Meet the Team


About John

My name is John Phillips, AKA, “The Guru”. I am 44 years old and have over 20 years’ experience and knowledge in the Health and Fitness Industry – what I don’t know, isn’t worth knowing!

I have worked and trained alongside professional athletes in the British Bobsleigh Team, the RAF, Gladiators and World’s Strongest Man, as well as training GB Athletes for competitions.

I opened the doors of Peak in July 2016, bringing a whole new Health and Fitness experience to Tavistock. I am passionate about passing my knowledge on to others and plan to expand the Peak brand even further in future!

My Qualifications

As well as a Gym Owner, I am a fully qualified Personal Trainer and Sports Nutritionist. I have additional qualifications in Boxing, Spinning, Kettlebells, TRX and Circuit Training. I also specialise in mobility and injury rehabilitation.

I am also a fully qualified Tutor and Assessor and have recently launched Peak Academy to provide a range of fitness qualifications for those wanting to pursue a career in the fitness industry.

I am also a trained First Aider with my Level 2 at work first aid qualification.

Setting a precedent and showing the other “gyms” in Tavistock “How A Gym Should Be”!

My Training

Over the years I have trained hypertrophy (weight training, bodybuilding) and as the fitness industry has moved on I have adapted to more functional fitness, including CrossFit, Plyometric training as well as calisthenics. As I get older, it is harder to keep supple and mobility becomes limited so I started incorporating stretching and mobility drills into my training regime.


About Jo

My name is Jo Taylor. As a Fitness Coach, Gym Owner and Mum (not necessarily in that order!), I know how important it is to lead a healthy lifestyle and keep fit and active, but I also know how hard it is to make health and fitness part of your everyday lifestyle and routine.

I opened Peak with John in July 2016 and wanted to show Tavistock and especially the ladies that a gym doesn’t have to be a clinical place, full of fit people – it should be a place where people of all ages and abilities come together to improve their health and fitness – like one big Fitness Family!

My Qualifications

I am a Level 2 Fitness Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer and Nutritionist with additional qualifications in Pre and Post Natal Training.

I am also a fully qualified Tutor and Assessor and work alongside John at our Academy providing fitness qualifications for those wanting to pursue a career in the fitness industry.

I have also created an online gym – My Peak – for those who are unable to or don’t want to join a gym with bodyweight workouts you can do anywhere, as well as amazing recipes and informative health and fitness articles.

My Training

I have only really embraced fitness and exercise in the last few years. I particularly enjoy functional and strength training and am working hard to dispel the myth and show the ladies that lifting weights will not make you massive – only an awesome, kick-ass She-Ra!

About Steve

My name is Steve Birch. I am a fully qualified personal trainer and Gym Manager at Peak. I got into health and fitness due to being overweight and wanting to make a positive change on my life.

I set myself a goal of getting in shape and when I was doing well people started to ask what I was doing and how I was doing it. I found I really enjoyed helping others with their fitness needs. I made the decision to become a personal trainer.

I know what is like to be out of shape and how hard it is to reach the goals we set for ourselves.

My Qualifications

I have got both my level 2 Fitness Instructor qualification and my Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification. I am also a Level 3 Sports Therapist.

I am a trained first aider with my level 2 at work first aid qualification.

In the future I am going to be going to do additional qualifications in nutrition and referrals which is going advance my knowledge in rehabilitation work.

My Training

I will work with anyone with any type of goals. I have got a keen interest in functional training using a lot of different bits of equipment varying from kettlebells, dumbbells and tyres which can all be used when I am tailor making your sessions or programs.

I also do a lot of work with the Olympic bars so if you want to learn just the basic movements to help with your strength or going into the more advanced lift with the clean, clean and jerk or snatch I will help you with these as well.

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About Alice

My name is Alice Costello I am 25 years old and a qualified gym instructor.

I got into health and fitness when I decided I needed to lose weight and become fitter. Through losing weight myself I found a new love for the fitness industry and helping others to achieve their goals.

I found the gym and fitness in general to be my release and after having 1.1 sessions with Steve at Peak and seeing the progress I was able to make, I decided to turn my passion into a career.

My Qualifications

I’m currently a qualified Level 2 Fitness Instructor and have now completed my Level 3 qualification in Personal Training.

I am passionate about helping others to reach their goals. I enjoy motivating and encouraging others in the gym, especially new members and those who are nervous about working out in a gym environment. I instruct our circuits and HIIT sessions at Peak and love to see the progress and confidence of our members grow during these classes.

My Training

Personally, I really enjoy fast paced cardio work, HIIT style training and light lifting work – which all helps towards becoming fitter and healthier.

I specialise in working with ladies new to fitness that want to make progress in the gym and lose weight.

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About Luke

My name is Luke Couch and I am 20 years old. I am currently working towards my Level 3 Personal Trainer diploma which I am doing here at the Peak Academy. I have a background in sport, having played for Launceston Rugby Club from the age of 9 and represented Cornwall at U18’s level. I am a fully qualified pool lifeguard and have been for the last 3 years. I have spent all of my time as a lifeguard at Mount Kelly Swim Centre.

Having spent so much time there I have learnt to appreciate what elite swimmers have to put in to get to the top, which in turn has given me the knowledge to help swimmers too.

My Qualifications

I have achieved my Level 2 Fitness Instructor qualification and I am currently working towards my Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification.

I am also trained in Emergency First Aid, including CPR and defibrillator, through my National Pool Lifeguard Qualification.

I am also a Nutritional Advisor through my Level 3 Personal Training Diploma. However, I would like to complete a Nutrition course in the near future to further my knowledge.

My Training

I have been training for the last 4/5 years, largely using compound lifts and movements for hypertrophy. I got into training due to always being fairly slight and wanting to put on some mass for when I played rugby.

Since then I fell in love with going to the gym and have not looked back, However, I would like to extend my training knowledge on functional and CrossFit movements and lifts.

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About Tom

Hello, my name is Thomas Howe, welcome to Howe Chiropractic. I qualified as a chiropractor in the summer of 2016, since then I have further developed my skills and knowledge in assessing, diagnosing and successfully treating muscolo-skeletal aches and pains.

I was first introduced to Chiropractic in January 2011; I was working on a cruise liner as a Personal Trainer and injured my right ankle whilst surfing in Hawaii. I attended a stretch class where a Chiropractor asked if she could assess me. To my absolute amazement the single adjustment she performed on my ankle removed my pain and I was able to walk freely without crutches.

My Qualifications

I started my studies in Bournemouth in 2012 and in the summer of 2016 I completed my Masters Degree in Chiropractic at South Wales University.

I currently treat a wide range of patients from Elite National swimmers to more common aches and pains from daily activities. My treatment times will last between 20-45 minutes depending on the patient needs and consist of but are not limited to: Spinals and joint manipulation and mobilisation, Dry Needling, deep tissue massage with a variety of myofascial release techniques and many forms of stretching.

The initial consultation will last 60 minutes, in which time I will take a medical history, postural and spinal analysis, muscle and orthopaedic testing, which will enable me to correctly diagnose your pain of complaint and then I will devise a specific treatment plan for you.

My Work

I can assure you that I will give you 100% of my time, effort and knowledge and in return, if I set you some home stretches and/or exercises to perform, I do expect you to do this. The homework I will be giving you will speed up your recovery process and if you are proactive and maintain the advice given will reduce the likeliness of that same pain returning.

If you require a consultation then please see the details below on how to get in touch with me and I will respond within 24 hours of receiving your message.

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About Liz

Liz Brew is a Chartered specialist Physiotherapist. Registered with the health professionals council and all major health insurance companies and recognised by the British Olympic Association.

Liz has represented Great Britain as physiotherapist to the British Swimming Team internationally for over 15 yrs, at the Sydney Olympic games and in preparation for the Olympic Games in Athens , Beijing and London. Liz has also worked with the Great Britain Triathlon Team and Para triathlon team toward Tokyo 2020.

Formerly, Liz worked in professional Rugby Union & Rugby league including Leeds Rhinos Wakefield & Halifax Bluesox before moving to the Southwest.

My Qualifications

Liz specializes in all Sports and MSK injury prehab & rehab and injury prevention
and also has a postgraduate in Manipulative Therapy from Sheffield Hallam University along with a teaching qualification which has enabled Liz to work not only treating patients effectively but to teach the next generation of university Physiotherapy students.

Liz has also undertaken many specialized clinical qualifications and she is happy to share her knowledge to all our Peak members and family in the gym and to chat and offer advice.

My Work

Areas of specialism include:
• Clinical Pilates and Yogalates
• Neck & Back Pain Treatment
• Injury Rehabilitation
• Hydrotherapy
• Sports Massage
• Bio-mechanical Assessments
• Muscle, Sciatica and Shoulder Pain Treatment
• Acupuncture; Sports Injury; Osteopathy
• Cold Therapy
• Manual Therapy and Physiotherapy
• Manual Lymph Drainage; Bobath Therapy
• Electro and Ultrasound Therapy
• Women’s Health pre-post natal/osteoporosis & menopause Mummy MOT’s
• Sports taping / strapping
• Custom made orthotic service

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About Andy

My name is Andy and I am a Boxfit and KickBoxfit Instructor.

I am 37 and have been training seriously for the last nine years. I know first hand the fitness benefits from martial arts style training. When I started training, I was 125kg around 20 stone, miserable and utterly inactive.

I last completed in Kickboxing at 88 kg around 14 Stone. Aside from weight loss, Martial arts training changed my life for the better in many different ways. Just having time out from the stresses of everyday life to concentrate on moving your body and pushing to achieve, is wholly rewarding. That and smashing the punchbag or training mitts is amazing stress relief, great fun and in my opinion, the best form of Cardio there is!

My Qualifications

I am a qualified Level 1 ABA boxing instructor and have a 1st Dan black belt in Kickboxing. I competed in Kickboxing 5 times wining 3 and losing 2. I have also trained and completed at a local level in Judo, Tae-kwondo and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ). Although my competition days are done, I currently still train in MMA (Mixed Martial arts), Muay Thai and FMA (Filipino Martial Arts).

I aim to bring the best workouts from the gyms I have trained into Box-Fit and Kickbox-Fit classes. Classes will be high energy, fast paced, and loads of fun. My aim is for you to learn some new skills and leave the class, exhausted, but with a massive smile on your face!

My Training

Box-fit and Kickbox-fit are fitness classes based around boxing and martial arts training methods. This will involve; circuits, skipping, bodyweight exercises, and of course, lacing up the boxing gloves to hammer the punchbags!

Generally, classes will comprise of a warmup, some skills training to ensure you are punching and kicking correctly. Bag and pad work, circuits, a cool down and some basic stretches to finish. Classes will run on intervals of 2-3 minutes hard work, with a minute rest in between. Just like rounds in the ring! Easy right?

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About Viki

My name is Viki Christmas and I am a qualified Yoga Instructor.

I really got into health and fitness about ten years ago when I began suffering from lower back pain and shoulder pain. I wanted to find a way to manage and prevent this in a holistic way and so took up Pilates and Yoga.

After noticing an improvement in my physical self, I turned more to Yoga to bring balance and wellbeing to all areas of my life.

My Qualifications

I Have practiced yoga for many years and in 2018 gained my 200 hour Royal Yoga Alliance Teaching certificate. Further to this I recently qualified as a Kids Yoga teacher.

I am also a trained first aider with a Level 3 at work certificate.

My Training

I mostly practice Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Flow. Hatha is a great style of yoga to really get to know the physical postures and your own body, and how they can work together.

I look forward to helping people find this balance in their lives.

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