Fitness Team

Our current Fitness team, supervising the fitness room and providing class instruction, inductions/assessments and personal training are:-

Rick Ainley-Walker

I work at The Northern providing both one-to-one Personal Training, and running many of the fitness classes we provide to both members & non-members.

Working to stay fit & healthy, or working towards these goals,  should be enjoyable & fun, and I base my training sessions on these considerations.  With qualifications in Strength & Conditioning, Pre/Post Natal,  Exercise for Older Adults, Core Stability,  Functional Resistance Training and others, I provide tailored sessions to achieve your goals, whether they be sport specific,  general health / fitness & mobility, weight-loss, exercise resumption, or  for a special day or event.

With a personal background  in rackets sports  I aim for movement-based, fun & varied sessions... suitable for all levels of ability or fitness.

I can be contacted on 07971 261 813 or  email or

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Dave Clarke

BRAND NEW! 6pm Insanity Class on Tuesday alongside long standing classes on Tuesdays from 7 - 8pm & Thursdays 7 - 8pm. FIRST CLASS FEE! email to book your free class!

'The worlds hardest workout ever put on DVD has arrived in Didsbury! You work flat out in 3 to 5-minute blocks, and take breaks only long enough to gulp some air and get right back to work. It's called Max Interval Training, because it keeps your body working at maximum capacity through your entire workout. You keep pushing your limits – so your body has to adapt.

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With Many years experience in the Health and Fitness Industry, Dave a personal trainer with the Northern and Body & Mind Fitness offers indoor personal training and fitness classes to customers at Didsbury's most social, friendly and modern gym.

Enabling people to live a healthier lifestyle, I provide my clients with a friendly and professional personal training service tailored to suit their needs. The personal training sessions are suitable for all levels, with a variety of exercises and modern training methods making exercise fun and very enjoyable.

Whether you’re looking for fast weight loss, sports re-hab, pre or post natal exercise, weight lifting, getting that beach bottom, or just wanting to live a healthier lifestyle, then joining Body and Mind fitness can cater for all your needs.

Dave Clarke Jan 2013 (100 x 75)


Jonathan Deakin

(initial consultation free)

 1 Session: £30 (£35 for non members) 

 11 Sessions: £300 (£350 for non members)

For more details visit



David Hough : Personal Training



Zac Jennings – Saxon Fitness

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Fitness instructor and personal trainer (International Association)

With over 13 years of experience in the industry, I offer specialist training and advice in weight training and body shaping, in addition to advice in personal nutrition to help towards your goals. I also offer professional training in Body Kick. 

For booking contact me at The Northern or email


Mel Brook

Personal Trainer Diploma Course details


I have worked in the leisure industry almost my entire career, starting as a lifeguard in 1985.  Since then I have worked in Golf Clubs and the Health club industry with companies such as LA Fitness and DW Sports.  I have been a qualified Personal Trainer since 2007.


I am also a Tutor/Assessor delivering the PT Diploma for those wanting to become a Personal Trainer, working with companies such as the Fire Brigade Union.  If you are interested in this training course, see the link below, or come and speak to me.


Recently I also took part in the English Indoor Rowing championships at the Velodrome, finishing 11th in my age group.


I can help you achieve your fitness goals whatever they may be and together we can make a plan to ensure that you can map your progress and get to where you want to be.



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