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Harry French - Founder

My Journey

Living in the countryside until the age of 12, my earliest memories in life are playing sports, climbing trees, going on long bike rides and always being outdoors.  I couldn't stand school, I've never enjoyed sitting still for too long so being active in my spare time was a go to thing.

At 12 years old I moved with my family to North London where I completed secondary school. I had no idea what I wanted to do as a career, I just wanted to leave school and start earning some money so I got a job as a sales assistant and on my first payday I got a gym membership.


I had a number of retail jobs over the following years  which eventually saw me promoted to an assistant manager at the age of 19 so I moved out to the other side of London, closer to where I worked. My health and fitness started to take a back seat to the long hours I was putting into work and the partying I was doing at the weekends. By 21 I became a store manager which only increased the hours at work and partying. 

Within a couple of years I was obese and my physical health was in a severe state. The 'quick snack' diet, alcohol consumption, stress and lack of physical activity had taken its toll on my body and I became incredibly depressed because of this. Tasks such as tying my shoelaces was a huge struggle during this time and I avoided going out and seeing my friends due to my appearance, as well as my incredibly low energy levels.

I needed a change so I saved up as much money as I could and went travelling for 2 years. In this time I rediscovered my love for being outdoors and more active. It wasn't long before I had lost 20kg as a result of regular exercise and a better diet. 

I returned to London and maintained a healthy lifestyle, regularly visiting a gym which was very close by. A year after returning I had to move house at very short notice. I wasn't able to visit the gym so easily after work and I coincidentally experienced some traumatic incidents which brought back a lot of mental health issues.  

Due to the state I was in, a friend recommended taking up yoga to develop mindfulness so I done some research and was pleased to see a place called The Factory only a 2 minute walk from where I lived which offered a range of classes and was also a gym. I joined the same day. 

Things started to improve greatly for me but one thing was still nagging me - I had been in retail for 12 years by this point and I had never been happy about it. My main pleasure from all these years was training employees and developing their skills in a calm, patient and encouraging manner. Many of whom are friends to this day and remind me of how much they enjoyed being trained by me. One day I took this into consideration with how much exercising means to me and immediately I knew I wanted to be a personal trainer. 

Shortly after that day I enrolled with Future Fit who are considered by many as one of the best schools for fitness professionals in the country and achieved my level 2 gym instructor qualification and then my level 3 personal trainer qualification 6 months later. I am also currently training to be a level 4 low back pain specialist.

I'm very proud to say that I now train clients at The Factory on Hornsey Road, North London. My personal background has allowed me to pass on first hand experience of weight loss and muscle gain and the exceptional training I have received in many other areas of health and fitness has allowed me to develop my knowledge even further which I love passing on to clients.