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Please read on to find out more about the fabulous experiences just some of our clients have had at 5 Star Fitness.

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Paul Turner

I’ve been training with Darren for around 18no months now, initially focusing on a mixture of strengthening and cardio. For the last 12 months we focused on boxing, not just the cardio aspect but the technique which he has learnt through working with a professional boxing trainer himself. The sessions are fun but hard and I always leave the gym feeling that there’s ‘nothing left in the tank’, which is what you should always want. He pushes me to the limit every time but also recognises when it’s an ‘off day’, which a good trainer should do.

I’ve always struggled to enjoy the gym, having always played football and squash, but adding the boxing dimension has given me a renewed passion for keeping fit, made the sessions really enjoyable as well as increasing my fitness levels.

Matt Critchlow

Having used the 5 Star virtual PT for the last 4 weeks with Chris I have seen some great results feeling fitter and stronger working towards my goals that Chris helped me pull together. The program is flexible the app very user friendly with videos and the weekly calls are great to tweak the plan or talk through any techniques. I’m enjoying the experience and would highly recommend Chris – thanks Matt

Nicola Walmsley

I’ve signed up to 5 Star’s online PT  during the COVID-19 lockdown, and have been carrying out the sessions for the last 3 weeks.  A really good strong training programme has been tailored to me and the equipment I have and I can already see the results, it pushes your fitness level on.  The variety of the sessions keep you engaged and motivated it’s easy to follow and you can fit it around your own busy schedule.  The weekly check in with your pt  is encouraging and motivational.  I’d personally recommend as training option during lockdown.

Rebecca W

I joined 5 star fitness in December and I feel so much better and can notice a huge difference in my fitness and appearance. Everyone at the gym is very friendly and the focus on strength building with correct form is so much more effective than hours of cardio.

Kara is a pleasure to do personal training with. She’s great at targeting specific exercises to your needs and changing the routine regularly to keep it interesting. She certainly works you to your hardest but in an encouraging and fun way and you definitely see and feel the difference.

The group classes at the gym have also been great. They are small enough to ensure that correct form is being followed.  Not only is it a great friendly workout but it is also good fun and it’s good to have other people taking part so you can push one another.

Since lockdown, the gym have been really proactive and the group classes on Zoom every weekday have been excellent. I never knew that a workout with no weights could be that effective and they really set me up for the day.  They are great value too.

I would highly recommend 5 Star Fitness to anybody that wants to tone, build strength and generally make their workouts interesting again, no matter what your fitness level is.

Liam Lindley

I’ve trained with Chris now for over two years. The longevity of my time training with him is down to 2 factors:

– He has an innate ability to drive and motivate whilst remaining a genuinely nice guy.
– I’ve seen amazing results, losing 20% of my body weight and becoming physically fitter/stronger, way beyond my expectations.

I signed up for the bespoke package as I’d recently had a knee operation which required special attention. Chris provided a 4 week package that’s varied, demanding, and is tailored to my needs. He regularly checks in with progress and continues to motivate remotely. It’s been a blessing to have such a personalised online approach throughout the COVID19 lockdown.

A massive thank you to both 5 Star and Chris. Keep up the good work!

Kate Mckenzie

I’ve only been training with Jack for short while but I’m already so impressed. I’ve always had an interest in keeping fit and healthy but Jack has really encouraged me to push myself even harder, especially around resistance training which I didn’t really do much of before. Thanks to Jack, now my workouts are so much more effective and worthwhile but he’s ensured they are tailored towards my goals and what I want to achieve. He’s made my workouts harder but most importantly, really enjoyable.
He’s a really friendly, approachable PT but also ensures you are putting 100% and doesn’t let you quit, which is really motivating and encouraging.
He takes a genuine interest in you and is committed in working with you to ensure you get you the results that you want.

I am really looking forward to getting back to my weekly sessions with Jack   once COVID-19 comes to an end!

Vicky Atkinson

I have been using a pt for a number of years now but Kenny is by far the best . He has a wealth of knowledge regarding anything fitness & nutrition.  Hes very personable and his upbeat personality makes even the toughest training session enjoyable and manages to get the best out of you. My programmes are changed frequently to keep the training interesting and to keep my motivation up and keep increasing strength and progressing.
I always struggled with back pain after a gym session but since training with Kenny my back is no longer a problem. He has tailor made my programmes to work around my issues and to strengthen my back. Couldn’t recommend him enough.

The online training I’ve been doing with Kenny has been great for my motivation. The tailor made programmes are worked around my goals and the equipment I have at home. If I hadn’t have had the programme I don’t think I would have carried on training during the Coronavirus lockdown!
Kenny has checked in with me after I have completed each session and if there’s any questions etc I can interact with him through the app.
The fact that he knows if I’ve completed the session makes me get it done whether I want to or not!

Diane McElwee

I’ve been training with 5 Star Fitness for years as a group client, having completed many ‘slimdown’s’ in the past and always achieving great results whilst thoroughly enjoying the experience. Great results in shedding some pounds but more importantly inches and body fat. Really helpful to have guidance on the right foods to eat, not feeling hungry and keeping within a calorie range. The training is always five star – good fun but pushes you beyond what you can achieve on your own.

5 Star Fitness have really helped to keep me active during the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown. Just before the lockdown was enforced I slipped walking my dog and broke my leg. The 5 Star team are helping me to recover even though I can’t get to the gym. They are delivering bespoke online plans that fit my current mobility needs, as well as live 1-2-1 video sessions to motivate me and check my form and movement. Thank you 5 Star!


I’m 62. I am definitely not a gym bunny. I’ve never stuck at previous gym memberships for more than a few months because it was excruciatingly boring and completely uninspiring.

Training with Kenny and Daz at 5 Star is SO not like going to a gym. Yes they tell me off for eating chocolate. Yes they work me hard and make me sweat and push me to do just a bit more every time I go. But as well as that they encourage me to be better than I am. They listen to me when I cry over some man. They understand completely when I’m miserable and all I need is to talk. They boost my confidence and treat me like a whole person not just a set of muscles.

And so after 2 years of never even wanting to miss a session, I am a different person. I am more confident and outgoing, I’ve got a better shape, I sleep better, I laugh more and I feel stronger and healthier.

I’m still a bit overweight but it is a work in progress –as far as I am concerned a party without cake is just a meeting. And I am happy in my skin.

Rachel Carnell

𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘵 𝟻 𝘚𝘵𝘢𝘳 𝘍𝘪𝘵𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝟸/𝟹 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘢 𝘸𝘦𝘦𝘬 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝟹 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘴. 𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘐 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘺 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘳𝘰𝘤𝘬 𝘣𝘰𝘵𝘵𝘰𝘮, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘣𝘰𝘥𝘺 𝘴𝘩𝘢𝘱𝘦𝘥 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝘢 𝘣𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘭, 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘢𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘪𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘯𝘰 𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘨𝘺.
𝘔𝘺 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩 𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘐 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭 𝘮𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘭𝘦, 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘭𝘰𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘨𝘺! 𝘔𝘺 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘮𝘮𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘵𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘺 𝘨𝘰𝘢𝘭𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘯𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘣𝘺 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘪𝘵 𝘧𝘶𝘯. 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘭𝘰𝘵𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢𝘥𝘷𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘯𝘶𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩 𝘳𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘺 𝘢𝘨𝘦.
𝘈𝘯𝘺𝘣𝘰𝘥𝘺 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝟼𝟶 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘴𝘰 𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘺 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩 𝘣𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘧𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘴 𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘢𝘴 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘰 𝘮𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳 – 𝘣𝘦 𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘱 𝘴𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘰𝘳 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘗𝘛 𝘴𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 – 𝘪𝘵 𝘫𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘴 𝘢 𝘧𝘦𝘸 𝘴𝘮𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘱𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘧𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘣𝘦 𝘴𝘰 𝘮𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘧𝘪𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳, 𝘢𝘴 𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘢𝘴 𝘪𝘮𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵!

Vicki Smith

I have been training at 5Star Fitness for a while now. I am a mum of two who has never really been focussed enough to lose the weight I put on with both pregnancies (one being an emergency C Section delivery). I started PT sessions with Darren who has helped to build my core back up and work on my strength as well. He makes sessions enjoyable and we have a real laugh. I don’t feel intimidated or uncomfortable at all because of my mummy bits!! So far I have lost just under 6kgs and my scores and general health have been steadily improving. I am sleeping so much better and 5Star has helped with my eating choices and nutrition as well. I also started doing some of the group PT sessions. These are brilliant everyone pushes you and encourages you. I have been to big brand gyms before where you jump on yet another cardio machine hoping the endless hours of running or cross trainer or bike will make the pounds disappear but since being at 5Star I have seen actual results, dresses are now fitting I haven’t worn for 6 years and I now need to purchase a new wardrobe but I’ll happily do that!!!

Claire-Louise Johnson

Before I came to 5 star fitness, I was overweight, unfit and extremely lethargic. I knew I had to do something about my lifestyle and the way I had been feeling, But unfortunately, there was no magic pill, and it wasn’t a short-term fix I needed. I’d considered coming to 5 star fitness before, but never thought it would be my sort of thing! However one day I plucked up the courage, hauled myself up those stairs, and committed myself to a 12 week programme. ​Being an exercise ‘novice’ I didn’t know what to expect and i was very apprehensive. In fact initially I was very embarrassed to admit that I couldn’t even jog for 1 minute for fear of collapsing in a heap on the streets of Castleford. However Jamie was brilliant he put me at ease straightaway and allayed my fears. He took a genuine interest in me and my concerns, and any equipment used and any exercises undertaken were fully explained and demonstrated as we went along.​ The food and dietary advice has been fantastic. I’ve never felt hungry, I’ve been encouraged to snack regularly and I’ve steadily lost weight! 12 weeks on I am amazed and delighted with the results. I have lost more than 1 ½ stone of fat, dropped 2 dress sizes and my fitness levels have improved dramatically (I can now run for 30 minutes before i collapse!) It would have been very difficult to do without your encouragement, support and expertise. You have done exactly what you said you would – plus it has given me energy and a confidence I never thought i would or could have! I feel fantastic!! What more can i say? It really has been money well spent and I do not hesitate in recommending you highly to everyone who asks me how I’ve done it! Thank you once again”.


​I originally came to 5 star fitness to try and get some relief from severe lower back problems. I have suffered from three slipped discs over the last few years and wI originally came to 5 star fitness to try and get some relief from severe lower back problems. I have suffered from three slipped discs over the last few years and was finding simple day to day tasks increasingly difficult. Short car journeys meant strong pain killers before setting off, housework needed an ice gel pack tucked into my waistband. The results I have achieved are way beyond what I expected or hoped for, I cannot remember the last time I took pain killers, even a holiday to the Scottish highland required only a cushion for the drive! They now have me doing exercise that I didn’t think were possible for someone like me, their continual support and encouragement have inspired me to carry on with the exercise programme so hopefully in the not too far distant future I will look as good as I feel. Also, anyone reading this who would love to start but finds the prospect intimidating as I did, don’t worry. Walking through the door the first time feeling far, unfit and middle aged is the only time I have felt self conscious, they are really friendly and not at all judgemental so give them a try. Thanks both of you.

Tim and Andrea

Just a big thank you for all your advice, help and support on training both for the London marathon. Our goals were 3 hours 45min. We both achieved this, We would not have been able to do this without your training program that you gave us. We have learnt so much from you guys not only from the training but also from the excellent advice you gave us on what to eat and when to eat. It was a total pleasure to train with you all Regards to you all.

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