Ross Stewart

Owner & Coach

"You always get out
what you put in"

I grew up playing football, got my first gym membership at 15, switched to Thai boxing at 17 and continued with martial arts until my late twenties.

Along the way, I’ve run several half-marathons, a marathon, and a 10km.

Nowadays, my training is centred around improving my energy and productivity levels, whilst doing my best to keep my stress levels as low as possible.

Describe your personality in three words:

Ambitious, driven, and focussed.

 

What’s your earliest memory of fitness?

Kicking a ball around a park with my grandpa. Gym-wise, pounding away on a treadmill in my local council gym.

 

What’s been your biggest achievement in fitness?

Hard to narrow it down to one. Running a half-marathon in 1:27, completing a marathon, winning a submissions grappling tournament, competing in mixed martial arts (2-1-1 amateur record).

 

What inspired you to become a Personal Trainer?

A simple combination of a love for all things exercise, a lack of desire to get a ‘proper job’ and a will to help as many people improve their health and fitness as possible.

 

What do you enjoy most about being a Personal Trainer?

Watching people achieve things they’d never have before thought possible.

 

What’s been the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far in your career?

You always get out what you put in.

 

How would you describe your role at Improve Glasgow?

Outside of the gym, I’m like Claude Makélélé or N’Golo Kanté – doing all of the dirty work that usually goes unnoticed but is crucial to keep the gym running smoothly.

Inside the gym, you’ll find me mostly standing on the sidelines, with a coffee in my hand, analysing, looking for areas we can improve and firing banter around.

 

Describe your coaching style in three words:

Hard. Banterful. Attention-to-detail.

 

What do you do that you’re certain annoys the other coaches?

I’m constantly changing the way we do things, both inside and outside of the gym, and I’m sure it’s a pain in the backside for all of the team. But better never stops.

 

What do you think the members love most about your sessions?

When I tell them they’re finished.

 

What do you like about the other coaches at Improve?

Their constant desire to make our gym the best it can be. Their patter isn’t bad, either.

 

What is your favourite exercise?

Deadlifts.

 

What is your least favourite exercise?

Front squats.

 

Describe Improve Glasgow in 3 words:

Friendly, professional, and challenging.

Describe your personality in three words:

Ambitious. Driven. Focussed.

 

What’s your earliest memory of fitness?

Kicking a ball around a park with my grandpa. Gym-wise, pounding away on a treadmill in my local council gym.

 

What’s been your biggest achievement in fitness?

Hard to narrow it down to one. Running a half-marathon in 1:27, completing a marathon, winning a submissions grappling tournament, competing in mixed martial arts (2-1-1 amateur record).

 

What inspired you to become a Personal Trainer?

A simple combination of a love for all things exercise, a lack of desire to get a ‘proper job’ and a will to help as many people improve their health and fitness as possible.

 

What do you enjoy most about being a Personal Trainer?

Watching people achieve things they’d never have before thought possible.

 

What’s been the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far in your career?

You always get out what you put in.

 

How would you describe your role at Improve Glasgow?

Outside of the gym, I’m like Claude Makélélé or N’Golo Kanté – doing all of the dirty work that usually goes unnoticed but is crucial to keep the gym running smoothly.

Inside the gym, you’ll find me mostly standing on the sidelines, with a coffee in my hand, analysing, looking for areas we can improve and firing banter around.

 

Describe your coaching style in three words:

Hard. Banterful. Attention-to-detail.

 

What do you do that you’re certain annoys the other coaches?

I’m constantly changing the way we do things, both inside and outside of the gym, and I’m sure it’s a pain in the backside for all of the team. But better never stops.

 

What do you think the members love most about your sessions?

When I tell them they’re finished.

 

What do you like about the other coaches at Improve?

Their constant desire to make our gym the best it can be. Their patter isn’t bad, either.

 

What is your favourite exercise?

Deadlifts.

 

What is your least favourite exercise?

Front squats.

 

Describe Improve Glasgow in 3 words:

Friendly. Professional. Challenging.

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