Hi, my name is Matt Wallin and I’m the sole personal trainer and massage therapist of Tarka Fitness and Therapy in North Devon. I’ve been working in the health and fitness industry since graduating in 2014, building up numerous qualifications and adding to my knowledge and experience. My passion for health and wellbeing stemmed from my love for my sports, particularly rugby, through which I discovered the gym and strength & conditioning training. This led me down the path into personal training, and I haven’t looked back!
I went to Southampton Solent University, to study BSc (Hons) Fitness and Personal Training, one of the top courses in the country. This course enabled me to acquire the best qualifications and knowledge available, to provide my clients with the best possible treatments and training. During my time at University, I had the pleasure of working with a wide range of clients with different medical conditions and fitness levels, ranging from young athletes to the elderly. This experience gave me the knowledge and experience to confidently treat all clients in a safe and professional manor.
For my dissertation, I designed a programme for rugby players to improve their agility. Using gym-based strength & conditioning methods, I was able to devise a programme could successfully improve a player’s agility, with proven results. My work has been adopted as a brand new training concept, and it has since been published in the Academic Journal of Athletic Enhancement.
As I have ventured further into the health and fitness industry, my passion and interest for learning effective techniques has taken me in many directions, thereby enabling me to gain invaluable amounts of varied experience. I enjoy working with a range of clients with different needs, to design personalised programmes and treatments that are appropriate for them. Whether a client wants to get fitter, has an injury, needs help with rehabilitation, or just wants to enhance their quality of life, I can help.
I work in the privacy of my own studio in Barnstaple, which is a safe and relaxed environment. My aim and passion is to help my clients to get to where they want to be, by supporting and educating for long term results. From personal experience I know how important it is to be relaxed, feel supported and to learn; having gone through my own weight loss journey and rehabilitation, so no matter what you come in for you will always be greeted with a smile.