Rod is a fitness industry veteran with over 25 years of fitness experience within the international fitness sector.
A former fitness trainer and sports coach, Rod entered the fitness industry as the fitness manager for Fitness First at their first UK location in 1992, and played a major role in the global development of the business as it grew from 1 club to 450 clubs worldwide with two stock market listings on the London AIM market and the FTSE. The company became a pioneer in global fitness bringing quality affordable fitness to many European and Asia Pacific countries.
After 12 years, Rod left the business to live in Barcelona, Spain with his family and developed a number of fitness projects including the launch of VIVA Gym Spain, a low-cost group with over 60 clubs currently in Spain. Rod then brought the Anytime Fitness concept to Spain and developed the first 35 clubs out of the 50 clubs that opened.
In 2016, Rod entered into one of the first boutique studio concepts in the UK TRIB3 and co-founded the international business and global franchise concept.
In 2020, Rod secured the master franchise rights for énergie Fitness Iberia, Spain and Portugal, with a goal to open 75 clubs in 10 years.
He is also International Managing Director for énergie Fitness as the company looks to grow globally after a successful launch into the Spanish market.
Rod is a regular gym user and strength athlete, who still enjoys playing for his local veterans rugby team in his town, Sant Cugat, near Barcelona.