Who We Are
The founder of PT Troop, Tom Rendell spent 8 years in the Royal Marines, seeing active service on operations in Kosovo and Afghanistan twice. Having enjoyed the trials and tribulations of this period immensely, he decided to leave and take up the challenge of a new career, whilst remaining involved in the Royal Marines and the profession of soldiering through the Royal Marines Reserve in Bristol. In 2007 he rowed the Atlantic – his crew achieved the 3rd fastest crossing ever.
Tom decided to utilise his passion for exercise, good health and physical fitness to pursue a career in Personal Training.
All he needed to do next was to adapt the Royal Marines approach to fitness – subtly known as ‘thrashing’ – to the world of Personal Training in Bristol…
Son of Man Utd and Scotland legend Joe Jordan, Tom has also spent the last 10 years playing professional and now semi-professional football.
With over 300 games under his belt, making appearances for Bristol City FC, Southend Utd FC, Tamworth FC, Havant and Waterlooville FC and now captaining Eastliegh FC, his career highlights include selection for the England Semi-Professional side in 2003, and knocking Notts County and Swansea FC out of the 2008 FA Cup, before giving Liverpool a 5-2 scare at Anfield.
Tom has been a Personal Trainer in Bristol for over 7 years now, gaining experience in fitness, strength and flexibility training whilst working for the 2 largest gyms in Bristol: Next Generation and David Lloyd.
He has seen health and fitness as a way of life for many years and thrives on helping others achieve their own individual goal.
Charming. Considerate. Friendly. Yet his clients call him ‘The Smiling Assassin’. Why?
After being capped five times by England at under-18 level, Sam had spells at Bristol Rugby, Bath University and Henley Hawks before starring for Bristo based National League 2 high flyers Dings Crusaders, in their most successful campaign ever. The ‘Dings’ are a no nonsense club. Which is why Sam fits in so well there. When working on his rugby or working with his personal training clients – he insists on effort and results.
With certificates in Sports Massage and Personal Fitness Training augmenting his Foundation Degree in Sports Performance, he offers a wide range of skills, bringing added value to the team of Personal Trainers at PT Troop. His depth of experience in his own training, combined with his qualifications, mean he brings an unusual level of understanding to all aspects of training.
Sam’s quiet, considerate manner belies his total determination to get results. Which leaves his clients exhausted, and then delighted. Hence the nickname.
Russell won 23 of his 25 bouts as an amateur boxer. He then turned his talent to competetive gymnastics and was succesful there too. He retains a passion for football and martial arts, and so brings many skills to the team at PT-Troop. His knowledge of these disciplines enables him to bring varied and interesting exercises to his clients sessions, ensuring that they are never bored.
He also has years of experience as a social worker, and in training both adults and children in his own sports. Because of this he is a highly effective instructor, always able to think of different ways to motivate people. Russ’ passion for training people is evident, and the results he gets are too. Russ is a highly effective personal trainer.