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★★★★★

“The instructor was recommended to me because I wanted...”

Written on: 22/10/2015 by GianaWoodward (1 review written)

The instructor was recommended to me because I wanted to focus on front crawl as part of trying out a sprint triathlon for the first time. I'm confident with breast stroke but front crawl seemed completely alien to me. He has a ridiculously relaxed and reassuring coaching style which makes you feel good about how you're progressing and more importantly, overcome your fears. I've completed 4 sprint triathlons this year and not only cracked my front crawl style but improved my swim times. I can't… Read Full Review

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“Patient, clear and super helpful!”

Written on: 08/10/2015 by Chrissyham (1 review written)

I'd not had any swimming lessons since school and my stroke could, at best, have been described as 'splashy', so when I signed up for an open water triathlon I thought I'd better get some coaching. I heard of Mark through a recommendation from a friend and I'm so glad I booked myself a few lessons. He's amazingly good at explaining what he means and is very patient and non-intimidating. In a couple of lessons he managed to take me from someone nervous of doing crawl even in a pool, to being… Read Full Review

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“Review of Create Fitness ”

Written on: 02/10/2015 by Foxzq486 (1 review written)

I never learned to swim as a child and took adult swimming lessons several times over the years but I never felt that I really knew how to swim and never developed confidence in the water. I still had difficulty breathing and felt nervous in the water, especially when I had to put my face in the water. After a few months training with the person I dealt with all of that has changed. My front crawl has improved tremendously, and I feel calm and more confident in the pool. He is an excellent… Read Full Review

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“Awesome Swim Coaching”

Written on: 22/06/2015 by PatMacd (1 review written)

I am in my 50s and rehabbing from a serious knee injury. Deciding that this might be an ideal time to learn to swim properly I contacted Mark at Create Fitness. I had never previously had a swimming lesson and could only do a few lengths of something approximating breaststroke. After only a few weeks I have breaststroke technique nailed (well - you know what I mean!) and am now learning the front crawl. I have had many trainers, coaches and teachers for many things over the years and I can… Read Full Review

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“Couldn't ask for better swimming coaching”

Written on: 21/06/2015 by ArcticVictoria (1 review written)

Create Fitness have made a huge difference to my swimming. The system is organised and friendly, and is very flexible - vital for fitting training into a busy schedule. My lessons have been interesting, varied, well structured and helped me to achieve my goals in a remarkably short time. I find the use of video analysis really useful, and the guidance and support for what to do in between lessons has been invaluable. I have already recommended Create Fitness to a number of friends and… Read Full Review

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“I can now swim!”

Written on: 18/06/2015 by DanRowlands (1 review written)

When I started training with Mark I could at best swim 2 lengths of a 20m pool. Now after a few months I’ve just completed my first open water triathlon and I’m still grinning! I can honestly say I couldn’t have done this without Mark’s help. Not only has he massively improved my front crawl, he gave me the confidence to complete the tri. As other people here have said, he’s incredibly knowledgable and encouraging, I would recommend CreateFit to anyone… Read Full Review

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“Learning a new stroke”

Written on: 14/06/2015 by MarkC22 (1 review written)

I have always envied those who can swim front crawl and I regret no learning to do so when I was a child. With Mark's help I can now do this. His attention to detail and stepwise approach to learning the technique and giving you the confidence to achieve this are just excellent. The Nuffield Health club is also an excellent venue with a lovely uncrowded pool in which to learn… Read Full Review

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“swimming taught to a hopeless oldie”

Written on: 12/06/2015 by BrianEd (1 review written)

In my 80's never having been taught to swim properly, but being increasingly unable to walk securely I felt that I'd better turn to swimming as my last chance of exercise. Easily tired and short of breath I knew I needed professional help. I saw Mark Durnford teaching poolside and approached him and decided to go for it. He could not have been more understanding and helpful and took things at the pace I could manage. So now I can swim a full length breast stroke, which must be doing me good… Read Full Review

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“Excellent teacher”

Written on: 12/01/2015 by LouiseEBristol (1 review written)

Mark is an excellent teacher. He has helped me to improve my technique with breast stroke, front crawl and backstroke. By initially watching me, and then filming me so I could see what I was actually doing, he clearly explained where I could refine my movements. I now really feel I cruise through the water much more efficiently and fluently. He is currently teaching me butterfly which has been incredibly challenging for me, but with his positive words, persistence and patience, I really feel… Read Full Review

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“Biginner's Swimming Lessons”

Written on: 08/12/2014 by 489Bradshaw (1 review written)

Over the last thirty years I have had made three serious attempts to learn to swim but with little result. In an astonishingly short time Mark has given me a new level of confidence in the water. His reassurance that my problems were in no way unusual, backed up by his brilliantly simple e-book mean that I now class myself as a swimmer, no longer a non-swimmer. It was hugely valuable to be able to see myself swimming on Mark's iPad. Simply put - life changing!… Read Full Review

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“Highly recommended”

Written on: 08/12/2014 by Janeh394 (1 review written)

Mark's SwimFit classes are great for building swim fitness and speed. I knocked 90 secs of my 400m in just 8 weeks… Read Full Review

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“Fantastic Personal Trainer in Bristol”

Written on: 07/12/2014 by CarmenKenny224 (1 review written)

I started PT sessions with Mark after becoming increasingly frustrated that I was spending so much time in the gym and seeing very little result. I felt like I was lacking drive and direction in my workouts and wanted someone to set me on the right tracks. The first session was tough - I quickly realised what hard work felt like! But I really enjoyed it. I started to see changes in my body quickly, and noticed my fitness and strength improving each week. Mark's sessions are hugely… Read Full Review

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“Swimming Master Class”

Written on: 05/12/2014 by davidstansbie (1 review written)

I have always been in the remedial class for sporting activities until recently. My wife, who had some fantastic swimming lessons with Mark, gave me a present of some for myself. He's a tremendous coach, analytical, encouraging and full of practical advice. He's taught me to swim the crawl (in my dotage)-I can't recommend him highly enough. David Stansbie Bristol… Read Full Review

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“Excellent Swimming Couch”

Written on: 04/12/2014 by crl2014 (1 review written)

I started taking swimming lessons with Mark this year 2014, i can say its been going on very well since i can proudly say now i can swim.! When i started taking my swimming lessons with Mark i was a total beginner ,i couldn’t swim and my fear of been in water just made everything terrible. with hard i finally did it and enjoy swimming too .I commend him for been an excellent couch with outstanding knowledge on swimming , with him its not just about learning to swim its also about getting… Read Full Review

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“Excellent swimming results”

Written on: 04/12/2014 by AliPride (1 review written)

After trying to improve my swimming without a coach with what I thought was some success, I thought I would give Create Fitness a try. In 3 months my freestyle stroke has totally changed and the time and distances I feel comfortable swimming have significantly lengthened. Unlike running or cycling which most people 'just do' I would highly recommend swimming lessons with Create to really get the technical efficiency that swimming is all about . In terms of improved times/distances in… Read Full Review

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“Brilliant Swimming Coaching in Bristol”

Written on: 08/09/2014 by LouiseJeffreys (1 review written)

I came across Mark Durnford when I was looking for adult swimming lessons in Bristol, having recently relocated here. I'm training for triathlon, and whilst I could swim quite far, my technique was non-existent (I didn't even put my face in the water!) I chose to start with breast stroke and then progress to front crawl, to give me some options of variety in my training. Marks teaching approach is amazing. His direction is completely clear, and he has endless patients. He also praises… Read Full Review

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“Bad swimmers can relax while Mark will help you improve”

Written on: 07/09/2014 by elpmek (1 review written)

This is information for the bad swimmers. I have never liked swimming. I thought I could swim well enough but had problems with my breathing. I now know that I am good at breathing but my swimming was dreadful. I am happy to recommend Mark to anyone (it's not just for the non swimmers or the better swimmers) if they want to improve their swimming. The Nuffield pool is good venue for lessons and with Marks patient help my swimming is improving. I almost like it… Read Full Review

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“He's just very very good at what he does”

Written on: 05/09/2014 by MarcusRendle (1 review written)

I am sure many coaches are well read, have the necessary certificates and can indeed teach you what they've learnt. The difference with Mark is that with his wealth of experience, he is the person that writes the books and makes the videos that others learn from! For myself as a rookie triathlete, his ability to recognise what an individual requires in each discipline based on age, physiology, confidence, enthusiasm and competence is where he adds more value than others. No matter what… Read Full Review

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“Excellent personal training and swim coaching”

Written on: 04/09/2014 by CharlieStockford (1 review written)

I have had pt sessions from Mark, Swim Fit early morning swim sessions and open water swim coaching, all of which have been excellent. Mark really listens and helps you make the most of the session you have with him. He is supportive but still manages to push you enough to drive you forward and improve your stroke or fitness. Cannot recommend Mark enough… Read Full Review

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“Excellent swimming coach”

Written on: 21/05/2014 by BG_Bristol (1 review written)

I booked a block of 6 lessons with Mark shortly before a big relay swim, hoping to tune up my front crawl technique. A combination of Mark's advice, drills and continual video analysis during each lesson really made a difference to my efficiency and speed. I still review the videos he sent me after each lesson! I'd definitely recommend Mark to anyone looking to improve their technique or fitness in a relaxed but really effective setting. I thought the lessons were great value for money… Read Full Review

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