David Norris
Owner / Pro Footballer / Personal Trainer

A professional footballer for the last 15 years and with a huge passion for fitness, I am qualified as a Level 3 Personal Trainer and I am the owner and founder of Unique Fitness.

My football career began at non-league Boston United in 2000, where I quickly moved to my first professional team, Bolton Wanderers, playing a handful of cup games before moving to Plymouth Argyle for a £50,000 fee. Five and a half years, 243 appearances and 280 games later, including winning promotion to the Championship in 2004 and winning Player of the Year in 2006, Ipswich Town paid £2million to take me from Plymouth in 2008 where I played over 100 games and was made captain in 2010 finishing top goalscorer that season.

In 2011, I joined Portsmouth for one season, finishing top goalscorer before moving to Leeds in 2012, where injuries gave me an opportunity to complete my Personal Training qualifications. Most recently I played at Blackpool FC for the 2015-16 season and during that season we opened Unique Fitness.

With a big passion for fitness and 15 years experience in football, opening Unique Fitness was an obvious progression for me. We now have two excellent facilities helping people of all ages and sizes, abilities and standards, to achieve their goals.

Mark Parkinson
Director/Head Coach

I have been a qualified personal trainer and nutritionist since the year 2000. In 2014 I became a Master Trainer with the European Institute of Fitness at Lilleshall National Sports Centre in the UK. To add to this I am also a level 1 CrossFit Coach and a Motivation & Fitness Coach.

But enough about boring certificates. I like to train myself just like I like to train my clients; I like to build a body that can “do life” the best. This means being strong, it means becoming resistant to injury and illness and it means feeling and looking great too.

I could give you over a hundred different reasons why you need to lift weights with me and they will cover reasons relating to mental health, physical health, social status, academic and entrepreneurial success and athletic success. These are all VERY good reasons to lift weights with me; but, really, I do it because it’s FUN, I look the best I can and I feel amazing. That motivates me more than any of the other benefits I get from my training. But luckily it also makes me the very best version of myself that there can be.

Ashleigh Bamford
Pontefract Trainer

Ashleigh is a Level 3 Personal Trainer, Functional Training, a TRX (Suspension) Specialist and British Weightlifting Coach.

Ashleigh currently looks after our Over 50's, Women's Only and children's classes.

Her functional classes are tough with well thought out workouts that make you go through the barrier.


Emily Carden
Bolton Trainer

After first finding my passion for fitness whilst playing hockey and football at school, I started personal training whilst travelling and performing in Musical theatre. After spending 3 years in a weightlifting gym and then 5 years working as the Group Exercise Manager at Total Fitness, I am now also the Deputy Manager for a hotel fitness club as well as working at Unique Fitness.

CrossFit has redefined functional training and becoming a level 1 CrossFit coach has been the best qualification to supplement my Level 3 Personal Training and Nutrition and Yoga qualifications.Now, having worked in the fitness industry for more than 8 years, I love making fitness a part of everyone's life, I’d say that is definitely one of my greatest passions in life.

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