Over the last 8 years I've trained with Arleigh, the founder of Body & Barz and T.H.U.G.S London. I had been involved in fitness for many years before meeting him but never felt I had the right tools to make it a career. This was until I met Arleigh.
His guidance and mentoring not only gave me the tools I needed to make the leap into a full time fitness career but the confidence to know I can also help someone make a positive change in their own lives. I continue to train with Arleigh and I'm still learning new things from him. After 8 years, he's the only trainer who keeps me motivated and keeps me coming back, to get stronger, to exchange our knowledge and to learn more.
My Calistenics and Mentoring journey started with coach Arleigh a few years back when I attended casual classes! Coach taught me a lot on the importance of Bodyweight strength and the beauty of learning many variations of pulling, pushing and core movements!
Calisthenics soon after became more than a casual training discipline and I continued to push my progress with Arleigh, and reached new levels that once seemed so far away when I couldn’t even do much with my own body.
Training with Coach Arleigh inspired my Calistenics journey to what it is today and now I’ve realised how powerful the human body can be without any equipment even!
My name is Hannah, I am a single mother of two under 5's. I came out of a toxic relationship with my children's father just over a year ago and was left emotionally scarred in addition to suffering with panic attacks and anxiety. My first initial experience with meeting Arleigh was simply life-changing! since participating in regular mentoring sessions with Arleigh many things have changed for me. I used to waste a lot of time concentrating on the past which caused procrastination and was also focused on the abuse of which I endured over a long period of time. This in turn held me back and impelled me from moving forward. The negative mentality I had stopped me from being the best version of myself, I struggled to find motivation in things I once enjoyed, which blocked me from achieving and finding enjoyment in anything. It was a challenge to implement change as I was so accustom to the pessimistic ways which somehow became part of me overtime, however my sessions with Arleigh across a 6 month period allowed me to understand more about myself than I have ever been able to in the last 10 years. I never once felt judged and was able to build a level of trust I never thought imaginable. The way I chose to spend my time is so much more purposeful, I have managed to find comfort in letting go of the past and moving forward. My sessions with Arleigh helped me to tackle deep rooted issues together with discovering my desired career and even taking steps to fulfil it. Honestly Its hard to think how I was only just 6 months ago, I was someone who had no vision who was extremely bitter from the past and quite frankly as depressing as it sounds I was going nowhere. Today I am totally different, I am focused on building a future, leaving a legacy and being a strong role-model for my two wonderful childre
Arleigh truly is a legend. We look up to him as an athlete and an outstanding and very unique sports coach. When you go to his classes or are trained by him, something makes you want to keep going, to keep improving. He builds the hunger and determination to achieve more, and then he helps you achieve it!
Arleigh, with his Bartendaz movement, really was the starting point of our Calisthenics journey 5 years ago. From the beginning Arleigh was encouraging and inspiring and made us hungry to improve in functional fitness. Chiara went from not being able to do a single pull up, to now being able to knock out 15 clean unbroken (even after just having our baby)! And I went from feeling like throwing up in his first class, to winning a Bartendaz competition put on by Arleigh in the first year of being coached by him.
Arleigh has the ability draw out the talent and determination within people. He makes his training sessions interactive and creates an environment of team work where everyone supports and encourages each other. One of his mottos that we love is "together everyone achieves more (T.E.A.M.)" which is exactly what Arleigh is so about. Arleigh's classes always attract such a following of inspired, like-minded, determined people who become a family. I have met some of the best people through Bartendaz and Body and Barz over the years that remain my good friends.
His approach is to build fitness and strength which starts from good, solid form, firm foundations and then builds from there.
We owe a lot to Arleigh, he has been such a positive inspiration to us over the years and his guidance and encouragement has transformed our strength and fitness. When faced with challenges we often hear Arleigh's voice in our heads saying "just get it done, no excuses, just get it done!" We are more determined and confident people because of Arleigh.