Our Story

Athletic Development Club LTD was founded by Chris Varnavas in 2015 with the goal of building the best results-driven Personal Training and Strength & Conditioning company in the UK.

The aim from the very beginning was to build a family-like community whereby everyone involved would not only attend personal training sessions but also attend group classes, seminars, socials and team events throughout the year. Everyone involved MUST buy into our positive community where we not only achieve amazing results together but also unforgettable experiences and memories.

We are very proud of transforming hundreds of lives over the years and we strive to continue to do so with an ever-growing team of coaches that buy into our mission. In addition, we pride ourselves on being the best practitioners in the fitness industry, which has led us to work with some high-profile athletes and clientele. Unlike most gyms and studios, for us, it’s all about teamwork, integrity and going above and beyond for all our members.

Meet the team

Chris Varnavas
Head Coach & Founder
Connor Pooley
Manager/Head Coach
Chris Vazanias

Online Manager/Personal Trainer

Chris Varnavas
Head Coach & Founder
Connor Pooley
Manager/Head Coach
Suzanne Purton
Personal Trainer
Ricky Brennan
Personal Trainer
Andrew Pakkos
Personal Trainer
Alexia Constantinou
Personal Trainer
Suzanne Purton
Personal Trainer
Chris Vazanias

Online Manager/Personal Trainer

Ricky Brennan
Personal Trainer
Andrew Pakkos
Personal Trainer
Alexia Constantinou
Personal Trainer
Alexia Constantinou

Alexia Constantinou

Personal Trainer
Alexia’s interest in health and fitness developed throughout her own fitness journey, during which she learned that a fitness journey is as much about psychological and spiritual well-being as it is about physical health. Alexia’s training philosophy is based upon the belief that training the body also trains the mind and spirit, and as such it is important to approach each client with a holistic mindset, viewing them as a whole human rather than just individual body parts.
 
Alexia is passionate about continually learning and has a desire to achieve a deep understanding of whichever subject she is interested in. When training clients, Alexia is committed to having a comprehensive understanding of each client’s individual needs and goals. Alexia’s driving force is wanting to help her clients look, feel and move better, as well as enabling them to take their health and fitness into their own hands.
Andrew Pakkos

Andrew Pakkos

Personal Trainer

As long as I can remember, I have always been into sports and fitness, namely through playing Basketball at a competitive level since I was young.

I realized that the area in which I was lacking and that which would take me to the next level would be to get stronger and build some muscle. I went to university and obtained a law degree, however, it was during the process of getting stronger in relation to basketball where I developed a passion for training and decided to pursue a career in it.

Towards the end of 2019, I was lucky enough to gain an internship at ADC, and haven’t looked back since. My aim as a coach is to help people grow their confidence in addition to achieving their fitness goals.

Ricky Brennan

Ricky Brennan

Personal Trainer
Ricky has been in the personal training industry for 6 years now alongside playing semi professional football since the age of 16. Having been at a number of professional and semi professional clubs Ricky found personal training a perfect career to work with many athletes from various sports and levels. Ricky has been at ADC coming up to 3 years and loves the togetherness and family-like approach to the Athletic Development Club’s training. Keeping fitness fun and educational and striving to get results.
Suzanne Purton

Suzanne Purton

Personal Trainer

I have had a passion for sport all my life, being a gymnast and tennis player in my former years, and always a frequent visitor to the gym.

A mum of 3 boys with a previous in the printing industry has kept me busy. However, my passion has always lied in keeping fit and healthy, finding new ways to work out, and I have always been constantly motivated by my (sometimes annoying) inability to resist a challenge. So I decided it was time to follow my passion and qualified as a Personal Trainer in 2017.

Following a weekend back in 2015 with the CHEK institute attaining my Holistic Lifestyle Coach Level 1 qualification, I went on to achieve a Level 3 Health Trainer City & Guilds certification, YMCA Level 2 Fitness Instructor and Level 3 Personal Trainer qualification and am Pre & Post Natal Exercise Certified. I have also attended a Communication and Motivation Skills Workshop.

I launched my career working at HiitGirl, an organisation that worked solely with women creating a variety of HIIT sessions, alongside privately visiting client’s homes offering Personal Training on a 1-2-1 and group level.

Following HiitGirl’s closure, I was lucky enough to be appointed as a Personal Trainer with ADC where I look forward to growing my experiences in the world of Strength & Conditioning, alongside taking weekly HIIT Classes.

I am inspired by those that push themselves to places I could only dream of visiting. I have worked, and played, hard to get where I am today, and I love the feeling of achieving new heights. But I equally love being part of other people’s fitness journeys and helping them to also experience that feeling of having achieved things they never thought possible, no matter how small.

Chris Vazanias

Chris Vazanias

Personal Trainer

I have always been involved in sport and fitness from a young age, competing at a high level in football. After leaving school at 18 I wanted to take my passion for fitness into a career, so I completed my level 3 Personal training qualification. Since then I have gained experience working in commercial gyms as well as Personal training studios helping clients to achieve their body composition goals.

I am a qualified level 4 strength and conditioning coach and have ambitions to delve deeper into the realm of sports psychology, as I believe a key ingredient for success is the right mindset.

My goal is to help people reach their potential and become the best version of themselves, by educating them on both the body and mind.

Connor Pooley

Connor Pooley

Manager/Head Coach

Coach Conor has been involved with fitness for many years with an initial background as a full-time tennis coach. Throughout Conor’s years of tennis coaching, he also put his efforts into his education, graduating with Honors from The University of Hertfordshire in 2016 with a degree in Sports Studies. Following this, Conor decided to embark upon his career as a Strength and Conditioning (S&C) coach and was appointed as an S&C intern at Performance Hertfordshire based at his previous university. During his internship, Conor has worked with a variety of international, Olympic and Paralympic athletes, along with Arsenal Ladies first team players and their U16 team.

Conor is currently undertaking a Master’s degree in S&C at Middlesex University London and after his internship has worked as a lead S&C coach with national and regional junior tennis players. While doing so, Conor has also trained personal training clients and has lead HIIT classes.

Since his appointment as an ADC coach in 2018, Conor has worked his way to becoming appointed as head Strength and Conditioning coach and now Studio Manager.

Conor’s ultimate goal is to train clients like athletes, allowing them to become the best version of themselves by looking great and feeling even better.

Chris Varnavas

Chris Varnavas

Founder/Head Coach

Chris Varnavas’s passion in the sport and fitness industry started from a young age where he represented professional football clubs Barnet FC and Stevenage FC. He then went on to university and achieved a first class degree in Sports & Exercise Science (Strength & Conditioning). During his time at university he became a qualified Personal Trainer and Sports coach and gained vast experience in various gyms and sports clubs.

Chris completed a Master’s degree in Strength & Conditioning and was awarded the Dean’s Academic Excellence scholarship. He spent a whole season (2013-2014) working with the first team at professional football club QPR FC. He had great success and was part of the backroom team that helped QPR’s promotion to the Premier League. This enabled Chris to become an advanced Sport Science / Strength & Conditioning practitioner and is now consistently working with semi-professional and professional athletes.

His aim with ADC is to build a successful team of trainers that provide real sustainable results to the whole of ADC’s community.