How we train and what to expect

As you train, you’ll learn to lift with an expert coach by your side.

Despite all the fitness fads, when you look at human performance certain principles always hold true: we need to be strong, we need to be supple, we need to add muscle mass and tone, and we need to challenge different energy systems.

This is how the Encore syllabus is written.

At Encore we train you like an athlete.

What we mean by this is; you’re here to improve your body, not annihilate it, optimising the impact of your training without injury.

We warm up in a way that activates the right muscles and opens up the specific joints for the workout to follow.

We then use the best tools for the job, be it barbells, dumbbells or simply your body weight, to progressively challenge your body, moving you closer and closer to your goals

Throughout each and every session, there are qualified coaches by your side to help you get stronger, leaner, fitter and healthier

Why not discover what your body is really capable of?

Alex Backhouse

Head Coach and Founder

Alex first qualified as a Personal Trainer in 2005, while dreaming of being an MMA fighter.  When it turned out he was much better at training people, he travelled the world for a few years in search of and working with some great coaches.

He opened his own studio in 2015, which has grown from strength to strength (pardon the pun) and includes talented coaches and a fantastic family of members.

Alex also has an MSc in Strength & Conditioning from St Mary’s in Twickenham.


Strength coach

Marshall has spent nearly a decade building his knowledge through internships, mentorships and education from around the world and is a student of world renowned powerlifter and strength coach JM Blakley.

He has trained alongside Olympic and Commonwealth Games Athletes as a Weightlifter and with coaches such as Andy Bolton and Dan Green after transitioning to Powerlifting.

Marshall has coached internationally including Seminars and Head Coach positions.


Coach and stretch expert

Simeon has been a certified personal trainer for over 13 years. Working and researching across the health and fitness industry, he has sought out better ways to train himself and clients.

His passion is providing the highest quality individual and group personal training sessions that achieve client satisfaction, and results.

By assisting their weight loss, strength and mobility, Simeon's aim is to help our members build a body that is better placed to cope with the demands of life. 

“I'd not been a gym member for nearly 20 years until I was introduced to Encore.

It's perfect - friendly, with a real feeling of being part of something and the results are great! Never felt better!”

Chris T - member since 2018

Mental wellbeing built on solid foundations

Eyes opened to your capabilities and powered by a sense of achievement, you’ll be free to build your mental wellbeing on a solid foundation of physical strength and conditioning.

The confidence and independence you’ll earn through the intense training and hard work will give you a resilience to life’s challenges, allowing you to stay nimble and stand strong.

Become stronger in body and mind.

Interested to find out how Encore coaches can help you achieve your goals?