Meet Our Clients
We know that in order for you to make the changes to your health, fitness and wellbeing, the relationship we build with you is of vital importance. We place great value on feedback so that we can continually improve what we offer. We think we have what you need to improve your health, fitness and wellbeing for the long term. We hope these testimonials help persuade you to take that first step in choosing Project Active.
I engaged Ben’s services through his long-standing reputation and flexibility around work hours for Personal Training sessions to fit in with a hectic work schedule and manic family life. The aim was simple – Recover from a slipped disc and lost fitness levels. Without over-egging - it was life-changing for me. I could barely walk when we started and I’m running 10km several times a week now and living a much healthier life. Ben’s careful observation of tailored workout sessions – ensuring everything was aligned and progressing properly.
Ben has worked miracles over the past few months really helping me get back to fitness after a broken knee cap. I’ve always been pretty fit enjoying endurance sport and assumed I would get back to fitness quickly after my injury but 12 months on I was still in pain and unable run or train properly. Ben came to the rescue and got me back to basics, building up my strength and mobility before working on my overall fitness. Being an impatient kind of person I’d been trying to run before I could walk and was getting so frustrated that I couldn’t do what I had been previously been fit enough to do before the accident. He was amazing at understanding what bits of the body were not functioning properly and devising exercises and drills to rectify any imbalances. I saw the difference within just a few weeks and about 6 weeks on I was back to full strength – in fact my core strength has improved significantly! Having spent a year undergoing physio with limited results I wished I had started seeing Ben sooner. I am now totally pain free and pretty much back to original fitness and most importantly enjoying all kind of sports again.”
It sounds silly, but I was not sure how to get fit and then to sustain that fitness and then I saw a flyer first, then heard about Project Active through a friend.
I have known Ben personally for 23 years, having attended secondary school together. In 2010 Ben brought Project Active’s Spinning Classes to Stonesfield (Village Hall, Monday evenings, 7.30 and 8.30pm). I had never attended a Spinning Class before but from the first session, I have really enjoyed it. It’s hard work but very satisfying and definitely worthwhile! Not only is it good exercise but it’s also an opportunity to meet other people from the village and surrounding area – it’s great to have a Spinning class on your doorstep. Ben’s also very good at passing on information about local and national challenges that members of the Spinning group may be interested in taking part in, encouraging us to individually, or in teams, take on challenges such as the Three Peaks Challenge, the Blenheim Triathlon or the Great North Run – all with support, advice (and training, if required) from Ben and Project Active. If you’ve not tried Spinning before, then give it a go!”
I had completely underestimated the difference a personal trainer could make! I would never push myself as much working alone or even in a class. He is understanding of the fact that I have a small child and often have disturbed sleep and he might arrive with me feeling very tired but we work through the session at a pace that is tough but manageable. It is a real luxury to have a personal trainer come to the house but it is now the last luxury I would give up as it is such a positive in my life!!”
When I first considered personal training I did see it as a solution to my motivation problem, i.e. getting someone to force you to exercise regularly. Since starting I have realised that while it does make sure that you don’t miss training sessions, it is much more than that. It ensures that you do one hour of highly focused training including the right quantity and difficulty of each of the weight and aerobic exercises that you need to achieve your objectives. This in itself is very motivating because at the end of the sessions you feel confident that you have made the most of every minute. This is not a feeling I used to get after an hour in the gym, where I would generally make it up as I went along.”
Initially, I joined Project Active in 2014 for the spinning. The spin classes were/are challenging, fun with a good mix of tunes to keep the tempo up.
Fabulous new experience paddle boarding with Ben Project-Active. As a ‘non sporty’ type I couldn’t believe we were standing up on boards within 15 minutes. All down to our super teacher! Totally recommend Ben for personal or corporate activities absolutely brilliant experience. Off to get my own paddle board now as this is my new ‘thing’."
Big shout out to Ben @ project active - hard work and a few wobbles but didn’t fall off - brilliant 3 hours totally amazing way to see parts of Oxford I didn’t know were there. Great way to escape it all for a few hours. Thanks Ben!"
Ben took a group of amateurs and turned them into Yorkshire Three Peaks success stories. I don't know how he does it, but without any cheesiness or clichés, but not too much tough love either, he just got what we all needed and got us through. Thank you so much Ben, it was amazing. You are such a pro."
Just returned from the Yorkshire Three Peaks with Project Active and wow, what a great experience! Everything about the trip was spot on - the pre-event training, kit advice, logistics and communication. The weekend itself was just the right mix of challenge and fun. Completing the three peaks is not simple, but definitely attainable and Ben helped everyone find their own level and push to meet their goals. Highly recommended!”
Having just recently completed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge with Ben at Project Active I could not recommend him enough. The whole trip was seamless he had thought of everything from maps & instructions, where to stay, where to eat, timings and parking etc. Ben ensured the whole trip was as smooth as it could be and fun at the same time.
Just come back from an absolutely brilliant (but very hard) weekend in Yorkshire with Ben doing the 3 Peaks. Superbly organised and Ben was full of encouragement the whole way round. Very professional and highly recommended. Thanks Ben!"
Completed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks with Ben and some of my colleagues. Had an amazing time with a challenge involved too. Struggled at points but Ben pulled me through handing out great tips and advice. Thankyou for the best weekend."
Just came back from a great weekend with Ben. Myself and 5 friends took on the challenge to climb Mount Snowdon and with Ben's encouragement and help we made it to the top. Thank you Ben."
Project Active runs great fun, social and safe group activities. All levels are welcome and well catered for. Ben is an excellent fitness professional who always keeps things fun and interesting. Mountain Bike Tuesdays are a highlight of my week!"
Ben was friendly and welcoming when I went on my first ever MTB ride out. His motivation has helped me to grow my confidence in cycling again. His knowledge on the area is second to none and has enabled me to enjoy the beautiful surroundings even more. I highly recommend Ben and truly enjoy the Tuesday MTB club."
Ben took our 15-year-old on a guided mountain bike ride to help him with road safety, technical knowledge of his bike and riding skills. He came back full of confidence and enthusiasm. Thank you Ben for your knowledge and encouragement. He can’t wait to get out on this bike and practice his new skills!"
Ben explained the bigger picture of how we will build my strength and confidence back first and then created short sessions around my lunchtimes at work. Every exercise we did he corrected, helped me understand when I could push myself more and when to reign it back a bit. I used to be really into sports and HIIT style sessions but postpartum I couldn’t really trust my body as much as before; my muscles felt so out of place. Although the exercises we are doing seem simple; with the right form, the right amount of repetitions and encouragement at the end of every session I feel as good as I used to after a HIIT session. I like his expertise and professionalism. He explains what’s going on with my muscles and pushes me when I don’t think I can go any further. It’s a nice balance between breaking physical and mental barriers. I was skeptical at first because having always been into sports and fitness I felt comfortable in my workouts but Ben has really brought my confidence back – particularly post partum I felt a little lost with what I could and couldn’t do. I also like that he has a plan and we can build of setting my goals!”
I have been training under Ben’s supervision since 2013, in various forms- including circuit training, spin classes, hiking, mountain biking & personal training. My overall strength and fitness have improved dramatically as has my aches and pains from posture-related issues from my work as a Dentist. I actually now enjoy fitness compared to my previous gym experiences. Most importantly my overall health, both physical & mental has massively improved. Ben always varies the sessions making them challenging yet fun!
I have never really been into fitness, even at school I would avoid doing anything more than the bare minimum. I was lucky enough to enjoy a naturally slim figure right through to my mid thirties without doing any proper exercise. Since then the pounds have slowly crept on and earlier this year I decided it was time to do something physical. By chance I heard about Ben’s spinning classes which were being held quite close to where I live. I emailed to check that they were suitable for beginners and attended a trial session. I’d be lying if I didn’t say it was hard! I’ve been attending for about eight weeks now and it’s still hard but with Ben’s encouraging banter I am persevering and getting stronger. In fact I am about to sign up for next season’s sessions so it must be good!”
I attend lunchtime fitness sessions held by Ben from Project Active with a number of my colleagues. They are a great way to train, adding variety, encouragement and planning to a session, sometimes with a bit of healthy competition and always conducted in a good spirit. As an F1 engineer working with the race and test teams I don’t have a lot of time, but I really enjoy the sessions which fit well around work and always feel well thought out. Normally a runner, it’s been a plus for me to include other activities in my routine and I always feel I’ve had a workout.”
I’ve been training with Ben up to twice a week for about 9 years and in that time my core stability has vastly improved such that I no longer get the lower back pain that I used to and my posture, particularly in running, is much improved. Ben takes into account my specific needs and goals for training and tailors each session depending on how I’m feeling. Ben is always up to date on new techniques so that it’s impossible to get bored or complacent as he’s often trying new things. I always feel like I’ve worked hard even if, at the start of a session, I didn’t feel like doing anything at all! – Great value for money.”
Our Sixth Form students looked forward to their weekly spin class with Ben who was able to make exercise enjoyable, fun, motivating yet punishing at the same time! Their fitness levels over the weeks increased as they were took through a paced routine enhancing their cardiovascular performance over and beyond their previous levels. Ben made the students feel at ease (or lulled them into a false sense of security!) and ensured each and everyone got the most out of the class; Ben’s drive, enthusiasm, professionalism and not to mention great music! all contributed to the success of his classes.”
I have been using Project Active for PT sessions for about 4 years now. I am far too lazy to exercise off my own bat, and so I need the discipline that Ben provides. My goal is as simple as all-round health and keeping trim, and by doing these sessions, I have, almost without realising it, become fit enough to complete a 90 mile bike ride for charity which I actually thoroughly enjoyed. As a desk-based worker I also find the sessions very good for ensuring I remain mobile. Thoroughly recommended!” (Spring 2013)
My main aim was to try and improve my core stability as I have a weak lower back, as well as to tone up for my wedding! I have really enjoyed all the different types of exercises and have noticed real improvements in my core stability, and my back doesn’t tend to ‘give up’ so much now which makes life a lot easier. I have learnt a lot along the way too and understand why and how the corrective exercises work. I always feel really good after a PT session and it’s something I am continuing to do every week in my continued goal to get a stronger back. I would highly recommend Ben; it was no mean feat to ensure I felt great in my wedding dress and that my back survived my heels! Excellent, professional first class service”
Ben at Project Active provides top quality group and individual fitness opportunities. He provides a fantastic Personal Training package that is tailored to your specific needs. His group training sessions (spinning, circuits, biking) are both fun, social and physically challenging. Exercise is always more bearable when you can have a giggle at the same time. If you have a specific challenge in mind then Ben will build a bespoke programme in order to sensibly prepare you both physically and mentally. Couldn’t recommend him highly enough."
Great fitness sessions both in-person and now online due to isolation. Great to have a little part of our normal routine restored through Ben's classes."
You always feel that you get the most out of yourself in Bens classes, the sessions will test you but he will motivate you to push yourself. Classes are always varied which helps you work different muscle groups and keeps you interested."
Ben has helped me to get my work-life balance better, before I started having PT sessions I was working all hours then sleeping, but now I have a lot more energy due to the twice-weekly PT sessions. The content is varied, and Ben is very encouraging. My physical and mental health is much better. Project Active has made me almost enjoy physical exercise, as the sessions are varied and hard enough work to make big improvements in my fitness levels. If you want to kick start an exercise plan, whether to shift pounds or to feel stronger and healthier then Project Active is ideal, I have been using a range of the classes and PT lessons, and all have been great. I'm considerable fitter and all-around healthier than I was a year ago. I'm very proud of my new biceps."
Had an amazing time doing the Yorkshire Three peaks with Project Active. Ben was brilliant and so supportive. I will definitely be booking other challenges through Ben!"
I highly recommend working with Ben at Project Active. I’ve just completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge that Ben arranged. It was an amazing experience. Ben delivers a highly organised event where you are supported and challenged. From start to finish, I felt confident that the event would run smoothly. Ben communicated effectively, prepared us well, made sure all facilities were available and supported us through this challenging walk. He didn’t pull his punches when he had to but was also really good fun. Looking forward to the next event."
Adventured with Ben on the Yorkshire 3 peak challenge. Amazing day and well organised throughout. Ben was a great host making sure we all made it round safely and happily. Thanks for a fun day!"
Ben comes highly recommended by me, he helped a large group (some with experience and some not) to all complete the Yorkshire 3 peaks.
Just back for walking the Yorkshire 3 peak challenge with Ben , what an experience!
Awesome leadership from Ben and friendly, inclusive groups with a variety of activities. Was made very welcome as a beginner. Recommend highly."
Started with project active in 2020. I love the MTB group and Ben is very professional and knowledgeable. If you want to get fit and explore outside, this is the group for you."
I joined Project Active on the MTB Tuesday evening but not knowing anyone I was a bit sceptical at going at first. However, everyone was super friendly, very welcoming and just out there to have some fun while getting fit. It has lots of mixed abilities so regardless of where you are with your fitness levels or riding skills, this will be accommodated. Ben has a good knowledge of the area mixing, up the routes to keep it more enjoyable. Some of the areas we go to, I did not even know existed and some of the views are outstanding. Ben himself is very motivational and pushes you to keep achieving goals increasing your skills and fitness level.
Ben makes sure everyone feels very welcome at the MTB Tuesday evening group. He’s always encouraging whatever the skill level and likes to ensure everyone feels included and is having fun."
Used Project Active for both individual and group classes - Ben's a great motivator and really knows his stuff. Real professional."