Active Lifestyles Team

Our Active Lifestyles team is comprised of professional, passionate instructors to help guide you on your fitness journey!

Meet the team

Ayshe Emin - Active Lifestyles Instructor

Ayshe EminName: Ayshe Emin

Background: Sports and fitness have played a huge part in my life from an early age. I graduated from the University of Physical Education and Sports in Turkey in 2007. I used to work as a fitness and pilates instructor at a 5-star hotel in Turkey before I moved to London.

Favourite class/exercise to teach: Body Pump, Body Attack, Circuits

Why you think classes/gym is great for health and wellbeing: Our friendly gym has superb staff on-hand to help support and encourage you with your workout or help plan your fitness journey.

Email: a.emin@imperial.ac.uk

Ben Brittain - Active Lifestyles Advisor

Ben BrittainName: Ben Brittain

Background: I have been working in the fitness industry for 6 years, 4 of those have been with the team at Ethos Sports Centre. My strengths are in Nutritional Advice and Strength Training. I have been playing rugby for over 10 years including representing for Cornwall & Truro College (Exeter Chiefs) as part of the AASE program.

Favourite class/exercise to teach: Les Mills GRIT / SW7 / Spin 

2 fun facts: I am not related to the famous composer! My go-to treat food is a pack of Triple Chocolate Cookies! 

Why you think classes/gym is great for health and wellbeingFor me, movement is a key element of physical and mental health! It’s a great tool for stress relief, distraction from studying or work, and an easy way to keep both the body and mind healthy. Whether it’s through the gym, group exercise classes, sport or simply walking through the park, there is a form of exercise for everybody!

Email: b.brittain@imperial.ac.uk

Gary McDermont - Active Lifestyles Supervisor

Gary McDermontName: Gary McDermont

Background: I have been a personal trainer for the past 8 years with a background in combat sports. I did alot of boxing when I was younger and I moved over to Muay Thai kickboxing, where I competed at a professional level. More recently, I dabbled in MMA and Brazilian jujitsu. I have dedicated many years working with top-level professional athletes in and outside the ring and have engineered my own unique strength, weight management , muscle mass and rehab training programmes designed for maximising results and performance. I fully believe that training should be fun as well as functional!

Favourite class/exercise to teach: Anything high intensity that has good music! I also have a love for Olympic lifting!

2 fun facts:  Big fan of house music and drum and bass, as you would know if you have ever been to any of my classes!

Why you think classes/gym is great for health and wellbeing:  Classes are great for motivation and energy. All our instructors are fully qualified and passionate about what they do, so you are always guaranteed a great experience. Let us do all the hard work of planning the sessions and you can just come along and do the fun part.

Email: g.mcdermont@imperial.ac.uk

Helen Barr - Active Lifestyles Instructor

Helen BarrName:  Helen Barr

Background: I went to Hartpury College and completed a college and university degree in Strength and Conditioning. 

Favourite class/exercise to teach: SW7 classes

2 fun facts: I used to live in Germany and was part of the netball team that won National Schools.

Why you think classes/gym is great for health and wellbeing: I think classes/gym are great for health and wellbeing, because it makes you feel great after and that you have achieved something during the day, even putting you in a better mood!!

Email: helen.barr@imperial.ac.uk

Jordan Hamilton - Active Lifestyles Instructor (Strength & Conditioning)

Jordan HamiltonName: Jordan Hamilton 

Background: I went to Southampton Solent University and completed a BSc Sports Coaching degree. I am currently studying a masters degree at Middlesex University in Strength and Conditioning. 

Favourite class/exercise to teach: SW7 and Circuits 

2 fun facts: I’m a quarter Jamaican and a quarter Portuguese. I am the SIFC top scorer with 8 goals in just 3 games.

Why you think classes/gym is great for health and wellbeing: Classes/gym is great for overall health and wellbeing because they will help you move forward and reach goals you did not think were possible, and the most important thing is they are all super fun! All of this is fantastic for bringing much needed positivity to your lifestyle. 

Email: j.hamilton@imperial.ac.uk

Max Symes - Active Lifestyles Instructor (Strength & Conditioning)

Name: Max SymesMax Symes

 Background: Rugby Strength & Conditioning and Teaching.

 Favourite class/exercise to teach: Grit Cardio; Deadlift.

 2 fun facts: I moved to London for the weather, and I love motorcycles.

 Why you think classes/gym is great for health and wellbeing: Exercise is a natural medicine for both mental and physical health; classes can be a great way to encourage members into assisted exercise and mitigate psychosocial barriers, thus leading to a consistent exercise routine and reducing cardiovascular risk factors.

Email: m.symes@imperial.ac.uk