Who is Darren Tebbenham?

I won't bore you with unnecessary detail. But I guess you should know a little about my background. 



Business Owner

I am a Personal Trainer. 

I was PT at the Hilton in Regent Street, London, at Vision Personal Training in Sydney, Australia today one of the largest PT studio chains in the world with 50 studios across Australia and a $40 million a year annual turnover. I was at the very first. Indeed, I lived in Australia for 4 years. I also ran my own fitness studio and mobile PT business in Spain. Today, with Allison Rumgay, I run Gloo Fitness Studios helping people stick to their good intentions of losing weight and getting fit for good. 

I am a Coach. 

My master's degree is in sport psychology. I became a University lecturer in Liverpool, and for three years taught sport and exercise psychology to undergraduate students. During this time my PhD was in Motivational Interviewing in Cardiac Rehabilitation until I quit to become a Personal Trainer and Coach in London - see above. During this time I delivered coaching sessions in both a hospital setting as well as in GP referral.

I also co-founded Live-Life Coaching Solutions, an organisation that  provides coach education to help people who wish to learn how to better coach and empower others to do so my learning about mindset and habit change online. 

I am a business owner. 

I founded the European Institute of Fitness in 2005, which has since graduated more than 3000 students across 6 continents and in more than 30 countries around the world. We have schools in the UK, the Maldives and the Middle East offering a bespoke program of education to bridge the gap between life coaching and personal training.

And I am a business mentor. 

I run business retreats for trainers to get away and work ON their business instead of IN it. And I coach a range of clients online to help them build their fitness business with confidence.


I don't support the notion of buying or copying somebody else's "blueprint" for success assuming what allegedly worked for someone else to make money will work for you. In the same way I don't believe how you keep fit should be the blueprint for your clients either.


I believe in helping others create their own formula for success personalised and tailored to their situation and circumstance. 

My Philosophy

Life is no dress rehearsal. We can live our best life, or we can get through it the best we can. The way we think about things changes things. How we choose to see things changes how things are.

My Principles

I live by three guiding principles.

i. We can have anything we wish in life we just can’t have everything. With success comes sacrifice. The game is to decide what we actually want and then make getting it a priority.


ii. When we go after what we want there will always be roadblocks. Our struggles make us stronger and by embracing E+R=O that is Events (E) don’t cause Outcomes (O) but the way we choose to Respond (R) to them does. How we choose to respond to what happens to us or around us is 100% under our control and so respond and adjust, we must.


iii. Ready FIRE Aim since there is no time like the present. The sooner I begin the quicker I will be able to embrace the journey and so stop procrastinating and just do it, is my third guiding principle. 


My Coaching Method

I do not believe in blueprints, secret formulas and done-for-you tactics. The best way to accomplish what it is you want is to create your own path. It doesn't matter whether in the context of losing weight and getting fit, building a fitness business or changing careers. Quick fixes, diet plans, blueprints and any kind of short-cut whatsoever, just doesn't work (long-term). And creating your own path is easier than most people think.  

My coaching helps people decide, set weekly goals and holds them accountable via weekly 30-minute coaching calls supporting them behind the scenes via my accountability app so that they consistently take the right action and don't give up.


My Offers

I help people stick to their good intentions of getting fit and losing weight for good. I also offer an international personal training program to launch a new career in fitness. And I run business coaching to encourage fitness professionals to get away and immerse themselves in building their fitness businesses.

Liz Slack

Personal Trainer and EiF Graduate. 

Nicola Wilkinson

Personal Trainer and Health Coach as well as Coach Education attendee. 

Well that's probably about all that is even slightly interesting. I mean I have two lovely children, enjoy kayaking, running, cycling and a bit of gym. I have self-published a couple of books, presented at national conferences in sports science and cardiac rehabilitation, published in peer reviewed journals and love inspiring others to be their best self.  Other than that message me if you want to know more.