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Personal trainer Barnstaple. Liam Holgate_

We have a passion for getting the best out of our clients, not only in physical training, but all aspects of life. 

I'm Liam, founder of GymX.

Believe it or not, I've not always had a good relationship with exercise. I joined the British Army as a young soldier so fitness was 'part of the job'... not that it made it any more enjoyable. I still feel a little bit of shame to say that I used to try to avoid physical training at all costs. But during my service, the relationship I had with fitness developed into what it is today. The sense of achievement I NOW get from completing a hard workout like a MURPH in a personal best time is insatiable. The young boy soldier would be disgusted that I'm saying so.

One of the highlights of my career was becoming a British Army Physical Training Instructor.

So along the way I have seen all sides of fitness, from the warm comforts of a strength and conditioning studio to the bitter cold endurance of men and women yomping over the Canadian Prairie. I've trained people of all backgrounds, genders and ages. From the newest of gym goers to some of the best that the British Army has to offer.

Leaving the military was one of the most nerve-racking moments I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing, yet I knew what I had a passion for. Fitness. 


From walking to running. Cycling to strength training. Skiing to HIIT sessions. Rowing to swimming. 

Fitness is all of this and more.

I want to help every person I can in finding what took me way too long to find enjoyment in.


Personal training is not only about the physical challenges I see people push themselves through day in day out, but the mental challenges. To add the extra repetition or beat a personal best time takes true grit and determination beyond the physical capabilities of the body. And for this reason is why I founded GymX


Creating a space where physical training is accessible to all ability levels, the newest of gym goers to the most experienced of us. GymX is not your ordinary gym. Exclusive in use and capped in members to give you the most private experience possible. I never was the most confident person walking into a bustling gym space so keeping GymX for the likeminded is my priority.

And before anyone asks, joining the gym with no fitness experience at 65 is normal.

Safe to say I have nothing but respect for anyone that wants to physically and mentally challenge themselves. I am here to help along the way. 

Liam Holgate, Barnstaple Personal Trainer

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step."

Aysha George, Personal trainer Barnstaple

Aysha George

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I've been trying to lose weight for over a decade, but it's only since working with Liam at Gym X that I have been able to consistent get it off and keep it off. I've still got a way to go, but feel positive and fully supported with Liams expert advice. I couldn't recommend him highly enough.

Rob P

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