Lynn Baxter has worked at our school for several years running a wide variety of After School Clubs for children aged 4-7 years. She has always been reliable and enthusiastic and the children have enjoyed working with her. Her lessons are well-organised and interesting. She builds up very positive relationships with the children and is firm and fair when dealing with any behaviour issues. She has clear expectations that she communicates effectively to the children and she uses praise and positive reinforcement.
Executive Head Teacher
Oakfield Infant School
Lynn provided some excellent workshops for the children attending our Challenge Days during the summer holidays. She works wonderfully with children of all abilities which is crucial for the disabled children we support; her manner is engaging and supportive and she fully includes every child in the activity! The products that the children create are of an excellent quality and allow them to fully use their imagination and creative skills! We would definitely use her again!
Paula Gascoigne, Chief Exective, Smile for Life Children's Charity, Reg no: 1129935
Graeme is a consummate professional Personal Trainer. I began training with Graeme over 3 years ago During that time he has demonstrated his skills in a number of training disciplines including cardivascular, preparation for specific sporting activities and pilates.
As a business woman working rather more than the typical number of hours per week, I needed an arrangement which required a number of routines challenging me both physically ad mentally. I had particular goals and I was results orientated.
In addition Graeme has provided well documentated and appropriate training programmes for elderly relatives recovering from surgery. He has also presented informative staff well being at work sessions for my company.
After suffering form reoccuring episodes of a rather painful and debilitating back problem I decided that I needed to take some steps to try and prevent this from happening again.
Osteopaths and chiropractors were good at remedial treatment but I felt that I needed to take a more proactive approach to my problem. Lack of core strength and stability was exacerbating my back problem. I hadn't used the services of a personal trainer before but after my own research I decided that this would be the best course of action for me.
I was fortunate enough to contact Graeme in the first instance and after training with Graeme for a while, I can honestly say that I'm more that pleased with the results.
I am very happy with the progress I have made and the resulting improvement in my condition.
Listening and taking note of your particular circumstances and goals he tailors the training sessions around you and your needs. Graeme has a professionnal approach whilst remaining friendly and very approachable. He obviously has a great deal of knowledge, which he manages to communicate in a very direct and user-friendly way.
I would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Graeme to any prospective client.
Beacon Creative Ltd.
I began Personal Training with Graeme Baxter in 2000 and for the past 6 1/2 years I have regularly received 1-1 sessions with Graeme. During this time I have been able to learn and apply many different methods of training that I would not have been able to do on my own or at a gym.
Personal Training sessions have enabled me to make signficant progression in core stability, weight lifting, muscle definition and aerobic fitness.
Thanks to the personal training programme that Graeme devised for me, I have achieved my fitness goals and also learnt about muscle groups, diet and techniques to train safely.
I consider Graeme to be the best personal trainer in the North East and would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone wishing to make a difference to their fitness.
Delivery Manager for application Services
Having moved to the North East from the South, I spent 6 months trying to find a quality trainer; it was only after a number of poor experiences that I was fortunate enough to come across Graeme.
I would recommend Graeme to any prospective client due to his knowledge, experience and professional attitude. He will not, unfortunately, reduce the effort required but at the end of the session, you feel that the hardwork was worthwhile.
Gordon F C Banham
Group Chief Executive
Hargreaves Services PLC
I began training with Graeme in 2003, in preparation for my first half marathon. Since then, we have trained on average every fortnight.
During the four years that we worked together, Graeme helped me with a number of areas relating not only to my fitness goals, but also to diet and lifestyle generally. In that time, we have worked together on a number of areas, including cardiovascular ftiness, strength, stamina and core stability.
Graeme's friendly but professional approach has meant that I have always felt extremely comfortable discussing my training regime and fitness goals with him. The regular fitness assessments that Graeme has undertaken for me have been invaluable in demonstrating my continuing progress as well as highlighting areas which needed more work, Graeme has approached potentially sensitive subjects with a sensitivity and professionalism which is often lacking in exercise professionals.
Graeme has extensive knowledge of a huge range of matters relating to diet and exercise, and explains concepts in a way that is easy to understand. He has always helped me to tailor my exercise regime (in my sessions with him and otherwise) to my specific fitness goals, and has played a big part in helping me to maintain my motivation to exercise regularly over a number of years.
Human Resources Manager
Watson Burton LLP
I would like to thank Graeme for his advice, help and support in achieving my goals as identified in January this year (2008).
My initial goal was to lose weight for my wedding in May 2008, thus enabling me to fit into my already purchased wedding dress. However I quickly realised (through a focused discussion with Graeme), that I also wanted to regain a level of health and fitness I had previously enjoyed.
His input ensured that my goals were realistic, that I was focused and that my efforts were channeled into maximising effects.
His approach throughout my programme was professional and displayed a level of knowledge and skill that inspired confidence when engaging in activities,
His intervention motivated me to continue with my health and fitness regime despite achieving all of my goals and encouraged me to make positive, healthy choices about the way I live my life and approach everday challenges.
Needless to say, I felt fab in my wedding dress and had a wonderful day.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Graeme to anyone who wants to develop and improve their health, fitness and lifestyle.
Learning and Workforce Development Manager
I would like to thank Lynn from Body & Mind for helping me achieve a goal that I never thought I'd make.
Fifteen weeks before my wedding I decided to sell my wedding dress as I bought it a few months ago a few sizes to small with the plan to slim to get into it, but I wasn't doing well, so I opted for the easy option, get a new one.
Lynn took on the challenge of getting me into the dress and to be honest I wasn't hopeful at all but I gave it a go. At first it was very hard work as on overweight and unfit mother of three I thought I'd never do it but Lynn gave me the confidence and all the help that I needed, she really pushed me to my limits and I hated it but after a few weeks I looked forward to our fitness sessions as I was enjoying them.
Six weeks before the wedding I tried on my dress and to my surprise I could get into it, it was actually a bit big around the bust so I took it to be altered, and after a few more weeks I tried it on again and to my surprise it was still to big so it was taken in again!!
On my wedding day I was so pleased with myself for all the hard work I had done to get into my dress and felt really good. I am so pleased I didn't opt for the easy solution.
I'm still overweight but much fitter and healthier and I'm still doing my fitness, I go to the gym at least 2 times a week and have Lynn to thank for that, as without her help I wouldn't of got into what I thought was my dream dress and have a fantastic wedding to remember. Thank you so much.
Graeme & Lynn became my personal trainers in February 2006. I was unfit, unhealthy and unhappy with every aspect of my body and eating habits. Since then I have lost weight, lost inches, gained strength and general fitness. They encouraged me every step of the way and help you see that with a little bit of effort and good time management everyone can exercise have fun and get fit. I would recommend them both every step of the way (and sometimes those steps hurt) but the end results speak for themselves.
Thanks guys I couldn't have done it without you..
As one grows older, keeping weight down and fitness up becomes more and more of a challenge. I was fortunate enough to be put in contact with Graeme in 2008. After establishing my specific needs and goals, he drew up a daily training plan which included a weekly one-to-one session on Tynemouth Beach which I still greatly look forward to come rain or shine! As a bonus, these sessions include plenty of free lifestyle and nutritional advice.
Graeme is very knowledgeable and conveys this in a friendly and down to earth manner.
I would absolutely recommend him to anyone who is wanting to do any sort of exercise – whatever the circumstances, abilities and budget, he will have a programme to suit.
Chief Financial Officer
Broadband Satellite Service Ltd
We first met Graeme four years ago when we attended a local beginners’ Pilates Class. We were immediately impressed by the depth of his background knowledge and the skill with which he taught the class. Since that first meeting we have attended his weekly classes and he has also provided Personal Pilates Training for us both in our home. This personal training has supplemented the class work with individual attention which we have found especially valuable.
We have both benefited immensely from Graeme’s expertise, commitment and communication abilities. His classes are always very well paced, with clear instructions and useful explanations for the purpose and benefits of any particular exercise. He is always patient, encouraging and willing to modify his lesson plans to adapt to individual circumstances.
In our personal training he takes careful note of our needs (and current condition) and gives us guidance on how to achieve our fitness goals. Working with him has improved our core stability and bodily awareness and we hope to continue this productive relationship for years to come. We recommend him highly to both beginners and also the more experienced Pilates exerciser.
Professor Erica Haimes and Professor Robin Williams