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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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“Excellent trainer”

Written on: 07/05/2014 by RMouton (1 review written)

I first consulted Mark with the aim to improve my swimming. In the course of just a few lessons he has sorted a lifetime of poor swimming technique. I have learned to become a faster, more efficient and more confident swimmer. He conveys his technical knowledge of swimming effortlessly, with patience and unfailing good humour. Last winter I booked regular personal training sessions with Mark with the aim to improve my fitness for triathlon. Sessions are hard work but fun and I have already… Read Full Review

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“Fantastic trainer”

Written on: 25/03/2014 by ClareCarpenter (1 review written)

Mark was my personal trainer when I was living in Bristol (unfortunately I had to move away - hence finishing my sessions with Mark) Mark is a fantastic trainer, he listed to my goals and objectives and was on hand to talk through my diet struggles - including commenting on a shared food diary (and how my love of chorizo wasn't going to help me achieve my goals) When I had my initial session with Mark I explained how I had struggled with gym routines before and he really helped me by showing… Read Full Review

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“personal training and swim fit”

Written on: 11/12/2013 by cefh (1 review written)

Working with create was the first time I had any personal training time. My swimming sessions changed swimming from being a post gym warm down to an amazing workout, after being unable to run it kept me fit and he really helped with some sports massage and Marks advise made it interesting as laps can get boring if you are not careful! The personal 'gym' training sessions again challenged me in ways I struggle to do on my own. Providing me with structure and making my body work in different… Read Full Review

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“Superb swimming coach”

Written on: 28/11/2013 by sonjajefferson (1 review written)

This year I completed the Dart 10K swim. It's a huge challenge. Without Mark's expert coaching this would never have happened! He's a brilliant trainer - calm, knowledgeable, encouraging and he pushes you hard too. I love the join up of poolside training with video, his e-book and helpful blogs. I couldn't recommend Mark and Create Fit more highly… Read Full Review

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“Great Motivator. Def Recommended. ”

Written on: 27/11/2013

I really enjoy sports and fitness but I was an absolutely hopeless swimmer. I was going on holiday and really wanted to learn the basics of swimming. After the initial session there was a instant improvement and with Mark's hard work and encouragement I continued to improve. The other thing that impressed me was the admin side of the business - it is very slick and run very professionally… Read Full Review

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“Game changing training ”

Written on: 25/11/2013 by Srh73 (1 review written)

The swimfit training programme from Createfit is making a game-changing impact on my swimming performance. The group has some good banter, when we have any spare energy to chat, and I look forward to the next session each week. The swim drills are pre-planned and well thought out to keep the sessions interesting and challenging… Read Full Review

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“Best thing I've bought all year!”

Written on: 25/11/2013 by MSol (1 review written)

After years of promising myself that I'd learn how to swim one day ( i.e, not just a bad doggy paddle with my head above the water!) I decided to take some private lessons as a 30th birthday present to myself. Mark made me feel at ease straight away and is a really wonderful teacher: encouraging, attentive and working at just the right pace. After just one lesson I felt so much more confident and after 3 or 4 I found myself completely hooked! As a result I can't reccommend the lessons highly… Read Full Review

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“Very helpful!”

Written on: 17/06/2013 by swimgrl (1 review written)

I've had swim lessons with Mark for almost two years. In that time, we worked on my technique and endurance, culminating in completion of a 10 km swim event in June 2013. I really enjoyed the lessons and got a ton out of them! Mark really knows his stuff! He prepared training programs that worked well for me personally and altered them as was needed for my mood/skill. He was very encouraging, pushed me the right amount and was very understanding when I got frustrated. Mark goes above and beyond… Read Full Review

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“Great Service”

Written on: 31/08/2012

Mark has been my personal trainer for the better part of two years. He is the ideal combination of friendly and exacting – so my sessions with him are hard work but fun. Mark is encouraging when I make progress but also understanding at times when I’ve had to reduce my level of gym attendance through work pressures. He is an expert in his field and thoroughly reliable and committed, being a business owner like me… Read Full Review

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