liverpool and learnt the ropes there.
Soon after I moved to London and was based on Harley Street for several years. It was there I got some real insight into the medical community. There was everything from physios to plastic surgeons located there and I built some good relationships with doctors.
WHAT CAME NEXT? Following my time on Harley Street, I really wanted to bridge the gap between doctor and personal trainer. My first main client was Ben Eliot who founded Quintessentially, and from there I began to train many of the elite Quintessentially members.
I was lucky enough to live in Egypt for four months and trained many high ranking officials. I also trained some royals in Bahrain, and the Parker-Bowles family, and I ended up with lots of great clients. It was also about four and a half years ago I started writing a column for Esquire as their health and fitness expert.
At the time I started to look around at what was becoming more popular. Health retreats seemed to be right up there but it seemed to only be things like juice detoxes, so I wondered what could I do that would be better than that? And what nobody was doing, was looking after their clients when they go home from the retreats, or doing in depth medical assessments before they arrived. It was at this time I founded the Jameson Retreat.
WHAT WAS YOUR MAIN FOCUS WHEN YOU STARTED THE RETREAT? I wanted to make sure we had a lot more of a scientific approach to health and fitness. So what we do is we monitor your sleep for 72 hours before you arrive, we look at your posture, stress hormones and look at your food tolerances - we can test up to 150 different food groups. We ensure we look at what is physically going on in your body and build a programme especially for you.
We have a four day option available in the UK in August, or seven days abroad in the Maldives which is in November. When you return we look after you for five weeks. If you live in London, we’ll reach out two times a week, if you don’t we’ll send you a programme for five weeks and support you on Skype and email.
We’ll compare your latest stats against all the things we looked at on day one and make sure you’re still headed in the right direction.
Ultimately, we want to create clients for life and think it’s important to recognise that everyone is individual. We’ll pair people with a trainer that best suits their personality. We don’t see any other retreats that seem to do this.
WHAT ARE YOUR TIPS FOR SOMEONE LOOKING TO BEGIN A CAREER IN PERSONAL TRAINING? Be likeable and educate yourself as highly as possible. You may not be the best trainer in the world, but you can ensure you are pleasant and have a good bed side manner. Remember, it’s about people skills and making your client feel comfortable.
Stay current and keep up to date with the latest trends. Also never underestimate the importance of taking measurements and tracking success.